Mayo christmas decorations

The Town of Mayo has hung up new Christmas decorations, using part of the funds received from Miracle Whip.

MAYO — Toyland is coming to Mayo next month.

The Christmas in Toyland festival will be held at Veterans Park in Mayo on Dec. 14.

The festival will begin with vendors setting up their booths beginning at 3 p.m. Santa Claus will attend for children to meet and to provide with their Christmas wish list.

The annual Christmas parade is set to start at 6 p.m., and the Christmas Tree Lighting is set for 7 p.m.

There is no cost for vendors to attend the festival. Rather, organizers are asking for an unwrapped present or toy to be donated to benefit Lafayette County children in need this Christmas. Those interested in a booth should contact a Lafayette Activities Group member. No food vendors will be accepted as the group uses the event as one of its fundraisers, and will be selling chili and hot chocolate throughout the festival.

Christmas music will be played throughout the park at the event.

Just in time for the festival, the Town of Mayo has recently purchased new Christmas lights for the downtown Mayo streets.

The cost for updated lighting and Christmas decorations for the town was $7,000, which was unanimously approved by the Mayo Town Council at its Nov. 4 meeting.

That money was part of the $25,000 donation the town received from Miracle Whip during its August 2018 visit.

The updated Christmas décor includes candy cane lights, snowflakes, garland and flag replacements, which are viewed by many as a much-needed update to the historic downtown district of Mayo.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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