COVINGTON — Newton County families will gather on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Chimney Park for the annual Twilights at Chimney Park celebration. Last year’s crowd grew to about 1,600, and a sizable crowd is expected this year as well. The board of Friends of Newton Parks Inc. hosts the festival every year, keeping some of attendees’ favorites while incorporating new elements to the event.
New to this year’s Twilights celebration, the Fairy House Snow Village will feature tiny dwellings decorated with holly and pine boughs for a holiday atmosphere.
Also new to the event this year is an elf costume competition, beginning at 6 p.m. near the bridge. Eastside High’s Junior Service Guild organized the costume contest, which will feature four categories: children under age 4, grades k-1, grades 2-3, and grades 4-5. First, second, and third prizes will be award in each category, and all participants will receive a candy cane.
Another first for this year’s Twilights is handicap access. A new entrance constructed near the Newton County Health Department parking lot features plentiful parking for those with disabilities. The September Tribute to David Waller, which attracted more than 200 people, raised the funds necessary to build the new handicap entrance.
Upon driving into the park, festival-goers can expect Boy Scout Troop 222 directing traffic in the parking lot. Eastside High’s drama organization clad in holiday attire will then greet those entering the park, while West Newton Elementary’s chorus will serenade the crowds coming in.
Shortly after the opening of the event, various school choirs will perform Christmas carols near the lighted church steeple at 30-minute intervals. Fairview Elementary, Liberty Middle, Clements Middle, and Newton High are among the schools to be presenting.
Also performing this year will be actors from Dramatic Arts Productions, who will exhibit their versions of scenes from “A Christmas Carol,” with music provided by Michael’s Music.
United Bank of Covington, Oxford Lions Club, Violets Junior Woman’s Club, and Covington Lions Club will provide a lineup of refreshments from hot dogs to hot chocolate.
“It’s a fun, family-oriented get-together that gets everyone in the holiday spirit,” said Jean Austin, chairman of the Friends of Newton Parks board. Austin said she is grateful for all of those who have donated their time and money to make Twilights at Chimney Park possible, especially Snapping Shoals EMC, the city of Covington, and the Newton County Board of Commissioners.
Tickets are $5 per person, and children under the age of 2 get in free. Chimney Park is located at 7116 Floyd St. NE, Covington, GA 30014.