Yes, indeed.  Santa Claus is coming to Marietta, Acworth and Kennesaw on December 1, 2, and 3.  If you miss him in one community, you can catch him at another.


The Special Events Squad has been busy finalizing all the details for MPRF’s newest addition to the Christmas Tree Lighting Event on Thursday, December 1st, “Marietta’s Ugly Sweater Parade”. Don your ugliest of Holiday sweaters (family appropriate) and join Santa in his parade to the Square!
The Marietta Ugly Sweater Holiday Parade is part of the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. The .4-mile parade will step off at 4:45PM at Marietta City Hall Upper Parking Deck, travel down Lawrence St, around the Square and ends at Glover Park via East Park Square.

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 on December 1 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 1, 2022 in Glover Park, Come 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!