THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Food is just one facet of the Victorian Christmas Festival.
This is a holiday tradition for families and businesses in south Georgia.
But after 30 years, the festival has grown in size and popularity!
We spoke with an associate at the Gift Shop on Broad Street who has experienced every single festival and tells me it just keeps getting bigger and better.
The sounds of Christmas fill the air in Thomasville.
Whether it's drivers who have traveled from neighboring states, or the sound of busy downtown stores preparing for holiday shoppers.
The magic of Christmas is alive.
"You start getting that warm feeling again," said The Gift Shop associate Will Krech. "Then you remember what it was like to be a kid and enjoy it."
It's that feeling that Krech said you can't help but feel during Thomasville Victorian Christmas.
"Yeah, it's fun to see all the trees and the lights. It's just really fun to get into the spirit," he said.
Krech started working at The Gift Shop on Broad Street when he was 9 years old.
And now, 30 years later, Krech has greeted shoppers from all over who have come to experience the town's Victorian Christmas.
"We've had folks from California, we've had folks from New York," he said. "Anywhere that they hear about it, they make a point to be here for that festival because it's such a big thing."
Every where you look, wreaths, bows, and lights line the town, providing a glimpse of what's to come.
You see children with smiles on their faces, eager to meet Santa and watch local performers.
It's a tradition Krech said families need.
"You know every generation has that feeling that they may be in the worst of times, but you kind of forget about all of that when you have an event like this that you can come together, and share, and realize that it's not so bad," he said.
The Gift Shop along with several other shops downtown will keep their doors open for folks here at the festival, Thursday and Friday night.