MACON, Ga. — Editor's note: Video in this story is from coverage of the monthlong Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza in downtown Macon.
Santa's hitching up the reindeer and mapping out his route across Central Georgia.
There are still several weeks until Christmas, but the big guy will be warming up with appearances in more than a dozen area Christmas parades.
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Thursday, Dec. 2
The city of Forsyth's annual Christmas parade is at 7 p.m. in the city's historic downtown.
Friday, Dec. 3
The city of Cochran's parade will be held at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 4
The city of Perry's parade steps off downtown at 10 a.m.
In Wheeler County, Alamo's parade begins at 1 p.m. The city of Byron's parade is also at 1 p.m.
In the Emerald City, the Dublin Exchange Club's downtown parade begins at 2 p.m.
Also at 2 p.m., the Lizella parade begins at the west end of Columbus Road and ends at the Old Redding school.
Warner Robins' 63rd Annual Christmas parade begins at 3 p.m. at Central Georgia Technical College and ends at Rigby's Entertainment complex.
Also at 3 p.m., parades step off in Bolingbroke and Hawkinsville, but Santa's not done yet.
Later on Saturday, they'll celebrate the season with parades in Roberta at 4:30 p.m.; Fort Valley at 5 p.m.; and Rochelle and Centerville at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 5
Macon's downtown Christmas parade is at 4 p.m. The route runs along Martin Luther King Boulevard, Poplar Street, First Street and Cherry Street.
Later in December
Unadilla's Christmas parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 at noon.
Lake Tobesofkee's annual boat parade is back on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Boats will be decorated from 5-6 p.m.
On Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Milledgeville will hold its parade.
And, saving the best for last, the Gray Jaycees' annual parade happens Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. It starts at Ingles and circles Gray's downtown.