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Coming Home for The Holidays
December 2nd - Tuesday
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Smyrna Community Center


Join us for Coming Home for the Holidays! Watch Santa light the big Christmas Tree in the middle of the Village Green at 7:00 p.m. and transform downtown Smyrna with brilliant lights.


Enjoy holiday festivities, musical performances by local church and school choral groups, activities for the kids, parade and a visit with Santa at the Smyrna Community Center. This annual event marks the beginning of the season of lights in our downtown.


For Additional Information, Call 770-431-2842.

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Marietta Christmas Tree Lighting
December 4th - Thursday
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Marietta Square


Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for the kick-off to the holiday season. Festivities are from 5pm-8pm, with Santa lighting the tree at 6pm.

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Holiday Wishes Christmas Parade
December 4th - Thursday
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Adamson Square


With lights, Christmas trees, and sometimes even snow, there’s no event more magical during the holidays than at our Holiday Wishes Christmas Parade. Each year, we host over 50 participants in this parade ranging from civic organizations and churches to high school marching bands and fire trucks. This parade of lights and all things festive is a fun treat for the whole family.


From 5:30pm-7:30pm on Thursday December 4th, pack up the family, bring out the blankets and chairs, and find a seat near downtown. The procession starts at Dairy Queen on Hwy 27, follows Maple Street towards Adamson Square, then continues down Newnan Street to S. White Street. The best place for viewing is in our historic downtown so come early and make sure you get a good seat! **This is a rain or shine event.


Additional Information Here

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Cedartown Christmas Parade
December 4th - Thursday; 6:00pm
Main Street - Cedartown


"Christmas in the South" is the theme for this year's Annual Christmas Parade. Join us as people line the streets to watch the floats decorated in Christmas lights parade through town. As always Santa will conclude the parade.


For More Information, Call 770-748-3220.

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Hiram's 9th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
December 5th - Friday
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Olde Town Hiram


  • Pictures with Santa Claus
  • Live Music featuring Omega Quartet
  • Local Artists & School Choruses
  • Holiday Food & Beverages
  • Live Nativity
  • Train Rides for Kids
  • Fun Activities for the Whole Family
  • Downtown Businesses Will Be Open


Presented by the City of Hiram

City of Douglasville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
December 5th - Friday; 6:30pm to 8:30pm
O'Neal Plaza, Downtown Douglasville


The City of Douglasville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting features a holiday parade, concert, and Christmas tree lighting in downtown Douglasville. Santa will also be present to visit and take pictures with children.


Free and open to the public to attend. $35 parade float registration fee. For Additional Information, Call 770-920-3000.

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Sweet Potato Pie - Home Grown Christmas
December 5th - Friday; 7:30pm
Dallas Theater - Civic Center


Sweet Potato Pie is not your traditional cookie cutter band. The Pie has created a new musical style called "sweetgrass", which includes elements of country, classical, blues and bluegrass. Listeners call this group classy, funny, warm and entertaining! When taste matters – have a serving of Sweet Potato Pie.


Main Level: Regular $25.00 / Discount $22.00
Balcony: Regular $20.00 / Discount $18.00
Discount Tickets must be purchased at the Theater's Box Office or by calling 770-445-5180.

The Nutcracker
December 5th - December 7th
Friday - Sunday
Grand Theatre, Cartersville


The classic holiday ballet performed by the Cartersville City Ballet at The Grand Theatre. Professional set design, costumes, choreography and outstanding dancers make this an annual "must- see" for the community and excellent Holiday excursion for visitors.


Combine the ballet with dining in Historic Downtown Cartersville for a memorable evening. Performances are Friday 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. Ticket prices TBA.


For More Information, Call 770-386-7343.

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"A Christmas Carol"
Presented by Marietta Players
December 5th - 21st
Thursday - Saturday, 8:00pm
Sunday, 3:00pm
Theatre in the Square


An original musical based off of the legendary Charles Dickens ghost story. The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited on night by the ghost of a former business partner as well as three spirits that show him the true meaning of Christmas. This traditional telling of the story features even more songs and music than last year!


