MOULTRIE, Ga. (WTXL) — Parents and their children lined the streets of Downtown Moultrie, taking in all the lights and strolling the local shops.
For many, it's a tradition.
"We've been doing it since I was a little girl and now we continue the tradition with our own children," said Carli Vick.
Hundreds made their way to Downtown Moultrie on Thanksgiving night.
Lighting up the streets with Christmas joy.
"Them experiencing the lights every year and just seeing and meeting people and just having the tradition of excitement in our City," said Mary Brady.
And excitement there was, the night was filled with music and fun for the whole family.
Children waiting to see Santa, wishing him a great Christmas.
"I hope that he has a great Christmas and he gives everybody their presents because some people really deserve it," said Kiahj Madison
This event, around since the 30s as a way to welcome home World War II soldiers.
Now, people say they're shocked by the turnout.
"Cause you never see this many people in one spot in Moultrie," said Danaiza Williams and Makayla Thomas.
The night bringing everyone in sight a bit of Christmas on Thanksgiving.
Organizers say the lighting of the Canopy has become one of the most popular events in South Georgia, during the holiday season.
Thursday night, the City of Moultrie will light up for a yearly tradition.
The night will be filled with musical entertainment and food. Shops downtown are open for people to come and enjoy.
"One parent says this is something they look forward to every Thanksgiving," said Carli Vick. "It's a family tradition. We always come down to see the square and the lights on Thanksgiving. We've been doing it since I was a little girl. And now we continue the tradition with our own children."