In early December of each year, Christmas tree lighting ceremonies are conducted all across the state of Georgia. The ceremonies are combined with other holiday activities such as parades, carriage rides, appearances from Santa and Christmas carols to get the Georgia Christmas season off to a great start. Participants are not charged to attend these holiday celebrations.
Milton Square City Park, Alpharetta
The Milton Square City Park Christmas tree lighting ceremony has been conducted for over 30 years in downtown Alpharetta, Georgia. 10,000 white lights decorate the 45-foot-tall Christmas spruce tree. The celebration includes music and dance performances by local artists, a reading of "Twas the Night before Christmas," wandering craft-creating elves, complimentary Starbuck's hot chocolate and coffee and a fundraiser for Toys for Tots. Following the conclusion of the tree lighting, Santa Claus arrives on a City of Alpharetta firetruck, in keeping with a 32-year tradition.
The Kingsland, Georgia, Christmas tree lighting is held in the Kingsland Veterans Memorial Park located just in front of the Kingsland Police Station. In addition to the Christmas tree lighting, the event features live Christmas caroling, free cocoa, cookies, home-baked treats and a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Greensboro, Georgia, hosts an annual Christmas tree lighting event on the Green County Court House lawn. Downtown shops stay open late during the celebration. This allows the Christmas shopper to get an early start to his Christmas shopping.
The Cartersville tree lighting takes place in Friendship Plaza in downtown Cartersville. The ceremony features a Christmas parade, kids' activities, local singers, dancers, chorale groups and Santa Claus.
The Brunswick Christmas tree lighting occurs on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The downtown Brunswick pocket park on Newcastle Street plays host to the celebration. In addition to observing the tree lighting, residents may choose to take carriage rides and listen to Christmas carols. Brunswick also hosts a community Christmas parade on the first Saturday in December. Over 100 floats, vehicles, bands and groups participate in the mile-long parade.
Caroling by local churches, hot chocolate with Santa and treats for the kids highlight the Okefenokee tree lighting celebration.
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