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.


6th annual Holiday Gift Shop at the Depot

WHAT: The Ceramics Department at Kennesaw Parks & Recreation will present the 6th annual Holiday Gift Shop. Students and instructors will fill this historical spot with handmade works of art, functional pottery, jewelry, fiber crafts, paintings, hand made soaps and more.

WHEN: Now through Dec. 8. Open Friday-Sunday.

WHERE: Historic Train Depot in downtown Kennesaw, 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw


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


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


35th annual SCAA Christmas House Arts and Crafts Show

WHAT: The 35th annual South Cobb Arts Alliance Christmas House Arts and Crafts Show will feature original, handmade fine crafts and the work of local artists. There will be food and entertainment.

WHEN: Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Dec. 8, noon to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Ford Center Reception Hall, 4181 Atlanta Street in Powder Springs.


Mable House Art Center - 12 Days of Christmas

WHAT: The Mable House Art Center will have 12 days of Christmas shopping and entertainment. The schedule is - The Holiday Artisan Market will be now through Dec. 15. Hours are Mondays-Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The silent auction, presented by the Friends of The Mable House, will be now through Dec. 15. Hours are Mondays-Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The tree lighting ceremony will be Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. The double feature movie nights will be Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. The movies will be announced later. Santa, the Merry Marketplace and live music will be Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mable's Tea Room, sponsored by the Friends of The Mable House, will be Dec. 9-13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. The Princess Party and Sing-A-Long will be Dec. 14 at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Participants must be pre-registered. Cost is $10 per person. The Merry Marketplace and live music will Dec. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: The Mable House Art Center, 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton


A Magical Cirque Christmas

WHAT: The producers of Broadway’s smash hit “The Illusionists” have brought together the world’s greatest entertainers for a new holiday production – A Magical Cirque Christmas. Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by holiday music performed llive.

WHEN: Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Cumberland area, 30339

COST: $42, $52, $66, $89 and $146, plus applicable fees

INFO: 770-916-2800 or www.cobbenergycentre.com


Marietta Tree Lighting

WHAT: The City of Marietta’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be in conjunction with the arrival of Santa Claus in Glover Park on Marietta Square. The events begins at 4 p.m. with performances by local school choruses. Santa makes his grand entrance via a City of Marietta firetruck at 5:20 p.m. followed by the lighting of the City’s Christmas Tree at 6 p.m. Children can meet Santa until 8 p.m. that evening.

WHEN: Dec. 5, 4 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Marietta Square


Vinings Jubliee Tree Lighting

WHAT: The oldest tradition in historic Vinings will feature live holiday music, cookie and ornament decorating, train rides and pictures with Santa.

WHEN: Dec. 5, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Vinings Jubilee at Tower Stage, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta


The Georgia Ballet

WHAT: The Georgia Ballet's "The Nutcracker" is a timeless ballet that the whole family can enjoy. This season's production will feature entirely new choreography by artistic director Daet Rodriguez and ballet mistress Margit Peguero. The Dec. 5 opening night performance is sensory friendly. The Dec. 6-8 performances will feature live music from The Georgia Ballet Orchestra, except for the 2:30 p.m. show on Dec. 8 which will have recorded music.

WHEN: Dec. 5-8

WHERE: Jennie T. Anderson Theatre - Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta

COST: $11 to $42


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: Dec. 5-29

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


22nd annual Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour

WHAT: Chart-topping, Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz returns to the road this holiday season with the 22nd annual Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour. Joining Koz will be South African guitarist/singer Jonathan Butler, who has accompanied Koz on numerous Christmas outings; Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester, known for such mega-hits as “Midnight Blue” and “Don’t Cry Out Loud”; Copenhagen-born jazz/soul saxophonist Michael Lington and special guest Chris Walker, singer, bassist and former musical director for Al Jarreau. Koz and Friends will perform fresh renditions of timeless Christmas classics, as well as a Chanukah medley and hits from their respective catalogues.

WHEN: Dec. 6, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Cumberland area, 30339

COST: $42 - $85

INFO: 770-916-2800 or www.cobbenergycentre.com


Powder Springs Tree Lighting

WHAT: Powder Springs will have Christmas Around the World with a parade and tree lighting. The parade will be 6:30 p.m. on Marietta Street. The tree lighting and photos with Santa will be at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. There will be cookies and hot cocoa.

