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PHOTOS: Dawsonville began the Christmas season with a downtown parade, Jingle Market and tree lighting
Santa Claus waves to adoring children during the 2022 Dawsonville Christmas Parade. Local businesses and organizations had the chance to display their creativity in the parade. - photo by Rio White

On Saturday, Nov. 19, droves of people from near and far came to downtown Dawsonville to watch the Christmas parade, shop in the Jingle Market and watch the tree lighting ceremony during the city’s 10th annual Christmas event. 

A wide variety of local organizations kicked off the day’s festivities at 4 p.m. with the annual parade through downtown Dawsonville.

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After the parade was opened by a performance of Christmas music by the Dawson County High School marching band, the many attendees lining the streets enjoyed dozens of creative and colorful floats put together by familiar faces in the area, such as the Rotary Club, several churches, youth sports groups and many more.

As the parade traversed through downtown, onto Highway 53 and toward City Hall, the people on the floats helped usher in the Christmas spirit by tossing candy toward eager young faces and shouting “Merry Christmas!”

Following the parade’s conclusion, many people walked or drove down to City Hall to participate in the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Jingle Market, where attendees could get to experience a range of local businesses and shop for Christmas gifts and decorations

Hundreds gathered around City Hall to witness the 2022 Christmas Tree Lighting event on Nov. 19. - photo by Rio White

In addition to the Jingle Market being open from 4 to 8 p.m., families were also able to walk up to the farmer’s market pavilion to take photos with Santa and purchase concessions from local and regional food vendors. 

After a couple hours of market merriment, excitement began to build prior to the annual tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Just before the lighting commenced, awards were handed out to some of the best floats in the Christmas parade.

When that ceremony concluded, hundreds gathered around the towering tree in front of City Hall and began to count down from 10.

With every second that passed, the sounds of cheering and clapping swelled — until the tree was finally illuminated in all its glory for everyone to witness. 

The night was capped off by live entertainment of classic Christmas tunes, courtesy of many local groups including the Dawson County High School chorus.