Holiday Festivities – Dec. 10-19

Holiday Festivities: Theater, Symphony, Arts and Crafts Show, Nativity Scenes, Santa, and more are jam packed into the next nine days.

Christmas Carol CastTHU DEC 10-27 – A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Opening night, Dec 10th at Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. Show dates are Thursdays-Sundays through December 27th. Purchase tickets online at 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 Visit 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

FRI-SUN DEC 11-13 – A NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM – Mt. Calvary Baptist Church ( 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.

SANTASAT DEC 12 – SANTA’S WORKSHOP ON THE SQUARE – The workshop is open to visitors Dec. 12, 13, 20-24. Santa’s hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays, December 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Weekdays Dec.21, 22 & 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes. Marietta Parks and Recreation sponsor this event each year.  Thank you Johnny Walker Photography.

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 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 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 DEC 12 – SANTA’S WORKSHOP ON THE SQUARE – The workshop is open to visitors Dec. 12, 13, 20-24. Santa’s hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays, December 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Weekdays Dec.21, 22 & 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The line to meet Santa closes one hour before his workshop closes. Marietta Parks and Recreation sponsor this event each year.

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 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 or e-mail 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

THU-SAT DEC 17-19 – NATIVITY ON THE MARIETTA SQUARE – Stroll through the Historic Marietta Square and listen to the sounds of the season celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.  Performances by local church choirs, musicians and puppetry arts.  Sponsored by Citizens for Christian Christmas Celebration on the Marietta Square.  Please join us for free hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies.  The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. on the 17th and 18th, and on the 19th the festivities will begin at 12:00 p.m.  

FRI DEC 18 & SAT DEC 19 “5th Annual LIVE NATIVITY CELEBRATION” 6-9P – St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church’s Gift to the Community.  Come see and hear the story of the Nativity – LIVE animals, including a CAMEL!!! FREE parking and admission. Outdoor presentation every 30 min. Complimentary Musical Entertainment & Refreshments. For more info, go to or call 770-590-9040.  5725 Fords Rd, Acworth, GA.

homeforholidays2012FRI-SUN DEC 18-20 – 10TH ANNUAL HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – A holiday extravaganza to put you in the holiday spirit at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Pkwy. Tickets: $15, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm. For more info and tickets call 770-528-8490

FRI-SAT DEC 18 -19 – AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS – presented by Marietta First United Methodist’s Jubilation Drama Ministry. Full orchestra and professional dancers. For tickets, call the church office at 770-429-7800. For more information, email

Calendar listings for Dec 4-Dec 9 – Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta

Polar_Express_Adventure_2013_126_-_Version_2So many things to chose from in Acworth, Kennesaw, and Marietta for this weekend.  See Listings below

THUR-SAT DEC 4-6 – DINNER THEATER “THE CHRISTMAS POST” – Burnt Hickory Baptist Church, 5145 Due West Road, Powder Springs, will present the musical. Dinner is at 6pm and the performance begins at 7pm. For more information or to purchase tickets for this fun family event, go to

THUR. DEC 4 – SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN 5:00 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. 4, 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.

THUR DEC 4 – HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT SERVICE – 7pm at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, 2950 North Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw. An uplifting and meaningful way for families who have suffered a loss to start the holiday season.

THUR. DEC 4 DINNER WITH SANTA. Pitner Elementary School invites you to ring in the holiday season with “Dinner with Santa and Basket Raffle” on Thursday, December 4 from 5-8pm at Pitner Elementary School. The school is located at 4575 Wade Green Rd NW in Acworth, near Wildwood Baptist Church. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and bring your own camera to have your picture taken with Santa — all for just $1! There will also be a basket raffle with tickets available for $1. You can also enter to win an Atlanta Braves jersey autographed by Marquis Grissom!

FRI DEC 5 – SANTA’S ARRIVAL IN 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 or call the Parks and Recreation office at 770-917-1234.

SAT & SUN DEC. 6 & 7 MARIETTA PILGRIMAGE HOME TOUR The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home 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. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour, call the Marietta Visitors Bureau at 770-429-1115, or 800-835-0445 or visit

SAT DEC 6 – FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST – Helping One Guy (H.O.G.) invites you to help us celebrate the Horizon League (Special Needs) Field! Join us for a FREE Pancake Breakfast at Fast Eddies (Butler Creek Shopping Center – 3300 Cobb Pkwy NW, Suite 100, Acworth, GA 30101) from 6:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Donations are welcome! For more information, contact Bob at 770-639-7694. or visit and click on “Events”

SAT DEC 6 – KENNESAW’S DAY WITH SANTA – Festivities begin 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 FREE snow tubing courtesy of Wellstar, the event’s presenting sponsor; as well as inflatables and amusements, 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 will carry into the evening with a musical program and a tree lighting ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, visit, or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.

SAT DEC 6 – POLAR EXPRESS ADVENTURE – The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History, located at 2829 Cherokee Street in downtown Kennesaw, is bringing back its popular Polar Express Adventure. The special holiday event is scheduled from 5-9 p.m. The museum is offering special pricing for the event. Tickets for adults and seniors are $5, children (4-12) are $3 and Infants (3 and under) are free. For more information, email or call 770-427-2117 ext. 3058. Additional details about Polar Express Adventure and other future Museum events are available at or

SAT DEC 6 – CHRISTMAS IN ACWORTH – The Acworth Downtown Development Authority is excited to present, “Christmas in Acworth”! We have many wonderful festivities planned so that you can shop local, while enjoying the season of Christmas in a quaint downtown setting. For the complete schedule of events, visit Please join us for “Christmas in Acworth”and enjoy your holiday shopping without the crowds!

SAT DEC 6 – FOUR WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVES – Enjoy the art of Palma Rhoades, Kaye Mero, Ann Wallin & Rachel Bick as Gallery 4463 presents Four Women’s Perspectives for their December Show.  The show opens Dec 3 and runs through Jan 4. The public is invited to a reception and fashion show scheduled for December 6 – 6-9 pm.

SAT-SUN DEC 6-7 – BETHLEHEM WALK – Mountain View United Methodist Church of Marietta invites everyone to Experience the sights and sounds of the City of Bethlehem 2,000 years ago on the night Jesus was born from 7 – 9 p.m. Mountain View United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Jamerson Road and Trickum Road, Marietta. 30066. Visit for more information.

SUN DEC 7 – HOLIDAY BAZAAR – Join us from 9:00-2:00 at Kennesaw United Methodist Church on Ben King Rd in Kennesaw in our Christian Activity Center. There will be a variety of vendors including those with jewelry, home decor, pottery, kitchen products, food and gift items and many more. Start your holiday shopping here!

SUN DEC 7 – WELLSTAR’S LITE THE NIGHT TREE LIGHTING – 4:30-6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos. There will be festive children’s activities, holiday musical performances and delicious cookies and hot chocolate. Members of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus are our special musical guests. Lite the Night takes place on the rooftop level* of the WellStar Kennestone Hospital’s Blue Parking Deck. Free admission and parking.

SUN-MON DEC 7-8 – CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT – The Carols by Candlelight, 15th annual Concert is at 7:00pm, presented by First Baptist Church of Marietta’s choir and orchestra. This is a free concert and will feature traditional Christmas carols along with newly composed Christmas music. 148 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060.  (770) 424-8326

TUE DEC 9 – TOM + CHEE WELCOMES SANTA – Santa is coming to visit!!! From 5-8pm get free pictures with Santa and a .99 cent kids meal (with purchase of an adult sandwich and drink) Tom + Chee is located at 1200 Ernest Barrett Pkwy, Ste 208 in Kennesaw.