Santa Claus is Coming to Marietta, Acworth and Kennesaw – starting Thursday


And he is coming on a firetruck.  What could be more exciting for our children than to see Santa arrive with all the bells and whistles. Join Santa Claus for the kick off to the holiday season in Marietta, Thursday, Dec. 5, in Glover Park on the Marietta Square. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with performances by local school choruses. Santa will make his grand entrance at 5:20 p.m. and light the giant Christmas tree at 6 p.m. More entertainment will follow while Santa visits with children in the gazebo until 8 p.m.

Santa’s Workshop

The workshop will be open to visitors Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 19-24. Be sure to have your picture taken with Santa.  Santa’s hours: Saturday, December 7: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 8: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, December 14: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 15: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday, December 19: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, December 20: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, December 21: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, December 22: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Monday, December 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Last day to see Santa on the Square!!!! – Tuesday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes. Marietta Parks and Recreation and the Marietta Business Association sponsor this event each year.

Santa’s Arrival in Acworth – Dec. 6

ACWSantas_ArrivalIt’s that special time again! Santa will be stopping at the Depot in Downtown Acworth on Friday, December 6 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. There will be a host of performances 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 Mr. & Mrs. Claus, eating candy canes with all his elves, and filling the streets with the holiday spirit.

Arrive at the Depot at 5:15 p.m. to schedule your picture time with Santa and Mrs. Claus, pictures begin at 6:45 p.m.  Time slots for pictures are limited and only those who have reserved a time will be able to take pictures with Santa, so be sure to arrive early to schedule your picture time.  This year 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.

Kennesaw Hosts  Santa All Day  – Dec. 7

ADaywithSanta_(2)The City of Kennesaw will celebrate the start of the Christmas holiday season with a parade, entertainment and tree lighting program downtown at Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee Street, on Saturday, December 7.

The festivities begin at noon with a parade on Main Street featuring costumed characters, designer floats, marching bands, and live reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. The entertainment will continue with a holiday host of activities, live music and dance performances; along with a seasonal variety of food vendors, crafts, gift and general merchandise near the Depot.  Festivities will conclude with a Christmas tree lighting program which begins at 5 p.m.

Children’s activities include FREE snow tubing down “Depot Hill”, a FREE snow playground, FREE and pay-to-play inflatables, trackless train rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, and much more.

Organizers are accepting parade entries online at Participation is free. Entry forms will be evaluated and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the maximum number of participants is reached, or until November 17 (whichever comes first).
Parade entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded in categories including Most Humorous, Most Colorful, Most Unusual, Most Spirited, Most Musical, Best Entry with Animals, and Best Overall. All judging takes place from a reviewing stand located in front of the city’s Commemorative Park. Winners will be announced during the Christmas tree lighting program.

For more information, visit, or call the Kennesaw Parks &Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.