Additional Information Here

Candy Cane Hunt
December 6th - Saturday
10:00am to 12:00pm
Mable House


Bring the whole family for some outdoor holiday fun on the grounds of the Historic Mable House. Activities include cookie decorating, crafts, marshmallow roasting, photos with Santa and of course the Candy Cane Hunt complete with prizes.


For More Information, Call 770-819-3285.

Annual Invitational Dallas Christmas Parade
Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
December 6th - Saturday; 1:00pm
Main Street - Dallas


Jeffrey Cole - Grand Marshall... he will be in his Elvis attire!


The Historic Dallas Square is located on Main Street in Dallas GA. The parade route starts on Hardee Street (Dallas Elem) to Main Street ending on the back side of the Historic Court House.


The Invitational Dallas Christmas Parade is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Paulding County and the Paulding County Civitan Club. All proceeds from the parade go to support Paulding Christmas, Inc.


For Additional Information, Call 770-329-4901 or Email Here


Parade Application  |  FAQ


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Pine Mountain Gold Museum Old Fashioned Christmas
December 6th - Saturday
11:00am to 3:00pm
Stockmar Park - Villa Rica


You will think you were spending Christmas back in the early 1800's as everyone will be dressed in old-fashioned clothing, and the park will be decorated in an old-fashioned style. Let's not forget a magical ride around the park on the new Scenic Railroad! Santa will be on hand for Christmas pictures, so bring your camera!


For More Information, Call 770-459-8455

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A Day With Santa
December 6th - Saturday; 12:00pm
Main Street - Kennesaw


Santa's arrival begins at noon with a Main Street parade featuring costumed characters, designer floats, marching bands, and live reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh.


The celebration continues near the Depot with a holiday host of activities and seasonal entertainment.


Attractions will include snow tubing courtesy of WellStar, inflatables and amusements; as well as a kid's craft station, visits with Santa, and a holiday market full of gift ideas and unique merchandise. Food vendors will be onsite.


Festivities carry into the evening with a musical program and tree lighting ceremony beginning at 6 p.m.


Additional Information Here

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Powder Springs Christmas Parade
Tree Lighting
December 6th - Saturday; 5:00pm
Downtown Powder Springs


  • Parade on Marietta Street
  • Crafts for the Kids
  • Photos with Santa
  • Free Hot Chocolate
  • Holly Jolly Hayride
  • Christmas Tree Lighting


For Additional Information, Call 770-943-1666

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Marietta Pilgrimage - Christmas Home Tour
December 6th and 7th
Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday Candlelight Tour 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm


The Marietta Pilgrimage is a Christmas Home Tour that takes place in the historic districts around the Marietta Square. The tour, a favorite holiday tradition for 28 years, showcases 6 private historic homes all lovingly restored and decorated for the season.


For Additional Information, Call 770-429-1115

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Santa on the Square
Pictures With Santa
December 6th - 7th / Friday & Saturday
December 13th - 14th / Friday & Saturday
December 20th - 21st / Friday & Saturday
10:00am to 6:00pm
Marietta Square


Plan to visit the shops on the Square for unique gifts and holiday treats. Enjoy hot chocolate or a sandwich at one of the many restaurants.


The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes.

Winter Wonderland Train Ride at Pine Mountain Gold Museum & Scenic Railroad
December 1st - December 31st
Pine Mountain Gold Museum &
Scenic Railroad at Stockmar Park
Villa Rica


Take a ride on the train as we will tour thousands of lights around the mountain! All lights are beautifully illuminated in a wonderful Christmas theme every night in December from 6 - 9 p.m. The cost is only $10 per person (children 2 and under ride free). We offer free hot chocolate and hot cider for riders! Take pictures with Santa on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights!


For More Information, Call 770-459-8455.

