LIST: Getting into the holiday spirit with Christmas events around Southwest Ga.

Around Southwest Georgia, there are several events scheduled this month to bring your family...
Around Southwest Georgia, there are several events scheduled this month to bring your family closer together this holiday season.
Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 9:09 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2021 at 9:39 PM EST
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - It’s finally the Christmas season. Which means it’s time for joyful family fun.

Around Southwest Georgia, there are several events scheduled this month to bring your family closer together this holiday season.


The City of Albany will host the 31st annual Celebration of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 4 in Downtown Albany. The theme is “A Candyland Christmas.” Vendor set-up starts at 4 p.m. and with the Celebration of Lights Christmas Parade starting at 6 p.m. The Celebration of Lights pre-show begins at 5 p.m. followed by the lighting of the tree at 5:45 p.m. Click here for an application to participate as a vendor or in the parade.

The 31st Annual Celebration of Lights is just around the corner! Join us in Downtown Albany, Georgia on Saturday,...

Posted by The City of Albany on Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Chehaw Park & Zoo will host their annual Festival of Lights on Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-24, and 26 from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $8 per car for members of any Artesian Alliance organization and $10 per car for nonmembers.

The Phoebe Foundation’s Light of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony will be Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. This year’s honorary tree lighters are Sam and Kara Shugart. For more information and to make a donation, click here.

We hope you will join us for Phoebe Foundation's Lights of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony tomorrow night! We are so excited...

Posted by Phoebe Putney Health System on Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Phoebe will also host their annual Jingle Bell Jog race on Saturday, Dec. 11 starting at Tift Park. The 10K run begins at 8 a.m., the one-mile fun walk starts at 9 a.m., and the 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. To register, click here.

The Thronateeska Heritage Center will offer “Selfies with Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The planetarium show, Season of Light, will also be playing throughout the day.

Come see us! Selfies with Santa this Saturday from 10 am until noon!

Posted by Thronateeska Heritage Center on Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Sherwood Worship Choir and Orchestra will host a two-night concert event called “Wonder” on Dec. 11&12. at Sherwood Church, 2201 Whispering Pines Road. Family fun activities begin at 4 p.m., Doors open for the interactive pre-show and prizes start at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call Seth Brasher at (229) 883-1910 or email

Community organization, Our Future, Our Kids LLC., is hosting their 6th annual Community Christmas Eve Breakfast on Dec. 24 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The breakfast will be at Fit Nation Gym, 110 North Washington Street. For more information, email founder, Rodriquez Thomas at

As different groups and organizations gear up to help those that are less fortunate during the holidays. Please allow us...

Posted by Our Kids , Our Future Llc. on Monday, December 13, 2021

Evangelical Faith Vision Ministries will host Christmas at the Cathedral, 1506 South Slappey Boulevard on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m. All kids ages 16 and under will receive a gift. Everyone in attendance, ages 17 and older, will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a gift. There will also be a food box distribution during the event. It’s free and open to the public.

For transportation or more information call (229) 436-7707 or visit their website.

Evangelical Faith Vision Ministries will host Christmas at the Cathedral on Dec. 19.
Evangelical Faith Vision Ministries will host Christmas at the Cathedral on Dec. 19.(Evangelical Faith Vision Ministries)

Phoebe Sumter is set to hold their Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. It will be held at the hospital main entrance, 126 Highway 280 West. The tree lighter will be Alex Riccardi-Turner.

We are so excited to hear Dr. Riccardi-Turner's story this Thursday night. Please join us!

Posted by Phoebe Sumter Medical Center on Monday, December 6, 2021

You can ride on Cordele’s Holiday Train starting Saturday, Dec. 11. The first trip will depart from downtown Cordele at 5 p.m. Each trip is an hour ride. Coach adults tickets are $25 per person, kids ages 2-12 are $15 per person and the deluxe package for all ages is $30. For tickets and more information, click here.


The Lee County Chamber of Commerce will have its 33rd Annual “Spirit of Christmas Parade.”

Parade kickoff will be at 10 a.m. on Main Street.


Wild Adventures Theme Park will kick off their celebrations on Dec. 4 with sights such as over a million lights, a five-story animated Christmas tree, festive food, Santa visits, and the Glimmering Light Trail. The Christmas celebrations will run until Jan. 2. For tickets, click here.

The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority (VLPRA) will host two community events for the family.

On Dec. 16, VLPRA will old its first-ever Christmas-themed tie-dye night. Bring a new white shirt or white socks to dye. It’s open to all ages. Just $3 per item if you bring your own shirt, or $10 if you use a VLPRA provided shirt. All items are first come, first serve. The fun will be from 6-8 p.m. at the VLPRA Senior Center, 1360 East Park Avenue.

On Dec. 21, there will be a Candy Cane Hunt. All ages are welcome as there will be separate hunts for older and younger children. Also, everyone is invited to make crafts once the hunt is over. It will be at Drexel Park, 1401 North Patterson Street from 1-3 p.m.


The magic of Christmas will be in downtown Thomasville as they continue their First Friday Sip & Shop on Dec. 3. It will be filled with seasonal festivities such as live sidewalk entertainment, food trucks, and Christmas tree lighting.

The holiday magic of Christmas in Thomasville continues in downtown Thomasville on Friday, December 3rd with a First...

Posted by City of Thomasville, GA - Government on Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Victorian Christmas in downtown Thomasville is set for Dec. 9-10. It will be from 6-9 p.m. each night. The event will offer family fun activities such as carriage rides, visits with Santa, crafts for kids, live reindeer, and much more.

Join us for Victorian Christmas this week - Thursday & Friday nights from 6-9 pm. Check out more info here:

Posted by Downtown Thomasville, Georgia on Monday, December 6, 2021

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