This month’s First Friday promises to be the biggest of the year.
It features the annual Christmas Holiday Celebration and all of its trappings. And for the second consecutive year, it will also be held in conjunction with the rescheduled Shopping by Lantern Light, which was postponed by inclement weather on its original date, Nov. 25.
The night will begin with Georgia Southern University men’s basketball coach Mark Byington, who will serve as the master of ceremonies, at 5:30 p.m. Friday. First Friday lasts until 8 p.m.
At that time, the third annual Run the Boro 5K will take place. There will be a family-friendly golf cart parade. And Chili Town will offer more than 30 varieties of homemade chili, offering patrons the chance to vote for their favorite.
A Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will be held on the courthouse lawn. Children can get a picture with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus with photographer Adam Pittman in Santa’s workshop, held in the Averitt Center for the Arts.
You can shop downtown from 50 craft and food vendors to get holiday gifts. Activities will be provided for the whole family to enjoy, including a Sea Island Bank train ride, Party Harbor bouncy houses, live music and performances by choral groups and dance schools. Downtown restaurants and shops will stay open late.
Across the street, in Charlie Oliff Square behind Sea Island Bank, the rescheduled seventh annual Shopping by Lantern Light will take place from 6-8 p.m.
The signature event for the Mainstreet Statesboro Farmers Market ushers in the holiday season, featuring more than 50 vendors representing local food producers and crafts from throughout the region. Lantern lights will provide a soft and nostalgic glow over choices including dairy products, meats, produce, nuts, eggs, honey, grains, baked goods, casseroles, holiday plants and unique crafts.
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