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Christmas comes to Covington

Saba Tanner straightens up a package under neath the "Whoville Christmas Tree" inspired by the Dr, Seuss book donated by the Eastside Branch of Newton Federal Bank. Tanner had the idea for the festival and with the help of Lisa Conner the director of Festival of Trees they are able to keep the money generated by the festival in the county for local charities. This year The Mircle League will be the beneficiarty. The trees of every shape, size and variety can be viewed Nov. 16, 17, 23, 24, 29 and 30 at the former Maryfield Hardware location on the Square and a silent auction is being held so that the decorated trees can go home with the lucky winners on Dec. 1. Included in the festival are wreaths and other decorations, a Sweet Shoppe and a Kids Corner with activities for children. For a listing of hours or other questions about the festival email at festivaloftrees.newton@gmail.com or go to newtoncountyrecreation.com.

Saba Tanner straightens up a package under neath the "Whoville Christmas Tree" inspired by the Dr, Seuss book donated by the Eastside Branch of Newton Federal Bank. Tanner had the idea for the festival and with the help of Lisa Conner the director of Festival of Trees they are able to keep the money generated by the festival in the county for local charities. This year The Mircle League will be the beneficiarty. The trees of every shape, size and variety can be viewed Nov. 16, 17, 23, 24, 29 and 30 at the former Maryfield Hardware location on the Square and a silent auction is being held so that the decorated trees can go home with the lucky winners on Dec. 1. Included in the festival are wreaths and other decorations, a Sweet Shoppe and a Kids Corner with activities for children. For a listing of hours or other questions about the festival email at festivaloftrees.newton@gmail.com or go to newtoncountyrecreation.com.

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Santa waves to excited well-wishers as he circles the Square as he arrives for "A Southern Christmas is Downtown Covington." He is accompanied by Mrs. Claus and is driven by Russell Watkins of Back When Carriage Rides. His workshop is at Ramsey's Furniture Annex on Clark Street. - Staff photos by Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

The 2012 Christmas season officially got underway with festivities on the Square Thursday night which included the arrival of Santa Claus, the lighting of the Historical Courthouse, musical performances and old-fashion carriage rides.