Santa makes his first of several holiday stops in Newnan

alt

A crowd of fans young and old were on hand to greet Santa as he arrived on the Court Square in downtown Newnan Friday evening.

From Staff Reports
news@newnan.com
Newnan and Coweta area youngsters had an in-person chance to tell their wishes to Santa Friday evening, as he made his annual post-Thankstiving stop on the Court Square.
He was on hand for the 2012 Main Street Newnan Mingle with Kringle event, arriving at 6 p.m. via the City Fire Department's antique fire engine. Parents were invited to bring cameras to take photos.
The visit was a highlight of the day's events, which included observance of Plaid Friday — celebrating the diversity and creativity of independent businesses and offering an alternative to big box stores’ Black Friday events. Those who wore plaid at participating businesses received a souvenir.
Santa will be back in town to ride in the city of Newnan's Christmas Parade Dec. 2. The parade begins at 3 p.m. that Sunday at the city park at Temple Avenue and Jackson Street and will continue on Jackson, through the Court Square and out LaGrange Street to Newnan High School.
For parade registration, contact Snider or Wendy LaRotonda at City of Newnan at 770-253-2682 - extension 203 or 228, or go to www.ci.newnan.us.ga and download an application. Parade applications must be received by Monday.

A portion of the parade entry fees this year support the Georgia Municipal Association’s Mayor’s Motorcade event to provide holiday gifts to those in the state’s mental hospitals.

Also, Santa will help kick off the holiday season at the Christmas tree lighting festivities tonight at Ashley Park.

Saturday’s Ashley Park celebration runs 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will feature local dance group the Caperettes and First Baptist Church of Newnan’s Sanctuary and Senior High School choirs before Santa arrives to light the tree.

Under the direction of Stephen Ball, the Caperettes include students from Southern Crescent Academy of Dance and Star Dance. The talented students will present a collection of “Rockettes” inspired numbers such as “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.” Other selections include “Toyland,” “Toy Soldier,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Let It Snow.”

The First Baptist choirs will be directed by Rev. Lee Chitwood, minister of music. First Baptist’s Rev. Jerry Walker, minister to senior adults, will be reading classic “Night Before Christmas.”

Santa has a schedule of hours when he will be hearing children’s wishes at Ashley Park in a new location — in the former Limetree building, starting Saturday. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 24-25; noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 1; noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 2; 3-6 p.m. Dec. 8; and noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23.


More Local

Century-old cemetery discovered

The 100-year-old cemetery discovered by crews clearing land for the Newnan Bypass extension was known to exist in the area, and an archeolog ... Read More


One Roof thrit store reopen Jan. 5 in new location

Friday was One Roof’s last day at its former location in the old Playtex plant on Temple Avenue. The organization's thrift store will ... Read More


Ferst Foundation holds annual CCSS coin drive

In its eighth year of holding a coin drive to benefit the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, the Coweta County School System raised mo ... Read More


Senoia Redneck Gourmet to close

After six successful years, Casey Smith has decided to close the doors of the Redneck Gourmet in Senoia. As the owner of both the Newnan and ... Read More


Boys & Girls Club

NHS student one of top youths of year

After months of preparation, a Newnan High School student was honored as one of the top youths of the year by the Boys and Girls Club of Met ... Read More

Thousands of lights on display on Hannah Road

It’s hard to miss the Bentons’ Christmas decorations as you’re driving down Hannah Road south of Newnan. The Bentons, who ... Read More