The weather still looks and feels a bit like fall, but with the lighting of the grand tree in front of city hall this past weekend, there's no doubt the spirit of Christmas has made it to Dawsonville.
The City of Dawsonville and the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the season with a parade around the town square Saturday afternoon, followed by holiday festivities like decorating cookies, sipping hot cocoa and visits with Santa at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.
"The parade was awesome," said Brionna Sorrenson, a student at Dawson County Middle School who was in town to see her brother riding in the parade on his basketball team's float. "It was cool."
Her mother, Kari Garcia, said she was delighted to have a holiday parade so close to home.
"This is the first year we've been. I hope that the parade gets a little bit bigger each year," she said.
Now in its third year, organizers also hope to see the parade grow as more people hear about it.
"Thank you so much to everybody that participated in the Christmas parade. If you didn't participate this year, please plan to be in it next year," said Christie Haynes, chamber of commerce president. "We had great participants, and everyone that watched the parade, hopefully, now you're really feeling in the Christmas mood."
The parade featured nearly two dozen float entries, which competed for trophies and ribbons.
Winners were announced later that evening during the city's Christmas celebration and tree lighting ceremony.
Harmony Baptist Church took home the Best of Parade snow globe, while the Rotary Club of Dawson County won the snow globe trophy for most creative.
Other winners included Cub Scout Pack 133, KG Cleaning Service, Moohan Tae Kwon Do and the Dawsonville Lions Club.
"It was a really awesome parade," said Mayor James Grogan.