Day Seventy-One: Tree Lighting Ceremonies Around Atlanta

Tree Lighting Ceremonies Around Atlanta, Christmas 2011

Acworth – December 2 – The annual tree lighting and the arrival of Santa will take place in Downtown Acworth. Activities include a reading of The Night Before Christmas by the Mayor and pictures with Santa.

Atlanta – November 27 – Macys Lenox Square Lighting of The Great Tree.

Alpharetta – December 4 – This annual celebration in Milton Square City Park will feature live music, dance performances, train rides, crafts and more festive holiday activities. The children’s classic book, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, will be read on the main stage by Mayor Letchas and his wife Sally. Santa & Mrs. Claus will arrive for visits and free photos. Festivities start at 5 p.m.

Atlantic Station – November 19 – Celebrate in Central Park with the lighting of the tree at Atlantic Station, kicking off the holiday season which will include lots of fun events and even snow.

Cartersville – December 1 – Head to Downtown Cartersville’s Friendship Plaza for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 5 p.m. This year the ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Cartersville-Bartow County Exchange Club Christmas Parade. There will be food concessions available.

Covington – November 17 – Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting and Celebration. Carriage rides, Santa, music.

Dunwoody – November 20 – The annual Light Up Dunwoody will take place from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at The Spruill Farmhouse. There will be a Holiday Village, photos with Santa and his sleigh (complete with reindeer) and a tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Flowery Branch – November 27 – Flowery Branch Depot – brass ensemble, prayer and choir at 5:45 p.m.

Kennesaw – December 3 – Kick off the holiday season in Kennesaw with an all day festival and an evening tree lighting. A Day with Santa includes a holiday parade (1 p.m.), tree lighting (5:30 p.m.), live music and a sing-a-long, visits with Santa and a petting zoo.

Lawrenceville – November 27 – Gwinnett Historic Courthouse at 5 pm. Tree lighting at 6 pm, Santa at 6:45 pm.

Locust Grove – November 27 – Annual Lighting of the Tree, arrival of Santa and pictures.

Marietta Square – December 1 – Glover Park hosts Santa and local holiday-lovers for the lighting of the towering town Christmas tree in Historic Marietta. Events begin at 5:30 p.m. and the giant tree lights up at 6 p.m.. Local chorus performers will fill the air with the sounds of the holidays.

Norcross – December 2 – Norcross is hosting a month of holiday events, beginning with the lighting of the tree and Santa’s arrival in Thrasher Park.

Roswell – December 3 – Roswell hosts Holiday Celebration on the Square, the annual holiday season event with carolers, the lighting of the tree, a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, a visit from Santa and more. Activities start at 5 p.m. on the Historic Square.

Smyrna – November 29 – “Coming Home for the Holidays” Celebration and Tree Lighting at Smyrna Community Center 5 pm – 9 pm. Musical performances, Santa and the Tree lighting at 7 p.m.

Vinings Jubilee – December 1 – Enjoy the sounds of the season, holiday vendors, pony and and train rides, face painting and a visit from jolly old St. Nick himself at Vinings Jubilee from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Virginia-Highland – December 1 – Gather outside Murphy’s Restaurant with hot chocolate and cookies, and listen to the Atlanta Boy’s Choir perform. At 7:30, the tree atop the restaurant, adorned with gleaming ornaments and lights, will be set aglow.

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