Savannah’s 4th ‘Christmas on Main’ starts today

Savannah’s fourth annual Christmas on Main celebration begins Friday, with the lighting of the 30 foot tree at 5 p.m., at Court Square.
“It’s the official kickoff to this year’s event, and you don’t want to miss it!”exclaimed Betty Lynn Collier, Christmas on Main director.
Through the year-long planning efforts of the Christmas on Main committee and many volunteers, Savannah is now a “Christmas Wonderland,” putting smiles on the faces of children and the young at heart. Main Street itself is a vision of a favorite holiday card and photo-ops abound, especially during the Christmas on Main events, the first three weekends in December.
“The committee and I are dreaming of a white Christmas with surprises in store for our guests. You will have to come to see the magic,” said Collier. “Bring your family to experience the excitement and nostalgia of an old-fashioned Christmas right here in downtown Savannah.”
Collier says “there is big news at Christmas on Main.”
“You know how we’ve always charged for skating in our winter wonderland? Well, we’re making a change – skating is now free,” said Collier. “So that means that every activity at Christmas On Main is now 100 percent free. There’s already enough stress about extra spending during this season, so we don’t want you worrying about that when you bring your family to experience our small-town Christmas.”
Activities include:
•Ice skating
•Visits with Santa
•Arts and crafts
•Carriage rides
•Christmas train rides
•Trolley rides
•Movies at Savannah Theater
•Face painting
Several things have changed this year and measures have been introduced to help reduce the long lines. Ice skating has moved to Savannah Market, under a canopy of lights and chandelier balls.
Rides leave from the Savannah Market area this year. The trolley will carry guests throughout the historic district. A second horse drawn carriage has joined the event, carrying passengers down Main Street. A Christmas wagon has been added for families to enjoy.
Collier tells of more characters out and about interacting with the crowds.
Another train car has been added to the Christmas train, in order to carry more passengers per ride.
The canopy of lights on Court Square will house the Christmas on Main Cafe.
Collier also says “there will be lots of food vendors offering delicious treats and warm drinks at reasonable prices.”
“This year we’re closing lines at 8:30 p.m., which means as long as you’re in line at 8:30, we’ll keep the activity going until you get a chance to participate,” she said.
This year five favorite Christmas movies will be shown at the historic Savannah Theater, at 7 nightly. Each night of Christmas on Main, a different movie will be shown.
•Dec. 6 – The Polar Express (G)
•Dec. 7 – Elf (PG)
•Dec. 13 – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (G)
•Dec. 14 – The Santa Clause (PG)
•Dec. 20 – Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas (G)
Seating is limited, so don’t be late. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
“The people on the committee are the most hardworking, most fabulous people to work with in the world. We’ve met every month for four years and they are always ready to add more, make things grander. And to our donors and volunteers, we could never make this happen with you,” said Collier. “Everyone come on out – we’re ready to have a blast!”
Christmas on Main is for five nights: Dec. 6-7, Dec. 13-14, and Dec. 20, open from 5-8:30.

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