The City of Ellijay announced Tuesday that it will not be moving forward with Light up Ellijay. This decision was based upon concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. The annual lighting of the tree and holiday parade is a tradition in Gilmer County held in downtown Ellijay. This event is sponsored by the City of Ellijay. Authorities at the County Clerk’s office confirmed Tuesday that permits had not been filed for either the parade or the lighting of the tree. Police Chief Edward Lacey expressed that the concern for the safety of the citizens of Ellijay was the first and foremost priority. He went on to say that the city supported the Downtown Ellijay Business and Community Association.
Business continues as usual in Ellijay during this holiday season. Citizens and visitors are encouraged to shop, dine and patron the downtown area. Measures are being taken to ensure that local businesses comply with social distancing guidelines while still being able to celebrate and share the joy of the holiday season.
Though petitions for Light up Ellijay have not been filed by either the chamber of commerce or the city, The Gilmer Arts will be offering an event with Santa at The Gilmer Arts Playhouse on December 19th. The Holiday movie “Prancer” will be shown at 3 pm and 6 pm. Santa will appear from 5 pm -6:30 pm along with tea and cookies. Pre-registration is required as there will only be 40 seats per show available at www.GilmerArts.com. Admission is two canned goods. Masks will be required and social distancing measures will be taken to ensure the safety of all patrons.