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Downtown Thomasville transformed for Victorian Christmas

December 14, 2006

Thomasville-- If you're in downtown Thomasville Thursday or Friday night, you may think you've gone back in time.  Every Christmas, the City of Thomasville and its downtown businesses put on the elaborate Victorian Christmas festival. Downtown vendors and others in Thomasville, go all out to transform the town into what it may have looked like, many Christmas' ago. 

Along with every other downtown merchant, Savannah Moon Bakery and Cafe is gearing up for tonight's Victorian Christmas.  "It's really good, because it gets people who normally don't come downtown, gets a lot of people down here, the streets are really crowded," says Ben Golden of Savannah Moon.

This will be the 20th year of this quaint Thomasville tradition. Thursday and Friday nights, four downtown blocks will be transported back in time. "Well, Thomasville was founded in the late 1800s so that was right in the Victorian era, and all of our history and our buildings downtown are the Victorian era, so it just fits in with our community," says Karen Smith, director of Downtown Thomasville Mainstreet.

Three stages set up in the street will showcase live entertainment. There's also a live Nativity scene. And horse-drawn carriages will be on hand to give rides. Shops will be open late, with many shopkeepers set up outside, decked out in Victorian costumes.




But vendors won't be the only ones getting dressed up. Festival promoters encourage everyone to rustle up a Victorian costume, come downtown and enjoy the fun.

"Historically we've had about 10,000 each night, but this year with the weather we're expecting 10,000 to 15,000 each night," says Smith.  And the weather for the event is supposed to be unseasonably warm.

"Snow would be perfect, but I don't think that's gonna happen," says Golden.  But according to downtown gossip, despite the warm temperatures, it might be a possibility.  "That's what I heard, there're people talking about it all over town," he says.

"We're bringing in an ice man with a truckload with 300-pound blocks of ice, and he has a machine that converts the ice into snow. It's not crushed ice now, its really blown, fine snow," says Sharlene Celaya of Thomasville National Bank.  But even if the snow melts, the festivities are sure to bring smiles to all who venture downtown. 

Thomasville's municipal auditorium, just down the street, will also have live entertainment. Tonight is choral music, tomorrow- a shortened version of the Nutcracker.

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