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DECEMBER

Down Home Christmas
12/1/17 - 12/1/17 6:00PM - 10:00PM

The Ringgold Down Home Christmas Parade will be returning to Downtown Ringgold on Friday, December 2, 2016, at 6 p.m. Santa Claus will again marshal the parade to the Historic Ringgold Depot where he will be available for pictures for the remainder of the night. The Historic Ringgold Depot will be hosting a variety of children's choir and dance performances beginning at 7 p.m. The Down Home Christmas Parade brings a lot of enthusiastic visitors to the City of Ringgold and with the cool nights, colorful floats and wonderful music, it can't help but put you in the spirit of the season. The City of Ringgold decorates the parade route with festive holiday decorations. Several local retailers will keep their doors open to accommodate the crowds who come to downtown for the parade and who may want to pick up gifts for the holidays. You can also enjoy a sleigh through Ringgold's Winter Wonderland lighted Nature Trail.

Down Home Christmas Parade /Historic Ringgold Depot Entertainment/Pictures with Santa Claus 0.00. Free Parking.
Phone:706-935-3061
Address:Nashville Street 155 Depot Street Ringgold, GA 30736

Civil War Cannon

Tails on Trails Dog Hike
12/1/17 - 12/1/17 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Come join an AmeriCorps Rangers on a mile long hike. Four-legged friends are welcome! Meet by the beach to go on the Lake Trail.The LakeTrail is one of seven trails needed to complete the punch card for the Tails on Trails Club. Those interested can purchase a $15 membership online at http://gastateparks.org/TailsOnTrailsClub.

Advance tickets $15.At the door $20.
Phone: 770-975-4151
Address: Fort Mountain State Park 181 Fort Mountain Park Road Chatsworth, GA 30705

Winter Rake-up
12/2/17 - 12/2/17 10:00AM - 5:00PM

By December, most of the leaves will be off the tress at our site, and we are likely to be behind on raking them up. If you are interested in raking leaves, picking up sticks, piling them into trailers, and helping us unload them at an erosion control and composting area, then please call us ahead of time to let us know. We need 10-30 volunteers.

Free Parking.
Phone: 770-387-3747
Address:Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site 813 Indian Mounds Road SW Cartersville, GA 30120

Bremen Tour of Homes
12/2/17 - 12/2/17 4:00PM - 8:00PM

Join us on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 4-8 p.m. for our tour of homes in Bremen sponsored by the Bremen Junior Woman's Club. A $10 donation will benefit Bremen's Caring Christmas Program. Tickets can be purchased from any Woman's Club member. The starting point will be Hamilton-McPherson Fine Arts Center where tickets can be purchased the day of the tour and a map will be available. For more information, contact Nicole at 770-519-8636.

Donation appreciated $10. Free Parking.
Phone: 770-519-8636
Address: Hamilton McPherson Fine Arts Center 418 Georgia Avenue South Bremen, GA 30110

Volunteer Day / West Antioch Boat Ramp
12/2/17 - 12/2/17 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Please join our ranger in helping keep the shoreline clean around the West boat ramp. Trash bags will be provided. Meet in the Visitor Information parking lot.

Sunday, October 8, 2017
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Saturday, December 2, 2017
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

General Admission $25 and Free Parking.
Phone: 706-802-5087
Address: Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area 4054 Big Texas Valley Road NW Rome, GA 30165

Mountains at Cloudland Canyon State Park

Christmas On Main
12/2/17 - 12/2/17 4:00PM - 8:00PM

Come enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas at the annual Villa Rica Christmas Tree Lighting and holiday craft market. There will be an appearance by Santa! Enjoy performances by Southern Dance Precision, Michelle's Academy of Dance, Words in Motion Acting Studio, and Music Speaks!

