Rome Downtown Development Authority



You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, we’re finally telling you why!


Santa’s are taking over Downtown Rome

The Office of Downtown Development is excited to announce a new community-wide fundraiser to bring Christmas cheer to downtown Rome during the holiday season! Participants will build and decorate a Santa that will then be displayed on our downtown sidewalks. You’re encouraged to be as creative as possible. Think tropical Santa, disco Santa, rockstar Santa… the possibilities are endless! The Santas will then be voted on by your friends and family. The winner gets bragging rights, the Golden Santa, and a commemorative plaque!

Our goal is to see 200 Santas take over downtown. To reach this goal, we need your help! Share this with your family, your boss, your church, your school – everyone you know. Let’s see what Rome can do together!

SEE Rules & Regulations HERE

Registration is open to EVERYONE!!  Click HERE to register.

The month of December, the public can vote on their favorite Santa for $1 and the winner will receive the coveted Golden Santa, a commemorative plaque, and of course, bragging rights!


$1 = 1 vote. Voting can be submitted in-person at two locations: The Office of Downtown Development, Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; and Rome Area History Center, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Drop by any time during the month of December to vote for the Santa you like best. You can also vote via PayPal ( for your favorite Santa, just be sure to include which Santa you are voting for!

If you have any questions, reach out to the Downtown Development office at 706-236-4520