Dawsonville is celebrating the start of the holiday season Saturday with dozens of decorated floats lining the downtown streets in the city's second annual Christmas parade.
"It begins precisely at 4:30 p.m. and will take about 30-40 minutes," said Brenda Mason, with the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, which is organizing the event.
Many city streets will be closed for the parade, which drew hundreds of attendees in its inaugural year.
After the parade, attendees are invited to stick around for the annual tree lighting, set for 6 p.m. at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex.
"We hope to see a big crowd for the parade and lighting on Saturday. We are excited to celebrate the beginning of this season with our businesses and community," said Christie Haynes, chamber president.
More than 20 floats created by various local organizations, churches and businesses have registered to participate, as well as a symphonic band that will perform Christmas songs along the route.
"The Dawsonville Christmas Parade is aimed at celebrating all of the parts of the community that we love---our businesses, organizations, churches and amazing people," Haynes said. "We hope that you might join us as we celebrate our amazing community."
Featuring Christmas carols by local singer Peyton Porter and the Chamber Singers, as well as performances by the Synergy cloggers, the tree lighting ceremony includes complimentary hot cocoa, children's activities, such as crafting and cookie decorating, and visits with Santa.
Both events are free to attend, but there are some extra costs, such as food and photos with Santa.