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City of Norcross to Make Downtown ‘Sparkle’ For Holiday Season

Sparkle Holiday Celebration to include carriage rides, photos with Santa, Christmastree lighting and more

City of Norcross to Make Downtown ‘Sparkle’ For Holiday Season

The City of Norcross will host its annual holiday celebration, ‘Sparkle! A Celebration of Kids, Creativity and Magic’, which includes carriage rides, photos with Santa, a Christmas tree lighting in the park, holiday entertainment and more starting on December 2.

“We invite all of our citizens and visitors to experience the wonder and delight of the holidays in Norcross,” said City of Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson. “In what is a special time of year, we look forward to sharing the spirit of the season through our holiday celebration.”

The City of Norcross is pleased to present the following events to celebrate the holiday season:

Photos with Santa and Carriage Rides:  We hope you have been nice this year because Santa himself will be visiting downtown Norcross! Carriage rides will be dashing through Norcross December 2through December 23every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 front of Taste of Britain. You can catch Santa at The Crossing Restaurant starting on December 6.

Holiday First Friday Concert with The Rainmen: The Rainmen are a rock ‘n’ roll combo, specializing in mostly danceable, fun songs from the sixties and early seventies. The band is made up of long-time veterans of the Atlanta music scene. They have performed in many clubs, as well as private events and festivals. Be there with Christmas bells on and continue the holiday feeling listening to the tunes of the season from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center on December 2.

Christmas Tree Lighting: Join us for the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree in Thrasher Park and enjoy music from Norcross FIrst United Methodist Church. The City of Norcross will once again be honored to have Norcross resident Steven Howington officially light the Christmas tree. For over 30 years, Howington who has Down syndrome, has lit the City of Norcross’ Christmas tree. Santa will be busy checking his list in his workshop in the park and will be available for photos with all the good little boys and girls. Enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies (while supplies last) courtesy of the Norcross Masonic Lodge and the Norcross Lions Club while watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Shrek the Halls” on the big screen while you wait in line to meet Santa. Relish in the sounds of the Salvation Army Brass Band as the annual Red Kettle Bell campaign kicks off during this time as well. Join in on the awe and excitement on December 2 at 5:30 p.m. in Thrasher Park.

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