‘Plaid Friday’ today, Santa visits tonight

Santa makes his annual visit to downtown Newnan tonight, capping a day of downtown-focused shopping with “Plaid Friday” — an alternative to the Black Friday associated with the big-box stores.

At 6 p.m., Main Street’s Mingle with Kringle event will begin. “So bring your cameras. Santa is on his way from the North Pole and is ready to greet children of all ages in downtown Newnan,” said Courtney Collins, Main Street program director. “Main Street Newnan is delighted to open our streets and hearts to the season’s most jolly fellow.”

Santa will arrive to light the downtown Christmas tree. “Afterwards, Santa will visit with the children of Newnan until 8 p.m., so have your list ready and dress warm,” said Collins.

“This annual tradition in historic downtown Newnan reminds us all of the importance of the holiday season: fostering hope, charity, forgiveness and kindness.” “Downtown Newnan will usher in the holiday season with the arrival of Santa to the Square and our Plaid Friday shopping event,” Collins said.

All day today, Main Street Newnan invites Newnan and Coweta residents to shop in downtown Newnan and “simplify your Day-After-Thanksgiving experience,” said Collins. “Each store is hosting a special promotion, and you may also access a free Plaid Friday Downtown Discount Card online,” she said.

The Plaid Friday card may be redeemed at Main Street Newnan’s Facebook page, or on Instagram #mainstreetnewnanga. Receive a 20 percent discount by wearing plaid at participating locations.

Beat the crowds, and shop downtown the day after Thanksgiving, Collins said.

Visit Main Street Newnan on Facebook or Instagram to access a free coupon card, and wear plaid to save 20 percent off your purchase at participating downtown locations. Visit www.mainstreetnewnan.com or call 770-253-8283 for more information.

Also, Saturday is the deadline for registration of entries for Newnan’s 2013 Christmas Parade on Dec. 8. Applications are available on the City of Newnan website — www.cityofnewnan.org — or pick one up at Newnan City Hall, 25 LaGrange St. Email requests to sfrazier@cityofnewnan.org. The entry fee is $35.

The parade steps off at 3 p.m. with a new route, said Gina Snider, city of Newnan’s public information officer. The parade will start on Greenville Street south of Salbide Avenue and follow Greenville Street into downtown. The procession will make a left onto North Court Square, and a left onto LaGrange Street and then continue south to Newnan High School where it will disband. The theme is “A Winter Wonderland,” and the parade will include floats, walking groups, decorated cars and trucks, marching bands — and expect a special visit by Santa. 

 A float contest will include winners in several categories that will receive a cash prize of $150. Categories are: Large Business, Small Business, Church/ School and Civic/Non Profit. A People’s Choice will be voted on the next day by the public via the city’s Facebook page and on the city’s website at www.cityofnewnan.org, and the winner will receive a plaque for this honor, Snider said. A portion of the 2013 Christmas Parade proceeds this year will benefit the Georgia Municipal Association’s Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade, which provides Christmas gifts to patients of the state’s seven regional mental health hospitals.

Ashley Park’s annual tree lighting celebration begins at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, and Santa will make an appearance at dusk. During the event at the retail center off Newnan Crossing Bypass, the First Baptist Church of Newnan Sanctuary Choir and Senior High Choir will sing songs of the season and Rev. Jerry Walker, minister to senior adults, will read “Night Before Christmas.”

Also among the entertainment, Southern Crescent Academy of Dance and Star Dance Studio will present a collection of Christmas numbers, and Georgia Academy of Dance and The Performing Arts will present dance selections from “The Nutcracker.” Newnan Theatre Company will perform selections from its upcoming musical, “Annie,” and 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of Coweta County Yehong Zhu will perform Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song” on violin.



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