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GALLERY | Thousands enjoy Downtown Christmas Celebration and Chili Cook Off | See if your favorite Chili Won

Thousands flocked to Downtown Statesboro on a warm December night for the annual Christmas celebration. Click to see the fun highlights from the Downtown Christmas Holiday Celebration and the Chili Town Cook Off Winners.

Main Street Statesboro held its Downtown Christmas Celebration on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 as thousands packed the streets to attend. The event took place in downtown Statesboro for the Vyve Holiday Celebration.

There was something for everyone including a golf cart parade, nearly 100 vendors, the Book Bus, live music, Chili Town, a hayride and photo booth with Santa Claus. 

CLICK HERE to watch the parade live stream

Admission to Chili Town was free and open to the public.

Tickets were available to purchase to vote in the people’s choice category for $1. All proceeds from ticket sales went to the Humane Society of Statesboro & Bulloch County

Keep reading to see if your favorite chili won.  We have all the Chili Town Cook Off Winners Below. 

Grice Connect's Brandon Robinson with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus!

Chili Town Cook Off Winners

Honorable Mentions - Ribbon

  • #7 Property Pros

  • #27 Spice Boys

  • #2 Eagle Creek

Best Light Chili

  • #6 Ring of Fire

    Photo courtesy of Statesboro Fire Department.  

Best Spicy Chili

  • #26 Bulloch County Fire Department 

. Bulloch County Fire

Best Restaurant

  • #25 Vandys

Best Overall

  • #17 Ogeechee Steamers

    Best Overall: Ogeechee Steamers.

People's Choice

  • #2 Eagle Creek

People's Choice: Eagle Creek.

The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority would like to thank their First Friday sponsors for 2023: American RoofingCORE Credit UnionGeorgia PowerColony BankEast Georgia Center for Oral and Facial SurgeryCoca-ColaStatesboro Oral & Maxillofacial SurgerySouthern Chiropractic & Wellness CenterTormenta FCParty Impressions, McLendon EnterprisesParty HarborMorris BankStatesboro PropertiesJC Lewis FordStatesboro Urgent CareGeorgia Southern BiGAspen Aerogels, and Vyve Broadband.

For more information, contact the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority at 912-764-7227 or email

Merry Christmas Steve and to all the Grice Connect followers who share daily with us how much you the love our coverage of our community.

This coverage is made possible thanks to the generous support of one of Bulloch County's newest industries, SECO ECOPLASTIC, as part of their partnership in supporting strong local journalism through Grice Connect.