For Downtown in December, Jefferson will welcome the magical holiday season Dec. 4-5 with photos with Santa in the Pendergrass Store gallery, free carriage rides in downtown, a cookie event, lighting of the tree and the popular Christmas parade which steps off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.
This year’s parade theme is T’was the Night Before Christmas and you can still apply to participate in the parade by Nov. 30.
Downtown in December – with local businesses and restaurants welcoming shoppers and diners – will be from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, and carriage rides through downtown Jefferson will begin at 5:30 p.m. from the Crawford W. Long Museum where Santa will be available for photos as the jolly ol’ elf and Mrs. Claus arrive at 6 p.m. at the museum on a vintage fire truck.
Also at 5:30 p.m. will be the lighting of the tree in Marlowe Park with Mayor Roy Plott and the Jefferson City Council welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus to do the lighting honors. Carolers will also add to the season’s celebratory feel.
The horse-drawn carriage rides are sponsored by the Crawford Long Museum Association and Main Street Jefferson.
Visit with Santa inside the historic landmark instead of the mall from 6-9 p.m. and have local photographer Amber Mooney take a high resolution digital photograph which will be emailed to you within 24 hours for $5 or you can bring your own camera (cell phone or video) for photos for $5. Visit with Santa for free and no reservations are needed.
From 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, the museum is offering a cookie canvas workshop just for children, ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required as space is limited and the cost is $15 for museum members and $18 for non-museum members. The price includes all instruction and supplies for children to decorate a 9-inch Nestle Tollhouse cookie cake to take home.
For more information, contact the Crawford Long Museum, located at 28 College St. in downtown Jefferson, at 706-367-5307.