Mark Your Calendar! | Christmas Events Around Valdosta

It might be a little early to be thinking about Christmas but it’s right around the corner! You will want to get your calendar marked in advance for some of these events around Valdosta! Fun for the whole family!

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Dec. 2nd

City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
City Hall, 216 E. Central Ave.
5:30 pm
Mayor John Gayle, city leadership and staff invite you to attend the traditional lighting of the City Christmas Tree to officially kick off the holiday season in Valdosta. Join Santa for light refreshments following the event.

 

Dec. 3rd

Children’s Cookie Decorating
Birdie’s Market, 206 N. Patterson St.
10 am – 12 pm
Birdie’s Market is helping you get some of the much needed (maybe last-minute) holiday shopping out of the way. Hey, we’re not judging. ? Come pawn your kiddos on us and let us help them decorate our delicious, homemade sugar cookies with their favorite holiday friendly designs! We’ll have stencils for Christmas trees, snowmen, ornaments, elf hats, Kwanzaa candles, dreidals, menorahs and more! Each child leaves with 1/2 dozen cookies of their very own frosted creation and you leave with the peace of mind having gotten ahead on your holiday shopping at Birdie’s Market. $20 per child, 5 years and older. For more information: birdiesmarketandcatering.com or 229-333-9636.

Snowfest/Christmas Parade, Saturday,
Downtown Adel,
1:00 pm

Christmas Paint Party
Artists on Ashley, 203 N. Ashley St.
1 pm
For more information call Artists on Ashley at 229-560-8800.

Frozen
Cinema, 133 N. Patterson St.
3 & 7 pm
When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. Admission: $8. For more information check out Cinema’s Facebook page.

Christmas Parade
Downtown Valdosta, Patterson St.
5 pm
One of Valdosta’s most popular holiday traditions – will begin at 5 p.m., at Woodrow Wilson Drive, proceed down N. Patterson Street, and end at the Department of Health Building. Creative holiday floats will be judged on overall appearance, special effects, creativity, workmanship and use of the theme. For more information call Valdosta Main Street at 229-259-3577.

Each year, Thomasville, Ga., transforms into a Victorian winter wonderland during the annual Victorian Christmas Festival. It’s worth riding over to see the wonderland with the kids. For more information. The 2016 festival is set for Thursday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 9. Each day, the festival will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Dec. 9th

Sam Pacetti Holiday Guitar Concert
Turner Center for the Arts
Friday, December 9, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
For more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sam-pacetti-holiday-guitar-concert-tickets-29259787813?aff=es2

 

Dec. 10th

WILD ADVENTURES CHRISTMAS
Dec. 10th- Jan.1st

YOUR theme park is decked out in its Christmas best with yuletide fun for every member in your family!  Experience the joys of the season together with activities like visits with Safari Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoying s’mores by the fire, live shows like The Miracle of Christmas and Tinker the Talking Christmas Tree, a ride on the Candy Cane Express and more!  PLUS, the dinosaurs are having a merry time of their own – discover a Dino Christmas while our giant friends are still here, only in 2016!

 

Nightmare Before Christmas
Cinema, 133 N. Patterson
7 & 9 pm
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept. Admission: $8. For more information check out Cinema’s Facebook page.

Breakfast with Santa
121 N. Patterson
9 am
Jessie’s Restaurant and Catering’s elves will be busy preparing a buffet feast for your family and the jolly man himself! For registration information call Jessie’s Restaurant and Catering at 229-247-4670.

Children’s Cookie Decorating
Birdie’s Market, 206 N. Patterson St.
10 am – 12 pm
Birdie’s Market is helping you get some of the much needed (maybe last-minute) holiday shopping out of the way. Hey, we’re not judging. ? Come pawn your kiddos on us and let us help them decorate our delicious, homemade sugar cookies with their favorite holiday friendly designs! We’ll have stencils for Christmas trees, snowmen, ornaments, elf hats, Kwanzaa candles, dreidals, menorahs and more! Each child leaves with 1/2 dozen cookies of their very own frosted creation and you leave with the peace of mind having gotten ahead on your holiday shopping at Birdie’s Market. $20 per child, 5 years and older. For more information: birdiesmarketandcatering.com or 229-333-9636.

