The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority will be hosting its annual Downtown Holiday Celebration on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m sponsored by Vyve Broadband.
Kick off the Holiday season downtown, featuring the Christmas Parade on East Main, Chili Town, holiday shopping, the Mockingbird’s Turf  hayride in the Synovus Bank parking lot, Santa photo booth and community stage performers.
The Courthouse will have a full schedule of live performances from the local community beginning at 5:30. These include: Cotton Rose School of Dance, Statesboro High School Drama Troupe, Bulloch County Elementary Schools Combined Chorus, Victorian Christmas Carolers, Southern Soarettes, and Georgia Southern- Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity.
The Christmas parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. A variety of decorative golf-carts, tractors and classic cars will usher in Santa Claus from the Courthouse to City Hall.
Join us for the highly anticipated chili cook-off in Statesboro Natural Gas’ Chili Town. There are four categories that participants can compete in, including the overall best chili, best restaurant chili, people’s choice and the best decorated booth.  To participate in the cook-off, please go to Visit Statesboro.
Set up for Chili Town begins at 3 p.m. in the parking lot across from City Hall at the corner of Oak and East Main St. Judges will collect their samples at 5 p.m. Then Chili Town will be open to the public at 5:30 p.m. To vote in the People’s Choice category, tickets will be available for $1 and all proceeds benefit the Statesboro Humane Society.

Vendors will line the sidewalks and East Main St. Everyone can shop from local artisans, food vendors and boutiques. All Fired Up will have their Winter Exhibition & sale Thursday 2 p.m.- 8 p.m. Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. They will sell one-of-a-kind ceramics, fine arts and jewelry.

Santa will be seated in his big chair at the Emma Kelly Theater lobby available for selfies throughout the duration of the event.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday season, than with the community coming together and enjoying an evening of music, chili and shopping downtown,” said Allen Muldrew, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority.
The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority would also like to thank their First Friday sponsors for 2022: American Roofing  CORE Credit UnionGeorgia PowerColony BankEast Georgia Center for Oral and Facial SurgeryCoca-ColaStatesboro Oral & Maxillofacial SurgerySouthern Chiropractic & Wellness CenterTormenta FCMcKeithen’s True ValueParty Impressions, McLendon EnterprisesParty HarborMorris BankShoemaker Equipment Supply  Statesboro Properties, and Vyve Broadband.

For more information about Holiday Celebration, contact the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority at 912-764-7227 or visit