Christmas on the Square

Thousands annually attend Christmas on the Square, which returns to downtown Live Oak this weekend. For the first time, vendors will be open Friday in addition to Saturday.

LIVE OAK — With a chill in the air, it’s beginning to feel more like Christmas.

And it’ll look more like Christmas this weekend when the 34th annual Christmas on the Square is held in downtown Live Oak.

The expanded festival will kick off Thursday with the lighting of the Christmas tree, a live 18-foot tree, by Mayor Frank Davis before the Jingle Bell Fun Run begins at 5:30 p.m. in Millennium Park. When the run ends back at the park, a Christmas movie will be shown with hot chocolate and treats for those in attendance.

“The Polar Express” won the online voting as the movie to be aired that night.

“We’re looking forward to a great week and we can’t wait to see the community come out and enjoy all the festivities,” said Jimmy Norris, Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce’s executive director.

“We really hope everyone comes out and takes part in the Thursday night events.”

Those events are an appetizer leading into arts and crafts vendors that will be open starting at 4 p.m. Friday and lasting until 10 p.m. before reopening for the full-day Saturday festival as in years past.

In addition to the expanded time for the booths, Snow on the Square is returning Friday night to the festival as well as a fireworks show.

More than 30 tons of snow will be dropped on downtown Live Oak for the night with an additional slide added as well after last year’s initial snow event.

The festival, which also will once again include Santa Land, live entertainment, a car show and ag exhibit, will last throughout Saturday, concluding with the lighted Christmas parade at 6 p.m.

“It’s going to be the best one yet,” Chamber President Brandon Fernald said previously about this year’s expanded festival.

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