Lawrenceville Lights Up the Holidays

24th annual Lighting of the Tree held at Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Hundreds capped off their Thanksgiving meal on Thursday and rang in the holidays in downtown Lawrenceville. For the 24th year, a giant Christmas tree was lit on the grounds of the . "It's a good start to the Christmas season," said Chelsea Thomas, who came with her parents. "I've always wanted to see it."

On one side of the grounds, many enjoyed Christmas tunes and oldies from Class Act Band and The John King Band. On the other side, booths offered up sweet treats and hot drinks. Activities for the kids included free face painting and crafts, and a lit up sleigh and reindeer provided the perfect set-up for family picture taking. For Scott Ford, the annual event is tradition. "I grew up in Lawrenceville and this is always a good event to come home to," Ford said.

By the time of the main attraction, the square was packed. People stood elbow to elbow for a peek at the Christmas tree. The band led the crowd in several Christmas carols. Right in the middle of "O Holy Night", the lights lit up the tree to "ooh's" and "aah's." The 35-foot Norway Spruce was donated by the Lawrenceville Trade and Tourism Association.

After that, came the honored guest. Santa rode in on a bright red pickup truck and walked through a sea of waiting children. "I wanted to bring my three and six-year-olds to see this," said Sonia Peeples. "I love the family-oriented feel of Lawrenceville."

The Christmas tree will be on display through December.



camilla cassell November 25, 2011 at 08:25 PM
A very good article. I like idea of keeping the traditional going, so that families can have something to look forward to each year. So many things have been discontinue because of the economy, and we need events like this to keep our spirits positive. Also, displays the love and joy that we should have in our heart centered around families, homes, and towns. As Dorothy said there is no place like home, well there is no place like home when you have something to come home to.


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