Free Admission. Free Parking.
Phone: 678-840-1160 | 678-840-1440
Address: The MILL Amphitheater 106 Temple St. Villa Rica, GA 30180

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Villa Rica Reindeer Run 5K and Half Mile Egg Nog Jog
12/2/17 - 12/2/17 2:00PM - 3:00PM

The 5K Reindeer Fun Run/Walk curves through historic downtown neighborhoods of Villa Rica with rolling hills and wide turns. The 1/2 Mile Egg Nog Jog, for kids 9 years old and under, is a holiday must and fan favorite! Both courses finish at the MILL Amphitheatre in Downtown Villa Rica. Individuals and teams are encouraged to participate. Every participant receives a medal. Awards are given for each age category.

Free Admission.Free Parking.
Phone: 678-840-1160 | 678-840-1440
Address: Prospectors Park Main Street and North Avenue Villa Rica, GA 30180

The Enchanted Evergreen Show
12/1/17 - 12/2/17 Friday: 1:00PM - 9:00PM / Saturday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Join us for a beautiful arts and craft show taking place in downtown Ballground, Ga. featuring a parade, Santa Claus, and a country store filled with arts and crafts. The venue will be three different buildings that connect together. The pictures tell the story. Two buildings are very elegant with hardwood floors and very intimate furnishings. The third building is the warehouse. The warehouse is heated and will be transformed into a "Country Christmas Shoppe" for the show.

Free Admission.Free Parking.
Phone: 706-897-6179 | 706-897-6179
Address: Downtown Ballground Corner District 310 Gilmer Ferry Rd Ball Ground, GA 30107

Christmas Parade On Main
12/2/17 - 12/2/17 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Get in the Christmas spirit in Downtown Villa Rica on December 2, 2017, at the Christmas Parade on Main. This Christmas parade will feature lighted floats, local high school bands, and of course Santa Claus!

Free Admission.
Phone:678-840-1160 | 678-840-1440
Address:Villa Rica Main Street 106 Temple St. Villa Rica, GA 30180

St. Luke's Episcopal Church 11th Annual Christmas Bazaar
12/2/17 - 12/2/17 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Join us for the 11th Annual St. Luke's Episcopal Church Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop for handcrafted gifts, jewelry, art, cabin d├ęcor, handmade cards, holiday decorations, stocking stuffers, hand crafted nativities, and hand knitted items, along with baked goods, homemade jams, pickles, and candies. We feature beautiful handmade gifts at great prices! Our silent auction will feature an English dinner for 4 at St. Luke's Rectory and raffle items. Free Admission. Proceeds benefit the community.

Free Admission.Free Parking.
Phone: 706-632-8245
Address: St. Luke's Episcopal Church 7 Ewing Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Winter Art Market
12/2/17 - 12/3/17 Sunday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM / Saturday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Join us for the annual Winter Art Market in Rome December 2-3, 2017, in celebration of Georgia artists, crafters and growers. Artists from around the state of Georgia will offer an array of contemporary crafts in pottery, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, leather, metal, furniture, home accessories, photography and fine art.

Free Admission.Free Parking.
Phone: 706-295-5576
Address: Rome Civic Center 402 Civic Center Drive Rome, GA 30161

Holiday House
12/1/17 - 12/3/17 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Join us for our annual Holiday House! This year's tour features Crown Garden & Archives, Hamilton House, Huff House, & Blunt House! That's right, one ticket gets you access to all four historic properties! Tickets are valid all three days for one visit to each property. Please contact 706-278-0217 for tickets. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 6-16). Refreshments will be available at Crown Archives. Crown Archives: Spotlight on Pete Sims Artwork Huff House: Take pics with Santa for $5! Also available for purchase: Holiday greenery, poinsettias, a new Civil War book by Vince Dooley, crafts by Donna Ivester, jewelry by Peggy Allen, and much more! Hamilton House: spotlight the John Hamilton Family Bible, the Gone With the Wind chenille spread, the addition of Dr. Broadrick's items to our medical collection, and a special program on the Mt Rachel Star. Blunt House: Visit the "Hello Dolly" exhibit featuring over 400 vintage dolls.

