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In this 2018 photo, Santa Claus waves to Marietta twins Ariana and Zachary Truesdell, who were shopping at the Marietta Square Artisan Market along with mom Nicole Truesdell.

Just over a week after Fourth of July fireworks thundered over Marietta Square, it’s time for Christmas sleigh bells.

Santa Claus is coming to town Saturday for Marietta’s Christmas in July celebration, a free event that benefits two local nonprofits, the Center for Family Resources and Cobb Christmas.

Cobb Christmas provides meals and gifts to low-income families during the holiday season, and the Center for Family Resources offers a number of year-round services to families struggling with or at risk of homelessness.

“It means a lot for us to be the organization that the city and the Branding Project supports,” said Jeri Barr, retiring Center for Family Resources CEO. “Because it gives us an opportunity to reach into the community that we wouldn’t have otherwise. It allows us to have additional funds to provide our critical services.”

The main event is Santa himself, who will ditch the red coat in favor of more seasonal garb.

Professional photographers will be on hand to take photos of kids with Old Kris Kringle, and a toy or cash donation benefiting Cobb Christmas is requested in exchange for the digital shots.

In addition, the Strand Choir will perform a series of summer songs in Glover Park, and the public can watch artists create one-of-a-kind reindeer art that will exhibit at Winter Wonderland this December.

The live art demonstration will take place on Mill Street in conjunction with the Marietta Square Artisan Market.

The Christmas season begins Saturday at 9 a.m. Santa is set to roll in at 10 a.m. and stick around for photos until noon. The fun will go on without him until 1 p.m.

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