WHEN: Dec. 6

WHERE: Powder Springs City Hall, 4484 Marietta Street, Powder Springs


Kennesaw State University's School of Music Holiday Concert

WHAT: Kennesaw State University will have the School of Music Holiday Concert, featuring holiday favorites performed by the KSU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and choirs. This performance will feature a festive program, including popular carols.

WHEN: Dec. 6, 8 p.m.

WHERE: KSU’s Morgan Concert Hall

COST: $15-$20


Acworth Tree Lighting

WHAT: The City of Acworth will have Santa in the downtown area. There will be a host of live performances into the evening and the lighting of the City's tree. Mayor Tommy Allegood will read The Night Before Christmas at the Plaza.

WHEN: Dec. 6, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Acworth


Marietta Pops Orchestra holiday concerts

WHAT: The Marietta Pops Orchestra will have two holiday concerts for their 10th anniversary year. The family-friendly concerts are less than two hours long and include a brief intermission. The musicians perform about 20 titles. There will also be sing-alongs of favorite holiday songs and a vocal ensemble for a couple of the pieces.

WHEN/WHERE: Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Marietta, 148 Church Street in Marietta; and Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Cobb Civic Center's Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta.

COST: $10 students, $20 adults.


39th annual Apple Annie Arts & Crafts Show

WHAT: The 39th annual Apple Annie Arts & Crafts will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Church in East Cobb. There will be 120 artisans showcasing their handmade items in a variety of categories, from holiday décor, woodworking, painting, jewelry, stained glass and fabric crafts.

WHEN: Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: St. Ann's Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Road in Marietta.

COST: Admission is $3 per person for ages 13 & up, with proceeds going to local charities. No strollers. St. Ann’s Preschool will also be selling baked goods at the Bake Sale in Room 5. The Apple Annie Café in Nolan Hall will be serving soup, sandwiches and beverages for hungry shoppers and artisans. All artisans in the show are donating a $30 item to the Blue Light Raffle and shoppers have a chance to win every 15 minutes. Tickets can be purchased in Nolan Hall near the Apple Annie Café.


Health for the Holidays! Holistic Expo

WHAT: The Holidays Holistic Expo will feature an evening of shopping local shops and fun raffles. Participants can talk with holistic health practitioners and listen to a talk featuring the newly released book, "The Secret of Life."

WHEN: Dec. 6, 7 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Andretti's Marietta, 1255 Roswell Road, Marietta

COST: Free


A Tuna Christmas

WHAT: The Vineyard Cafe and Dinner Theatre will have A Tuna Christmas. It is Christmas in the third-smallest town in Texas, which is halfway between San Angelo and Hell. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including the hot competition in the annual lawn-display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of A Christmas Carol is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills.

WHEN: Dec. 7-8

WHERE: The Vineyard Cafe and Dinner Theatre, 21 W. Park Square NE, Marietta

COST: Tickets are $42 plus tax and seating is very limited.

INFO: www.thevineyardcafe.com or 678-581-3771.


Kennesaw Tree Lighting

WHAT: Kennesaw will have a Day with Santa. The event will feature a parade at 2 p.m. and the lighting of the City's Christmas Tree at 6 p.m.

WHEN: Dec. 7, 2 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Kennesaw and Depot Park


GSO presents Holiday Pops!

WHAT: The Georgia Symphony Orchestra concert, the GSO Chorus and the Georgia Youth Symphony Chamber Chorus will present a collection of traditional holiday tunes and classical music. This is a family-friendly concert ideal for all ages.

WHEN: Dec. 7, 3 to 5 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta

COST: $10 - $22


Frozen: The Musical

WHAT: The Art Place Mountain View will have "Frozen: The Musical." The 20-minute versions of the show are presented by From the Top Theatrics in the Art Place's black box theater. After the show, participants can take a picture with a princess or snowman, make five different crafts, shop at the holiday market and enjoy hot coco. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

WHEN: Dec. 7, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

WHERE: The Art Place Mountain View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta

COST: Tickets are $15 and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

INFO: 770-509-2700


Dave & Buster's Breakfast with Santa

WHAT: Dave & Buster's will have Breakfast with Santa. There will be a breakfast buffet, a goody bag, photo with Santa, a hot cocoa station, candy canes and holiday cookies.

WHEN: Dec. 7, 9 to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Dave & Buster's, 2215 D&B Drive, Marietta

INFO: Contact Willis Blake, Special Events Department, at 678-202-9406 or willis.blake@daveandbusters.com


Austell Christmas Festival and Tree Lighting

WHAT: The Austell Christmas Family Fun Festival and Tree Lighting. The free event will feature food, entertainment, vendors, free Kids Zone activities, hayrides and Santa.

