The parade & festival will go on in the rain unless there is lightning or a torrential downpour.
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 6th and began with an antique car procession and Christmas floats and ended with a live camel and Three Wise Men. It is always a wonderful way to start the Christmas season.
Eleven houses were open for visitors & served refreshments. The houses on Green Street are decorated and some open their doors to visitors. The Beta Club at North Hall Middle School and the Youth Group from St. Michaels Catholic Church placed the yard signs and lined the street with luminaries. 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 26 different musical groups from local schools, churches & businesses performing on various porches. 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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints portrayed a live Nativity scene with music. 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.
This year the The Historical Society is grateful to the following sponsors:
WELLS FARGO ADVISORS, our primary sponsor-Memorial Park Funeral Home -Breakfield & Associates - Clark Outdoors - Hasty Pope LLP - Kesler Tire & Alignment Service - Milton Martin Toyota - Riverside Pharmacy - United Community Bank - Wells Fargo Bank - Applied Images - Gainesville Times Matthews Printing - The Norton Agency - Quinlan Visual Arts Center - The Magical Mister McClure - Phaedra & Arturo Corso - Jacobs Media - Mar-Jac Poultry - Inez Grant Gillsville Law LLC - The Fudgery - Gainesville Design Center - The Rotary Club of Gainesville - North Georgia Community Foundation - Conditioned Air Systems, Inc. - Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint - The Newcomers Club of Gainesville.
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.