Archives for November 2012

Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for November 30 – December 1, 2012

joyful noise shopping event in cumming, gaDecember is upon us and we have lots of family events going on as we prepare for the holidays! As always, please share if you hear of any other events this weekend in Forsyth County, GA!

Saturday, December 1

9:00 am – Jingle Jog 5k at Marketplace Blvd. REgistrations begins at 7:30 am.2085 Market Place Blvd. at Cumming Town Center.

9:00 am – Home Depot Free Kids Workshop – Build a winter-themed picture frame. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – A special day of shopping, Joyful Noise, is set for Saturday, December 1st from 10am-4pm at The Warehouse (5095 Post Road, Cumming, GA 30040). Over 40 local vendors, a baked goods sale, raffle prizes, live Christmas music performances, and a Christmas photo booth are part of this event. Proceeds benefit The Warehouse and Childhood Cancer Research at the Van Andel Institute.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth – An Elf on the Shelf Storytime With Santa’s Elves. It’s that special time of year when we get a visit from Santa’s Elves. Come join us for a very special Storytime. Will have lots of great stories and treats!

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Pictures with Santa and Carriage Rides at The Avenue Forsyth.

3:30 pm – Cumming Christmas Parade! Market Place Blvd. Cumming, GA

4:30 pm – Celebration of Lights – Northside Hospital Forsyth – Celebrate after the parade with this festival and watch the tree lighting at 6:30 pm.

4:30-4:40 – Lynn Jackson – Introductions of Santa Claus and Fred Blankenship
4:40-4:55 – Coal Mountain Elementary
5:00-5:10 – Nia Holloway, Alpharetta High School
5:15-5:30 – Sawnee Ballet Theater
5:35-5:50 – Haw Creek Elementary
5:55-6:05 – Forsyth Central High Chamber Singers
6:10-6:25 – Piney Grove Middle School Show choir
6:30 – Tree Lighting and Forsyth Central High Chamber Singers


Annie the Musical at The Cumming Playhouse

5:30 pm – Blink Midwinter Christmas Light Show

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Lake Lanier Islands Magical Nights of Lights

Kinsey Family Christmas Tree Farm Open for Holidays

Sawnee Ballet Theatre Performs The Nutcracker at SFHS from December 13 – 16, 2012

sawnee ballet theatreOne of our favorite things to do every year to celebrate the season is to go see The Nutcracker. The Sawnee Ballet Theatre puts on a wonderful performance right here in Forsyth County, Georgia. The Nutcracker will be performed at South Forsyth High School from December 13 – 16, 2012.

Purchase tickets online and be prepared to see an amazing show!

Public Performances:
Thursday, December 13th – 7:30pm
Friday, December 14th – 8:00pm
Saturday, December 15th – 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, December 16th – 1:00pm & 5:00pm

Where: South Forsyth High School Performing Arts Auditorium – Directions

The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, is a heartwarming holiday tradition for every member of the family.

You will be dazzled by a Christmas tree that grows larger than life, a lively battle between soldiers and mice, snow that falls and much more. Sawnee Ballet Theatre’s production of this enchanting full-length ballet brings the magical characters in Clara’s dream to life.

Each year, Artistic Director Joan Kall Stewart brings something new to the performance, and this year is no exception!

The Sawnee Ballet Theatre is also appearing at this weekend’s Cumming Christmas Parade and a few other events.

Come see our Nutcracker Cast Members at upcoming community events:

Image via Sawnee Ballet Theatre.

Twentieth Annual Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands

magical nights of lightsAs the holidays grow near, it’s fun to celebrate by gathering the family in the car and driving around and enjoying the Christmas lights in the area.

One place that is sure to impress is Lake Lanier Islands. In its 20th year, the Annual Magical Nights of Lights is chock full of lights and entertainment. New this year is an ice skating rink ($10.00 per person) and live nativity show (starting 12/1).

