Holiday Happenings

Through Dec. 5
Children’s letters to Santa can be dropped in the North Pole mailbox at the Cherokee County Recreation Center in Woodstock. Santa personally will reply to each letter and mail it back to your child from the North Pole on Dec. 12. Parents, leave a special note for Santa deciphering the letter if your child’s handwriting is not legible.

Through Dec. 11
Santa Mail is back! If your children or you would like to send a letter to Santa Claus, just drop it in the Santa mailbox in the Gazebo at Woodstock’s Park at City Center. Word has it that you may get a letter back, so be sure to include your return address.

Dec. 1, 8, 15

Experience Christmas in Canton with a complimentary wagon ride 6-9 p.m. downtown.

Dec. 2
The annual March of the Toys Parade begins at 7 p.m. in downtown Ball Ground. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots campaign. Visit or the March of the Toys Parade Facebook page for more details.
Visit the Canton Theatre for a showing of “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell, 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $2 and are sold only online.

Dec. 2
Supper With Santa gives guests time with Santa, a delicious meal, music and holiday crafts. There are three seating times between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Hickory Flat Gym in Canton. Cost is $25 per person.
“Charlie Brown Christmas” will be performed at 7 p.m. at Cherokee High School. Bring a canned good for admission. Contact the school’s front office for more information.

Dec. 2-24
“A Christmas Carol,” a spectacular musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ best-known story, breathes new life into the classic tale. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays and Christmas Eve at Woodstock Arts Theatre.

Dec. 3
Timothy Lutheran Church youth are holding the annual Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. Shop local arts, crafts and more. For more information, call 770-928-2812 or email [email protected].

Cherokee County Homeless Veterans’ Breakfast With Santa is 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 160 McClure St., in Canton. The breakfast is free, and all veterans are welcome to share the holiday cheer with other veterans and their families.

The 26th annual city of Woodstock Christmas Jubilee and Parade of Lights starts at 5:30 p.m. at Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Road and travels down Main Street to Sam’s Club on Highway 92. After the parade, walk to the Park at City Center to visit Santa, participate in kids activities, check out holiday and food vendors, and more, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Dec. 3, 10, 17
Visit with Santa, 2-5 p.m., at the Cannon Park Gazebo in downtown Canton. Bring your camera and wish list.

Dec. 7, 14, 21
Join Wednesday evening Advent services, 7:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Woodstock. Light desserts will be served prior to worship at 6:45 p.m.

Dec. 9
Christmas in Canton will begin at 6 p.m. downtown. Activities include a visit with Santa, live reindeer, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon artist, s’mores station, inflatables, decorated cookie station and more.

Dec. 9-10
“Winter Showcase” will be performed at 7 p.m. at Woodstock High School. Tickets are $5. Contact the school’s front office for more information.

Dec. 9-11, 16-18
Kudzu Players present “A Christmas Carol” at the Canton Theatre. Directed by Wally and Jeannie Hinds, performances are 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Dec. 10

The Service League of Cherokee County will hold the 19th annual Reindeer Run for the Children 5K and 1-mile Fun Run at Etowah River Park in Canton. Registration begins at 7 a.m. To register or volunteer, visit For more information, email [email protected].

Swim With the Grinch will be from 9-10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center in Canton; $15 per child. Participants will decorate a tree with underwater tree lights, create crafts and take pictures with the Grinch.

The 35th annual Canton Optimist Club Merry Market is 2-6 p.m. in Cannon Park in downtown Canton. The event will include shopping, visits with Santa, live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and more. Following the market, the Canton Christmas Parade begins at
6 p.m.

Dec. 11
Beginning at noon, Santa will be at the Falany Performing Arts Center in Waleska for free, drive-through fun. Stop the car, drop off your letter to Santa in the North Pole mailbox, take photos with Santa, and grab a goodie bag on your way home. Reserve your spot at

Enjoy an outdoor screening of “The Polar Express,” 5 p.m. at the Falany Performing Arts Center in Waleska. Guests can enjoy a free hot cocoa bar and a family film. Register at

Dec. 12
If you want Santa and his elves to call your child, please complete and print the free Santa’s Calling request form at You can mail, drop off at the Cherokee County Recreation Center in Woodstock, or email the request form by Dec. 12. Santa and his elves will be making calls from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 14.

Dec. 14
Little River Methodist Church in Woodstock is holding Dinner With Santa at 6 p.m. The event is free for children kindergarten-aged through 12 years old, and includes candy, goody bags and games with Santa.

Dec. 17
Join the Wreaths Across America Ceremony and lay wreaths at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Families with loved ones at GNC will place wreaths, 9-11 a.m. A public memorial ceremony will follow, and volunteers will place the remaining wreaths, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Dec. 18
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s Youth Christmas Pageant begins at 10:30 a.m. at 1208 Rose Creek Drive, in Woodstock. All youth participants are welcome to join rehearsals at 9:45 a.m. during Sunday school.

Dec. 21
Join the Grinch Day celebration of all things green and grinchy, 3-5 p.m., at Woodstock Public Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Celebrations include a showing of the classic cartoon, crafts and more. Registration is not required.

Dec. 22
Visit the Rose Creek Public Library for a special Winter Holiday Series Storytime, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Celebrate the season with stories, songs and a fun craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required.

Dec. 24
Sojourn Woodstock’s annual Eve on the Green service will be held outdoors at the Woodstock Arts Event Green. Beginning at 5 p.m., there will be Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and bonfires, followed by a short candlelight service.

Join a special Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. at Little River Methodist Church in Woodstock.

Attend Christmas Eve services with Holy Communion, beginning at 4 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Woodstock. A candlelight praise service is at 7 p.m.; the traditional candlelight service is at 9 p.m., and the Christmas Day worship service will follow at 10 a.m. Sunday.

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Timothy Lutheran Church Christmas Eve candlelight services with Holy Communion will be at 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at 556 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock.

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