Busy Holiday Weekend in Toccoa

A busy weekend of Christmas activities continues tonight in Toccoa.

Downtown Toccoa will host its annual “Christmas Fest.”

This year’s “Christmas Fest” will run from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Toccoa.

Toccoa Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said this year’s “Christmas Fest” will have a number of things to do for all ages.

“We will have carriage rides,” said Crosby.  “We invite everybody to come.  It is a beautiful ride through the downtown (area).  Santa will be there for the children.”

Other festivities will include an inspirational drama from St. Matthias Episcopal Church of Toccoa and a play in the historic courthouse at 6 p.m., put on by a group called “The Lady Lawyers Who Lunch,” said Crosby.

“Christmas Fest” will also include Papa’s Little Choo Choo, and entertainment from the Stephens County High School Chorus and the Dance Studio.

At 8 p.m., Toccoa will light the city’s Christmas tree, which is located on Sage Street between Doyle and Tugalo streets.

Alongside “Christmas Fest” this year will be a Christmas Sage Market at the Studio and Frame Shop on Doyle Street from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Crosby said this will have Christmas decorations and gifts from local artists and crafters.

“We will have several shopping booths of arts and crafts,” said Crosby.  “We are really excited about that.  I think it will be a perfect venue.  The store has just recently been renovated.”

Downtown Toccoa will also host the Festival of Trees again this year during “Christmas Fest” on Friday and on Saturday prior to the Christmas parade.

Crosby said a number of trees will be on display in the historic Courthouse in downtown Toccoa.

“There will be several charities and non-profits represented,” said Crosby.  “We invite everyone to come and vote for their favorite tree and all of the proceeds will go to that charity (they vote for).”

The tree with the most votes gets $500 additional for their charity.

“It is an easy way for us to be able to help out at this time of the year,” said Crosby.

Following Friday’s activities, the Toccoa Woman’s Club will put on the annual Toccoa Christmas Parade on Saturday starting at 4 p.m. in downtown Toccoa.

This year’s theme is “Christmas in the South.”

Toccoa Woman’s Club President Bonnie Sparks said that if it is postponed due to rain, it would be Sunday at 3 p.m.

Also on Saturday night, Truckers for Kids will hold its annual toy run in Toccoa.  People can start viewing the trucks at StephensCountyHigh School at 1 p.m. and the run begins at dark, traveling from the High School down Big A Road and Currahee Street, then making its way back to the High School.

Everything wraps up on Sunday with the annual Toccoa Symphony Christmas Concert, starting at 4 p.m. at the GeorgiaBaptistConferenceCenter in Toccoa.