Editor’s Note: This story has been updated since its original posting on Monday, Nov. 11.

Below is a list of holiday events happening in Cobb County.

To submit items to this list and for the calendars in the print edition, email press releases in the below format to the Lifestyle Department at lifestyle@mdjonline.com.

Six Flags Over Georgia’s Holiday in the Park

WHAT: The theme park will be lit up with more than one million LED lights and dozens of Christmas trees. The holiday classic will include festive shows, culinary treats, the park’s most popular rides and Santa Claus. Guests can take a magical ride on the North Pole Express through the snowy and beautiful scenery on a journey to the North Pole where Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting to see you. Just be sure check for your name on the nice list before you step on board. The Riverview Carousel was originally built in Chicago in 1908. Today it sits as an iconic centerpiece at Six Flags Over Georgia. The carousel will be decorated with nearly 94,000 lights, 1,350 feet of garland, 1,200 ornaments and more than 200 luminary candles. In addition to the rides, there will a Main Street Christmas, Peppermint Plaza, Retro Christmas USA, a Georgia Christmas, Mistletoe Mansion and S’Mores Village.

WHEN: Now through Jan. 5

WHERE: Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell

Merry Marietta Window Walk

WHAT: Join in the merriment with the annual Merry Marietta Window Walk, a friendly holiday storefront display competition between the Square’s merchants. Vote for one’s favorite among more than two dozen participating merchants as they showcase their holiday cheer and be entered to win a Square merchant gift card. Vote at www.merrymarietta.com or on Instagram or Facebook @merry.marietta.

WHEN: Now through Dec. 20

WHERE: Marietta Square

Lights of Life

WHAT: Life University introduced the Lights of LIfe in 1989, as a gift to the local community. It has since grown to be one of the most popular light shows in the Southeast, attracting nearly a half million spectators. Cars, vans and buses can cruise through the campus on a 1.5-mile drive. The event also features photos with Santa, pony rides, trains, a petting zoo and a concession stand.

WHEN: Now through Dec. 31

WHERE: Life University, 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta

Frosty! A Very Merry Musical!

WHAT: It is Dec. 23 and Paddy Moran, a homeless man living in Central Park, befriends an orphan named, Billy. The child has come to New York in order to keep a promise made to his mother — to build the best snowman ever. Before they go to sleep that night, Paddy reveals to Billy that his hat is an heirloom worth a small fortune. A magic spell has been placed on the hat and every 50 years on Christmas Eve, the owner of the hat is granted a “bit o’ magic and a wish.” Billy builds a snowman and places the hat on its head, christening his new friend — “Frosty.” Magically, Frosty comes to life and leads Billy on an adventure through the streets of New York.

WHEN: Now through Dec. 29

WHERE: Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Avenue NW, Marietta

COST: $35 general, $30 seniors/military and $22.50 children under age 12

Outdoor Christmas Nativity Pageant

WHAT: Sandy Plains Baptist Church will have an Outdoor Christmas Nativity Pageant. The story of the birth of Jesus Christ is performed outdoors by live actors to a recorded narration based upon scripture. Participants should dress warmly. The event is rain or shine. There are uncovered bleachers available for seating or participants can bring their own chair. Restrooms are available. The event is wheelchair accessible. Hot apple cider and hot chocolate with snacks are provided. Parking is free in the church parking lot.

WHEN: Now through Dec. 21, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta

A Christmas Tradition

WHAT: A Christmas Tradition will return to The Strand stage for the 6th year of sharing the holiday spirit through song and dance. This hometown favorite holiday revue features costumed singers and dancers performing both traditional and funky Christmas favorites.

WHEN: Dec. 20-22

WHERE: Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square NE, Marietta

Christmas Royal Tea and Grand Yuletide Ball

WHAT: Holiday royals Princess Joy and Prince Goodtidings invite all children to join them for a very special Christmas tea party at The Strand. Guests will enjoy tea, juice and snacks with the Prince and Princess before retiring to the Grand Hall for an excerpt of “The Nutcracker” performed by the sugarplum dancers and a story read by Sir Randall of Symphony of Toys. The event will conclude with a dance party and photos with the Prince and Princess at the Grand Yuletide Ball. Children are encouraged to dress up for the special occasion. Tickets include a gift bag of goodies from Symphony of Toys for children. Festivities will last approximately an hour and a half.

WHEN: Dec. 21-23

WHERE: Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square NE, Marietta

COST: $20 children and adults

Home for the Holidays

WHAT: This annual holiday extravaganza features the talented stars of Pebblebrook High School and local professional artists on stage with holiday cheer.

WHEN: Dec. 20-22

WHERE: Cobb County Civic Center Complex, 548 S. Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta

Cocoa & Concert

WHAT: The Sewell Mill Outdoor Amphitheater will present Cocoa & Concert. Participants at the free family-friendly event can grab a warm cup of cocoa and toppings from the cocoa station and take photos at one of the winer-themed photo stations. There will also be a quick craft for children followed by a live holiday music performance.

WHEN: Dec. 20, 6 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Sewell Mill Outdoor Amphitheater at the Sewell Mill Cultural Center, 2051 Lower Roswell Road in Marietta

Marietta Square Christmas Market

WHAT: The Square will have an Artisan Market on North Park Square from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Farmer’s Market on Mill Street from 9 a.m. to noon.

WHEN: Dec. 21

WHERE: Marietta Square

Dashing Through the Square

WHAT: The 4th Annual Dashing Through the Square is a 5K fundraiser hosted by the Rho Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the PEARL Foundation Inc. Longtime Atlanta journalist Donna Lowry is this year’s race ambassador. The family friendly race is a AJC Peachtree Road Race Qualifying event. It also includes a 1K Rudolph Run for kids. Each runner will receive a medal and T-shirt. The race route will go past historic homes and shops that line Marietta Square. Runners are encouraged to break out the holiday gear and teams are also encouraged. There is a timed and untimed option for the 5K as well as a virtual option. The cost is $40 timed, $35 untimed, $50 virtual and $10 for the Rudolph 1K. The race warm-up starts at 7:40 a.m. and the timed race kicks off at 8:08 a.m., untimed at 8:20 a.m. and the Rudolph 1K at 9:30 a.m.

WHEN: Dec. 21

WHERE: Marietta Square

INFO: akarhozetaomega.org or search Dashing Through the Square on Active.com.


Caroling on the Square

WHAT: St. James’ Episcopal Church choirs will lead the annual candlelight caroling at Glover Park with favorite carols and music of the season. Flameless candles and music will be provided.

WHEN: Dec. 22, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Glover Park, E. Park Square, Marietta


It’s A Wonderful Life Movie Marathon

WHAT: The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre will screen “It’s A Wonderful Life” all day. Fuzzy pajamas are encouraged. Popcorn and drinks will be served. Participants can arrive 15-minutes before showtime for a holiday preshow and sing-along on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ.

WHEN: Dec. 23

WHERE: Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta.

COST: $8-$9

Menorah Lighting on Marietta Square

WHAT: Congregation Ner Tamid of Marietta/West Cobb will have a Menorah Lighting on the Glover Park Stage at Marietta Square. The event will be led by Rabbi Joseph Prass, featuring Hanukkah music and dancing by the Smyrna Team Dancers, books from PJ Library, free hot chocolate and gift card raffle. The rain date will be Dec. 29.

WHEN: Dec. 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Glover Park Stage at Marietta Square, 50 Park Square in Marietta

INFO: www.mynertamid.org or 678-264-8575


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