Lake Park Chamber Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 pm

Lake Park Chamber Christmas Parade, 2 p.m. Line up at 1 p.m. Dec. 10. Parade route will be West on Hwy. 376 (Lakes Blvd.)

 

Pictures with Santa
The Urban Garden, 102 N. Ashley St.
11 am – 1 pm
Have your picture made with Santa under the beautiful Christmas trees at The Urban Garden! For more information call The Urban Garden at 229-560-8922.

A Muppet Christmas Carol
Cinema, 133 N. Patterson
5 & 7 pm
The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve. Admission: $8. For more information check out Cinema’s Facebook page.

 

Dec. 16th

It’s a Wonderful Life
Cinema, 133 N. Patterson
5 & 7 pm
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Admission: $8. For more information check out Cinema’s Facebook page.

 

Dec. 17th

Children’s Cookie Decorating
Birdie’s Market, 206 N. Patterson St.
10 am – 12 pm
Birdie’s Market is helping you get some of the much needed (maybe last-minute) holiday shopping out of the way. Hey, we’re not judging. ? Come pawn your kiddos on us and let us help them decorate our delicious, homemade sugar cookies with their favorite holiday friendly designs! We’ll have stencils for Christmas trees, snowmen, ornaments, elf hats, Kwanzaa candles, dreidals, menorahs and more! Each child leaves with 1/2 dozen cookies of their very own frosted creation and you leave with the peace of mind having gotten ahead on your holiday shopping at Birdie’s Market. $20 per child, 5 years and older. For more information: birdiesmarketandcatering.com or 229-333-9636.

Home Alone
Cinema, 133 N. Patterson
7 & 9 pm
An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. Admission: $8. For more information check out Cinema’s Facebook page.

Dec. 23rd 

Prix Fixe Dinner
Book & Table, 120 N. Patterson St.
Enjoy dinner on the terrace overlooking the Christmas lights on Patterson Street. For reservations call Book & table at 229-506-3579.

Yoga by Candlelight with Yoga Central
Art & Soul, 115 W. Central Ave.
6 pm
Join Yoga Central, located in Art and Soul. For a holiday practice by candlelight. Renew your energy and melt the stress away and rediscover your holiday cheer. For more information call Yoga Central at 229-205-5819.

A Christmas Story
Cinema, 133 N. Patterson
7 pm
In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. Admission: $8. For more information check out Cinema’s Facebook page.

 

*Sources from Valdosta Main Street, Wild Adventures, Valdosta Daily Times and Explore Georgia. 

TBT | A Brief History of Moody Air Force Base

Today, we decided to take a brief look at our very own Moody Air Force Base!

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Located ten miles northeast of Valdosta, Moody Air Force Base is the home of the 23d Wing, which provides worldwide close air support, force protection, and combat search-and-rescue operations in support of U.S. national security as well as humanitarian interests. The base supports the training and deployment of combat-ready fixed-wing and rotary rescue aircraft, the A-10, HC-130, and HH-60. In addition, the base supports the 347th Rescue Group. More than 4,600 military and civilian personnel are assigned to Moody. The base occupies nearly 12,000 acres and generated about $323 million for the local economy in 2003.

The base was created on May 14, 1941, when the War Department of the U.S. Government was granted exclusive use of the land northeast of Valdosta, known as the Lakeland Flatwoods Project, by the United States Department of Agriculture. The Valdosta Airfield, as it was originally named, opened in September 1941, and was renamed Moody Army Airfield that December in honor of Major George Putnam Moody.  Moody passed away in an aircraft testing accident in Wichita, Kansas on the May 5, 1941. At the time of the crash, Major Moody was working with the Beech Aircraft Company on the inspection board for AT-10 transitional trainers, which, incidentally, were later sent to Moody Air Force Base.

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Major George Putnam Moody.

 

Some familiar faces have been stationed at Moody…

“In the fall of 1968, I reported to Moody Air Force Base in Georgia for pilot training,” President George W. Bush wrote in his book, “Decision Points.” “We started with about 100 trainees and graduated with about 50. The washouts were early and frequent. …

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Bush 43

 

 

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Bush 43 and 41

 

Thanks for visiting! Hope you learned about our very own Moody Air Force Base!

