The holidays are here! Things are still far from normal and the usual Georgia traditions won’t be the same this year. Still, there are events that have adjusted accordingly to let everyone enjoy a jolly season. If you’re looking for events to help you celebrate the holidays, make sure to read through our list of awesome activities here in Cobb County!
A Day With Santa
There will be a twist in this year’s Annual Holiday Parade hosted by the City of Kennesaw’s Parks & Recreation Department. The floats will be stationary and spectators will walk through to see the exhibitions and performances. Yes, it’s a reverse parade! The setup is going to be unique this year to help address safe physical distancing amongst attendees.
All parade entrants will be placed safely apart from each other and attendees will be asked to follow a one way route along the displays. Reservations aren’t required, but slots are limited. Spaces will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is set to take place on December 12, from 6 to 9 PM, at Adams Park.
If you’re interested in being an exhibitor, you may click here to view more information. Prizes await the best float entries!
2020 Santa Blitz
Want to see Santa? He’s coming to a place near you! The City of Marietta will open the holiday season with a Santa Blitz. Santa Claus himself will be visiting several Marietta neighborhoods to help bring smiles to everyone. Residents within the area can witness this simple event from outside their homes as Santa rides the Marietta fire truck along the routes.
This event is as safe as it gets because you won’t have to go anywhere else! Plus, it won’t cost you anything. If you want to check if he’s dropping by your area, click on the schedule listed below. (Please note that not all streets will be covered by this event.)
Holiday in the Park
If you’re feeling a little adventurous, go to Six Flags Over Georgia to participate in their numerous holiday celebrations! More than one million LED lights will be on display throughout the park, creating the perfect holiday atmosphere.
Enjoy their popular rides, festive shows, and culinary delights. They will also have their own display of the Big Man himself! Six Flags transformed the iconic Promenade into a Main Street Christmas, donning over 100,000 lights.
Of course, your Holiday in the Park experience won’t be complete without a visit to the historic Riverview Carousel. The park promises a magical walkthrough experience never before seen in Atlanta and the Southeast region.
Enjoy the holiday festivities from November 21 to January 3. For a full list of holiday attractions and to purchase tickets, click here. The public is advised to evaluate their own risks before visiting Six Flags Over Georgia. All guests are required to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing.
Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour
If you’re in the mood for some history, attend the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour. You can still enjoy seeing decorated homes and museums as the event transitions to a self-guided tour this year. The Marietta Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society found it best to go for this option in light of the current conditions concerning COVID-19.
Event attendees may purchase their Marietta Pilgrimage Walking Tour booklet for $25 at the Marietta Welcome Center or the William Root House. This will include the map of participating homes and a scavenger hunt for young guests. As you view the homes, you pick your winners for the “Best Traditional Decor,” “Most Over-The-Top Decor,” and “Best Light Display” awards.
The display will run from December 4 to 18. Please note that homes may only be enjoyed from the sidewalk and doors will not be open to the public. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Marietta Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks. Click here to purchase your booklets.
Lights of Joy
Witness a sea of lights when you visit Lights of Joy, a contestant in ABC’s Great Light Fight in 2019. This residential light show is the largest in Georgia with over 750,000 pieces. They claim to have an even better display this year compared to their time on the competition, so it’s definitely worth checking out!
The frontage is 700 ft. long, and the entire space will be landscaped and lighted! There will also be over 200 trees dripping with lights, with one of them donning over 23,000 lights! To make things even more fun, many portions of the yard display are synchronized to music on 99.1 FM. How awesome is that?
The community is already excited about this event! You may drop by beginning November 30, from 6 to 11 PM every night. All are welcome and admission is free. Stay updated via their Facebook Event.
That’s it for our list of Cobb County holiday events you can visit! Please make sure to follow all safety guidelines to keep yourself safe no matter where you go. It’s also important to evaluate risks before participating in these activities. Don’t forget to have and maintain a safe distance from everyone!