CIty of Woodstock Celebrates 125 Years

The City of Woodstock held its 26th Annual Christmas Jubilee and Parade of Lights on December 3rd in Downtown Woodstock. The event began in 1997 to celebrate the city’s 100th birthday so this year was a celebration of the city’s 125th birthday.

Many parade floats paid tribute to the city’s birthday in their designs. There were 109 entries in this year’s parade including 6 marching bands from 3 local high schools and 3 home school groups. Judges included Ward 4 Council Member Tracy Collins, Assistant City Manager Coty Thigpen, and IN WDSTK Board Member Bonnie Keheley. The People’s Choice Award was given to Let’s Pretend Publishing. Hearts and Hands Therapy Services received the award for Most Original Float. The Little River Marina Crew was awarded the History & Heritage Award for their float that incorporated a pontoon boat. Ready Mix USA won for Best Holiday Float and Kent Aabye was recognized for Most Spirited Golf Cart. Following the parade, Mayor Michael Caldwell was joined by Santa Claus in the gazebo in the Park at City Center for the lighting of the Official City Christmas Tree. Hundreds of families enjoyed crafts, holiday treats, and games afterward.

Settlers arrived in the area in the early 1800s and a postmaster was established in 1833. The railroad and train depot were constructed in 1879. The City of Woodstock was granted a charter by the Georgia General Assembly on December 8, 1897. Main Street was paved in 1912 and Interstate 575 was constructed in 1982. “In a city that has grown from 4,500 to 36,000 in 3 decades, most of us don’t claim family roots more than a generation back here any longer (myself included). We’re a city of people who chose this place,” according to Mayor Caldwell. “We have inherited a rich history, and we’re building a place that we will be as proud to pass onto our children. As we celebrate 125 years, here’s to the Woodstockers who came before us and to all those who will call our city home in the years to come.”

Mayor Caldwell will issue a proclamation in honor of the city’s 125th birthday at the start of the Regular Meeting of Mayor and Council on Monday, December 12th at the Chambers at City Center (8588 Main Street). Staff has created graphics commemorating the occasion for citizens and organizations to use in sharing their Woodstock stories and dreams that are available below and our social media profiles.

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