6 Spooky Places to Visit for Halloween In Valdosta

Whether you’re from Valdosta, or you’re simply visiting this Halloween Season, there are plenty of festive fun to enjoy this Halloween Season with these 6 spooky places!

Adair Street Horror

From the sidewalk, Adair Street Horror appears to be just another typical house on the block until the tour guide sweeps you from the porch into the foyer.

Groups are led through a maze of themed rooms, ranging from a classic chaotic clown party to a trip inside the hit show “Stranger Things.”

The Adair Street Horror is located at 200 E. Adair St. and will be open 7 p.m.-11 p.m., Oct. 26-31. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

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Moooody Haunted House

Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29, 31; family-friendly hours: 6-7:30 p.m.; mature hours: 8-11 p.m. Admission: $6 and $4 for children 4 and under.

 

Valdosta State University’s Haunted Trail

Center for Outdoor Recreational Experiences Challenge Course, 1300 Sustella Ave.

Oct. 24-28; hours: 8-11 p.m.; must be 13 or older. Admission: $5.

 

Smith’s Sinister Sanctuary

302 Jean Circle, Lake Park

Oct. 14, 15, 22, 28, 29; hours: 7:30-11:30 p.m. Admission: $7; no children under 10.

 

Raisin’ Cane Fall Fun on the Farm

3350 Newsome Road.

Sept. 30-Nov. 5; hours: Fridays, 2-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

 

Wild Adventures Theme Park

3766 Old Clyattville Road

“Terror in the Wild”

Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29; dusk-11 p.m.

Kid-O-Ween

Oct. 22, 23, 29, 30; 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Admission: Adults, $48; Children (3-9), $43; Senior (55+), $43.

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*Source and Information from Valdosta Daily Times

13 Film Locations Around Valdosta

As Georgia continues to build a home for Hollywood movie productions, its probable that more film productions will be coming to the Valdosta area! Here are 13 possible locations to film:

Wild Adventures/Splash Island

Moderately sized theme park with more than 100 rides, wild animals, and a water park.

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The Crescent

Post-bellum plantation style home – one of the most photographed places in Valdosta. Built in 1898 for a Georgia Senator. Attached, it has a Chapel, little School House, fountains, and several beautiful gardens.

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Twin Lakes/Cypress Lakes/Lake Francis

Lake Park is full of spectacularly beautiful lakes surrounded by a variety of different styles and sized homes.

 

Kinderlou Forest Golf Club

Home of the nationwide PGA kickoff each year and home to many beautiful executive style homes.

 

Valdosta High School Stadium

aka “Death Valley”. Home of the Valdosta Wildcats – the nation’s “winningest” high school football team. Also used by Valdosta Blazers and was setting of the city’s acceptance of the ESPN TitleTown USA designation and trophy.  Located on the East side of the field is a Valdosta Wildcat Hall of Fame Museum.

 

The Dosta Playhouse

Recently refurbished playhouse located in Downtown Valdosta where community plays are held. Home of the Valdosta Theatre Guild and the Gingerbread Players.

 

Lowndes County Courthouse

Built in 1905, located in the center of Downtown Valdosta, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Moody Air Force Base

Located within the northern part of Lowndes County and home to the 23rd wing – which provides air support, force protection, search and rescue missions in support of humanitarian efforts.  Former President George W. Bush was once stationed here.

 

Numerous canopied dirt and/or paved roads throughout Lowndes County

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Homestead of Doc Holliday

 

Quail Lodge

Large Hunting Lodge/Resort used for weddings, receptions, special occasions, political forums, etc.  Spacious, Beautifully Decorated, located on a lake and in the woods. Stuffed wild game.

 

Strickland Cotton Mill

Located in Remerton, this mill was built in 1900 and many of the workers’ mill homes still line Plum and Main Streets.

 

Converse/Dalton/Ferrell House

Intricate wood carvings of the laurel wreath are seen throughout the interior and exterior of this beautifully restored, pristine Neoclassical residence which serves as the home of Valdosta Junior Service League’s Headquarters and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.