By Alton Mitchell
It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas throughout the local region. Temperatures later this week will feel like a brush with a Midwestern winter. The dip in local temperatures will only help to usher in the holiday season that is so quickly approaching. In addition to the feel of the holidays local festivities have begun that are also making it feel more like home for the holidays.
One popular venue opened to area visitors on this past weekend. The Merry-Go-Round in Valley began operation this past weekend and has a full schedule for riders to enjoy and get into the holiday spirit. The Merry-Go-Round is a Valley tradition as it celebrates its 60th Anniversary this season.
The Merry-Go-Round at Langdale in Valley has several varying hours of operation. From December 2-18th hours of operations will be Monday-Friday from 5-9 pm, on Saturday’s 10 am-9 pm, and on Sunday 1 pm- 5 pm. As the Christmas holiday approaches hours will change from December 19th- December 23rd. as the hours of operation change to 10 am- 9 pm Monday through Friday and on Christmas Eve December 24th the hours will be from 10 am-5 pm.
Thursday will also bring much of the area into the holiday spirit as the annual Tri-City Christmas Parade will take place. The parade is Thursday December 8th at 6:00 pm Eastern. The parade begins in West Point, GA on 3rd Avenue and travels through Lanett. It will end in Valley along U.S. Highway 29.
On Saturday comes the finale of the week’s events as the City of LaFayette hosts its second annual Christmas on the Square holiday festival. The Christmas on the Square event was a hit last year and organizers are expecting to have an even larger event this year. The event will be held from 9 am- 3 pm on Saturday December 10th at the Chambers County Courthouse Square in downtown LaFayette. This year’s festival will also feature an appearance from Santa Claus who will make a stop in LaFayette before heading back to the North Pole in preparation of Christmas