Tree lighting to kick off Quitman holiday season


Quitman will open the holiday season with the community tree lighting event on the courthouse square on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m.

Story time with the elves, music, goodies and a word from Mayor Randy Dunn are on tap, followed by the opening of early Black Friday sales by local merchants.

Judging for the annual Christmas lighting contest will begin Dec. 7 and winners announced Dec. 10.

Homes and businesses will be judged in categories of Most Festive, Brightest (Griswold), Most Creative, Reason for the Season, Best in Show and Best Storefront.

Email the chamber of commerce at by Dec. 6 to request to be judged.

Hometown Christmas will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 2 from noon-8 p.m. with children’s activities, food trucks, vendors, the parade at 5 p.m., live music, bounce houses an ice skating rink and live nativity at 7 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa is hosted by the First United Methodist Church of Quitman from 9-10 a.m. Dec. 2. Toys will be collected for the less fortunate.

The annual benefit fish fry put on by the Flora Masonic Lodge for Christmas Sharing Plus will be held Saturday, Dec. 9 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the lodge, 915 Hwy. 37 South in Quitman. Tickets are $15.

Dec. 9 is also distribution day for the program bringing gifts and food to area families.