Friday, November 16 through Monday, December 31 – 20th Annual Magical Nights of Lights

Gaze at thousands of shining Christmas lights displayed along a seven-mile driving tour. Amusement rides, pony rides, pictures with Santa, ice skating, nativity show, holiday shopping and holiday treats are available.
Lake Lanier Islands, 7000 Holiday Road, Lake Lanier, Ga 30518
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
You can get a $10 coupon at participating sponsors including Chick-fil-A, Publix and McDonald’s.  November is double coupon month, so you’ll get $20 off per car with the $10 off coupon.
Tune your radio to 103.7 Chuck FM, Lake Lanier Islands’ partner for continuous Holiday favorites throughout the season.
Drive over the magnificent snowflake bridge, down through the 12 days of Christmas, up past the illuminated diamond wonder light, under the blanket-lit bridge, all the way to the dancing Holiday House, Santa’s Workshop, Christmas Carnival and more! Starting Friday, November 16th until Monday, December 31st, come celebrate our 20th Anniversary of Magical Nights of Lights featuring miles of illuminated characters and millions of twinkling lights!

You’re Magical Nights of Lights journey doesn’t stop with the lights. Our Holiday Village is a must-see for everyone, complete with a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, delicious holiday fare, pony and amusement rides, holiday shopping and much more. Look for that perfect Christmas tree ornament to commemorate your annual visit. And, what holiday spectacle would be complete without a visit with Jolly Old St. Nick? Kids of all ages can take a break from roasting marshmallows and riding ponies to have their photo taken and discuss their holiday wish lists with Santa himself at the Santa Shop. Nominal charges apply to the Santa photos, amusement rides, pony rides and marshmallow roasting.

Special Treats to See This Year:

  • Celebrate Santa’s Grand Arrival Accompanied by Fireworks on Saturday, November 17th
  • Live Nativity Scene back by popular demand! (December 1st – 25th)
  • Verizon Wireless Ice Skating Rink
  • New Animated Lights Holiday House
  • Mingle with our mascot, Bucky Beaver
  • Visit with Santa & his elves
  • Traditional carnival rides
  • NEW collection of lights and attractions

Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Show on December 7th and 8th, 2012

christmas in cumming, gaMake sure you plan to attend the 15th Annual Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show on December 7th and 8th presented by BJ’s Membership Club.

The event will take place on Friday the 7th from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM and on Saturday the 8th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The show attracts over 7,500 people and will be held inside the heated Cumming Livestock Barn located on the City of Cumming Fairgrounds. There will be over 100 festive booths in the show.

Admission is $1.00 with children 12 & under entering free. While the Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show is taking place, there will be FREE photos with Santa on Friday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM and on Saturday from 12:00 – 3:00 PM in the barn.

There will be a Christmas Light Show, hayrides, roasting marshmallows, and caroling on Friday evening from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Come join us to hear the sweet sounds of local elementary school 5th grade and church choruses starting at 7:00 PM on Friday.

Don’t miss this opportunity to shop for unique hand-made gift item for someone special. Come and enjoy holiday cheer while shopping for hand woven sweet grass baskets, Christmas ornaments & wreaths, fudge & nuts, piggy banks, photography, paintings, clothing and more.

For more information on the Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show, please call Bill Watson at 770-423-1330 or

Arts and Crafts Festival
December 7th – 8th
Friday the 7th @ 4 PM – 10 PM
Saturday the 8th @ 10 AM – 5 PM

Free Photos with Santa
Friday the 7th @ 6 PM – 9 PM
Saturday the 8th @ 10 AM – 2 PM

