AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Two popular Augusta Christmas events are coming together this year.
The Downtown Development Authority and City of Augusta are partnering with organizers of 12 Bands of Christmas to bring the popular concert to the Christmas Light-Up Spectacular Celebration on Dec. 7 at the Augusta Common.
The events were held a week apart last year, and organizers met in January to discuss a partnership. Downtown Development Authority Director Margaret Woodard said it makes sense to merge the two events.
"We decided to join forces and leverage manpower and sponsorships for a bigger and better holiday event," Woodard said.
The proceeds from the 12 Bands album benefit pediatric cancer, said 12 Bands organizer Joe Stevenson.
"To date we have raised over a quarter of a million dollars for families being cared for at Children's Hospital of Georgia," Stevenson said. "This is wonderful opportunity to raise awareness for our cause and showcase local musicians."
A day full of Christmas activities will lead up to the 12 Bands of Christmas concert and the Christmas tree lighting at night.
The Augusta Market will hold a Holiday Market at the Eighth Street Plaza from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 12 Bands concert will start at the Common at noon featuring Acosta, Celia Gary, Derelict String Band, The Gilded Youth, Happy Bones, The Hollerers, John Kolbeck, Leatherlips, Panic Manor, Skilyr Hicks, Adam Thompson and Karen Gordon.
The Miss Augusta Christmas Fantasy Parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Broad Street. Immediately following the parade, Family Fun will begin on the Common with ornament making, cookie decorating, Polar Express, face painting and a visit with Santa.
Mayor Deke Copenhaver will pull the switch at 6:30 p.m. and light up downtown, followed by a fireworks extravaganza. The 12 Bands performances will continue until 8 p.m.
"The Christmas Light-Up Spectacular is an event that I look forward to every year as it truly brings our community together during the holiday season," Copenhaver said. "Partnering with 12 Bands of Christmas in order to raise awareness of pediatric cancer definitely makes this year's event all the more special."
The event on the Common is free to the public. Toys for Tots will be collecting unwrapped toys, and Harvest Food Bank will be collecting canned goods for those less fortunate during the holidays. Tickets to the 12 Bands VIP Tent are $30 and include food and beverage.
For Holiday Market vendor information, visit www.theaugustamarket.com.
For parade applications and vendor applications for the Common, visit www.myaugustadowntown.com.