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Community tree lighting, parade to usher in the Christmas season
Lighting ceremony Thursday at 5 p.m.; 26th annual illuminated parade Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Hijnesville Christmas parade
Hinesville’s annual illluminated Christmas parade will take place Friday evening through downtown Hinesville, and the Jolly Old Elf himself is expected to be a part of the proceedings. Courier file photo

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce is bringing Christmas to the streets of Hinesville again Thursday with the tree lighting ceremony and Friday with the annual nighttime parade.

The Chamber’s 26th annual illuminated Christmas Parade is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

“The Chamber is super excited to be a part of the kick off to what is sure to be a great holiday season in Liberty County,” said Leah Poole, CEO of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce. “In partnership with the City of Hinesville, we are excited to participate in the Hinesville for the Holidays event on Thursday which will feature Santa, food trucks, holiday music and more. And then rounding out the week on Friday, the 26th Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade is always our favorite event of the year. We can’t wait to see all of the smiling, happy faces.” Chamber officials advise the following if you are going to be attending the parade:

• Bring a chair if you do not plan to sit on the ground.

• Be aware of the weather. While the forecast calls for clear skies, you may need to bring a blanket if it gets chilly.

• Arrive early for a good spot. Keep in mind that the downtown streets will close at different times in preparation for the parade.

• Do not go into the streets at any time.

The City of Hinesville, in conjunction with the Chamber and the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, will hold the city’s annual tree lighting ceremony Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public and will feature free holiday- themed activities, such as train rides, photos with Santa, choral performances and more.

The event will conclude with the tree lighting ceremony in Bradwell Park.

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