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Christmas on the way!

Updated with parade route

This is the route for the Dec. 1, 2012 Celebration of Lights Christmas parade in downtown Albany. Festivities start at 5 p.m. and the parade starts at 6 p.m.

This is the route for the Dec. 1, 2012 Celebration of Lights Christmas parade in downtown Albany. Festivities start at 5 p.m. and the parade starts at 6 p.m.

ALBANY, Ga. — If you’re not feeling very jolly about the holidays, you’ll have plenty of chances to get into the spirit this weekend in metro Albany.

The switch turns on Friday at Chehaw for its annual light show, the Festival of Lights. Starting at dusk, the drive-through and trolley train tours of holiday enchantment will run through the weekend and then on selected days through the end of December. The cost is $12 per car for Chehaw members, $15 per car for non-members.

Downtown, “The Nutcracker” starts its three-day run at the Albany Municipal Auditorium on North Jackson Street. The story of Clara and her nocturnal visits to the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets come to life with Ballet Theatre South at 6:30 p.m., with performances Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, Friday and $15, Saturday and Sunday.

If you like your entertainment outdoors, there’s Movie Under Stars at 6 p.m. at the Lee County Parks and Recreation Field on Starksville Avenue in Leesburg. A donation of an unwrapped toy, canned food or money will get you a viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Saturday, however, is the big day.

Leesburg has its annual Spirit of Christmas Parade & Festival starting at 10 a.m. in downtown Leesburg, followed immediately by the festival on Starksville Avenue. Entertainers include Faith Jackson, Caitlin Gutierrez, and Chase Harper.

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Leesburg will hold its annual Spirit of Christmas Parade & Festival starting at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Leesburg.

Albany’s annual Celebration of Lights parade gets started at 6 p.m. in downtown Albany, but festivities begin an hour earlier. The city’s Christmas tree, dedicated to the memory of Terry Lewis Flemming, an Albany police officer who was killed in the line of duty, will be lighted.

Earlier Saturday, Dawson will have its Canine Christmas Festival, a fund raiser for the Terrell County Animal Shelter, getting under way at 8 a.m,, the same time that the Phoebe Foundation will be conducting its silver anniversary Jingle Bell Jog. That event is a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The Flint RiverQuarium will have its Holiday Tasting & Tour at 2:30, with an admission cost of aquarium admission plus $3 for non-members and $3 for members.

Also during the day, there are special showing of “Season of Light” in the Wetherbee Planetarium at Thronateeska Heritage Center, and an exhibition at Thronateeska of Don Fisher’s Santa Claus exhibit.

Then back in Leesburg at 7 p.m., the Holly Follies — an annual holiday celebration that harkens to the Christmas variety shows of yesteryear — will be performed at Lee County High School. Admission at the door is $10.

Also on Sunday at 2 p.m., the RiverQuarium has its Merry Fishmas! Discovery Day of family crafts and activities.

You can get a look at everything that's coming up by checking out the Coming Up Calendar on Page 6C in The Albany Herald or by going to our online events calendar under the Features tab online.