Adults $25 Ages 6-16 $10.
Phone: 706-278-0217
Address: Whitfield-Murray Historical Society 715 Chattanooga Avenue Dalton, GA 30720

Reptile Day
12/3/17 - 12/3/17 1:00PM - 3:00PM

There will be live reptiles, including a king snake and box turtle. Come learn about our native reptiles, and enjoy the day at the park. Event will take place under the Group Shelter by the lake.

Parking Fee $5.
Phone: 706-422-1932
Address: Fort Mountain State Park 181 Fort Mountain Park Road Chatsworth, GA 30705

Miracle On 34th Street
11/30/17 - 12/3/17 9:00AM - 3:00PM

This beloved Christmas story is a tale that we want to believe in! The story unfolds as, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, is hired by Doris Walker to work as Santa for Macy's Department Store. Though cynical at first, Doris begins to notice there is something special about Kris and his determination to advance the true spirit of Christmas amidst the rampant commercialism around him. Come and see what happens as this holiday classic unfolds. Directed by Joshua Waits.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Sunday: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Thursday: 7:30PM - 9:30PM v Friday: 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Saturday: 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Admission $10. Free Parking.
Phone: 770-838-1083
Address: Carrollton Cultural Arts Center 251 Alabama Street Carrollton, GA 30117

Christmas at the Cabin
12/9/17 - 12/9/17 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Gather the family and join us at our 1850s log cabin. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here until 3 p.m. Experience the sights and smells of a pioneer Christmas. Help our civilian reenactors decorate the Christmas tree. Listen to soldiers talk about life during the winters of the Civil War. There will be period toys and games for children.

Admission Fee $3.00 - $5.50. Free Parking.
Phone:770-443-7850
Address: 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road Dallas, GA 30157

Christmas at the Cabin
12/9/17 - 12/9/17 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Gather the family and join us at our 1850s log cabin. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here until 3 p.m. Experience the sights and smells of a pioneer Christmas. Help our civilian reenactors decorate the Christmas tree. Listen to soldiers talk about life during the winters of the Civil War. There will be period toys and games for children.

Admission Fee $3.00 - $5.50. Free Parking.
Phone:770-443-7850
Address: 4432 Mount Tabor Church Road Dallas, GA 30157

Tails on Trails Dog Hike
12/8/17 - 12/8/17 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Come join an AmeriCorps Rangers on a mile long hike. Four-legged friends are welcome! Meet at the beach to walk the Lake Trail. The Lake Trail is one of seven trails needed to complete the punch card for the Tails on Trails Club. Those interested can purchase a $15 membership online at http://gastateparks.org/TailsOnTrailsClub.

Parking Fee $5.
Phone:770-443-7850
Address: Fort Mountain State Park 181 Fort Mountain Park Road Chatsworth, GA 30705 770-975-4151

Christmas by Candlelight
12/8/17 - 12/9/17 5:00PM - 9:00PM

In 1805, Cherokee Chief James Vann opened his new brick mansion to the Moravian missionaries to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation. To honor this tradition, visitors are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas in one of America's best-preserved Cherokee Indian homes.

Admission Fee $3.00 - $5.50. Free Parking.
Phone:706-695-2598
Address: Chief Vann House Historic Site 82 Highway 225 N Chatsworth, GA 30705

Christmas in the Streets and Movie Memories Parade
12/9/17 - 12/9/17 10:00AM - 8:00PM

The Chickamauga Community Growth Association and the City of Chickamauga is proud to present Christmas in the Streets and the "Christmas Movie Memories" Parade. This year, we will kick off the event with an amazing pancake breakfast from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. There will be live music, craft vendors, kids activities, food, contests, Gordon Lee Mansion Candle Light Tours till 9 p.m., and let's not forget the parade! This year's parade's theme is "Christmas Movie Memories." If you have that one movie that you have to watch each year to get in the Christmas spirit, then don't miss your chance to be apart of this epic parade!

