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Illumination Celebration kicks off holiday season Wednesday

The annual Illumination Celebration will formally usher in the holiday season Wednesday night with an array of activities on tap in downtown Barnesville.

The evening begins with the community worship service at First United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Gordon president Dr. Kirk Nooks, assistant school superintendent Dr. Johnathan Roberts and various area pastors will lead the worship. Rev. Ann Mann will offer a Thanksgiving message.

A community choir will provide music. If you would like to sing, meet in the Stafford Room at the church at 5:30 p.m.

Downtown events begin at 7:30 p.m. with acting Barnesvillle police chief Belinda Penamon serving as emcee. The southbound lane of Main Street will be closed at 4 p.m. The northbound lane will be shutdown at 6 p.m.

Mayor Peter Banks will welcome the crowd and Rev. Andy Cook will give the opening prayer. The Rockettes from Ozier School of Dance will perform and Ryran Traylor will read ‘The Christmas Story’.

Tonya Walker will sing ‘O Holy Night’ and then the trees will be illuminated. Santa Claus will arrive via a tricked out Jeep and make his way to The Sims Team office where he will hear wish lists and take photos with the kids.

For more information, call the chamber of commerce office at 404.733.7034.

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