The week of Thanksgiving begins the countdown to a series of much-anticipated, seasonal activities and community fun in Telfair County. This time of year individuals, groups, businesses and churches come together to pitch in to get the area ready to celebrate the coming season. It’s Telfair’s annual leap into Christmas. Make plans to participate in one or all of the following Christmas events coming up soon right here at home.


Telfair County festivities are set to begin with the Jingle Bell Walk Thursday, Nov. 30.
“Bring your jingle bells, wear your craziest Christmas Shirt and let’s Jingle Bell Rock-It down Eighth and Oak St.,” says Telfair County Chamber of Commerce President Paula Rogers Anderson.
The Jingle Bell Walk is a one-mile walk that begins at the old Helena City Hall and ends at the Telfair County Chamber of Commerce.
Line up for the Jingle Bell Walk begins at 5 p.m. and all participants will get a chance to win prizes at the finish. During the line up, all Jingle Bell Walkers will receive a door prize ticket. At the end of the walk, drawings will be held for a chance for each entrant to win one of the following:
— $20 Shop at Home Gift Check
— $10 Shop at Home Gift Check
— Goody Bags
All Walk participants must be present with their ticket when the drawing is held.
Participants may walk with family, in a group of friends, or make the march solo. Either way, it doesn’t cost anything to participate and it’s not necessary to preregister —  just be at the old Helena City Hall at 5 p.m. for the line up. The first place winner of the Jingle Bell Walk wins a $20 Shop at Home Gift Check!


The next event on the schedule is a shopper’s dream come true — Telfair’s County’s Annual Christmas Night Out. “Tis the season for friends, family, fun and shopping,” says Anderson. From 6-8 p.m., at participating locations, you can visit with friends, enjoy live entertainment, visit with Santa, make S’mores, decorate a Christmas cookie, enjoy refreshments and shop, shop, shop!”


The very next day, the community will gather together again for Telfair’s Annual Lighted Christmas Parade to be held Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “A starry night,” and planners hope for a huge turnout. The parade route begins at the intersection of Forsyth St and Eighth St. (Hwy 341) and continues down Oak St ending at the Piggly Wiggly parking lot. “We are looking for entries of floats, walkers, cars, trucks, etc. from businesses, churches, schools, school clubs, civic organizations, and individuals,” says the chamber president. “We would like for your entry to illustrate the theme of “A Starry Night” and what it means to you! We encourage you to be creative with the theme, keeping things fresh, fun and most of all LIT UP!”
The deadline to register to enter the parade is Monday, Nov. 27 at noon. The chamber advises that no live Santa will be allowed on entries as the real Santa Clause will be bringing up the rear of the parade on the fire truck. Please Note: Candy throwing is not allowed for safety reasons. Entry Fees are $10 for floats and $5 for all other entries — walkers, cars, trucks, atv’s golf carts, motor bikes, bicycles, horses, etc. Floats only will be judged for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place and will be judged on the following criteria: overall appearance, special effects, creativity/workmanship and use of the theme: A Starry Night. Parade entry forms can be obtained from and are to be returned to the Telfair County Chamber of Commerce, 9 E. Oak Street McRae-Helena. Please DO NOT email or fax entry form as payment MUST be made with registration. In addition entry forms may be downloaded online at http://www.telfairco.org/christmasevents/christmasparade.html.



The Telfair Center for the Arts will come alive from the glow during the 3rd Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting to be held on Saturday, Dec 2 at 7 p.m. In the spirit of the season, guests will enjoy a live musical performance by the McRae United Methodist Church Praise Band in the Center’s auditorium. Everyone is invited to join McRae-Helena Mayor Mike Young, the McRAe-Helena City Council, the Telfair County Chamber of Commerce and Pioneer Historical Society members as they countdown to light the tree. Hot cider, soft drinks and treats will be served to keep everyone warm. Parking is free at the Telfair Center for the Arts.

…and other Christmas events in Telfair

• Christmas in Lumber City is planned for Monday, Dec. 4 from 5-7 p.m. Come on down to Lumber City Georgia for a visit with Santa, Story Time with Santa and a walk along Main Street in Lumber City. Refreshments will be served.
• Wednesday, Dec. 6, the Christmas fun continues in Milan with a Small Town Christmas at 6 p.m. at the Milan Gym. Everyone is invited to come to Milan and “Celebrate the TRUE meaning of Christmas.” This event is free to all comers and there will be lots of free entertainment for everyone.
• Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10, Sand Grove Baptist Church presents, “Not that far from Bethlehem.” This event is an outdoor nativity, re-enactment with live animals, music and live cast members to be held Saturday and Sunday at the church on Hwy 280 in Milan beginning each night at 6 p.m. Call (229) 425-9715 for more information about the live nativity “Not that far from Bethlehem” at Sand Grove Baptist Church.
For more information about these upcoming events, contact the Telfair County Chamber of Commerce by calling (229) 868-6365, emailing rogers@telfairco.org or by visiting the Chamber’s website at www.telfairco.org. “All of these events are a wonderful way to start out the Christmas season,” says Anderson. “You will definitely have the Christmas Spirit after participating in these events, so join us here in Telfair County for some good old fashioned Christmas fun!”