The Christmas Season is official with the 53rd annual Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade marching down Watson Boulevard on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. The parade route starts at the corner of Houston Road at Houston Mall and ends at City Hall in the 700 block of Watson Boulevard. There will be marching bands, cheerleaders, scout troops, beauty queens, local dignitaries and Santa himself with lots of fun and entertainment in between.
Christmas celebrations continue Saturday with the third annual Cookie Walk from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Perry, 208 Langston Road. Homemade Christmas favorites are available for $5 a pound. Afterward, there will be An Old-Fashioned Christmas from 1-3 p.m. at the Perry Area Historical Museum, 901 Northside Drive. The afternoon event will be hosted by local characters from the past showcasing a special holiday exhibit. Carolers will be browsing through the crowd for a Christmas singalong, and hosts will teach children how to make Christmas cards. There is no admission charge, and refreshments will be served.
A Peachy Christmas Parade in Perry will end the days events at 4 p.m. The parade route is Main Street to General Courtney Hodges Boulevard.
On Sunday, the HODAC (formerly known as Houston Drug & Action Council) Christmas Tour of Homes will be from 2-6 p.m. Several beautifully decorated homes in Stathams Landing in Warner Robins will be open. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event. Funds raised from the tour will support HODACs mission to extend a helping hand, to make a difference in the lives we touch in Georgia, through education, advocacy, prevention and intervention. Advance tickets are available at SunTrust Banks in Warner Robins, Golden Key Realty, Landings Golf Club, Phillips Furniture and HODAC Inc. For further tour information, visit www.hodac.org/toh or call 953-5675.
The Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve presents its free annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Museum of Aviation. The concert is open to the public and will be held in the Century of Flight Hangar. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the concert starting at 7 p.m. Seating is limited for this variety performance of festive holiday music.
Over the years, it has been an honor to serve our country and the local Middle Georgia community said 2nd Lt. Thomas P. Gamboa, commander of the reserve band. Now its that time of the year when we can come together with our families and friends to celebrate the holiday season.
A unique gift this year is Learn Bridge in a Day. The crash course will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Robins Duplicate Bridge Club, 151 Maple St., Warner Robins. Local expert and American Contract Bridge League-certified teacher Andre Asbury will teach the basics of bridge whether its a hobby, a new family game or something to stay busy in retirement. The registration fee of $25 includes instruction, book, refreshments and fun. Sign up at wrbridge.blogspot.com or call (229) 834-1186.
Rounding out the calendar is Science with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 20. The event is for grades pre-k through fifth and is $30 per student. Children will have fun with math and science, make presents for their family, have a picture taken with Santa and have snacks with him and even make snow. The registration form is online at www.museumofaviation.org, or you can call Cindy at 222-7575.
The International City Farmers Market at Perkins Park on Watson Boulevard continues through the holidays on Dec. 6, 13 and 20 from 2 p.m.-dusk. The Perry Farmers Market will have a special holiday foods and goodies day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. The location is 1121 Macon Road.
Marsha Priest Buzzell is the executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau. Contact her at 922-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.