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Breakfast and a Visit with Santa
December 13th - Saturday // 8:30am to 11:00am
Burnt Hickory Park - Dallas


Children and their families will enjoy a tasty continental breakfast, and the kids will have an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap, tell him what they want for Christmas, and have their picture taken with him. At the time of registration you will be assigned a time to have breakfast and talk with Santa.


  • Ages: birth-10 years
  • Fee: $18 (Breakfast and photo session with Santa)
  • $7 (Breakfast only)
  • $12 (Photo session only)


Registration: October 13-December 3.


Additional Information Here and/or please call 770-443-7540

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Atlanta Pops Orchestra Holiday Concert
Century Bank Entertainment Series
December 13th - Saturday; 7:00pm
Grand Theatre, Cartersville


It wouldn't be Christmas at The Grand without The Atlanta Pops. Established by Albert Coleman in 1945, the orchestra has built a reputation for being energetic and professional. Pops musicians are the principal players for all touring Broadway shows in Atlanta, and their musicians have performed for artists like the late Ray Charles, Tom Jones and Sarah Brightman.


Tickets: Orchestra $25.00, Balcony $20.00. Reserved seating, purchase tickets by call or stopping by The Grand Theatre ticket office.


For Additional Information, Call 770-386-7343

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29th Annual Christmas Concert
Big Chicken Chorus
December 13th - 14th
Saturday - Sunday
Marietta Performing Arts Center


The Big Chicken Chorus invites you to join us for our annual Christmas concerts at the new Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School.


The first will be on Saturday, December 13 at 7:30pm. We also have a matinee performance at 3:00pm on Sunday, December 14. Our special guest quartet this year is RedZone, a championship quartet from Tennessee. We will hear some selections from the Marietta High School Blue Devil Chorus. On the Sunday matinee, we will also feature the Song of Atlanta Show Chorus, one of the top women's barbershop group in the world.


Additional Information Here

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Jubilee Christmas Tour
Greater Vision, Legacy 5, The Booth Brothers
December 14th - Sunday; 6:00pm
Mill Town Music Hall - Bremen


The Jubilee Tour brings the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, and Legacy Five together for a unique and unforgettable concert experience, and has proven to be very popular in cities across the United States. Each group is featured on the first half of the program, and then the second half brings them together for "Jubilee!"


The unscripted and spontaneous format of "Jubilee" is both entertaining and inspirational. Providing the audience with one of the most enjoyable concerts they will ever experience. Audiences across the country agree, "Jubilee!" is a "must-see!"


Additional Information and Tickets Here

Santa & Live Reindeer
December 16th - Tuesday
Hardy Superstore


Santa arrives at 5:30pm -- Hot Cocoa, Cookies, & Crafts - Bring Your Kids and Cameras!! For More Information, Call 770-445-9411

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Acworth Chanukah Celebration
Menorah Lighting
December 17th - 6:00pm
Downtown Acworth


The City of Acworth invites everyone to its third annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, December 17, the second night of Hanukkah, at 6:00 p.m.


The Menorah is located at the corner of Cowan Road and Main Street in Downtown Acworth. Rabbi Zalman Charytan from the Chabad Jewish Center will officiate the lighting with Mayor Tommy Allegood assisting. There will be a reception immediately following the Ceremony at Dogwood Forest of Acworth located across the street from the site of the Menorah.


Latke Party Following Lighting Ceremony at Dogwood Forest (4461 South Main St, Acworth). Latkes, Refreshments, Chocolate Gelt, Dreideks


The eight day Jewish holiday commemorates the Jewish Maccabees’ military victory over Syrian-Greek oppression more than 2,000 years ago. During Hanukkah, Jews across the world celebrate the miracle of light that burnt for eight days out of a single-days-worth of oil found in the Temple. One Hanukkah candle is lit the first night, December 16, and an additional candle is lit each successive night. The holiday is a celebration of religious freedom and hope.


