The Hall County Historical Society, Inc. presents Christmas on Green Street each year on the first Sunday in December. This year the event was on Sunday, December 4th and began with an antique car procession and Christmas floats and ended with a live camel and Wise Men.
Rain dampened the festival, but not the spirits of those who came out to participate. We had lots of cancellations, but most of the show went on. A special Thank You to Jeff McClure & his troupe of performers for appearing in the cold & wet.
Eight houses were open for visitors & served refreshments. The Beta Club at North Hall Middle School were ready to line the street with luminaries until the rain canceled those plans. Once again the ladies of The Gainesville Newcomers Club donned their period Victorian costumes and served as hostesses.
The Quinlan Art Center hosted a children's party where they made a decoration to take home. We had 30 different musical groups from local schools, churches & businesses scheduled to perform on various porches until the rain interfered. There were also strolling magicians, face painters, balloon artists, jugglers, Santa & Mrs. Claus, a miniature train ride and carriage ride for free fun & entertainment. The Civic Center had a fire pit to warm you, served hot chocolate & cider & hosted the live camel for a photo- op. The Gainesville Times held an open house & had their presses rolling for everyone to see. They also hosted a photo booth & Letters to Santa opportunity. The Gainesville Rotary Club held its annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 7:00pm.
The Historical Society is delighted to present this free festival each year. However, we sometimes struggle to come up with the funds to maintain all the entertainment. If you would like to make a donation, please mail a check to Hall County Historical Society, 380 Green St., NE, Gainesville, GA and put on bottom "For Christmas on Green Street." Thank you. The Hall County Historical Society, Inc. is a 501(c)3 corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
The Historical Society is grateful to the following sponsors in 2016:
WELLS FARGO ADVISORS, our primary sponsor-Memorial Park Funeral Home -United Community Bank - Hasty Pope LLP - Kesler Tire & Alignment Service - Riverside Pharmacy - The Rotary Club of Gainesville - Milton Martin Toyota - Mar-Jac Poultry - Conditioned Air Systems, Inc. - Inez Grant Gillsville Law LLC - The Fudgery - Clark Outdoors - Gainesville Design Center - Walters Management Company - The Newcomers Club of Gainesville - Applied Images - Gainesville Times - Matthews Printing - The Norton Agency - Quinlan Visual Arts Center - The Magical Mister McClure - The Corso Law Center - Jacobs Media - Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint - WBCX The Voice of Brenau.
Also, a very special thank you to the Gainesville Police Department and the Gainesville Public Works/Street Maintenance Departments, without whose help this event would not be possible. And most especially to the owners & tenants of the houses on Green Street.