First Friday Tree Lighting moves to virtual | News

TO UPDATE: Due to the risk of rain on the first Friday, the annual Milledgeville Tree Lighting will now take place virtually.

The event video will be posted on the Milledgeville Main Street and the City of Milledgeville Facebook pages. Still at 6 p.m., hear remarks from Main Street Director Carlee Schulte and Mayor Pro Tempore Denese Shinholster, see Santa, and watch the Milledgeville tree light up for the holidays.

This event is now only virtual and no longer a personal event.

It’s starting to look very similar to Christmas in downtown Milledgeville as the preparations for the holiday season begin. The annual tree lighting on the first Friday will be a little different this year, however. Due to COVID-19, the event will be scaled back.

The City of Milledgeville, Fowler Flemister, and Custom Signs and Designs have teamed up to host the annual Christmas tree lights. The tree lighting will be at 6pm on West Hancock Street in front of the Local Yolkal Cafe. Those who wish to participate in the tree lighting are asked to wear a mask and maintain social distance. For those unable to attend in person, Georgia College will be filming the tree lights for future viewing.

After the tree lights, Santa Claus drives a fire truck to GMC North Gate on East Greene Street, where children are invited to drop off a letter, wave to Santa Claus, and pick up a candy cane. This is a drive through event. Everyone has to stay in their vehicles.

Every year Milledgeville Main Street hosts a window dressing contest with businesses in the downtown area. This year, Main Street will involve the public. November 30th, Milledgeville Main Street posts photos of the decorated windows on their Facebook page so viewers can vote on their favorites. The winner will be announced at the Christmas tree lighting.

Special thanks to REMAX United Alliance, the Milledgeville City Public Works Division, Georgia Military College, Georgia College, Custom Signs and Designs, and Fowler Flemister for making this first Friday possible.

For more information about the first Friday or how to get involved, call Milledgeville Main Street at 478-414-4014 or email [email protected].