The City of Marietta is pleased to announce that 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland will return to the Marietta Square beginning Friday, November 18 with ice-skating in Glover Park. In conjunction with ice-skating opening, the merchants on the square will host their Holiday Open House and Candlelight Shopping. Open House will be held on November 18 from 6-9 pm and Candlelight Shopping will be held every Friday evening in December through December 23 from 6-9 pm.
On Thursday, December 1st, the City of Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in conjunction with the arrival of Santa Claus on December 1st in Glover Park. The fun begins at 4:30pm on December 1st with performances by local school choruses. Santa makes his grand entrance via a City of Marietta firetruck at 5:20pm followed by the lighting of the City’s Christmas Tree at 6pm. Additionally, children can meet Santa until 8pm that evening.
Families will now have the option of booking their Santa visit online (not available December 1st), while walkups will still be welcome. This year Santa will also be visiting with our furry friends, details are available on the website.
The season’s events will culminate with a New Year’s Eve family-focused extravaganza. Attendees can write resolutions on the Resolution Wall, play putt-putt golf, browse food trucks, and even test their skill in an escape room experience. From ice-carving contests to roaming magicians, the Marietta Square will be bustling with activities and entertainment options for all ages. After the sun goes down the adult celebration begins. Live music and a surprise drop will ring in a great New Year in style. Many local restaurants will have promotions for the big event, so make your dinner reservations now.
For more information including the Santa hours on the Square and online bookings for Santa, please visit the Winter Wonderland website, www. winterwonderlandmarietta.com.
ACWORTH TURKEY CHASE
This Saturday is the date for this annual Thanksgiving season tradition, presented by the City of Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department! In the past eight years you have helped us stock local food pantries during the holiday season! All non-perishable food items are to benefit the Tackle Hunger Program.
On Saturday, November 19, enjoy an exhilarating 5K run through Historic Downtown Acworth and along the shores of beautiful Lake Acworth. Walk, jog, or run, participants of all ages and abilities are welcome.
Registration for the Untimed Fun Run for age 13 and over is $10 before noon on November 16 or $20 on the day of the race. Registration for the Untimed Fun Run for kid’s age 6 to12 is $5 before noon on November 16 or $10 on the day of the race. Kids 5 & under are free.
There is a Timed Run for participants 10 years old and up, the cost of the Timed Run is $20 before noon on November 16. All participants must bring a non-perishable food item on race day to receive their race number and Acworth Turkey Chase t-shirt. The 5K Fun Run will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the 2K walk at 9:15 a.m. on Main Street in Downtown Acworth. There will be a “Little Pilgrim” Trot for children up to age 5 beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Main Street.
For more information, to register and for sponsorship opportunities visit www.acworthturkeychase.com.
Bravo Dance Center invites you to come aboard as their train journeys north from the Blue Ridge Mountains to New York City to deliver the Christmas Tree to Rockefeller Center. Be prepared for some amazing stops in New York City to view the fashion-famous Fifth Avenue, Central Park, the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, and a Rockette inspired Sleigh Ride at Radio City Music Hall!
Four shows will be held at the Strand (on the Square, Marietta): Friday Nov 18 at 8pm, Saturday Nov 19 at 3pm and 7pm, Sunday Nov 20 at 3pm. Tickets: $15 or $18 and are available at www.Tututix.com/bravodancecenterga.com
For the past 89 years The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a spectacle of floats, pageantry, and marching bands viewed by 3.5 million people live and 50 million people on television, has been a staple in households across America. This year is going to be even more exciting as Cobb County, Georgia will be represented by one of our own, the Harrison High School Marching Band. This is an honor only given to 10 bands each year!
The students at Harrison work extremely hard each year, putting in 25-30 practice hours a week in addition to academic, work and volunteer schedules, and this year is no exception. Their talent and dedication are testament to the many awards and honors they’ve received, including the recent title of “Bands of America Regional Champions” and “McEachern Marching Invitational Grand Champions”. If you would like to follow their journey you can find their Band Booster’s page on Facebook.com/harrisonbandfans. Support is also needed for the band financially, and in the spirit of fundraising, a You Caring page has been created: https://www.youcaring.com/harrison-high-school-marching-band-569816. No donation is too little, is tax deductible, and very much appreciated!
Please join us and support our very own Harrison Marching Band as they represent our community and don’t forget to tune in and watch them as they perform in the 90th annual Macy’s Day Parade on November 24 in New York City!”