The canopy of holiday lights that graces downtown Moultrie inspires wonder in young and old alike. What more could one ask for to have a magical evening in South Georgia?

Well, how about snow?

The Downtown Moultrie Association and Moultrie Main Street have moved their annual event “Santa’s Snowy Stroll” to the nighttime, so visitors can enjoy both the snow and the Christmas lights that draw visitors from all around.

The new name for the event is “Winter Festival Under the Lights.”

Man-made snow will begin to fall at 6 p.m. tonight, according to Main Street Director Amy Johnson. Downtown stores will be open for Christmas shopping, and many will have specials for tonight only. The event wraps up about 9 p.m.

“When people come to see our Christmas lights, it’s at night and the stores are closed,” Johnson said.

In addition to the snow and the holiday decorations, the event will feature classic Christmas cartoons like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” on the big, outdoor video screen — the same one used to show the Colquitt High Packers’ football game two weeks ago.

There will also be a bounce house, and Frosty and The Gingerbread Man will be ambling through the crowd.

Johnson said while Main Street and the DMA are putting on the event, they’re being helped by sponsors, including Southwest Georgia Bank, Hampton Inn, CNS, Lazarus, Market on the Square and the Downtown Development Authority.

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