Santa Sightings and Tree Lightings

treelightingprogramTHANKSGIVING IS OVER, the kids are back in school and start of our Holiday celebrations are upon us.  Whether it is a tree lighting, a glimpse of Santa, a tour of grand homes, snow tubing or breakfast with Santa our community has this covered.


Join Mayor Easterling and other city officials at the pedestrian underpass plaza directly across from Revival on Main in downtown Kennesaw on Thursday, December 1 as they “flip the switch” to illuminate the official Christmas tree.
The free 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 or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.


The City of Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in conjunction with the arrival of Santa Claus on Thursday, December 1st in Glover Park on the Marietta Square.
The fun begins at 4:30pm on Thursday, 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.
Santa will be in his workshop on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the weekends of December 2, 9, 16, and then for Friday December 23. The first half of every hour may be booked online while the remaining openings are available for walk ups. Book online at

The online portal for booking your family’s Santa on the Marietta Square Experience is now available. Please visit the website to view the schedule and book your family’s visit. New this year you are able to book a session with Santa for your PAWsome family members as well. For more details and to schedule your visit please visit the website. Walk ups are still welcome throughout the Christmas season.

photoMarietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour

Go behind closed doors as Marietta puts on its holiday finery for the 30th Annual Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour. What does it take to produce the tour? More than 3,000 ornaments, thousands of magnolia leaves, 500-plus strands of lights and over 100 poinsettias are used in decorating the houses. A half a dozen or more hotel rooms are booked for homeowners for the event weekend to clear the way for the thousands of visitors who will ooh and ah over vintage, traditional and highly artistic holiday schemes. Dozens of plastic mats are stashed in closets in case of inclement weather and scads of booties are stowed in attics to cover shoes for treading on floors that need extra TLC. Not to mention over 500 volunteers to staff the event.

The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour features six private historic homes in the Kennesaw Avenue Historic District, lovingly restored, filled with antique collections and decorated for the season. Homeowners invite you inside for a unique opportunity to discover how they incorporate these historic treasures into their everyday lives. Along the route, many of Marietta’s historic public buildings are decorated and open for touring.

The event activities begin on Friday evening, December 2nd when the Marietta Pilgrimage presents “The Marietta Pilgrimage Gala.” a glamorous black-tie party at Traton Homes. The home tours kick-off on Saturday, December 3 with the Day Tour offered from 9:00am – 6:00pm and a Candlelight Tour featuring three of the tour homes from 7:00pm – 9:30pm Saturday evening. The Day Tour will resume on Sunday, December 4 from 10:00am – 6:00pm. The day tours offer shuttle service staffed with informative step-on guides. Along the tour, guests can warm up and enjoy refreshments or a light lunch at The Bistro, which will be located at the historic Marietta Educational Garden Center, c. 1852.

The 30th Annual Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour will spotlight the following historic homes in the Kennesaw Avenue Historic District: The Holland-Higginbotham House, c. 1886, 321 Kennesaw Ave (Candlelight); The Elliott-McClure-Biggers House, 1884, 293 Kennesaw Ave (Candlelight); The Beane-Atenhan-Taylor House, c. 1945, 347 Camp Street, NW; The Reed-Yates-Rowe House, c. 1905, 98 Maple Avenue; The Black-Reeves-Hogarth House, c. 1905, 84 Maple Avenue; The Turnbull Manor, c. 1883, 267 Kennesaw Ave (Candlelight)

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour, call the Marietta Visitors Bureau at 770-429-1115 or visit


Santa’s Arrival – It’s that special time again! The City of Acworth is excited to be partnering with NorthStar Church to make this year’s Santa’s Arrival presented by Biagini Chiropractic the best yet! Santa will be reaching the Depot in downtown Acworth on Friday, December 2nd. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Santa is scheduled to arrive at 6:30 p.m. There will be a host of live performances until 8:30 p.m. to help Santa kickoff the holiday season.

Bring the entire family to hear Mayor Tommy Allegood read The Night Before Christmas and watch the lighting of the tree on Main Street. Enjoy pictures with Santa, eating candy canes with all his elves, and filling the streets with the holiday spirit. There will be face painting, train rides, marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate and a live nativity. Don’t forget to visit Frana Brown Park, where you can peruse the beautiful Festival of Trees!

Be sure to check our website for details on how to get your picture taken with Santa. We will not have a photographer onsite, so plan on bringing your camera to capture the special moment.
For more information visit or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234.

Pancake Breakfast

Helping One Guy (HOG) will host Breakfast with Santa at Lulu’s Firewater Grill, 3345 Cobb Pkwy N, Acworth, GA 30101 on December 3, 2016, 7:00 AM until 10:00 AM

Serving Scrambled eggs, bacon, HUGE pancakes, donuts and bagels served from “Arts Bagels”. Please make an appointment for a picture with Santa by emailing Bob Kelly at All donations benefit the Special Needs Field at Kennworth Park. We look forward to seeing you on Dec. 3rd! For more information, please visit or call (770) 639-7694. Merry Christmas from HOG!

nchsmarchingbdKENNESAW’S Santa Parade, Snow Activities Dec 3

The City of Kennesaw will usher in the holiday season on Saturday, December 3 with a Main Street parade featuring marching bands, decorated floats, vintage cars, colorfully-costumed characters, and Santa Claus himself.
The parade begins at noon near the intersection of Park Drive and Main Street, proceeding south and east down Main Street, marching past Cherokee Street toward Cemetery Street.

The celebration continues at Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee Street, until 6 pm with activities including free snow tubing, 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.

Event organizers are accepting entries for the parade at 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 or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.