Amanda King @kingamandap
With Halloween over and temperatures a little bit nippier, the holiday season is in the air and Appling is bringing a little Christmas cheer to the area.
A group of residents gathered together to organize the first Appling Christmas Festival, to be held Nov. 21 at 1956 Appling Harlem Road.
Approximately 80 vendors and food trucks will be available starting at 11 a.m. with handmade crafts and other gifts for the holidays.
The historical society will also be giving tours of the old jail and schoolhouse in the former county seat to celebrate Columbia County’s 230th birthday.
“We have some great historical buildings downtown, and we want to share the history of them with the younger generation,” said Kathy Helton, one of the organizers.
In addition to live entertainment throughout the day, Santa Claus will be there to take socially distanced pictures, and a tree lighting will begin at dusk.
“I think it’s going to be a really fun day,” Helton said. “The community has just really jumped on board and we’re really excited about it.”