It’s that magical time of the year when everyone is waiting for the arrival of Santa — and he is coming to town on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, December 5 and 6. Come enjoy the festivities and perhaps have breakfast with Santa while you are celebrating. End the weekend with Sights and Sounds Jazzy Nutcracker on Sunday evening.
Santa’s Arrival in Acworth on December 6
The City of Acworth, along with their partner NorthStar Church is excited to host this year’s Santa’s Arrival! Santa arrives in Historic Downtown Acworth on Senator Russell Avenue on Friday, December 6. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Santa is scheduled to arrive at 6:30 p.m.
Last year, Santa arrived by sliding down the chimney (see picture above), much to the surprise of two Acworth staff. Another surprise was the live nativity scene that walked it’s way through the crowd.
There will be a host of live performances and activities until 8:30 p.m. to help Santa kickoff the holiday season. Don’t forget to visit Frana Brown Park, where you can peruse the beautiful Festival of Trees!
Bring the entire family to hear Mayor Tommy Allegood read The Night Before Christmas and watch the lighting of the tree on the Plaza behind Henry’s. Enjoy pictures with Mr. Claus, eating candy canes with all his elves, and filling the streets with the holiday spirit. Pictures with Santa are free each year and begin at 6:45 p.m. There will not be a photographer onsite, so please plan on bringing your camera to capture the special moment.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Helping One Guy at a Time and O’Charley’s are hosting a free breakfast with Santa at The Cowan Historic Mill on South Main in Acworth, on Saturday December 7 from 7:30-10:30 am. The breakfast is a fundraiser for our Special Need Kids. All proceeds go to support Horizon Field. RSVP on Eventbrite.com/HelpingOneGuy/Santa
DADDY’S COUNTRY KITCHEN HOSTING BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
No need to drive to the mall and stand in line — bring the kids to Daddy’s Country Kitchen to on Saturday morning, December 7 between 9 and 12. Have breakfast and a visit with Santa. Breakfast for kids 10 and under is $6 and Adults are $10. Please make reservations at 770-974-2281. Daddy’s is located at 3485 Acworth Due West Rd., Acworth.
Acworth Presbyterian Church will hold a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 7, 2019 in the fellowship hall from 8am to 4pm. There will be gifts, handmade items, ornaments, Christmas Decor and for $5 you can have lunch with us. A bowl of homemade soup, corn bread, drink and a Christmas cookie. The funds raised will go to new front doors as the old ones are beyond repair.
KENNESAW’S DAY WITH SANTA – December 7
Kennesaw’s Parks and Recreation will help the City of Kennesaw usher in the holiday season on Saturday, December 7, with a Main Street parade featuring marching bands, decorated floats, vintage cars, colorfully costumed characters and Santa Claus himself.
The parade begins at 2:00 pm near the intersection of Watts Drive and Main Street, proceeding up Main Street to end at Adams Park.
The celebration continues on Main Street until 6 pm with A Day with Santa Activities that include a snow playground, inflatables and amusements, kid’s crafts, visits with Santa, stage entertainment, and a holiday market full of gift ideas and unique merchandise. Food vendors will be onsite. Parade awards will be presented at 5:30 pm.
Event organizers are still accepting entries for the parade at adaywithsanta.com. Entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded in several categories. The best overall float will win a cash prize of $250. Participation is free. For more information, visit adaywithsanta.com or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.
Kennesaw’s Christmas Tree Lighting
Join Mayor Easterling and other city officials at Depot Park in downtown Kennesaw on Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 pm, for the time-honored tradition of “flipping the switch” to illuminate the official Christmas tree.
The free hour-long program begins at 6 pm and will include festive choral music and sing-along, light refreshments, and plenty of holiday cheer.
For more information, visit kennesaw-ga.gov or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.
Sights & Sounds of the Season -Sunday December 8
Great Gig Dance Co. in Kennesaw presents Sights & Sounds of the Season, a musical Christmas variety show on Sunday, December 8th at NorthStar Church. The show will include the return of “The Jazzy Nutcracker,” a fresh take on a classic Christmas story. Set in the post-World War II era of the 1940s, “The Jazzy Nutcracker” features the music of Duke Ellington and the dancers of the Great Gig Dance Ensemble, with special guest performances from the Mayor of Acworth, Tommy Allegood, and the Mayor of Kennesaw, Derek Easterling. Sights & Sounds of the Season promises to get you and your family in the Christmas mood!
A catered reception featuring holiday desserts, coffee, and hot chocolate begins at 5:00pm and includes a holiday-themed silent auction, followed by the show at 6:00pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, and may be purchased online at www.greatgigdance.com. You may also purchase tickets at the door for $20. For more information, contact Great Gig Dance Co. at 770-218-2112. NorthStar Church is located at 3413 Blue Springs Road in Kennesaw. This is a family Christmas event you won’t want to miss!
Great Gig Dance Co. offers dance classes for everyone, ages 3 to 103! Classes are available in Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance. The studio is located in Kennesaw at 4200 Wade Green Road, in the Wade Green Crossing center near Big Lots and LA Fitness. For more information, please visit www.greatgigdance.com