A Victorian Christmas

By: Iram Ali; Caroline Ginzmart Email
By: Iram Ali; Caroline Ginzmart Email

[LAST UPDATED 12/9/10 at 11:14 PM]

You might not tie the Victorian Era and Christmas together - but in Thomasville, Georgia, it's a way of life.

Says Michelle McDonald, a Victorian era clothing enthusiast,
"I think there was a wonderful air at the time and we're just keeping the history alive ... you have an incredible collection of history here."

The annual December celebration, Victorian Christmas, is not only a tribute to the upcoming holidays, but also a nod to the town's rich and historic past.

Karen Smith is Thomasville's Main Street Director and says it's "part of [the] history and heritage. [Thomasville] was founded in the late 1800s and you'll find a lot of Victorian architecture in our downtown and, you know, it's just to celebrate where we came from."

The 2-day event welcomes people from all over north Florida and south Georgia who are interested to see what the little town has to offer.

While many wear modern-day jeans and jackets, some especially enthusiastic participants literally wear history on their sleeve.

"We love to dress in costume and that's really a big part of the event - folks love to come out and see everybody dressed up and strolling up and down the streets," Smith continues.

From the cheerily-lit streets, to the walking history and live musicians - Thomasvillle's Victorian Christmas is an event that's sure to please curious guests and history lovers for years to come.


Thomasville, GA - 'Twas the night of Victorian Christmas and all through downtown, businesses were getting ready, and women were picking out their gowns.
Felicia Brannen, Downtown Special Events Coordinator, says, "My favorite part about Victorian Christmas is the costumes and we have so many in red, green, brown."
A tradition for 24 years...family and friends journey back to a *simple* time of carriages and cheers
Karen Smith, Downtown Main Street Director, says, "We try to do things you would have found in the VIctorian era- street theater, a lot of people singing out on the street, and of course St. Nick."
There are so many things to do from shopping to dancing, caroling and eating....just take your pick.
"You get a glimpse of days gone by and I think that's what makes it so important and popular for us."
The town was born in the Victorian era and now people from all over the country celebrate the holiday season- 1890's style- with no fuss.
Ephraim Rotter, Museum Curator, says, "In a world in which things constantly change and there's nothing really to be done about that, it's important to keep roots with who you are and where you come from."
Officials say it's an event that celebrates the past and plays a major role in what Thomasville has become.
For two days, the Rose City takes you to a Christmas past, making sure special holiday moments are made... and memories that last.

The festival lasts until 10 tonight (12-9) and picks up again tomorrow from 6pm to 10pm.

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