Arts & Crafts Admission
Children 12 and under……..Free

Hay Rides
Friday the 7th @ 7 PM – 10 PM

Small Business Saturday Deals in Forsyth County, GA on November 24

A group of local businesses have joined forces to promote each other in an effort to encourage the community to “Shop Small” this November 24th.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday®, a day dedicated to helping small businesses and their communities.  We are proud to take part in Small Business Saturday this year. We want to encourage local consumers to Shop Small® with each of us on November 24th.  Event Flyer.
On Small Business Saturday, we are excited to offer the following deals to the North Fulton and Forsyth county community:
  • Cool Bees Artwork and Gifts:  10% off of all purchases that day, plus refreshments.  With every purchase, customers can enter to win a Canvas Painting Class for Two, a $60 value.  Website.
  • Donut Depot:  Buy a dozen donuts or cupcakes, get 3 free.  Website.
  • Good Grub Subs:  Check their Facebook page or website for more details.  Website.
  • Lauren Boyd Photography:  Purchase a Newborn session (to be used by March 2013) between Nov 23-26 and receive a free Maternity Mini Session and disk of images (a $150 value).  Non refundable deposit must be made for newborn session within the 4 days provided  (Friday Nov23-Monday Nov 26) to receive this special offer. Both sessions must be used by March 2013. Metal Christmas Ornaments are 1 for $20 or 4 for $60.  Website.
  • Leonard’s Farmers Market.  Check their Facebook page for more details.
  • Market 334:  10% off selected merchandise.  Free gift to first 50 customers.  Complimentary refreshments.
  • Mia’s Pizza and Eats:  Buy any large pizza, get a free small cheese pizza.  Limit 2 per customer.  Dine-in or take-out only.  Also, all customers can enter a drawing to win one free large pizza each month for a year.  Website.

Visit to learn about other ways people are getting involved and supporting their local community’s businesses.

2012 Christmas Light Show in Forsyth County, GA – Blink Midwinter

blink midwinter christmas light show in cumming, gaI am excited there is another Christmas light show in Forsyth County, GA this year after learning the Christmas in Cumming light show has been cancelled this year.

Blink Midwinter is scheduled to begin Thanksgiving night – November 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm. The light show will run daily from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm Sunday – Thursdays and 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm on Friday – Saturdays. Please check their website and Facebook page for updates.

Here is an update from their site:

Setup is under way and the 2012 show is scheduled to start Thanksgiving night (11/22) at 5:30pm. We have the privilege once again to blink for Canine Assistants, and they’ll have handlers and their dogs here Saturdays up through 12/22 to visit with our guests. Check back here or follow us on Facebook for updates.

Blink Midwinter is a residential synchronized Christmas lights display in Cumming, GA. It is located at: 7020 Cole Court, Cumming, Georgia 30028.

General Information:

The show runs from November 24th through January 1st.
Sunday – Thursday from 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Friday – Saturday from 5:30pm to 11:00pm

7th Annual Cumming Christmas Parade & Festival on December 1, 2012

cumming christmas parade

You won’t want to miss this full day of family fun on December 1, 2012 along Market Place Boulevard!

Market Place Christmas Community Celebration!

Start the day off with a short run/walk in the Jingle Jog 5K that takes you down Mary Alice Park Road and back to Market Place Boulevard.

Then kick back and enjoy the season with your community, family and friends to cheer on the festive floats in the Cumming Christmas Parade.

End the day at the Celebration of Lights at Northside Hospital – Forsyth with live entertainment from local schools and groups, children activities, photos with Santa and the lighting of the giant Christmas tree atop the hospital.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

7:30 a.m. – Registration
9:00 a.m. – Race Starts

Cumming Town Center
2085 Market Place Boulevard
Cumming, GA 30041


Saturday, December 1, 2012

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Market Place Boulevard
Cumming, GA 30041

The parade marches on Market Place Boulevard between Buford Dam Road and Hwy. 20.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Northside Hospital – Forsyth
1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
Cumming, GA 30041

Happy Thanksgiving from Forsyth for Families!

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my family, friends and Forsyth for Families readers!

There will be no weekend events list this week in honor of the holiday.

I hope you have a peaceful Thanksgiving with friends and family. I will post next week for the following weekend’s events.

In the meantime, here are some neat sites with fun Thanksgiving printables to keep the kids occupied and happy on turkey day! Also check out my Pinterest site for more ideas.

And if you are a Black Friday Shopper – be sure to check for all the deals. Here is a nice graphical roundup of the Black Friday store flyers as well.