WHEN: Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa are 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Christmas tree lighting will be 7:15 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Austell


Indie Art Alliance's 3rd annual Smyrna Handmade Market

WHAT: The Indie Art Alliance's 3rd annual Smyrna Handmade Market is a unique shopping experience for handmade items and original art from local artists and makers.

WHEN: Dec. 7, noon to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Old Smyrna Firehouse, 2889 Alexander Street, Smyrna


Sensory Santa

WHAT: Children and families will have the chance to take pictures with Sensory Santa, walk down the Sensory Hall of Fame and decorate goodies. MindSmart Foundation is a nonprofit corporation for children and adolescents with autism and other special needs.

WHEN: Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: MindSmart, Therapy Center, 748 Lawrence Street in Marietta

COST: Tickets are $25 for the entire family, which includes all activities.

INFO: Contact Christina Banbury at 404-405-1743 or visit www.mindsmart.us.


Sweets with Santa

WHAT: The Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team of Keller Williams will host Sweets with Santa. Participants can visit with Santa and enjoy holiday treats. Professional printed pictures with Santa will be available for a $15 donation to the non-profit, JO Gives. There will also be a free trackless train for children to ride around the building. Participants can bring their four-legged furry friends for a picture with Santa Paws. There will be free refreshments for them. All pets must be up to date on vaccinations and must be friendly around other pets, people and children.

WHEN: Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: The Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team of Keller Williams, 2249 Roswell Road in Marietta


Kennesaw State University's Holiday Benefit Performance

WHAT: Kennesaw State University will have a Holiday Benefit Performance, coordinated by faculty in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies. This is a celebratory compilation of beloved holiday songs, music and stories. All proceeds benefit Theatre and Performance Studies majors pursuing a study abroad program.

WHEN: Dec. 8, 7 p.m.

WHERE: KSU’s Stillwell Theater

COST: $10, door sale only


Star 94 "Deck the Hall Ball"

WHAT: Star 94.1 presents the "Deck The Hall Ball" starring Rob Thomas with special guest Dean Lewis. Come celebrate over 30 years of hits with the Star 94.1 family. This is an all ages event.

WHEN: Dec. 8, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Coca-Cola Roxy, 800 Battery Avenue, Atlanta

COST: $39.50 - $99.50


Holiday Lights Celebration

WHAT: The Holiday Lights Celebration at East Cobb Park will feature the lighting of the park's tree, holiday music from local performers and the arrival of Santa Claus. Santa will be on-hand after the musical performances to hear each child's wishes. Light refreshments will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefitting future park improvements.

WHEN: Dec. 8, 5 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: East Cobb Park, 3322 Roswell Road, Marietta

COST: Admission is free.


Santa's Magical Moments

WHAT: Santa's Magical Moments is back. Experience a magical half-hour with Santa at his house on Marietta Square. Guests can have milk and cookies, read Christmas stories, play games and walk away with pictures to remember your magical night.

WHEN: Dec. 9-10 and 16-17

WHERE: Marietta Square


Brett Eldredge: GLOW Live

WHAT: Brett Eldredge returns with GLOW Live, a night of holiday hits.

WHEN: Dec. 10, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre, 800 Battery Avenue in the Cumberland area


Black Nativity

WHAT: Black Nativity is an African-American telling of the Nativity story, written by acclaimed African-American poet and playwright Langston Hughes and adapted by Robert John Connor. This one act musical opens in a modern day African-American church on Christmas day, filled with testifying deacons, sanctified ladies and down-home preaching.

WHEN: Dec. 13, 8 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Dec. 15, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Cumberland area, 30339

COST: $36 - $66

INFO: 770-916-2800 or www.cobbenergycentre.com


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. 13-15 and Dec. 20-22

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


St. Andrew United Methodist Church Nativity Display

WHAT: St. Andrew United Methodist Faithful Followers Senior Group is sponsoring a Nativity Display with nativities of all shapes and sizes celebrating the birth of Jesus.

WHEN: Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 3455 Canton Road, Marietta

COST: Free. Donations will be welcomed for Cobb Senior Services.

INFO: 770-926-3488 or www.thepumpkinchurch.org


Michelle Malone and the Hot Toddies

WHAT: The Hunt House will have Michelle Malone and the Hot Toddies with Paris Luna to open. The event is the group's holiday CD release party.

