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Dawsonville rings in Christmas with tree lighting
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Mr. and Mrs. Claus wave to the crowd gathered around the historic courthouse in downtown Dawsonville during the city’s annual Christmas parade on Dec. 7. - photo by Jessica Taylor

Christmas has officially arrived in Dawsonville. The city welcomed the holiday season with a parade through the historic downtown Saturday evening, and waited until dark to light the city’s Christmas tree.

Families gathered around the historic courthouse and along Hwy. 53 towards the Dawsonville Municipal Complex to watch as some familiar faces came through town.

The Grinch himself was apprehended by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office for trying to steal Christmas away from local children. The Mayor of Whoville and Cindy Lou Who were in town to help judge the floats in the parade.

Based on their votes, Harmony Baptist Church’s locomotive float won first place for Best Float while the sheriff’s office’s valiant efforts to apprehend the Grinch secured a second place victory. KG Cleaning’s band of superheroes like Spiderman, Iron Man and Captain America earned them third place. The judges were impressed with Dawson Insurance’s snowmen in a winter wonderland, winning the group the coveted Most Creative Float.

After Mr. and Mrs. Claus concluded the parade, they took time to meet with the boys and girls of Dawsonville at city hall while families gathered to see the enormous Christmas tree in front of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame be lit.

City Hall was bustling with Christmas cheer as hundreds gathered around to stop by the food trucks and fire pits to make roasted marshmallows. The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame was teeming with people perusing the annual Jingle Market that’s sponsored by the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce.

By 6:15 p.m., it was dark enough to light the tree. Families gathered around and chimed in with the countdown and cheered in celebration when the tree’s lights illuminated the night, ensuring that Christmas was alive and well in Dawsonville once again.  

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A large crowd gathers around Dawsonville City Hall for the annual tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 7. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Shirley Hawkins walks with K.A.R.E. for Kids during the eighth annual Dawsonville Christmas Parade Dec. 7. K.A.R.E. for Kids is a nonprofit organization that provides underprivileged Dawson County children with Christmas presents and other assistance throughout the year. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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The Grinch’s attempts to steal Christmas are thwarted by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office who apprehended the green perpetrator and locked him behind bars during the eighth annual Dawsonville Christmas parade. - photo by Jeff Banks for the Dawson County News
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Families gather around a fire pit in front of Dawsonville City Hall to roast marshmallows during the Jingle Market and tree lighting festivities Dec. 7. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Members of the Dawsonville Lions Club wave to the crowd and toss candy to children during Dawsonville’s annual Christmas parade on Dec. 7. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Iron Man, Baby Iron Man and Spiderman make an appearance with the KG Cleaning team in the Dawsonville Christmas parade. KG Cleaning took home third place float in this year’s competition. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Harmony Baptist Church chugs along downtown Dawsonville in its train float that secured the church’s first place victory for best float in the 2019 Dawsonville Christmas parade on Dec. 7. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Elizabeth Nix of the Dawson County Retired Educators Association enjoys participating in her first Dawsonville Christmas parade on Dec. 7. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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A goat with Christmas spirit walks with Dawson County 4-H during the annual Christmas parade in downtown Dawsonville. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Dawson Insurance’s creative theme of snowmen in a winter wonderland won them Most Creative Float in the 2019 Dawsonville Christmas parade. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Children play with fake snow as part of a special Christmas display in front of Dawsonville City Hall on Dec. 7. The display provides the community an opportunity to take pictures won a sled surrounded by snow as well as offers a chance to mail letters to Santa Claus at the North Pole. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Dawsonville City Hall and the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame are decorated with wreaths, lights and a Christmas tree for the holiday season. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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The Christmas tree in front of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame provides a great photo-op for families during the 2019 Jingle Market and tree lighting festivities in downtown Dawsonville Dec. 7. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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The winners of best parade floats and most creative floats gather on the stage to collect their trophies. First place for best float was awarded to Harmony Baptist Church for its locomotive float. Dawson County Sheriff’s Office won second place for its Grinch behind bars float. KG Cleaning’s superhero theme secured third place in the contest. The most creative float went to Dawson Insurance for its winter wonderland theme. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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Christmas is officially here in Dawsonville as the city lit its Christmas tree in front of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Dec. 7 as hundreds of community members gathered around to celebrate the season. - photo by Jessica Taylor
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