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Christmas prime time this weekend

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Staff Reports

The old saying “Christmas is coming early” is somewhat true this weekend in this community with a number of the bigger holiday events on tap.

The March of the Toys Parade Friday at 7 p.m. in Ball Ground opens a busy weekend. Last year this parade drew nearly 7,000 people, according to organizers. This year Grand Marshals will be Diana Goodman and Victoria (Miss Honeydew) Hallman, stars of the long-running television show, Hee Haw.

Attendees to the parade are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots Campaign. Collection boxes for the toys will be available at City Park and along the parade route on Main Street.

•Saturday, Jasper will  hold the Rock n’ Roll Christmas. This includes the long-running Night of Lights Parade (also a Toys for Tots event). In addition to the parade, events on Main Street in Jasper include performers and singers starting at 4 p.m., A reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at 5:30 p.m., lighting of the Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn at 5:50 p.m. and the parade at 6 p.m.

The Jasper Merchants sponsor the yearly festivities and say they have a good number of floats expected in the parade. Grand Marshal will be Hans Rueffert and Honorary Grand Marshal will be Edward Stephens.

While the early weather forecasts for the weekend indicate rain, merchants parade organizer Krista Kelley said they are hoping for a good patch of warmer and dry weather and hope people will make an effort to come out as their volunteers had put in a lot of work to make the event happen.

“Maybe Santa will be good to us and bring some good weather,” she said.

Other big Christmas events this weekend include everything from motorcycle rides to the tour of homes. Information on each of these events is found inside this week’s edition. Also look for special services information at most local churches.

Some of the bigger public events:

The 38th annual North Georgia Toy Run will be December 2. This is always an impressive sight with so many motorcycles on the road bringing toys for needy kids.

The Marine Corps Reserve  Bike Ride will support their Toys for Tots efforts on December 1st.

The Holiday Tour of Homes will be Sunday from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. benefitting the ACES Youth Home. It will feature five decorated homes on South Main Street in Jasper.

• Tater Patch Players will continue their run of A Christmas Story at their theater. 

• Not exactly Christmas, but the main character is green -- FX Theatrical Productions/North Georgia Acting Company presents Shrek the Musical starting Monday evening. Additional shows will be performed on Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th.

Information on all these events and more can be found inside this edition.