“It’s been going on for years,” said Sande Cropsey, director of the Main Street program. She believes the lighting of downtown has been going on for lost as long as the Main Street program has been in existence.
The event will begin somewhat earlier, with the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Business After Hours meeting. After the event ends, participants will make their way to One Griffin Center. Beginning at 6:50 p.m., the Griffin Choir and the choir of First Baptist Church will sing Christmas songs, while the lighting of the trees on the Hill Street medians and at One Griffin Center and the displays located on the buildings and parking lots will take place at 7:15 p.m.
“Simple elegance” is how designer James Willis of Kidei Landscapes, the company which also made the lighting arrangements for June Jam and September Smash, described the theme in a press release. “We’re basically trying to keep it simply and (do) something different.”
He said although the designs for the building displays have not been finalized, they will be different from the displays of years past. Instead of being on difficult-to-access medians, they will be set up against buildings so people can walk up to them.
Marty Watts, the minister of music at Griffin First Baptist Church, will be directing the church’s choir tonight.
“Our sanctuary choir will be performing some Christmas selections,” he said. Included in the show is a medley of Christmas carols and the songs “The First Noel” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”
Watts says that the choir is looking forward to its performance.
“I think the choir is looking forward to being a part of the lighting of downtown,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the Christmas decorations as well.” He had heard they had been redesigned from last year and wanted to see how they came out.
Those interested in more information can contact the office of the Downtown Council and Main street at 770-228-5356 or 770-229-6607.