For questions pertaining to this event, please contact Jeff Chase at

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Charlie Brown Christmas Show

Featuring Jeffrey Bützer and T. T. Mahony
December 18th - Thursday; 8:00pm
Earl Smith Strand Theater


Jeffrey Bützer and T.T. Mahony present a jazzy musical tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. The show, now an established Atlanta tradition, will be making its way outside the perimeter to a family friendly venue! Bützer and Mahony will be playing the whimsical Christmas songs that Charlie Brown and the gang have made favorites for the holiday season. With a history of sold out shows, you don’t want to wait to get your tickets.


Opening the show will be Bützer’s "regular gig," Jeffrey Bützer and the Bicycle Eaters, followed by Chad Shivers and the Silent Knights and their Beach Boys Christmas Tribute.


Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of show. Additional Information Here or Call 770-293 -0080

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Breakfast with Santa
December 20th - Saturday
8:00am to 11:00am
Olive Tree Restaurant - Hiram


Enjoy Pancakes, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, and a Drink. $10 each ( $5 for children 5 and younger. Pictures with Santa will also be available for $5.00 each.


Presented by Olde Town Hiram Business Association. For More Information, Call Debbie Lewallen at 404-425-8149.

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Annual Festival of Tables
December 20th - Saturday
Carroll County AG Center


This unique fund raiser features a vast array of creatively decorated tables by church auxiliaries, a delicious breakfast, delightful entertainment, fun and fellowship! Proceeds benefit The Breast of Times Cancer Foundation in the fight against Breast & Gynecologic cancers in the West Georgia area.


Please help to make the season bright for those fighting cancer this Christmas, by joining us at the 2014 "Festival of Tables". You won't want to miss it!


Tickets are $7 advance, $10 at the door. Purchase tickets online here.


If you would like to host a table, we would be honored. Please contact Kathi Paulson at 770-365-1751 or Visit Our Website Here.

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Holiday Movies
December 20th - Saturday
Dallas Theater Civic Center


  • 10:00am - Children’s Classics (Rudolph, Frosty, A Charlie Brown Christmas)
  • 4:00pm - Family Comedy To be determined
  • 7:00pm - It’s a Wonderful Life


Sponsored by Jeff Eberhart Funeral Home. Limited concessions will be available for CASH purchase only.

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John Berry's 18th Annual Christmas Tour
December 20th - Saturday; 7:30pm
Mill Town Music Hall


Mention his name to just about any country music lover and the response will likely be, "What an awesome vocalist!" Between 1979 and 1990, John recorded and marketed six albums on his own Clear Sky Records label.


Those early discs and John Berry's strong regional popularity attracted him attention on Music Row. Capitol Records signed him in 1992, and it was there that he had a string of hits, including "Your Love Amazes Me", "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye", "I Think About It All The Time", "Change My Mind", "If I Had Any Pride Left At All", "Kiss Me In The Car", 'What's In It For Me", and "You and Only You". But it was his stunning performance of the title track of the 1995 CD O Holy Night that led to his most enduring legacy. John Berry began performing a Christmas tour in 1996, and this year will mark his 17th consecutive Christmas concert series.


Additional Information Here

It’s a Wonderful Life Movie Marathon
December 22nd - Monday
12:00pm; 3:00pm
6:00pm; 9:00pm
Earl Smith Strand Theatre
Historical Marietta Square


Take a break from your last minute holiday shopping and remember the importance of family and compassion with It’s a Wonderful Life.


In this true holiday classic, an angel (Henry Travers) helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman (James Stewart) by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.


Get here half an hour early for a holiday preshow and sing along on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. Tickets are general admission, $8 for adults and $7 for seniors, students, and military.

