Covington, Georgia’s historic town square celebrated Christmas in style on Thursday, November 19th. The Annual Lighting of the Square kicked off the holiday season with plenty of surprises. The fun began at 5:30pm, as crowds of excited children and families flocked to the square. Every storefront was lit and businesses were open for Candlelight Shopping. Patrons visited Covington’s fine boutiques, searching for the perfect Christmas gift. Square Perk and Scoops Sweet Treats were offering coffee, bakery treats, or ice cream for hungry visitors. You could also take a romantic ride in a horse drawn carriage through the crowd and take in the holiday sights of Covington.
The square also hosted some pretty incredible talent on the main stage. Covington was treated to performances of our favorite Christmas carols from Livingston Elementary School and their incredible children’s choir. Members of Covington Regional Ballet performed a mini-recital from their upcoming annual production of The Nutcracker. The stage also played host to Oxapella, the acapella troupe from Oxford College of Emory University. We have to say it. We were aca-amazed by their performance! At 6:50pm, the Big Man himself made his debut. That’s right, Santa Claus came to town! Amidst the cheers of jubilant children, Santa brought his holiday magic to Covington’s Square and even taught the crowd how to “Whip and Nay Nay.”
But, the biggest surprise was saved for last. After the sun went down over the square and the daylight faded to night, it was time for the Lighting of the Square. As Santa pulled the lever to turn on the Christmas lights, fireworks blazed into the sky. The fireworks were a complete surprise and the perfect accompaniment to the magnificent lights decorating our square.
Needless to say, Covington was the center of holiday spirit on Thursday. We know that we can’t wait for Christmas and we are betting you can’t either. Thank you to all who participated in the annual Lighting of the Square! Follow Main Street Covington on Facebook for even more Christmas cheer and to hear about upcoming holiday events this month.