Here's everything you need to know about A Day With Santa this Saturday, Dec. 3, in downtown Kennesaw.
A Parade Downtown
The City of Kennesaw is kicking off the holiday season this Saturday, Dec. 3, with a downtown celebration. The city will host a 1 p.m. parade in the downtown area featuring local marching bands, costumed characters, designer floats and Santa Claus. The parade route begins near the intersection of Park Drive and Main Street, proceeds down Main Street, then marches past Cherokee Street toward Sardis Street.
Check here for photos from last year's parade.
Following the parade, there will be a number of activities in the downtown area—a petting zoo, pony rides, live reindeer, puppet shows, inflatables, pictures with Santa and stage entertainment. For $2, the kids can also romp around in a playground made of eight tons of snow.
A Civil War Christmas
Also on Saturday, the Southern Museum is celebrating A Civil War Christmas from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The afternoon will feature period music and dancing in the Cobb Energy Hall Gallery. The museum is also commemorating its 10th anniversary as a Smithsonian Affiliate with cake and punch.
Faith Cline Elf Trot and Merry Mile
The second annual Faith Cline Elf Trot and Merry Mile will take place this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in memory of Faith Cline—a local teen who died of a brain tumor in August 2010. There will be a 5k race as well as a 1-mile fun run and a Tot Trot for younger kids. Proceeds of the twilight walk, run and stroll will benefit the Faith Cline Memorial Fund of the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children.
Check here for more information.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
The day's festivities will come to a close at the Depot across from the Southern Museum for a Christmas tree lighting program at 5:30 p.m. Students from Kennesaw Elementary School's second grade chorus will be on hand to sing carols and spread holiday cheer.
Parking and Street Closures