WHEN: Dec. 13, 5 to 11 p.m.

WHERE: The Hunt House, 1127 White Circle NW in Marietta

COST: $25


Breakfast with Santa

WHAT: The Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club will host an "all-you-care-to-eat" Breakfast with Santa.

WHEN: Dec. 14, 8 and 10 a.m.

WHERE: Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw

COST: Tickets $6 per person


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. 14-15 and Dec. 21-23

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

COST: $20 children and adults


31st annual Music of the Season Concert

WHAT: The Tara Winds Community Band will have the 31st annual Music of the Season Concert. The concert, conducted by Dr. Andrea Derenzis Strauss, Steve Giove and Stan Kramer, will feature the Starr's Mill High School Chanticleer, Dr. John L. Odom & TW Machine. Special guest soloists are Amber Greer and Matthew McCord.

WHEN: Dec. 14, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Kennesaw State University Bailey Performance Center, 488 Prillaman Way in Kennesaw


19th annual Sleighbells on the Square 5K, 1K and Tot Trot

WHAT:The 19th annual Sleighbells on the Square 5K, 1K and Tot Trot attracted over 1,400 registrants last year and raised over $30,000 for the Cobb Children's Emergency Fund. The Fund provides emergency grants to Cobb County households facing financial emergencies or crises and provides support for Cobb families in need in ares that are often not addressed by traditional charities, assisting with utility bills, clothing, medicine, housing and helping local families get back on track. Race day activities include appearances by costumed characters, face-painting for the kids and jingle bells for runners’ shoes. The Strand Theatre will open its doors to runners, friends and family for a quick warm-up, coffee, hot chocolate and a free movie for children. Festive holiday attire is encouraged and a prize will be awarded for most festive attire.  Strollers and dogs are allowed. The 5k starts at 9 a.m., Tot Trot at 9:45 a.m., 1k at 10 a.m. and the awards ceremony is at 10:05 a.m. The 5k is a chip-timed Peachtree Qualifying race. Sleighbells on the Square is presented by the Cobb County Bar Association to support the Children’s Emergency Fund, a 501c3.

WHEN: Dec. 14, 8 a.m.

WHERE: Marietta Square

COST: Registration is $20 for youth, $25 for adults through Dec. 1. $30 for registration Dec. 2-12. Tot Trot registration is $10 through Dec 12.

Race day registration is $35 for the 5k and 1k and $15 for the Tot Trot.

There is also registration for Phantom Runners for $30 to support in spirit and get a t-shirt, but not run. All participants who register before Dec. 2 are guaranteed a long-sleeve technical t-shirt. Packet Pick up will be Dec. 13 at Academy Sports on Barrett Parkway from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Race day registration and packet pick-up begins at 8 a.m. on Marietta Square.


Breakfast with the Grinch

WHAT: Participants can enjoy breakfast while the Grinch visits each table for photo opportunities. After breakfast, the Grinch will join participants in creating Grinch-themed ornaments and crafts.

WHEN: Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Acworth Community Center, 4361 Cherokee Street in Acworth

COST: Space is limited. Each family member attending the breakfast must register. Tickets are $10 residents, $15 non-residents. Register at www.acworthparksandrecreation.org.


Community Christmas Celebration

WHAT: The annual Marietta Community Christmas Celebration is a free musical experience for the entire family that features the Roswell Street Baptist Church Choir, Orchestra, Children’s Choir and community guests.

WHEN: Dec. 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Roswell Street Baptist Church, 774 Roswell Street SE, Marietta

COST: Free, no tickets required.

INFO: 770-424-9800 or https://roswellstreet.com 


Holidays at West Cobb

WHAT: The Avenue West Cobb will have Holidays at West Cobb. Santa and Mrs. Claus will appear in the Santa Suite (Suite 220) next to Kirkland's and Lane Bryant. Children can bring their wish list and snap a photo courtesy of Portrait Innovations. There will also be holiday music and horse drawn carriage rides.

WHEN: Dec. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Avenue West Cobb, 3625 Dallas Highway SW, Marietta


Strand Ole Opry's Country Christmas

WHAT: The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre will have a special Strand Ol Opry this holiday season featuring Christmas hits with an extra dose of banjo and fiddle. There will also be a post-show hootennany in the Lumiere Lounge.

WHEN: Dec. 19, 8 to 10 p.m.

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

COST: $18-$20


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


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.


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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