NEWBORN -- The town of Newborn invites all Newton County residents to join in its annual Christmas celebration Saturday afternoon.
The event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the historic Newborn Schoolhouse and will include a Christmas party and pictures with Santa, music, door prizes, arts and crafts and refreshments.
At 6 p.m., revelers will take a stroll with Santa to Town Hall. Along the way they'll sing Christmas carols and when they arrive, they will join in celebrating the lighting of the town Christmas tree.
"It's free for everyone. We think we'll get a bunch of little children," said Town Councilwoman Martha Ellwanger. "It will be two hours of Santa Claus and pictures with Santa and Christmas music."
In other news, there are plenty of other opportunities to celebrate the holidays in the coming weeks. The Hometown Holiday Celebration continues in downtown Covington every Thursday in December with extended shopping hours for merchants through 8 p.m., seasonal music hosted by The Arts Association in Newton County, visits with Santa at his workshop at Ramsey Furniture Annex and carriage rides, which are complimentary with a purchase from participating merchants.
This Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., the Arts Association's "Christmas in Covington" concert will take place at First United Methodist Church of Covington, located at 1113 Conyers St. The concert will feature the Oxford Singing Children and Oxford Singing Youth. Tickets are available from The Arts Association in Newton County by calling 770-786-8188. A live nativity will take place on the front lawn each night.
On Thursday, Dec. 16, and Friday, Dec. 17, Covington First United Methodist Church and McKibben Music will host a Christmas musical entitled "O Come Y'all to Covington." The program will take place at 7 p.m. both nights at the church, and will feature local talent Andy Offutt Irwin, Gina Bryan, Mark Fiddy and others for a night of storytelling, comedy and music.
The performance is free but advance tickets are recommended and can be obtained at McKibben Music on the Square or the church office. For more information, call 770-784-9101 or 770-786-7305. Monetary donations for the Community Food Pantry are requested the night of the performance. Christmas Eve candlelight services will take place at the church at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Finally, First Baptist Church of Covington will host Carols on the Square, a community caroling event, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Christmas Eve Candlelight services will take place at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the church, located at 1139 Usher St.