City of Midway - Tree Lighting
The City of Midway will host its 10th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. The event began in 2009 while current Mayor Pro Tem Clemontine Washington was serving as a council member. She started the event to celebrate with residents and give back to the community. The 2019 event will be held at the new Midway City Hall located at 41 Charlie Butler Road. You can expect Christmas carols, refreshments, pictures with Santa, gifts from Santa and more. For more information, call (912) 884-3344.
Georgia Municipal Association - Mayors’ Motorcade
The Georgia Municipal Association began the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade in 1959 at the request of then-Governor Ernest Vandiver as a way of providing holiday gifts for the patients of Georgia’s mental health hospitals. The program aims at raising awareness of the needs of Georgia’s mental facilities.
This year’s motorcade will travel from Liberty County to Savannah on Dec. 4.
There are currently five regional mental health hospitals in the state, serving some 3,200 Georgians. Many of these clients have lived in a facility for much of their lives and receive little, if any, support from their families. Without the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade, many of their clients would not receive a gift or visitors for the holidays.
The Christmas spirit is demonstrated by our local cities during the motorcade as officials and their staffs gather at the Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah to share gifts. Any gifts not handed out during Christmas are used for client birthdays or given to newly arrived clients who may need many of the items. In this way, cities help the hospitals celebrate special occasions year-round and help the hospitals meet the needs of their clients that come from all over the state, including Liberty County.
City of Hinesville - Hinesville for the Holidays
The 2nd Annual Hinesville for the Holidays is scheduled for Dec. 5 from 5 – 8 p.m. in Bradwell Park. This event was formerly known as Christmas in Park and founded by the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce in 2007. Hinesville for the Holidays is now organized by the City of Hinesville to draw people to the historic downtown and officially mark the start of the holiday season in the city. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature free holiday-themed activities such as train rides, bounce houses, face painting, photos with Santa and performances by local school choirs. This year, food trucks will also be onsite. The event will conclude with a tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m.
23rd annual Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Illuminated Christmas Parade
Twenty-three years ago, a group of Liberty County Chamber of Commerce board and community members wanted to do a fun holiday event, so they organized a parade! What started as a small daytime parade has evolved into the nighttime event that transforms downtown Hinesville with illuminated floats and festive citizens celebrating the beginning of the holiday season. The 2019 parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6.
City of Walthourville - Tree Lighting
The 9th Annual Lighting of the Tree in Walthourville will feature free hot chocolate, cookies and gifts. There will also be singing, music and more fun before the tree lighting ends the night. The event will take place at 222 Busbee Road on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. For more information, call (912) 368-7501.
City of Flemington - Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting
The Flemington Holiday Open House & Christmas Tree Lighting takes place at Flemington City Hall, located at 156 Old Sunbury Road. While the date has not been set for this year, the event typically takes place during the first week of December. For more information, call (912) 877-3223.
13th annual Wreath Ceremony
The 13th annual Wreath for Warriors Walk ceremony takes place from noon until 1 p.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Midway Museum annual Christmas Tea
Join the folks at the Midway Museum as they host their annual Christmas Tea. Advance ticket purchase is required. Seating available at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. To purchase tickets online visit: https://www.themidwaymuseum.org/christmas-tea-2019/
For more information or to purchase tickets by phone call (912) 884-5837.
Hinesville Downtown Development Authority - Homegrown & Handmade for the Holidays
The Hinesville “Homegrown & Handmade” markets will take place in Bradwell Park Thursday Dec. 19 at 3 - 7 p.m. Hinesville Mainstreet Program Coordinator Jeffrey Porter says it’s a great time to pick up fresh produce, cakes, pies or smoked turkeys and find the perfect handmade gifts that add a special Hinesville touch to holiday celebrations. For more information, call (912) 877-4332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.