The 2020 Festival of Lights promises to be the biggest and best ever! Here are the current plans and ways in which you can become involved in making Oneonta a holiday attraction and shopping destination!
Sunday, November 15, 2020, 1 pm
Volunteers will meet at 1 p.m. at the gazebo for work assignments and then branch out to place clear LED Christmas lights on the trunks of the crepe myrtle trees on 1st Avenue East and on the shrubs. They will also decorate the City's gazebo, public restroom structure, trees, and welcome signs. Your ideas are welcome and most appreciated! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know of any ideas you may have in decorating our hometown for the holidays! Also, if you'd like to volunteer, please email us, too, so we can put you on our list of Santa's helpers that day! For information, call 205-446-0462.
Light the Town Campaign Continues
The OBA is raising funds with which to replace the Christmas lights that were removed from the tops of downtown buildings last year. About 25 years ago, Glenn Glaze with Ace Hardware donated the lights which had to be taken done due to deterioration of lines and the expense of powering the incandescent bulbs. The OBA plans to use LED bulbs and heavy duty outdoor electrical lines. Phase 1 (and a little beyond) was completed in time for the Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2019. You can donate online. For more details, click here.
8th Annual Holiday Decorating Contest
Individuals, organizations, and businesses are invited to decorate storefronts, yards, and structures within the city limits of Oneonta and in the business zone to compete for awards. Click here for details.
3rd Annual Festival of Lights Tree Contest
Last year, 30 beautiful decorated Christmas trees and our flagship tree (14 ft) were proudly displayed in the area of the town gazebo. Our goal for 2020 is 30 trees, plus the flagship tree. Early entry is encouraged as there is a limited number of trees. For more details, click here.
Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, November 19, 2020, 5-8 pm
Stay tuned for exciting news of a NEW LOCATION and activities!
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Festival of Lights Awards Ceremony, 6 pm
Blount County Christmas Parade, 7 pm
Before the parade, join us at The Little Brick Church for the announcement of winners of our tree decorating and storefront decorating contests!
Coordinated by the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, this annual parade will also bring Santa to town, along with many outstanding floats, cars, and other entries. A little elf also told us that there will be SNOW at this year's parade!!! If you'd like to register and entry in the parade, contact Barbara Andersen at email@example.com.
For more information on the Festival of Lights activities, call 205-446-0462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org