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Hogtown Downtown Holiday Treats

Dec 02, 2019 07:53PM ● By Sheila Mahan

The annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., December 7, at the historic Thomas Center, in Gainesville, featuring a visit from Santa, caroling and holiday music from local groups and light refreshments. The Duck Pond Neighborhood Association sparkles with luminaries lit for the occasion. The heart of the celebration comprises the holiday decorations on the giant tree and around the building, which are annually provided by Thomas Center associates.


Participants will rock out the old and ring in the new with friends at Bo Diddley Plaza for the Gainesville Downtown Countdown on December 31. The concert will begin at 9:30 p.m. and run until 12:30 a.m. At the stroke of midnight, noisemakers distributed to the audience earlier in the evening will herald the New Year.


Admission is free. Locations: Thomas Center, 302 NE 6th Ave.; Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. For more information, call Gainesville Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs at 352-334-5067.

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