No Scrooges Allowed: Local Christmas Celebrations You Don’t Want to Miss

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It’s easy to get into the Christmas spirit with all the holiday events going on in Carrollton and West Georgia during the month of December. Here are a few of our favorites, but we invite you to share others in the Facebook comments section below. Let’s support our local merchants and talent this Christmas and get some Christmas cheer to last all season long.

Night of Holiday Magic, Dec. 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m., WellStar Douglas Hospital, Douglasville
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, Frosty, and their friends for an evening of Christmas festivities. There will be kids’ crafts, hot cocoa and cookies, a tree lighting, holiday music, and pictures with Santa. Admission is free, but guests are invited to help make some holiday magic for kids in the community by donating a new, unwrapped toy to Operation Christmas Douglas County.

Holiday Wishes Christmas Parade, Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m., Adamson Square, Carrollton
More than 50 participants make this annual Christmas parade a holiday tradition. Civic organizations, churches, high school marching bands, and fire trucks dress up in lights, creating a festive treat for the whole family. Organizers say the best place for viewing is historic downtown Carrollton.

Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting, Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m., Town Square Lawn, Powder Springs
The tree lighting, including Christmas carols, hot chocolate, cookies, and pictures with Santa, kicks off a weekend of celebration in Powder Springs. On Dec. 5, the day begins with the Reindeer 5K Fun Run on the Wild Horse Trail. Proceeds from the run benefit the City of Powder Springs Angel Trees. Toys for Tots will also be on site collecting new unwrapped toys. The rest of the day, visitors are encouraged to shop local as merchants host a Holiday Open House.

Winter Wonderland Train Ride at Pine Mountain Scenic Railroad, Dec. 3-6, 10-13, and 17-20, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Villa Rica
The Pine Mountain Scenic Railroad turns into a scenic lighted train weekends in December. Thousands of lights wow visitors as they ride the train around the mountain. Free hot cocoa and pictures with Santa are available at the event as well.

The Nutcracker, Dec. 12 and Dec. 13, both shows at 6:00 p.m., Townsend Center at UWG, Carrollton
Students at the Carrollton Academy of Dance will perform the holiday’s most beloved ballet this year for two nights only. Don’t miss this holiday tradition sure to put visions of sugarplums dancing in your head.

Messiah Sing-Along, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., Townsend Center at UWG, Carrollton
For the second year, the Carroll Symphony Orchestra will host a public singing of Handel’s masterpiece. The audience can participate or just listen in as some of the area’s finest voices bring this holiday classic to life.

John Berry Christmas Show, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., Mill Town Music Hall, Bremen
Country crooner John Berry brings his Christmas show to the area once again for a night of beautiful holiday music. Berry’s renditions of “The Lord’s Prayer” and “O Holy Night” are audience favorites year after year. Reserved seat tickets are available, and the doors open at 6:30 p.m.