Bryan County residents will celebrate a number of holiday events this month.
Downtown Pembroke will hold its annual tree lighting ceremony, Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. at 154 W. Railroad St.
There will be choirs, carols, food trucks, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, free hot chocolate, ornament painting, and a Christmas tree contest.
The city of Richmond Hill is holding its annual Chili Cook-Off, Friday, Dec. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at J.F. Gregory Park.
In conjunction with the Chili Cook-Off, The city is holding its second annual Gingerbread Competition, that same evening, also at the park.
South Bryan’s biggest holiday event is happening the morning of Saturday, Dec. 7, when Richmond Hill holds its annual Christmas Parade.
The parade features several school marching bands, law enforcement and first responders, local businesses and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Beginning at 10 a.m., residents will gather along Ford Avenue and the streets between the school complex and J.F. Gregory Park to view the parade.
On Sunday at 7 a.m., the public is invited to have Breakfast with Santa at the Richmond Hill Fire Station #1, 9964 Ford Avenue.
Pembroke’s Christmas Parade and Market is planned for Saturday, Dec. 14. The market, along Railroad Street, will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. During that time you can catch live performances on the entertainment stage. The lighted Christmas Parade starts at 5:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, travel back in time as Fort McAllister State Historic Park hosts its 155th Winter Muster, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
This annual reenactment commemorates the Battle of Fort McAllister, the last battle of General Sherman’s March to the Sea.
Watch as Federal soldiers attempt to seize Fort McAllister from its Confederate defenders. Cannon and musket firings will be ongoing throughout the day, including skirmishes between the two forces. The final assault reenactment will take place at 5 p.m. Audiences are encouraged to arrive by 4 p.m. to view the final assault.
Cost is $10 per person. Children two and under may enter free of charge.