Christmas In The Park Is Set Dec. 8 In Dowdy Park, Depot PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 December 2017 10:30
Children of all ages are invited to enjoy the City of Summerville’s annual Christmas In The Park. J. R. “Dick” Dowdy Park will come to life Friday, Dec. 8, as holiday cheer is offered free to the public from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Santa will arrive at the Summerville Depot at 6:30 p.m. to visit and offer free photos with children. The official lighting of the tree ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Free hot chocolate, cotton candy, and popcorn will be available in the middle gazebo to tempt the taste buds. Traditional holiday hay rides will once again be offered, boarding from the park. Musical entertainment will be a highlight of the evening, bringing Christmas cheer to all. Enjoy special live performances by the Horizon Church and Summerville First United Methodist Church Handbell Choir, Chattooga Chorus, The Southern Style Sweetheart Cloggers, The Bradley Brothers and Watkins Family, and more. 
Drawings will be held for a girls and a boys bike, as well as two Christmas hams. Tickets will be available at the big gazebo at no charge. Only one ticket per item will be allowed per person. The announcement of winners will be at the small gazebo at 8:45 p.m. Ticket holders must be present to win. 
Free tours of the Couey House will be given by the Chattooga County Historical Society. The house has been recently furnished in period appropriate furnishing that would have been appropriate of Chattooga County families in the early 1840-1850’s. The Chattooga County Garden Club will adorn the house with all natural Christmas Decor.
Christmas In The Park just wouldn’t be complete without elves and cookies. Once again children will have the chance to be named “The Best Dressed Elf’ and holiday bakers will battle to earn the right for their cookie to be proclaimed as the “Best Christmas Cookie of 2017”.
This contest is open to all elementary aged children and sponsored by Summerville Main Street. Registration for “Elves” entering the contest will be held at the small gazebo in Dowdy Park between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Judging is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. The contest winner will receive a trophy, be named “Head Elf” and will do the honors of lighting the official park tree. The tree lighting is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Attention Bakers: Summerville Main Street is looking for the best cookie bakers in the area to compete in the 2017 Christmas Cookie Smack Down to be held during Christmas In The Park on Friday, Dec. 8. For the bakers up to accepting the challenge, bring one dozen of your favorite homemade Christmas Cookies, along with your cookie recipe to the small gazebo in Dowdy Park during Christmas in the Park. Entries will be accepted from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Recipes are subject to be publicized by our local media. Your cookie entry should be accompanied by a registration form, which may be filled out onsite. Six of your cookies will be sampled for judging, with the remaining six cookies being packaged and donated as a Christmas Gift to The Hope Rebirth Homeless Shelter. Event winners will be announced at 8 p.m. trophies will be awarded to first, second and third place winners and the winning entry will be proclaimed by Mayor Harvey as “Best Christmas Cookie 2017”
Family fun is promised for the 2017 Christmas in the Park. For more information contact Summerville City Hall at 706-859-0900.

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