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Posted on: November 21, 2017

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

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 1.

"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 holiday season is upon us and the the City of Norcross will be spreading Christmas cheer throughout the month of December. Special highlights include nine nights of photos with Santa, free hot cocoa, cookies and s'mores along with a special visit from Disney princesses. 

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

Christmas Tree Lighting: Join us for the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree in Thrasher Park and enjoy music from Norcross 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 and s’mores courtesy of the City of Norcross while watching "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" on the big screen while you wait in line to meet Santa. Chase’s Grille & Wingery will be handing out free samples of soup during the event as well. A local group of Disney princess performers will also be on hand to add to the Christmas magic. They will be available for photos and to visit with families during the event. Join in on the awe and excitement on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Thrasher Park.

Holiday First Friday Concert with the Deb Bowman & the Big Love Band: Friday Concert Series brings back one of our favorites, Deb Bowman & the Big Love Band in A Holiday Cabaret on December 1. The concert is in the Ballroom of the Norcross Cultural Arts Center from 7 – 9 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The performance is free, but seating is limited. Make your reservation by calling 678-421-2048. Enjoy food and drinks with the show.

Historic Tour of Homes: Open your imaginations and peer into homes from yesteryear and today during the magical Historic Norcross Holiday Tour of Homes on December 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Candlelight Tour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Artisan Gift Market, a new and exciting feature of the Historic Norcross Holiday Tour of Homes, awaits visitors with a wonderful array of handmade items just in time for the Christmas season. The Gift Market will be held in the Historic Rectory next to the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on December 2. For more information, visit historicnorcrossholidaytourofhomes.com.

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 1 through December 22 every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in front of Taste of Britain. You can catch Santa at Remax on Jones Street (downtown Norcross) starting on December 5.

“A Christmas Carol” with Lionheart Theatre: Directed by Richard Diaz, Lionheart Theatre will present “A Christmas Carol” by Michael A. Youngs December 7-17. Enjoy a delightfully refreshing version of Charles Dickens’s classic Christmas tale told from a new perspective — a young boy’s grandfather.  Thomas enjoys spending time at his grandfather’s prominent London business, but has trouble understanding why his grandfather would give his hard-earned money to the poor.  This gives Grandfather the perfect opportunity to tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge as he recalls it, and a traditional retelling of “A Christmas Carol” comes to life onstage as a play-within-a-play. In this beautifully written adaptation, you’ll find all of the classic Charles Dickens characters. For tickets, visit www.lionhearttheatre.org/.

S’mores, Cocoa and Wildlife at Discovery Garden Park:  Drop by the Garden for s’mores and hot cocoa on December 16 from 2 – 4 p.m.   In the spirit of giving, we will adorn a Wildlife Tree with raisin icicles and birdseed ornaments for our furry friends. Free family fun. 

In the spirit of the season, the City of Norcross is offering the opportunity to come together through the support of two charities—The Love Circle Foundation and the Mayor's Motorcade. The City of Norcross will be collecting items for The Love Circle Foundation at the Christmas Tree Lighting on December 1. 

The City of Norcross will also be holding its annual giving campaign with the Mayor’s Motorcade and is asking for donations to make the holiday season special for residents of the state’s mental health hospitals. Donations for the Mayor's Motorcade may be delivered to Norcross City Hall at 65 Lawrenceville Street, Downstairs Rotunda. Norcross residents and business owners, may call for pick-up of donations no later than December 5th. (Gifts will be delivered December 7th). For Pick-Up of your donation, please contact: Melissa Zeigler at melissa.zeigler@norcrossga.net or Mike Jones at michael.jones@norcrossga.net. You may also call (678) 421-2069. Personal care items are appropriate to donate for both events: shampoo & conditioner, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes, combs & brushes, body wash & body lotion.

For more information on the Sparkle Holiday Celebration, visit www.aplacetoimagine.com.