Free Admission. Free Parking.
Phone:423-710-0754
Address: Downtown Chickamauga 111 Gordon St Chickamauga, GA 30707

Christmas In Carrollton Community Chorus Concert
12/8/17 - 12/9/17 - Friday: 7:30PM - 9:30PM / Saturday: 4:00PM - 9:30PM

Beginning in the fall of 1979, the Carroll County Community Chorus was organized to give a Christmas Gift to the Community. The success of that present has now continued for 37 years. This holiday tradition in Carrollton is the perfect way to get you in the mood for the season. Selections of music range from traditional fare such as "O Holy Night" and "In Excelsis Deo" to contemporary selections such as "Christmas Pipes" and "No Time to Diet." This concert has something for everyone this holiday season. Directed by Jack Gantt.

Admission $10. Free Parking.
Phone:770-838-1083
Address: Carrollton Arts Center 251 Alabama Street Carrollton, GA 30117

Downtown Calhoun Christmas Parade
- 12/14/17 - 12/14/17 - 7:00PM - 8:00PM

BCome join the fun and get into the holiday spirit! This year's theme is "An Old-Fashioned Calhoun Christmas" and over 60 schools, businesses and organizations are expected to participate, and of course, Santa! Local choruses will begin caroling at 6:30 p.m. on Wall Street (from BB&T City Park to City Hall). And new this year, an outdoor ice skating rink will be open in the Depot parking lot.

Free Admission. Free Parking.
Phone:706-625-3200
Address: Downtown Calhoun 300 Wall Street Calhoun, GA 30701

Levi Lowery
- 12/16/17 - 12/16/17 - 7:30PM - 9:00PM

Join us on December 16 for a performance by Levi Lowery at Gilmer Arts Playhouse, from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Levi Lowrey's two-disc Roots and Branches is a majestic record. In the best of all possible worlds, it would be heard in an acoustically perfect concert hall by an audience that sits undistracted in the dark listening intently to its exquisitely sculpted lyrics, transcendent melodies and intricately woven instrumentation. But it'll work just fine in your car stereo, too. Lowrey is a former member of and opening act for the Zac Brown Band and co-writer of the ZBB hits, "Colder Weather" and "The Wind." Buy your tickets now!

General Admission $18. Free Parking.
Phone:706-635-5626 | 706-635-5605
Address: George Link, Jr Gilmer Arts Playhouse 135 Dalton Street Ellijay, GA 30540

Christmas with David Phelps
- 12/15/17 - 12/15/17 - 7:30PM - 10:00PM

A graduate from Baylor University, David Phelps is credited among today's most spectacular voices. His seemingly endless vocal range, which extends more than three octaves, coupled with his gift for communicating a song, has brought the house down in the world's most prestigious venues. As a member of the Gaither Vocal Band, David has received Dove Awards, Grammy Awards, and multiple platinum-selling projects. As a soloist, he received 2009 Dove Award nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year and Long Form Video for the Christmas DVD "O, Holy Night" to add to his many awards and honors. Purchase in person or by phone (770-537-6455). Hours are 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call Ticket Alternative at 1-877-725-8849 to charge by phone.

Price range $33-$38. Free Parking.
Phone:770-537-6455
Address:Mill Town Music Hall 1031 Alabama Ave. Bremen, GA 30110

Sitton's Gulch Hike
- 12/16/17 - 12/16/17 - 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Hike like the locals! Start at the bottom of the gulch and hike to the bottom of the falls. Go up 600 stairs, passing Hemlock and Cherokee Falls. Then, we will reward ourselves with a 3-mile hike downhill. Along the way, learn about the plants, animals, geology and history of the canyon. This is a moderate-to-strenuous 6-mile hike. Reservations required.