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Lights of LIFE 2014
Through December 31st
Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm to 10:30pm
Life University - Marietta


$5.00 per Car, Monday - Wednesday
$10.00 per Car, Friday - Sunday
Concession Stand Open Every Evening
Friday - Sunday: Petting Zoo, Train Rides, Pony Rides; Santa Claus


Additional Information Here

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Winter Wonderland Train Ride at Pine Mountain Gold Museum & Scenic Railroad
December 1st - 31st
6:00pm to 9:00pm Every Evening
Pine Mountain Gold Museum & Scenic Railroad at Stockmar Park
Villa Rica


Take a ride on the train as we will tour thousands of lights around the mountain! All lights are beautifully illuminated in a wonderful Christmas theme every night in December from 6 - 9 p.m. The cost is only $10 per person (children 2 and under ride free). We offer free hot chocolate and hot cider for riders! Take pictures with Santa on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights!


For More Information, Call 770-459-8455

Noon Year's Eve with Radio Disney
December 31st - Wednesday
10:30am to 12:30pm
Smyrna Community Center
200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna


The tradition of ringing in the New Year can be done with your kids at this extra special dance party for kids with Radio Disney at the Smyrna Community Center. It starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. after a big balloon drop at noon and lots of cheers!

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New Year's Eve Celebration with Billy Dean
December 31st - Wednesday
Mill Town Music Hall


Billy Dean first gained national attention after appearing on "Star Search" and has recorded 8 studio albums since 1990, of which 4 have been certified "Gold." He has generated more than 20 hit singles on the Billboard Country charts including 11 Top Ten hits. His biggest hits include "Only Here For A Little While," "Somewhere In My Broken Heart," "You Don’t Count The Cost," “Only The Wind," "Billy The Kid," "It’s What I Do," "Buy Me A Rose," and "Let Them Be Little."


This event features:


  • Live concert with Billy Dean and his band
  • Dessert and coffee bar following concert
  • Dance party featuring 60's, 70's, and 80's music
  • Showing of Atlanta's Peach Drop on the big screens
  • Sparkling cider toast at midnight
  • FUN for the whole family!!!


Additional Information and Tickets Here

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The Possum Drop
December 31st - Wednesday
7:30pm to 12:30am


Celebrate New Years Eve at The Possum Drop
Music - Fireworks Display - Food - Family Fun


At mid-night a stuffed possum named "Spencer" is lowered in a holiday lights covered ball from atop one of the cities oldest buildings. Its an evening filled with music, fireworks and fun activities for your entire family. In recent years the event has grown and attracted local media as well as national attention. We invite you and your family to join us this New Years Eve as we celebrate the New Year!


Additional Information Here

Gold Nugget Drop
December 31st - Wednesday
10:00pm to Midnight
The Mill - Villa Rica


The City of Villa Rica welcomes the community and tourists to its annual “Gold Nugget Drop” at THE MILL amphitheater on December 31. Bundle up and bring in the New Year with family, friends and neighbors in a safe environment close to home. Enjoy live entertainment followed by a “City of Gold” raffle drawing leading up to the gold nugget drop and grand fireworks finale.


Grab a cup of complimentary hot chocolate, purchase lighted novelties and enjoy regional entertainment from 10pm – 12:30am at this new event.

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Six Flags Over Geogia Presents
"Holiday in The Park"
Through January 4th


Six Flags Over Georgia – home of the all-new Hurricane Harbor water park – will extend its season with the addition of Six Flags Entertainment’s annual holiday festival - HOLIDAY IN THE PARK®. More than one million LED lights and dozens of Christmas trees will create the perfect magical atmosphere this holiday season from November 22 through January 4.


Six Flags Over Georgia will extend its season by 26 days with the inclusion of Holiday In The Park®. The holiday classic will include sparkling lights, festive shows, tasty culinary treats and of course, the Big Man: Santa Claus in all his glory.


Guests can enjoy the park’s most popular rides including Goliath, as well as rides for the entire family to enjoy. Holiday In the Park® will be topped off with its most iconic image at the historic 1910 Riverview Carousel, which will create a glowing light and walkthrough experience never before seen in Atlanta and the Southeast region.