Holiday Festivities Abound in Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta

Polar_Express_Adventure_2013_126_-_Version_2The next two weeks in Acworth, Kennesaw and Marietta are with jammed packed with fun filled activities, music and celebrations, from the Lighting of Menorahs, to Nativity Scenes, to a visit with Santa –

THU-SUN DEC 3-6 – LIGHTS AT WEST RIDGE – A free Christmas Light Experience weekends during December. December 3-6, 10-13, 17-20 from 6pm-10pm. Visit www.westridge.com/lights for more information. West Ridge Church, 3522 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas.

FRI DEC 4 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – Kennesaw Memorial Park, 1306 Whitlock Ave, Marietta, invite you to their Holiday Candlelight Service – a fitting and meaningful way for families who have suffered a loss to start the holiday season, beginning at 7pm. For more information, call 770-428-0502

FRI DEC 4 – SANTA’S ARRIVAL IN ACWORTH –  Depot in downtown Acworth. 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 9:00 p.m. to help Santa kickoff the holiday season. For more information visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234.

FRI DEC 4 – PADDY’S PUB 6TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY – Join in the fun celebrating six years of Paddy’s Pub and Eatery! Giveaways, specials and live music! 2196 Cobb Pkwy, Kennesaw. www.paddyspubandeatery.com

FRI DEC 4 – WHITE CHRISTMAS AND SMALL WORKS – dk Gallery’s December show will be a show featuring white works of art by all dk Gallery artists and small works will don dk’s white Christmas trees for the holiday season. Opening night December 4 from 6-9pm. Show ends December 26th. Visit www.dkgallery.us for more information.

FRI-SUN DEC 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 – A CHRISTMAS TRADITION MUSIC REVUE – The Strand hosts this fun holiday tradition weekends in December. mes the return of its third annual winter music revue, the highly successful A Christmas Tradition! A Christmas Tradition is a non-stop song and dance revue featuring classic Christmas tunes, as well as childhood favorites and contemporary gems. When the whole family is together for the holidays and looking for some Christmas cheer, A Christmas Tradition is the show to see!  It is family friendly and guaranteed to fill even the grumpiest Scrooge with the holiday spirit.Dec 4-6, 11-13, 18-20. Tickets are $25. Purchase online www.EarlSmithStrand.org or through the box office 770-293-0080.

FRI-SUN DEC 4-6 – DRIVE THROUGH NATIVITY – Lithia Springs United Methodist Church invites our community to  a holiday tradition that will put you in the true spirit of Christmas. Drive through 11 Nativity scenes depicting the birth of Christ from the annunciation to the nativity 7 to 9pm at Lithia Springs United Methodist Church at 3722 Temple St. Lithia Springs. For more information call 770-948-5429.

SAT DEC 5 – KENNESAW SANTA PARADE & FESTIVITIES – The annual parade will begin at noon and fun will continue with festivities near the Depot until 6pm. Event organizers are accepting entries for the parade at www.adaywithsanta.com. Entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded in several categories. Participation is free. For more information, visit www.adaywithsanta.com, or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

SAT DEC 5 – POLAR EXPRESS AT THE SOUTHERN MUSEUM – Bring the whole family to enjoy popcorn and the movie The Polar Express as well as a fun, interactive winter themed train layout at the Museum! Sit back, relax and enjoy the show in the Museum’s theater (showings: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm). Movie is free with paid admission to the museum.  Visit www.southernmuseum.org or call 770-427-2117 for more information.

SAT DEC 5 – BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Due West UMC will host Breakfast with Santa with two seatings 8:30 and 10:30 am. Tickets are $6 for adults, $2 for children. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Calvary Children’s Home. To purchase tickets, visit www.santaatduewest.com

SAT-SUN DEC 5-6 – MARIETTA PILGRIMAGE HOME TOUR – Tour features six private historic homes in the Northwest Marietta/Kennesaw Avenue Historic District, lovingly restored, filled with antique collections and decorated for the season.  Along the route, many of Marietta’s historic public buildings are decorated and open for touring. For more information on tour times and to purchase tickets, call the Marietta Visitors Bureau at 770-429-1115,or visit www.marietttapilgrimage.com.

