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Upcoming events to make your weekend festive: Dec. 10-12
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Photo by Max Beck, Unsplash.

 Here are some family-friendly and seasonal events to help you celebrate the festivities or just a great weekend with loved ones.

Check out a Christmas arts and crafts show, live nativity play, Santa meet-n-greet and so much more that'll leave you merry and bright.

Drive-thru Christmas experience

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UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to inclement weather.

Hop in your car and head to Pinecrest for a drive-thru Christmas experience. Open to the community, guests will experience the joy of Christmas from their vehicles as they drive from station to station and enjoy scenes that "reflect the true meaning of the season." Admission is free.

When: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10

Where: Pinecrest Academy, 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming

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For more information about this event, click here


Live nativity play

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Hannah and Petr Zapletal, owners of WildeWood Farm, Inc., along with their fantastic group of volunteers, pose with Santa Claus after their show on Friday, Dec. 18.

Experience a live, outdoor nativity at WildeWood Farm, Inc. and get transported back to an event that "split time from B.C. to A.D." Meet Mary, Joseph, some shepherds and many animals at this hands-on and interactive play. Chairs are encouraged but not required.

Price: $10 per person or $15 per family

When: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10, Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12

Where: WildeWood Farm, Inc., 5150 Oak Grove Circle, Cumming

For more information about this event, click here


Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show

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Photo by Viktor Forgacs, Unsplash.

Christmastime is here in Cumming, so make sure you make the most of it by stopping by the Annual Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show. There will be over 100 booths stocked with local vendors selling treats, art, crafts and so much more. 

When: 4-10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11

Where: Horton Hall at the Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming

For more information about this event, click here


Santa meet-n-greet

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Photo courtesy Forsyth County Parks and Recreation.

Drop in and enjoy working your way through Santa's workshop to decorate a cookie, prepare a snack for his reindeer and make an ornament to hang on your tree. Parents must accompany their children through each station, and cameras are encouraged so children can get pictures with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is recommended but not required. 

Price: $5 per child or $12 per family (three or more children participating)

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11

Where: Central Park, 2300 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming

For more information about this event or to register, click here


Sensitive Santa

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Photo by Jesson Mata, Unsplash.

Sensitive Santa will be at the Hampton Park Library for one-on-one meet and greets for children with sensory sensitivities (such as autism) or special needs and their families. What to expect at Sensitive Santa:

  • Dimmed lights;
  • Lowered voices;
  • No lines;
  • Children are welcome to bring snacks and we will provide an area for crafts and coloring until it’s time to see Santa;
  • One-on-one time with Santa. No rushing, no interruptions;
  • Children sign up for 10-minute sessions. You will need to contact each individual library to schedule your session. Due to the space and time constraints, we ask that families only take one 10-minute session;
  • Santa and his elves will be sensitive about touch and sound with your child, but let us know if you have or need any special considerations.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11

Where: Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road, Cumming

Due to limited spaces, registration is required. Email Kayla Bolton at boltonk@forsythpl.org to request your family's 10 minute reservation time. Click here for more information about the event.


Holiday open house

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Photo courtesy Pieces and Peaches.

Stop by Pieces and Peaches for its biggest event yet. It's the best time of the year to stock up on all sorts of holiday gifts and goodies all while having a fun shopping experience. At the event, you can expect 10% off your purchase, a free gift card, exclusive new arrivals and more. 

When: 3-9 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12

Where: Pieces and Peaches, 6270 Lakeaires Drive, Cumming

For more information about this event, click here


Event reminders

Don't forget to mark your calendars for these upcoming events we told you about last week.


What: Holiday Boat Parade

When: 6:15-7:45 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12

Where: Click here to check out the parade route to find your perfect viewing location

To learn more about this event, click here


What: Santa Paws at Halcyon

Price: $25, includes photo, puppuccino and more

When: 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12

Where: Halcyon Forsyth, 6535 Halcyon Way, Alpharetta

To register for this event, click here


What: Victoria Hill pop-up Christmas concert

When: 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15

Where: School Street Playhouse, 101 School Street, Cumming

To purchase tickets, click here.