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The Weekender: Cities to Light Christmas Trees, Welcome Santa

Across Cobb and Paulding, communities will officially ring in the holiday season this weekend.

FRIDAY

Christmas at NorthStar Church Arts & Craft Show

When: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Rd. NW, Kennesaw | Get directions

Why Go: There will be more than 75 arts and crafts exhibitors from all over the Southeast.

Price: Free admission and parking.

Seventh Annual City of Hiram Christmas Tree Lighting

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: City of Hiram, 342 Oak St., Hiram | Get directions 

Why Go: Santa Claus will be there. Additionally, there will be live music, train rides for kids as well as horse and carriage rides. The lighting of the Christmas tree will take place at 8 p.m.

Price: Free

The Nutcracker

When: 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Pkwy. SE, Marietta | Get directions

Why Go: The Georgia Ballet's interpretation of this timeless classic will feature dancing snowflakes, giant toy soldiers, a growing Christmas tree and more.

Price: Tickets range from $17.25 to $38.25. | Buy tickets

SATURDAY

A Day with Santa

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Depot, 2828 Cherokee St., Kennesaw | Get directions

Why Go: Get in the holiday spirit with a free parade, live reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh and a real snow playground. Festivities conclude with a Christmas tree lighting program at 5:30 p.m.

Price: Free

Powder Springs Christmas Tree Lighting

When: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: 4488 Pineview Dr., Powder Springs | Get directions 

Why Go: In addition to the Christmas tree lighting, sip on some good hot chocolate and get your picture taken with Santa.

Price: Free

Holiday Concert

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: City of Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle SE, Smyrna | Get directions

Why Go: It's the first holiday concert that the 116th Army Band will present at the center.

Price: Free

SUNDAY

Homes for the Holidays

When: noon Sunday

Where: Emory-Adventist Hospital, 3949 South Cobb Dr. SE, Smyrna | Get directions

Why Go: Enjoy complimentary refreshments as you tour homes adorned with festive decorations.

Price: $20 | Buy tickets

Looking for more local events? Check out Kennesaw Patch's events page.

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