The City of Thomaston kicked off the Christmas season twice last week, with Santa Claus visiting with children at the courthouse on Thanksgiving evening, and then with the annual Christmas Lights Parade last Saturday nights. Hundreds of people packed the sidewalks and parking spaces along the route to watch more than 55 gaily decorated UTVs, floats, trailers, and groups of people walk the parade route.
But last weekend was just the beginning, and Christmas continues this weekend with a variety of events ranging from Breakfast with Santa and Fly for Tots, to the opening of Christmas Lane and Sounds of the Season.
Fly for Tots
The 21st annual “Fly for Tots” Christmas fund raiser will be held Dec. 5 at the Thomaston-Upson County Airport. The annual event benefits the Empty Stocking Fund and is hosted by the West Central Georgia Flying Club and the airport.
Flights will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. at the airport located on Delray Road. Bring a toy or a cash donation (Adults $20, children 16 and under $10) to receive a free flight over Thomaston or a pancake breakfast (morning only). Please leave gifts unwrapped. Passengers under 18 must have a guardian sign a waiver before the flight.
Breakfast with Santa
The Rock Ranch will hold its annual Breakfast with Santa event on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. Enjoy a hot breakfast and a persona visit with Santa in Truett’s Barn. The breakfast menu includes waffles, scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, sausage, biscuits, gravy, and drinks.
Early breakfast is from 9:30 – 11 a.m., and late breakfast is from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.95 per person, plus tax. Children two years old and younger may sit in their parent’s lap and eat from their parent’s plate for free. Kids three years old and older will require a ticket.
Families may bring their own cameras to take candid pictures in the dining room as Santa visits each table. Each child will have a chance to sit in Santa’s lap at a professional quality photo set while moms and dads snap pictures. There is no extra charge for taking photos. There will be activities (such as wagon ride farm tours and Christmas movies in the theater room) to keep kids entertained after breakfast while waiting to meet Santa.
Seating is limited and these events do sell out. Call 706-647-6374 for more information.
A Thomaston neighborhood tradition, Christmas Lane on R Street opens Dec. 5. Santa is scheduled to lead the way down R Street on opening night as the Christmas lights and decorations are turned on at each house participating. Lights are scheduled to be turned on at dark each evening, and Christmas Lane will continue through the end of December. This is a free event for the community.
Sounds of the Season
The Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC) presents Sounds of the Season, a musical program for the whole family, on Dec. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Upson Lee Fine Arts Center.
This magical evening will feature Christmas classics, sacred hymns and familiar carols by local musicians and vocalists. Bring the entire family out for this wonderful celebration that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. Advance tickets are available at the TUAC Gallery on the square in Thomaston or at the door on the night of the program.
This event is sponsored by State Rep. and Mrs. Johnnie L. Caldwell, Jr., in loving memory of Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie L. Caldwell, Sr.
For more information, call 706-647-1605.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.