Let there be light!

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Set­ting up the square : L-R Ja­son John­son and Billy Stan­ley string lights on trees dec­o­rat­ing the his­toric courthouse in prepa­ra­tion of the light­ing of the square Thurs­day evening. For more on up­com­ing hol­i­day events,

It’s not Christ­mas in Cov­ing­ton un­til they flip the switch and light the lights along the square.

That will hap­pen at 6 p.m. Thurs­day at the an­nual Light­ing of the His­toric Courthouse. Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil­woman Janet Good­man will of­fer Thanks­giv­ing greet­ings. Santa will be there, ac­com­pa­nied by of­fi­cers of 4-H clubs at lo­cal ele­men­tary and mid­dle schools.

The event also fea­tures hol­i­day per­for­mances by mem­bers of the Ox­ford Sing­ing Chil­dren and Newton County Com­mu­nity Band.

You can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s work­shop at the Ram­sey Fur­ni­ture An­nex on Clark Street be­gin­ning at 5 p.m. Car­riage rides also will be avail­able in a tra­di­tional car­riage or the Cin­derella Car­riage from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., cour­tesy of Main Street Cov­ing­ton. Rides are $5, or you can get a “Buf­falo Nickel” good for up to six rid­ers with a pur­chase from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. from any par­tic­i­pat­ing down­town res­tau­rant or mer­chant.

The light­ing is hosted by the city of Cov­ing­ton, the Newton County Com­mis­sion, the Arts As­so­ci­a­tion and Main Street Cov­ing­ton.

Brit­tany Thomas/The Cov­ing­ton News

File photo/The Cov­ing­ton News

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