Yes, Santa makes his first stop in our community at the Square in Marietta this Thursday, December 2.  Read on for the wide variety of festivities planned for Marietta.

Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa on the Square

The City of Marietta’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting returns!! Let’s kick off this holiday season with Santa’s arrival to the square. The fun begins at 4PM with performances by local school and church choirs, then Santa makes his Grand Entrance to help the Mayor and the City of Marietta light the tree! Santa arrives at 6:00 and the Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin.

Santa Letter Writing Stations – 4PM-6PM
Meet some of Santa’s elves and watch as your letter gets put straight in to the hands of the Big Man himself! Letter writing stations will be up throughout the park for individuals who want to send their wishes to Santa. Stations will close and letters will be delivered when Santa arrives at the Square (6PM)

Festival of Trees
Beginning December 2, 2021 in Glover ParkCome see the amazing trees decorated by local schools and organizations to celebrate the Holiday Season! Stroll through the magical forest of trees and be inspired by the creativity of our very own Marietta City School students. These beautiful themed trees will come to life for the arrival of Santa on the Square.Prizes will be awarded in four categories. Visit our Winter Wonderland with friends and family and enjoy what will certainly be one of the most photographed spots of the holiday season!


Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour

The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour returns the weekend of December 4 and 5. This year, attendees will have the opportunity to see inside five beautifully decorated homes located in Marietta’s Kennesaw Avenue Historic District.

The five houses include: The Cox-Brown-Parker House at 109 Maple Avenue, the Magnolia Cottage at 103 Maple Avenue, the Northcutt-James-Ferrer House at 97 Maple Avenue, the Gentry House at 76 Maple Avenue, and the Mayes-Crissey-Clements House at 140 Stewart Avenue.

Pre-sale tickets for the event can be purchased online at mariettapilgrimage.com. Tickets can be purchased in person the week of the tour at the Marietta Welcome Center and William Root House Museum.

Community members can sign up to volunteer as house docents. Volunteers will receive a complimentary ticket to visit the homes during day tour hours. Sign ups can be found on the Marietta Pilgrimage website.

Marietta Pilgrimage will be adhering to protocols and procedures as recommended by the CDC. Currently, all volunteers and guests will need to wear a mask while inside tour homes and shuttle busses, regardless of vaccination status. Marietta Pilgrimage volunteers and guests are asked to bring a mask. If a volunteer or guest forgets a mask, one will be provided. The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Gala has been canceled this year.

For more information, visit mariettapilgrimage.com or call the Marietta Welcome Center at 770-429-1115 or Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society at 678-594-4994.

SAT DEC 4 Menorah Lighting on Marietta Square 6:30 pm. Congregation NerTamid of Marietta will host a Menorah Lighting on the Glover Park Stage. The event will be led by Rabbi Joseph Prass, featuring Hanukkah music, and free books from PJ Library, hot chocolate and doughnuts! The rain date will be Dec. 5. 6:30 pm. Free. Marietta Square, 50 Park Square, Marietta. Call 678-264-8575 or visit mynertamid.org


Marietta Pops Orchestra is back in business after having to pause during our recent pandemic and is ready to present their popular holiday concert on Saturday, December 11th. This year’s concert is held in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Marietta. The sanctuary seats eight hundred, allowing listeners to spread out as they feel necessary. There are two concerts on that date to choose from, one at 5:00 and the other one at 7:30. The concerts last a little over an hour and include an intermission. Along with singalongs of popular holiday songs and carols, there are traditional holiday pieces including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells Forever, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting), I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and many more including a surprise bonus piece.

The Orchestra’s Founding Conductor and Music Director, Dr. Paul Hill, has been serving as the Director/Music Minister at First Baptist Church Marietta for over twenty-two years. His purpose in starting this orchestra eleven years ago was to re-engage musicians who otherwise would have no place to continue performing their instrument. Ranging from forty-five to sixty players, this orchestra has delighted audiences at every concert. The concert tickets are only $20 and children under ten years old are free. Performing about twenty songs results in just a dollar a song! You can purchase tickets online at mariettapops.org or purchase tickets at the door. For more information, visit their website or contact them at EMAIL: mariettapopsorchestra@gmail.com.

We are holding the door open for you to come and celebrate the music of the holidays with us on Saturday, December 11 at either 5:00pm or 7:30pm. Tickets are only $20 (that’s less than $1 a song!) and children under 10 are always free.

Come on back! The concert is just a little over an hour and that’s with an intermission. Come at 5:00 and go out to eat afterward–or go out to eat before and cap off your night with a fun holiday concert.



A Christmas Tradition will return to The Strand stage for another unforgettable year of sharing the holiday spirit through sparkling song and dance! This hometown favorite holiday revue features costumed singers and dancers performing both traditional and funky Christmas favorites. FRIDAY DEC 10 – THURS. Dec 23. Tickets for either or both shows are available online at earlsmithstrand.org


Join us for a special Strand Ole Opry this holiday season for your favorite Christmas hits with an extra does of banjo and fiddle! Following in the footsteps of great southern tradition, Opry’s backporch style sing features a live band, local singers, and storytelling.  The performance is Thursday, December 16 2021, 8:00 PM Keep the good times going with a post-show hootenanny in the Lumiere Lounge! Join performers for a toast, a drink, and sing-alongs after the show.
Tickets for either or both shows are available online at earlsmithstrand.org

Check out the website for more Christmas Festivities, movies, and concerts.