Live Oak —
Live Oak will be celebrating Christmas in Candy Land on Saturday, Dec. 1 which is the theme for this year’s Christmas on the Square. This event will mark the 28th consecutive year that the Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce has hosted Christmas on the Square, an event that has gained much popularity throughout the years. The festivities begin at 8 a.m.
The event will feature over 200 vendors in downtown Live Oak. “For the past three years we have sold out on vendor spots, and we’re hoping to do the same thing this year,” stated Susan Hillhouse, coordinator for the event. Due to road closures caused by sinkholes from TS Debby, there will not be vendors on sections of Wilbur and Warren streets.
Shenandoah Dairy will be sponsoring the agricultural section of Christmas on the Square. For the past three years, the dairy has coordinated the agriculture market, which will be located in front of the Paul Langford Stadium on Wilbur Street.
The Live Oak Fire Department will sponsor the antique and classic car and truck show that will take place downtown from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The annual Christmas Lights Parade, set to begin at 6 p.m., is a favorite among adults and children alike. The lighted parade sets the tone for the Christmas spirit and brings a cheerful heart to those who experience it. The parade route will begin at the Suwannee Elementary School on South Ohio Avenue and will travel north. From Ohio Avenue, the parade will travel west on Howard Street and then turn left onto Houston Avenue where it will end at Paul Langford Stadium. The grand marshal for this year’s parade is Lisa Kriehn of Love INC.
This year’s stage will be filled with a variety of talent, with dance shops taking the stage early in the morning. At 11 a.m., different music acts will perform until the conclusion of the event.
“We are really excited about this year’s event and hope that everyone will come out and join us,” Hillhouse said.