Local area events for this year


Sixth annual Parade of Trees – Americus
Come and experience the joy of the holidays at Rylander Park in downtown Americus. Dozens of brand new Christmas trees will be decorated this year. The trees will be on display through Dec. 28. For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

Christmas Tree Lighting – Downtown Plains
Join the fun as President Carter’s hometown of Plains conducts its annual lighting of the Downtown Christmas Lights. For more information, call Ruth Sanders at 229-824-5373 or 229-938-3835 or visit www.plainsgeorgia.com.

Christmas in Dixie Country Fair – Downtown Leslie
The city of Leslie will host the “Christmas in Dixie Country Fair” in downtown with arts and crafts; music on stage all day; a cake and pie baking contest; food of all varieties; the Cotton Warehouse Flea Market; Christmas tree lighting; and an appearance by Santa Claus. Visitors can come and tour Leslie and hear its history. In the case of inclement weather, events may be moved to the Leslie Civic Center. For information on Saturday’s event, call Jessie Reese at 229-874-1259 or 229-591-2763.

2, 16
Jimmy Carter Sunday school class – Plains
10 AM
President Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.  Visitors must arrive early. For more information, call 229-824-2896.

3, 5, 10, 12
Holiday Ornament Workshops – Americus
4:30 PM-7:30 PM
Join Sunni Zemblowski for these workshops to make unique ceramic ornaments for the holiday season. The Monday and Wednesday workshops are project oriented, but with flexibility to create different resulting objects. You can choose to create a from-scratch, glazed ceramic ornament or simply decorate a pre-existing ceramic ornament. Class dates and times vary. The cost is $5 per ornament. For information, email contact@szemblowski.com or visit szemblowski.com/Americus.

Americus Christmas Parade – Downtown Americus
7 PM
This annual event is a highlight of the holiday season each year downtown. Nearly 75 entries include floats, marching bands, and a variety of participants, including Santa Claus. For information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

First Friday – Downtown Americus
5 PM-8PM

An Andersonville Christmas – Downtown Andersonville
6 PM-9PM
Join in the fun as the historic Village of Andersonville hosts its annual holiday event. For more information, contact Cynthia at 229-924-2558 or email andersonvillega@att.net.

1st Annual Brickyard BBQ Bash – Americus
Americus KOA at Brickyard Plantation’s 1st Annual Brickyard BBQ Bash, with professional and cooking for fun BBQ competition sanctioned by the Georgia Barbecue Association, takes place on Friday and Saturday. A live band will perform Saturday. Full schedule will be announced. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Harvest of Hope Food Pantry in Americus. More than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. Admission is free with a donation of canned goods.
For sponsor information, contact Ira Kelly at 229-942-2330.
For vendor information, contact Debra Sykes at 229-874-1234.

Wreaths Across America – Andersonville
The display at the Andersonville National Historic Site’s cemetery pays tribute to America’s veterans, and is part of the national Wreaths Across America program. After a short public ceremony to honor our veterans, visitors will be invited to help place wreaths on veterans’ gravesites. Between 500 and 800 wreaths are donated for Andersonville National Cemetery each year. For more information, call 229-924-0343.

Windsor Hotel New Year’s Eve Celebration – Americus
Hundreds enjoy this annual event at the historic 1892 Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel. For information, call  229-928-0533.


First Friday Americus – Chili Crawl
5 PM-8 PM
Enjoy the Chili Crawl “cookoff” featuring up to 15 inventive and delicious entries, housed in various downtown businesses. The fun family-oriented event offers one way to beat those “mid-winter blues.” For more information, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

6, 20
Jimmy Carter Sunday school class – Plains
10 AM
President Carter teaches Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. Visitors must arrive early. For more information, call 229-824-2896.


First Friday  Americus – “Lovin’ Americus”
5 PM-8 PM
For more information about this monthly event, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

‘Love of Literacy Gala’ – Americus
6 PM
Books for Sumter Children will be hosting its annual “Love of Literacy Gala” at the Rees Park Economic Development Center, 409 Elm Ave. in Americus.  Tickets can be purchased from any board member. For more information, contact Kim Christmas at kchristmas@pharmacentra.com.

Women’s Wine & Chocolate Walk – Americus
2 PM-6 PM
For more information on this second annual downtown event, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.

Academic History Bowl – Plains
The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will be hosting this 22nd annual event at Plains High School, the official state school of Georgia. Middle school and high school students are invited to participate. The topics for the event are Georgia, United States, world history and World Area Studies (sixth and seventh grade Georgia Social Studies Standards of Excellence). For more information, contact Marle Usry at 229-824-4104 (Ext. 250).

MARCH 2019

First Friday Americus
5 PM-8 PM
For more information about this monthly event, call 229-924-4411, Ext. 247.