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Jack Bailey sits with Santa at last year's "Bedtime Stories with Santa" at the Bay Minette Public Library. This year, the event is part of Christmas on the Square in downtown Bay Minette. (Courtesy Tina Covington)

BAY MINETTE, Alabama -- The holiday season will be full of events and activities for residents in north Baldwin County. Kicking off the season will be a new holiday tradition Christmas on the Square," set for 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 on Courthouse Square.

The event is sponsored by the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, Christmas on the Square will include the lighting of the Christmas tree, live entertainment and an appearance by Santa Claus.

Christmas on the Square is a new event in Downtown Bay Minette to help kick off the holiday season, said Ashley Jones, Marketing Project Manager. It s an opportunity for any organization to celebrate the season of giving by setting up and selling food to raise money for a cause.

Jones said there is no charge for the booth space as long as all proceeds benefit a non-profit or a cause. To register a booth space, call the Chamber at 251-937-5665.

Performances for Christmas on the Square begin at 5 p.m. with Sun Chief Sound, followed by the tree lighting. The North Baldwin Community Choir will perform excerpts from The Messiah at 6:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m., Santa Claus will arrive on top of the fire truck on Courthouse Square and will lead children to the Bay Minette Public Library for the annual Bedtime Stories with Santa . This program is set to begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Wayne Cain will be reading The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and then Santa will visit with all the little guests. Parents are encouraged to dress the children in pajamas and to bring a camera to capture the moment.

We are very much looking forward to another Christmas at the library and our annual Bedtime Stories with Santa. It doesn t feel like Christmas until then, said Joanna Bailey, Director of Library Services. I am excited about the parade from Courthouse Square to the library following Santa to our main event. The children get so excited to see him and it makes the holidays all the better.

For a full list of activities planned this Christmas season, visit .

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