Saturday, October 21, 2017
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 18, 2017
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 25, 2017
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, December 16, 2017
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Admission Fee $15. Parking Fee $5.
Phone:706-913-7170
Address:Cloudland Canyon State Park 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road Rising Fawn, GA 30738

Night Hike
- 12/22/17 - 12/29/17 - 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Enjoy a 2-mile hike on one of the best trails at the park. You will learn interesting facts about the geology and history of the canyon. By the end of the hike, we will be in the dark, enjoying the trail by moonlight and listening for night sounds. Ages 10 and older. Reservations required.

Friday, November 24, 2017
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday, December 22, 2017
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday, December 29, 2017
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Admission Fee $10. Parking Fee $5.
Phone:706-913-7170
Address:Cloudland Canyon State Park 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road Rising Fawn, GA 30738

Downtown Calhoun Winter Wonderland
- 12/14/17 - 12/16/17 - Thursday: 4:00PM - 9:00PM / Friday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM / Saturday: 10:00AM - 10:00PM

Featuring a 30 x 40 ice skating rink in the Historic Depot parking lot. Admission is $6 per person and includes skate rental and 30 minutes of skate time. Santa will be present all three days from 7- 9 p.m., hot chocolate will be available for purchase, food trucks will be on site and more! Sign up online at http://downtowncalhounga.com and pay for your skate time before it's full! If you sign up online for a specific time you will be guaranteed a spot and not have to wait in line.

Friday, November 24, 2017
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday, December 22, 2017
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Friday, December 29, 2017
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Admission & Ice Skate Rental $6. Free Parking.
Phone:706-602-5570
Address:Calhoun Depot 109 S. King Street Calhoun, GA 30701

John Berry
- 12/23/17 - 12/23/17 - 7:30PM - 10:00PM

John Berry will perform his 21st Annual Christmas Tour at Mill Town Music Hall on Dec. 23, 2017. Mention his name to just about any country music lover, and the response will likely be, "What an awesome vocalist!" Between 1979 and 1990, John recorded and marketed six albums on his own Clear Sky Records label. Capitol Records signed him in 1992, and it was there that he had a string of hits, including "Your Love Amazes Me," "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye," "I Think About It All The Time," "Change My Mind," "If I Had Any Pride Left At All," "Kiss Me In The Car," 'What's In It For Me," and "You and Only You." But it was his stunning performance of the title track of the 1995 CD "O Holy Night" that led to his most enduring legacy. You can purchase tickets online or at the box office by calling (770) 537-6455. Visit the website for more information: milltownmusichall.com.



Tickets $38-$43. Free Parking.
Phone:770-537-6455
Address:Mill Town Music Hall 1031 Alabama Ave Bremen, GA 30110

The City of Villa Rica Gold Nugget Drop
- 12/31/17 - 12/31/17 - 10:00PM - 12:00AM

Come out to the "City of Gold" and ring in the New Year with Villa Rica! The Gold Nugget Drop will be held Sunday, December 31, from 10 p.m. until 12:15 a.m. at The MILL amphitheater! Don't miss it! The event is free and will go on rain or shine! Our headlining act is Departure - The Journey Tribute Band. Entertainment will be provided by Head Games - A Tribute to Foreigner. VIP tables may be purchased for $30 (6 seats) until tables are sold out. To reserve a table, please call Janet Chumley at 678-785-1092. Please feel free to bring a lawn chair, picnic basket, and non-alcoholic beverages. No smoking, vaping, tents or pets are allowed at The MILL. Thank you to The City of Villa Rica, Liberty Chevrolet, J. Collins Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Leigh Shirley Insurance Agency, Waste Industries, Newspapers of West Georgia, and Villa Rica Main Street for being proud sponsors of this year's Gold Nugget Drop.



Free Admission.
Phone:770-459-7011
Address:The MILL Amphitheater 106 Temple Street Villa Rica, GA 30180

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