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Elizabeth Brady picks up candy during last years Cumming Christmas Parade & Festival. - photo by File photo


Time to finish off those Thanksgiving leftovers and get ready for Christmas season.

On Saturday, the city of Cumming and the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Cumming Christmas Parade & Festival.

The day’s festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with the first Jingle Jog, a 5K fun run and walk, and wrap up that night with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Northside Hospital-Forsyth.

In between will be shopping and the annual parade.

The Jingle Jog supports Forsyth County Community Connection, a nonprofit that houses Hands on Forsyth, a volunteer recruitment initiative.

The run will start at Cumming Town Center on Market Place Boulevard. Registration is online at

The parade will set out at 3:30 p.m. along Market Place with a procession featuring floats, marching bands and many others, including Santa Claus.

From there, the fun shifts across Hwy. 20 to the annual Celebration of Lights at the hospital.

The event, which begins at 4:30 p.m., offers a petting farm for children, and performances by groups such as the Sawnee Ballet and school choruses.

The lighting of the giant Christmas tree honors those affected by cancer.

Lights on the tree can be purchased in honor or memory of loved ones, with all proceeds benefitting education, research and treatment through Northside’s Cancer Care Program. 

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The Forsyth County News presents its special guide to the Cumming Christmas Parade & Festival.