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Celebration of Lights on Friday at Northside-Forsyth

CUMMING — Northside Hospital-Forsyth will hold its annual Celebration of Lights at 6 p.m. Friday.

The festival, which features holiday-themed activities and performances, culminates with the lighting of a 65-foot tall tree adorned in some 15,000 lights.

“At the very end, we’re going to have the lighting of the tree, and that’s when we’re going to have our fireworks display,” said Patricia Daniel, event coordinator. “It’s a wonderful, wonderful display … it’s one of the great things to see in Forsyth [County] in the night’s sky.”

Guests also have the opportunity to buy lights for the tree to honor friends or family members that have been affected be cancer. They can be purchased on Northside’s website.

“It’s a very wonderful gift to give,” Daniel said “It’s always a nice gesture to give them a light that will be on our tree.”

The Celebration of Lights is expected to draw a large crowd.

“Usually we expect anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 people,” Daniel said. “We have tons of volunteers that will be coming from different schools to help us set up and tear down.”

Other than the tree lighting and fireworks, the event will also feature entertainment from local schools and children’s dance groups.

“We’re going to have arts and crafts, we’re going to have cookie decorating,” Daniel said. “We’re going to have some special things for the young ladies. In the audience, there’s going to be some hair decorating. There’s also going to be some sand art.”

On the same night, Northside’s other hospitals in Alpharetta and Sandy Springs will also be lighting Christmas their trees as a start of the holidays.

And no Christmas celebration is official without a certain guest to visit with the children.

“Of course, Santa is going to be there,” Daniel said. “So they’ll have their opportunity to take their picture with Santa.”