While much of the country spends the Friday after Thanksgiving scouring sales in the wee hours of the morning, we prefer a slightly different celebration in Apalachicola. Call us old-fashioned (we are), but this weekend is our kick-off for not-to-be-missed Norman Rockwell-esque holiday spirit–and the whole town gets involved.
Let’s start with luminaries: starting on Friday, the streets of downtown Apalachicola are lined with luminaries from 4 – 8 p.m., casting a soft glow on the historic buildings of town. Merchants are open late and the strains of familiar carols will float along the breeze, courtesy of a cadre of carolers.
In true Apalachicola tradition, Santa arrives on a shrimp boat at 4 p.m. at the City Dock on Water Street. Our salty Santa will hear children’s Christmas wishes and holiday music will be shared.
Not to be outdone, both the Orman House and the Raney House will be decked out in holiday finery and will be open for tours. Docents in period costumes will lead visitors through the early history of the county.
The festivities continue through the weekend with holiday programs, caroling, appearances by Santa (for children and our furry friends), a performance at the Dixie Theatre, a pet parade and a special Tree of Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday.
The holidays are our favorite time on year at The Green Door. Be sure to visit the store to see our festive decorations, say hello to old friends and share in the warmth and spirit of the season.