The City of Hogansville started out the Christmas season with a bang Saturday, December 9, with their annual Christmas on Main Street Celebration.
The event kicked off in the morning with the Christmas Bazaar, a new event with vendors at Askew Park in downtown Hogansville. The bazaar was a holiday themed mini-festival with vendors and crafts.
The idea for the bazaar was that it would be similar to the Hummingbird Festival and bring people into Hogansville for the whole day.
Old St. Nick was also on hand for family photos. Not to be left out, Mrs. Claus also offered story time in the park for kids attending the festivities.
Later in the afternoon, the Christmas Market began and attendees were encouraged to stop by the shop in the historic downtown area. The Christmas market was a holiday themed version of Hogansville’s Market Days that are held throughout the year.
Once the sun started to go down, attendees headed over to Calvin Hipp Memorial Park for the annual tree lighting ceremony, where they joined Hogansville Elementary School students in a bit of caroling.
Dozens of golden stars decorated the city’s two Christmas trees in the park. The stars were purchased and adorned with the names of loved ones, with the proceeds going to the Empty Stocking Fund.
Soon afterwards the annual Christmas parade began down Main Street.
Floats from local businesses and churches, along with the Callaway High Marching Band, Scouts, public safety personnel, and other organizations paraded through the streets of Hogansville, tossing out candy and spreading Christmas cheer.
The big man himself, Santa Claus, closed out the parade before heading off to the depot for more photos.
Willow Heim of God’s Breadbasket served as this year’s grand marshal.