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City kicks off Christmas on the Square
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City kicks off Christmas on the Square

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By Alton Mitchell

The Christmas season came a little bit early to LaFayette this season as the past weekend was celebrated by many in the area with LaFayette’s annual Christmas on the Square festival Saturday.

As the sun rose over the Chambers County Courthouse Saturday morning crews were hard at work transforming the normally quiet grounds around the courthouse into a winter wonderland. Mother Nature offered her assistance as local temperatures sat in 20’s to start the day, but rose to the middle 40’s with a brief wind blowing creating the perfect tone for the holiday season.

Around 10:00 am the festivities began as local residents fought the winter temperatures and made their way to the Christmas festival. This seasons festival had much to offer local visitors that included; food, games, arts, and crafts, live shows, dance teams, and of course Santa.

Around noon on Saturday the loud blare of a LaFayette Fire Engine roared down 1st Avenue. Riding on that cherry red fire engine was the man of the hours himself, Santa Claus. Santa took a break from his busy upcoming Christmas schedule to make a special trip to LaFayette, leaving his reindeer behind and instead opting for a more modern mode of transportation with the help of the LaFayette Fire Department.

As Santa made his way to town he brought along several visitors including Mrs. Claus who also arrived in style on the fire engine. The duo made their way into the Chambers County Courthouse Annex waving at the crowds in the festival.

As the happy couple entered the courthouse a few of their friends from the north pole spilled out onto the streets surrounding the courthouse including a gang of Santa’s elves whom also made the trip from the north pole to Alabama.

As children and parents rushed toward the courthouse to meet Santa a few more of Santa’s friends joined the party and made their way out of the courthouse to meet the gang of oncoming excited children. They included Rudolph, Olaf, Frosty the Snowman, and the Grinch all in the holiday spirit. Many children and parents stopped to take a photo with the gang of characters.

The Christmas on the Square Festival wrapped up on Saturday afternoon. One that has left a smile on the faces of both parents and children who attended the event. The festival seemed to be a hit with attendees and vendors alike. On Monday evening Mayor Barry Moody took time out of the regular city council meeting to give thanks to everyone that supported the Christmas Festival and reminded everyone. “My wife says if you believe he will come and for us Santa came on the top of a fire truck,” Moody stated about Santa’s early arrival in LaFayette.