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November 20, 2021
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Historic Gainesville Square
301 Main Street
Gainesville, GA 30501
Free Main Street event
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Jingle Mingle

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Kickoff your holiday celebrations at the Historic Downtown Gainesville Square.

Join us in the Historic Downtown Gainesville Square on Saturday, November 20 for Jingle Mingle and the Lighting of the Chicken!  As one of the Southeast’s quirkiest, fun, family-friendly events, this is the perfect way to start your holiday season here in the Poultry Capital of the World!

The Downtown Square will be alive with the holiday spirit including open houses in most of the stores, live music, carriage rides, kiddie train rides, Santa and his arrival on a Gainesville Fire Engine, the Coca-Cola bear, entertainment and the grand LIGHTING OF THE CHICKEN!

Join us Saturday, November 20 from 4pm-8pm when we LIGHT IT UP, (the 25 foot metal chicken sculpture on top of Main Street Market) on the Downtown Gainesville Square!

4pm - 6pm: 

  • Kiddy train rides through Santa's Village at the Hunt Tower
  • Carriage rides, board at the corner of Bradford and Washington Street 
  • Coca-Cola bear
  • Face painting 
  • Open Houses in historic buildings: sales, live music and refreshments


  • Santa Arrives on a fire truck


  • Photos with Santa on the Square


Lighting of the Chicken Ceremony begins with a holiday welcome from Mayor Danny Dunagan, Coca-Cola bear, vocalist Lainie Ewers from Brenau University and Elevate Performing Arts Studios dancers

6:30pm: The Chicken is Lit!

6:30 - 8pm: Open Houses continue with photo opportunities downtown

Live Music

4 p.m. shows

  • Main Street Market: Believers Band
  • Inman Perk: Brian Ulrich, Saxophonist
  • Main Street: Cat Wynder, Violinist

5 p.m. show

  • Rahab's Rope: North Georgia Voices

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All Parking Decks are FREE in Gainesville!
Main Street Parking Deck, 301 Main Street
Hall County Parking Facility, 225 Green Street
Historic City Hall, 117 Jesse Jewell Parkway


Is this event handicap accessible?
Yes, there is handicap parking available in the Main Street Parking Deck, located at 301 Main St. 

Are you accepting vendors?
This event supports downtown businesses and does not include vendors. We encourage event-goers to purchase food and drinks from nearby restaurants and to browse the downtown shops for a hometown holiday shopping experience.

This community event is presented by:

Main Street Gainesville

This event is presented by Main Street Gainesville, a program focusing on economic vitality through Historic Preservation in our downtown commercial districts. Follow Jingle Mingle and the Lighting of the Chicken on Facebook.

Other community sponsors:

Twinkle Lights Sponsor:
Cedars Preschool at Oakwood

Cedars Preschool at Oakwood

Resource Property Brokers

Resource Brokers

Snow sponsor:
Hall County Republican Party

Hall County Republican Party

Kiddie Train sponsor:
EXIT Realty Lake Country

Exit Realty Lake Country

Sponsors & Volunteers

Sponsors visit to learn more about how to make your business a featured part of this favorite Gainesville celebration. Volunteers submit a Volunteer Signup Form.

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Patrons who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days or display any symptoms of being sick are asked not to attend.

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