By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Second-annual Christmas in Dacula Scheduled for December 6th

Free community Christmas festival features holiday shopping, live nativity, 5K, musical performances and more

DACULA, GA – This year’s Christmas in Dacula, held on December 6th from 3-8 p.m. and hosted by Hebron Church on the corner of Fence and Dacula roads, promises to provide even more family fun than last year’s inaugural event.

Presented by the Dacula Business Association and the City of Dacula, Christmas in Dacula drew more than 8,000 attendees last year and collected more than 2,000 pounds of food for local food banks and community groups.

“It's been an exciting year as our board has worked together to expand on the success of last year's inaugural festival,” said Christian Jolly, executive director of Christmas in Dacula. “This is the community's Christmas celebration, and we're humbled to have the responsibility of making it happen. We hope to have another amazing turnout and look forward to once again helping our community through the food pantry donations and ministries of our benefiting organizations.”

Highlights for this year include:

*Santa's Village with activities for children and teens

*More than 60 business and craft vendors

*Santa Claus and other character meet-and-greet

*Tallest community Christmas tree in Gwinnett County

*Live music from local schools and performing artists

*Live nativity presented by Prospect United Methodist Church

*Food truck row

New for this year is the Christmas in Dacula Jingle Jog 5K and Fun Run. The 5K starts at 2 p.m. and is followed by the fun run at 3 p.m. Awards for top runners in all age groups will be presented on the main stage during the big event.

While the event is free to all, everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to help re-stock local food pantries during this critical time. Additionally, all proceeds from the event go towards local ministries helping those in need.

“As the year comes to a close, let’s all take the time to celebrate the blessings of  life,” said Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks. “Take the opportunity to visit with your neighbors, colleagues, friends and family at Christmas in Dacula. I look forward to attending, celebrating the joy of the Christmas season, and having a very Merry Christmas with each of you.”

For more information, visit www.christmasindacula.org

About the Dacula Business Association
The Dacula Business Association is a group of business owners who are in and around the Dacula area and is open to all elected officials and those interested in growing the business community in the Dacula area. The DBA exists to promote economic development, create a common bond among local business people, facilitate business relationships, support community activities and charitable organizations. For more information, visit www.daculabusinessassociation.com.

About the City of Dacula
Dacula has experienced rapid growth in the past several years, and commerce has exploded. Dacula still retains its small-town feel, and the City of Dacula is committed to fostering the sense of community that is important to city residents and neighbors. The Mayor and city council are the driving force behind activities that build community unity such as the Memorial Day parade and the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting. They also lend support to Christmas in Dacula as a way of fostering community spirit. The city administrator’s office and city staff provide the services that make Dacula a great hometown place. For more information, visit www.daculaga.gov.


About Hebron Church

According to the oldest records available, Hebron Baptist Church was established on July 2, 1842. Since then it has become a vital part of the Dacula community through church services, community outreach and many youth and adult programs. It has grown to include a 4,000 seat worship center. Led by Senior Pastor Kevin Miller, Hebron Church desires to connect people to Jesus Christ and His lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hebronchurch.org.