Kennesaw’s history and heritage will be the focus of a holiday Christmas Heritage Open House on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7.
The event, an initiative of the city’s Recreation and Culture Commission, will be held in the historic Community House at 2838 Big Shanty Road adjacent to the Southern Museum.
The hours of operation are Friday, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
A Christmas Tradition at the Strand Theatre, Dec. 6 through Dec. 22
During the first three weekends of December, The Strand will produce its biggest and most elaborate show yet, A Christmas Tradition.
Songs spotlighted include Christmas and holiday classics like White Christmas, Santa Baby and All I Want for Christmas Is You, as well as funky favorites like Leroy the Redneck Reindeer, Feliz Navidad and Run, Rudolph Run.
A Christmas Tradition will feature a pre-show holiday sing along with Ron Carter on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. The organ pre-show will begin half an hour before showtime.
Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.,
Sunday Dec. 8 at 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13 at
8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3
p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m., Saturday,
Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m.
The Nutcracker at the Cobb Civic Center
The Georgia Ballet’s all-new production of “The Nutcracker” choreographed by Alexandre Proia runs Dec. 6 through Dec. 8 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at Cobb Civic Center and tickets are on sale now. The Celebrity Nutcracker performance will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 8. To purchase tickets or for more information, call The Georgia Ballet box office at 770.528.0881 or visit georgiaballet.org.
The City of Kennesaw will celebrate the start of the Christmas holiday season with a parade, entertainment and tree lighting in downtown at Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee Street, on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The festivities begin at noon with a parade on Main Street featuring costumed characters, designer floats, marching bands and live reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh.
The entertainment will continue with live music and dance performances, a seasonal variety of food vendors, crafts, gift and general merchandise.Festivities will conclude with a Christmas tree lighting program at 5 p.m
Polar Express Adventure, Dec. 7
The Polar Express Adventure embarks at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. following the City of Kennesaw’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Depot Park.
Upon entering the Museum, attendees will meet a train conductor and a hobo, have the opportunity to create holiday crafts, and watch elves make toys in their holiday shop in the Glover Machine Works exhibit. They will also be invited to write a letter to Santa and meet the jolly fellow himself during the evening. A holiday-themed model train layout will be on display during the event.
Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour features six private historic
the Northwest Marietta/Kennesaw Avenue Historic District filled with
antique collections and decorated for the season. Along the route,
many of Marietta’s historic public buildings are decorated and open for
The activities begin on Friday, Dec. 6 with “The Marietta Pilgrimage Gala,” a black-tie party at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. The home tours kick-off on Saturday, Dec. 7 with the Day Tour offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.and a Candlelight Tour featuring three of the tour homes from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday evening.
The Day Tour
will resume on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The
day tours offer shuttle service staffed with informative step-on guides. Along the tour, guests can warm up and enjoy
refreshments or a light lunch at The Bistro.
The Marietta Educational Garden Center will feature The Bistro this
St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church in Kennesaw will
have their Handbell Choir performance in Glover Park on Marietta Square on Dec. 8 and Dec. 22, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Visit with Santa on Marietta Square, Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15 and 19-24
Santa will be on Marietta Square Dec. 7 and 8, 14 and 15, and 19-24.
- Saturday, December 7: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Sunday, December 8: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Saturday, December 14: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Sunday, December 15: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Thursday, December 19: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Friday, December 20: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Saturday, December 21: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Sunday, December 22: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Monday, December 23: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 24: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Christmas Royal Tea and Grand Yuletide Ball, Saturday afternoons in December, Strand TheatreTreat that special starry-eyed child in your life to an afternoon of “RoyalTEA” this holiday season at The Strand.
You and your prince or princess will start the evening with Christmas royals Prince Goodtidings and Princess Joy at the The Strand’s fourth floor banquet chamber for High Tea. High Tea will include the juice or tea of your choice and a plate of sweets for the sweet. Afterwards, guests are invited to retire to the second floor minstrel’s hall where the Prince and Princess will teach young guests a few simple royal dances at the Grand Yuletide Ball.
Children (and their guests, too!) are encouraged to dress up for the special occasion. Ticket includes a gift bag of goodies for young guests that includes an autograph book to commemorate the afternoon with Christmas Royalty and new friends. Tickets are $15 for children and adults.
Prince Goodtidings and Princess Joy will begin receiving guests at 12:30 p.m. for the 1 p.m. tea. Festivities will end at 2:30 p.m. This event will be held Saturday Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21.
The Sanctified Sanders Family Singers return to Marietta Square to celebrate the holidays with faith, family and old-fashioned fun. Sanders Family Christmas, starring the original Theatre in the Square cast, plays Dec. 13-22, at First United Methodist Church of Marietta’s Family Life Hall (56 Whitlock Ave., Marietta). Visit www.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com for reservations and information.
The final Kennesaw Grand Prix 5K race in the series on a USATF-certified course begins and ends in downtown Kennesaw on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 7:30 a.m. Benefiting the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. Visit www.elftrot.com for more information, you can register at www.actice.com.
Miracle on 34th Street at the Strand Theatre, Dec. 15
Miracle on 34th Street is a 1947 Christmas classic starring Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn. It is the heartwarming story of what takes place in New York City following Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as people are left wondering whether or not a department store Santa might be the real thing. Miracle on 34th Street embodies the true Christmas spirit of love and compassion. Get here half an hour early for a holiday preshow and sing along on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. Tickets are general admission, $8 for adults and $7 for seniors, students, and military.
Charlie Brown Christmas Show: Featuring Jeffrey Bützer and T. T. Mahony, Wednesday Dec. 18, Strand Theatre
Jeffrey Bützer and T.T. Mahony present a jazzy musical tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Bützer and Mahony will be playing the whimsical Christmas songs that Charlie Brown and the gang have made favorites for the holiday season.
Opening the show will be Bützer’s “regular gig,” Jeffrey Bützer and the Bicycle Eaters, followed by Chad Shivers and the Silent Knights and their Beach Boys Christmas Tribute.