Christmas cheer begins coming in waves this weekend in Bryan County.
From Friday through next weekend, major events in tune with the holiday spirit will fill the area’s calendar. Here is what’s coming up throughout the county.
Chili Cook-Off: This 14th annual event will start at 6:30 p.m. in J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill. Awards will be given out for grand prize; first, second and third runner-up; people’s choice; and best booth design.
Christmas Parade: The 20th annual Richmond Hill parade will have the theme of “Christmas at the Movies.” The procession will start at 10 a.m., with the floats and vehicles starting from the school parking lot on Frances Meeks Way, going on Ford Avenue to Richard Davis Drive and eventually ending in J.F. Gregory Park.
The event draws more than 5,000 residents annually, according to the city’s Holiday Celebrations Committee.
Old-Fashioned Christmas on the Train: This free event will take place after the Christmas Parade at the Suites at Station Exchange, 3205 TSX Grand Central in Richmond Hill. Antique cars and tractors will be on display, along with live music, food and Santa Claus.
Pet Photos with Santa: Kids aren’t the only ones who can have their pictures taken with Santa. This fundraiser for the Bryan County Animal Control will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pawparazzi Pet Boutique and Grooming Spa, 11360 Ford Ave. Cost is $20 for each photograph.
Lighted Boat Parade: The 30th annual event will start at 4:30 p.m. at Fish Tales Restaurant with free photos with Santa until 7 p.m. Luke Lander will provide live music starting at 5 p.m. The procession will start at 6 p.m. on the Ogeechee River, with a fireworks display to end the evening.
Pembroke Christmas Parade and Festival: The festival for this 32nd annual event starts at 8 a.m. in downtown Pembroke, with the parade beginning at 10 a.m. Activities include arts, crafts, food, entertainment and a decorated-bicycle contest.
Proceeds will benefit the Bryan County 4-H. for more information, call 912-653-2231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.