Santa -- Hometown Xmas (web)

Santa Claus will return to his house in Downtown Effingham and begin making his list of all the gifts he’ll deliver to local boys and girls this Christmas.

By Kim Jansen

News Report Staff

Santa is coming to town this weekend on the Caledonia fire truck, as the Effingham community marks the beginning of the Christmas season.

Each year, Santa arrives in Downtown Effingham and makes his way to his house on the corner of Fourth Street and Washington Avenue, where he meets with boys and girls to hear Christmas wishes for the upcoming holiday.

This year is no exception!

The Effingham Central Business Group will host its annual Hometown Christmas Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Effingham County Courthouse Museum. Prior to the event, Santa will be traveling down Jefferson Avenue at 3:45 p.m., as he makes his way to his Santa house.

“The Hometown Christmas gets everyone warmed up and ready for Christmas,” said Sandy Lewis, who is helping to organize this year’s event. “It brings the community together and brings people to Downtown Effingham.”

Although Santa’s arrival is a highlight for many, the event features a variety of other family-friendly activities that are mostly free.

This year’s free activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, live Christmas music, Christmas cookie decoration, Christmas ornament painting, a live Nativity Scene and souvenir photos.

And, free coffee and hot chocolate are provided to keep attendees warm and toasty!

“This event brings so many people downtown,” said Lewis.

As part of the event, the museum will open from 4 to 7 p.m. and the FACE Orchestra will perform in the second floor room at the museum. Also, the official lighting of the Community Christmas Tree will take place at 5 p.m.

“It is a great family outing,” said Lewis. “It will be a great day.”