Lights, Parades, Action!

As you begin your holiday planning, let’s look at some of the places to see Holiday Lights, attend Christmas Parades, and join the festivities at the community gatherings that shine in our very own Cherokee County Georgia!

Holiday Lights:

Holiday Lights at Veterans Park (Canton)

Drive through an amazing 2-mile-long light show at Veterans Park located in Canton, GA.  Holiday Lights at Veterans Park has two drive-through tunnels, animated Christmas displays, and more than 2 million lights.

Holiday Lights of Hope (Hobgood Park, Woodstock)

Walk through a 2 million light display; visit Santa; enjoy treats, music, and concessions.  The Holiday Lights of Hope in Hobgood Park where proceeds benefit Anna Crawford Children’s Center.  Closed December 24th and 25th.

Christmas Parades:

March of the Toys Parade (Ball Ground) – Friday, Dec 1, 2023

One of the largest parades in North Georgia, the 8th Annual March of the Toys Parade benefiting Toys for Tots will be held on Friday evening, December 1, 2023, beginning at 7 PM, in Ball Ground, Georgia. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots campaign. Collection boxes for the toys will be available at City Park and along the parade route on Main Street.

After the parade, the Cosplayers gather at City Park so children can have their photos taken with their favorite fictional character. This is also the time when Santa and Mrs. Claus make their official arrival in town. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be located on the stage at City Park for photos. Photos are absolutely free, so don’t forget to bring your camera. There will also be a vendor area, located on Old Dawsonville Road next to City Park, so attendees can do a little Christmas shopping along with food vendors to take care of your appetite.

Christmas Jubilee and City Birthday Celebration (Woodstock) – Saturday, Dec 2, 2023

Join Downtown Woodstock as they ring in the holiday season with the evening Christmas Jubilee Parade on December 2nd. Impressive lighted floats, local bands, and an appearance from Santa Claus himself are just a few of the highlights to be seen.

Quickly becoming one of the region’s most popular Christmas parades, the Parade of Lights is truly spectacular. After the parade, guests enjoy more fun at the Jubilee Festival where they can visit with Santa, participate in holiday crafts, readings of The Polar Express, and food and drink for all ages.

Canton Optimist Parade and Canton Merry Market – Saturday, Dec 9, 2023

The Canton Optimist Parade begins on December 9th at 6pm immediately following the Merry Market in downtown Canton.  The Merry Market will have live music from noon until 5 pm.  Following the Merry Market, the parade will travel from Cherokee High School through downtown Canton.

Festive Events:

Rink on the River (Canton)

Glide across the ice with family and friends on the covered outdoor Rink on the River. Located at The Mill on Etowah, this ice-skating rink is a great way to create lasting memories with friends and family! Experience the fun on the ice seasonally through Monday, January 15th.

Woodstock Arts Christkindl Market & Festival – Sunday, Dec 3, 2023

As an organization, Woodstock Arts continues to grow and encompass more of a cultural and artistic leadership role in Cherokee County. The goal with these festivals is to engage community through purposefully and accurately celebrating under recognized events throughout different communities in the Metro Atlanta area.

After the first year of fun and success Woodstock Arts brings back the Christkindl Market! It’s a great place to celebrate the holidays and do some last-minute shopping with local makers and artists. There will be food, activities, Christmas Movies, and the classic German Christkindl Mugs! Make this part of your family’s annual holiday traditions!

Christmas Market and Santa photos at Lewallen Farms (Waleska) – Dec 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17, 2023

Join your favorite farm animals with your family and friends at the Christmas Market on the Farm!   Enjoy snacks, beverages, vendor crafts and goodies, along with wagon rides, weather permitting. Santa and Mrs. Claus will pose for photos after you shop ‘til you drop.

Christmas in Canton and Mistletoe on Main

Christmas in Canton has holiday activities for the entire family! The City of Canton offers a magical holiday adventure with an old-timey wagon ride that pulls you and your family around Historic Downtown. There are many boutique gift shops and unique opportunities among the businesses, along with many delightful eateries.

Swim with the Grinch – Saturday, Dec 9, 2023

Come help grow the Grinch’s Heart to start the Holiday season and Swim with the Grinch! Help decorate our in-water Holiday Tree, play pool games, take a picture with the Grinch, or do some arts and crafts. There is lots of fun for everyone!! Non-Swimmers or those in lifejackets must have a parent in the pool with them.

Visit with Santa at The Falany Performing Arts Center (Waleska) – Sunday, Dec 10, 2023

Join us for a visit with Santa! Drive to the front of The Falany anytime between 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., take photos with Santa, drop your letter in the North Pole mailbox, grab a goodie bag, and be on your merry way! NOTE: Please reserve a ticket for each child so we may get a head count.

Christkindl Market at Song Rock Event Venue (Waleska) – Friday, Dec 22, 2023 & Saturday, Dec 23, 2023

Enjoy one last Christkindl Market, German style, featuring Gluhwein (mulled wine), hot cocoa, hot cider, Brats & Beer, Bavarian pretzels, Belgium waffles, roasted chestnuts, mini donuts, Santa, music, holiday ornaments, handmade Jewelry, European vacation specialist, arts, crafts & more.