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A week of parades, holiday events and shopping

Santa and Mrs. Claus wave at onlookers along S. Davis Drive in Warner Robins during the 2015 Christmas parade.
Santa and Mrs. Claus wave at onlookers along S. Davis Drive in Warner Robins during the 2015 Christmas parade.

Enjoy the remaining days of the large miniature train displays set up through Saturday. This annual event is usually held in the Century of Flight Hangar at the Museum of Aviation, but due to renovations is being held this year in the rotunda of the Eagle Building closer to the entry gate.

The museum will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but the regular schedule of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. will resume Friday. The train show is free to the public and has something for people of all ages.

Members of the Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club will be on hand to answer questions about creating miniature train displays. For further details visit

The Byron 2016 Holiday Art & Crafts Mart will be held Friday through Sunday at 311 Ga. 49 North, Suite 60. During the hectic Black Friday shopping weekend, this event supports local artisans and crafters.

Lush Art of Warner Robins is offering holiday painting classes in its location at 4993 Russell Parkway, Suite 360, Warner Robins, which is next door to Monkey Joe’s. Rhonda J. Jackson will be instructing Black Friday the Grinch Paint Class from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Elf Countdown Paint Class will be offered Saturday from 6-9 p.m. The instructor will be Nancy Gillies. Gillies also will teach the Elf Face Paint Class from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 28.

Finally, instructor Cara Heard will conduct a Reindeer Paint Class on Nov. 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For complete details on participating in the evening classes, including fees and reservations, call 478-333-8829 or visit

The Perry Chamber of Commerce will again host its red carpet holiday event Taste of Southern, featuring regional food favorites. The gala will feature silent and live auctions that include jewelry, trips, electronics and much more. The big event is Dec. 1 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds Miller Murphy Howard Building in Perry from 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets are available now for $200 per table of eight or $30 apiece. You may register online at, call Bonnie at 478-987-1234 or visit the office at 101 Gen. Courtney Hodges Boulevard in Perry.

Chick-fil-A, at the 790 Ga. 96 location, will host an evening with singer/songwriter Colby Dee on Dec. 1 from 6:30-8 p.m. The location will be illuminated that evening for Christmas with the opportunity to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy food, fellowship and crafts.

The city of Centerville invites everyone to come out for the seventh annual Lighted Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Dec. 3. This is a unique holiday event to Middle Georgia and caps off the day after the Warner Robins Reindeer Games Parade at 10 a.m.

The Warner Robins parade has changed and now begins at the parking lot of McConnell-Talbert Stadium on South Davis Drive across from Warner Robins High School. The parade route is reversed from previous Christmas parades and will now end at the intersection of Houston Road and Watson Boulevard.

Afterward, Perry’s A Country Christmas Parade will be at 4 p.m. that day in downtown Perry

Marsha Priest Buzzell is the executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be contacted at 478-922-5100 or