Victorian Christmas in Thomasville
Six horse-drawn carriages. 4,000 toasting marshmallows. 200 pounds of roasting chestnuts. 22,500 lights strung throughout the downtown. A 26-year tradition in Thomasville, Georgia, returns with costumes, carriage rides, shopping, food and more December 13-14.
It began as most events do … small. A few businesses stayed open late, entertainment was arranged, and it was publicized to visitors as a way to re-live Christmas of long ago in historic Victorian style, with St. Nick, costumed carolers and carriage rides on Broad Street.
Each year, the tradition has grown. Beginning with only a few food vendors here and there and steadily encompassing more and more entertainment, 26 years later 30,000 people will make merry during Thomasville’s Victorian Christmas celebration on its brick-paved streets of downtown.
“This is THE Thomasville event,” says Kathy Murphy of Kathy’s Shoes, a downtown Thomasville merchant since 1986. “It personally brings back memories. Getting ready for Victorian Christmas makes me think of being a little girl, getting ready for the holidays — it is full of nostalgia. People come from all over, and the event means a lot to downtown Thomasville.”
Photo from Downtown Thomasville’s Facebook page.