SUN-MON DEC 6-7 – CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT – Marietta First Baptist Church invites the public to attend their annual Carols By Candlelight at 7:00 pm both evenings.  The program is free to the public.  The church is located at 148 Church St., Marietta, GA

SUN DEC 6 – LIGHT THE NIGHT TREE LIGHTING – WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center hosts tree lighting event and ushers in the holiday season with festive children’s activities, musical holiday performances, hors d’oeuvres and hot chocolate. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 4:30 and will be on hand for a photo with you and your family from 4-6 p.m. Free admission and parking. Blue Parking Deck – Top Level, 677 Church Street, Marietta 30060. Visit www.wellstar.org/LightTheNight for more information or call 470-644-0300.

TUE DEC 8 – MENORAH LIGHTING CEREMONY – The city of Acworth invites all to the 4th annual ceremony at 6pm. Corner of Cowan Rd and Main Street. For more info, visit www.acworthparksandrec.org.

THU DEC 10-27 – A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Opening night, Dec 10th at Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. Show dates are Thurdays-Sundays through December 27th. Purchase tickets online at www.theatreinthesquare.co. 770-426-4800

FRI DEC 11 – SYMPHONY ON THE SQUARE HOLIDAY CONCERT – Symphony On The Square Presents: There’s Christmas In the Air Holiday Concert at 8pm at the Cobb Civic Center, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. Tickets are $15 and available online at www.sotsholiday2015.eventbrite.com. Visit SymphonyOnTheSquare.org for more information.

FRI-SAT DEC 11-12 – CHRISTMAS AT PIEDMONT – Join us for a festive celebration; This Arts & Craft Show will be buzzing with activity including entertainment, food, children’s activities and more! Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm. For more info call 770-423-1330 or visit www.piedmontchurch.tv

FRI-SUN DEC 11-13 – A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM – Mt. Calvary Baptist Church (www.mtcbc.net) would like to invite your family to ‘A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM.”  You will experience a hands on Holy Land Experience. 6:00PM – 8:00PM each evening. Accepting voluntary donations of canned goods for the needy.  FREE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! 287 Mt. Calvary Rd. Marietta, Ga. 30064.

SAT DEC 12 – PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – Ben Roberson Community Center, two seatings: 8-9:15am and 10-11:15am. Advanced tickets $6 per person, $8 at the door. For more info or to purchase tickets, visit kennesaw-ga.gov or call 770-422-9714. Hosted by Kennesaw Parks and Recreation and Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club.

SAT DEC 12 – CHRISTMAS IN ACWORTH – Santa will be at the Depot for pictures from 1-5 p.m. Pictures are free of charge, bring your camera! Marshmellow roasting, horse and carriage rides! Festival of Trees at Frana Brown Park! For more info, visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org or call the Parks office 770-917-1234.

SAT DEC 12 – MARIETTA TREE KEEPERS – Volunteers wanted to assist in planting trees at the Marietta Housing Authority, 95 Cole Street, Marietta.  Arrive at 8:30am to enjoy donuts and beverages. For more information, call 770-424-4664.

SAT-SUN DEC 12-13 – CHRISTMAS ROYAL TEA AND GRAND YULETIDE BALL – The Strand will transform from the historic theatre we know and love to a royal residence for the Prince and Princess of the season and their revered guests on Dec 12 & 13, 19 & 20 at 10am and noon. Tickets available at www.earlsmithstrand.org or the box office at 770-293-0080.

SUN DEC 13 – SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF THE SEASON – Presented by Great Gig Dance Co, this musical Christmas variety show will feature talented dancers, singers, musicians and more at Northstar Church 3413 Blue Springs Rd, Kennesaw. The show begins at 6pm. Tickets may be purchased in advanced, call Great Gig at 770-218-2112 or at the door.

SUN DEC 13 – MENORAH LIGHTING ON MARIETTA SQUARE – 6:30-7:30pm, Congregation Ner Tamid will hold a ceremony on the Glover Park Stage to light a Menorah as part of a Chanukah Celebration which will include holiday music and fun children’s games. For more information about this event or the congregation, visit www.mynertamid.org or e-mail info@mynertamid.org or call 678-264-8575.

TUE DEC 15 – DINNER WITH SANTA – Come enjoy a night with Santa at California Dreaming from 6-9pm! Free pics with Santa, face painting, live holiday music and more! California Dreaming is collecting toys for the Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund.  Receive a Free basket of Croissants with any toy donation.  Donations accepted everyday through Dec. 15. 745 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw.