The City of Kennesaw will celebrate the start of the Christmas holiday season with a parade, entertainment and tree lighting program downtown at Depot Park, 2828 Cherokee St., on Saturday, December 1.
The festivities are highlighted by a parade in downtown Kennesaw featuring local marching bands and musical ensembles, costumed characters, designer floats and live reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. The parade, which begins at 1 p.m., will last about one hour. The parade route begins near the intersection of Park Drive and Main Street, and will proceed south and east down Main Street past Cherokee Street toward Sardis Street. Parade-goers should arrive early to ensure a good viewing location.
Festivities continue at the Depot until 6 p.m. and include visits with Santa, live music and dance performances featuring Kennesaw Parks & Recreation programs and a seasonal variety of food vendors, crafts, and general merchandise. Children’s activities include a petting zoo and pony rides, inflatable slides and bounces, and other fun activities. New this year is a real snow playground and snow tubing slide, the only attraction of its kind in Cobb County.
The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will offer free admission Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Items in the The General Emporium museum gift shop will be discounted 10 percent for the general public; museum members will receive 20 percent off. Additionally, an event titled Christmas on the Home Front will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., consisting of a living history civil war encampment on the front lawn as well as period dancing inside. Re-enactors will be drilling young recruits while Southern Belles play period games and decorate holiday cards.
The city’s official Christmas tree lighting program with live music and sing-a-long will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Sponsors for the day include: Verizon Wireless, Kennesaw Pediatrics, Big Frog Custom T’s, Williamson Bros. H&R Block, Wellpath Center,Papa John’s, Concentra Urgent Care, Georgia Aquarium, Kripsy Kreme, The Goddard School, Quickie Coupons, Singleton Orthodontics, McAlister’s Deli, Two Men & A Truck, Ryan Family Chiropractic, The Bounce House, Healthy Steps Pediatrics, Tutor Doctor, Everdry Waterproofing, and Leaf Filter.
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