By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 3, 2017
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- It's beginning to look and sound a lot like Christmas in downtown Valdosta.
Local families found Santa busy at work among the Frasier firs on Sunday.
"It warms my heart to do this," says the Santa at the Urban Garden.
Stacey Griffin owns the Urban Garden. He says he's happy to see the warm smiles from kids, especially when they're shopping for their Christmas tree.
"It's fun to watch families come in and shop for a tree collectively. The mom and dad always ask the kids for their favorite tree," says Griffin.
The event at his shop is part of the City's "14 Days of Christmas" in downtown Valdosta.
"The money you spend here stays in town. We spend it at other local shops and businesses, so it just keeps the cycle locally," says Griffin.
With only ten more days left to celebrate, the focus is on spreading holiday cheer to local families and businesses.
"It's fun to do Santa and the presents and all, but don't forget the real meaning of Christmas," says Santa.
Whether you've been naughty or nice, many in the community, including Santa, believe in the spirit of giving locally this Christmas.
The next 14 Days of Christmas event is Girls Night Out on Thursday.
Local shops will stay open late, so shoppers can find the perfect gift this holiday.