The Monroe City community kicked off the Christmas season on December 7 with festivities throughout the day. Downtown was filled with community members and leaders coming together dressed in festive attire to celebrate Christmas. Main Street was filled with spreading some Christmas cheer. Parade Organizer MacKayla Painter stated, “It was a good turnout, I loved seeing all the smiles and joy that Christmas brings. The floats were awesome, so unique and well put together. My favorite part of the parade is seeing what people can come up with and seeing the smiling faces of the community.”
The Monroe City Chamber of Commerce hosted the Christmas Parade themed ‘Christmas Classic Movies’ at 7 p.m. Many businesses, churches and organizations made their way west on Business 24 & 36 turning left on Main Street. Children were seen collecting candy and waving to all the participants. The Monroe City Fire Department led the parade with the most popular attraction, Santa Claus, who was standing on the front of the truck waving to all the boys and girls in awe of him. This year the parade winners were Quinn’s Farm Supply, representing the movie ‘Christmas Vacation’ with first place, Porter’s Homes and Auto Sales were awarded second place representing the movie ‘Polar Express’ and the Dexter family with Christmas with the Dexter’s representing the movie ‘Christmas with the Kranks’, who won third place.
Prior to the parade, the Downtown Monroe City Revitalization organization (DTMC) hosted their second annual Christmas Street Stroll from 3-7 p.m. Main Street was decorated in Christmas colors. People were seen strolling up and down the streets in Christmas fashion with smiles on their faces. DTMC member Debbie Kendrick stated, “DTMC is proud to host our “Street Strolls” and again it was successful for both the static businesses and the vendors who participated. Of course, the success is greatly owed to those wonderful shoppers who took the time to slow down and enjoy the benefits of shopping at home. 2019 Christmas Street Stroll was a wonderful kickoff to the Christmas Season.”
Several businesses were open with specials including Mudd Pie, Dumpster Diva, BK’s, Maddie’s on Main, Applebee Tree, Ben Franklin, Main Street Thrift Shop, The Apron Café, Opera House Antiques & Uniques and The Dugout. Customers were able to shop local and see Main Street’s growth compared to the prior year.
At 101 North Main Street a variety of vendors could be found, showing the potential for entrepreneur to make downtown a possible home for new opportunity. Shoppers were able to make several stops in the building including Otis B’s Artisan Jam, Trece’s Sweet Treats, Brittany’s Creations, MC Girl Scouts, Young Living Essential Oils, West Olive Boutique and MooGloo Slimes. This was also a popular spot for the children, finding Santa Clause here to tell them what they were hoping to find under the tree on Christmas morning. Parents were able to capture the moment with photographer Guyla Behring offering pictures with Santa. Throughout the afternoon, those attending could visit several booths and purchase items being offered. The Monroe City Community Task Force had a Christmas tree lot, located at the Macon-Atlanta/See Real Estate parking lot for those looking to find the perfect tree.
The Memory Tree, located in the Gazebo, was also available for those wanting to remember their loved ones this season. Community members are encouraged to place ornaments on the tree throughout the month. The tree is managed by volunteers Vern and Hollie Bastian, and was donated by Del Buckman.
Next year, Connie Painter will be coming out of retirement to organize the Chamber of Commerce 2020 Christmas Parade with the theme, “A Gingerbread Christmas.” Painter shared, “I think it is nice for people to know a head of time the theme, in case they would like to purchase decorations on sale after the holiday season.”