– Jenni

Disney Family Fun – has a whole bunch of fun printable activities, coloring sheets, you name it!

Classroom Jr. – Thanksgiving Mad Libs for everyone!

Thanksgiving Decoder Puzzle – my 8 year old loved this!

Thanksgiving Activities from Tip Junkie – a world of fun here, folks!

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages from Crayola – they rock.

Cute craft ideas from A Few of My Favorite Things.

Thanksgiving placemat printables from Busy Bee Kids.

Thanksgiving Placemat Printable 12×16

Disney Live! Presents Mickey’s Music Festival at Philips Arena on December 16th, 2012.

disney live mickey's music festival atlantaWe are excited to venture downtown for Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival on December 16, 2012 at Philips Arena.

Since we go yearly to Disney Vacation Club, it is nice to see our old friends here in Atlanta while we wait for our next Disney adventure. Kids and adults will be sure to sing along and dance to the beats of wonderful Disney music that we have grown up with through the years.

Here’s more info on the show:

Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story in their new touring show Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival. Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more! The irresistible lineup of performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy; Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie; and Woody, Buzz and Jessie; are among the more than 25 Disney stars featured in this jam session fit for the entire family! You can’t resist dancing, singing, playing your air-guitar and laughing with this band of characters! Come join them at Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival for a lively concert experience guaranteed to deliver enough rockin’ memories to last a lifetime.

Philips Arena (One Philips Dr., Atlanta, GA 30303)
Sunday, December 16 – 1:00pm, 4:00pm

Ticket Prices: $70.00 front row/ $55.00 VIP/ $40.00 / $25.00 / $15.00
To order tickets by phone: 800-745-3000

Use code: SAVVY and get $5.00 off ticket price! The offer excludes floor & VIP seats.

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival, featuring an all star line-up of more than 25 Disney characters, begins with audiences watching a state-of-the-art video projection of the frenzy backstage which spills onto the stage as Mickey welcomes guests to his concert tour. Soon thereafter, they will be transported to a new world of hip hop beats, dizzying acrobatics, flying carpets and magical transformations with Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie.  Underwater is where the crowd will meet up with Ariel, Sebastian and their nautical pals to groove to the reggae rhythm.  And, family and friends will stomp to the beat as Woody, Buzz and Jessie teach them how to boogie rodeo-style. Anyone can be a member of the band as giant-sized balloons fall from the ceiling in one scene and then in the next, Disney characters are dancing in the aisles.



Kinsey Family Farm Open for Christmas Tree Season in Cumming, GA

As the Christmas season approaches we shift over to hot chocolate and marshmallows along with an exceptional diversity of Christmas trees guaranteed to be the freshest in Atlanta as they are all stored and displayed in water and out of the sun!!! You can cut your own tree down, choose a live tree with a root ball, or pick one of our free standing pre-cut trees out of our barns.

Kinsey Family Christmas Tree Farm will be open every day from the 17th of November through December 20th with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. This includes the Wednesday BEFORE Thanksgiving and all Day from 9 am until 6 pm on Black Friday.

Kinsey Farm has Pre-cut trees, Live trees (to plant later), Choose & Cut Your Own Trees, wreaths, garlands, holiday decorations, Charlie Brown trees (love it!), annual Kinsey ornaments, marriage saver tree stands, a harvest shop with honey, salsa, jams & preserves, donate a tree for troops, all while enjoying hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows with your family.

Monday – Friday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sat – Sun 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (and Black Friday)


Kinsey Family Farm Facebook Page
Christmas Trees, Landscape Supply & Plant Nursery
Retail Wholesale Container and B&B
Serving north metro Atlanta Georgia: Alpharetta, Big Canoe, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Johns Creek, Roswell and Sugar Hill

For the past five seasons our farm has donated 20 Christmas trees to our nations military families and personnel through the TREES FOR TROOPS program. We are proud to again be supporting this program with 20 more of our trees this season. Our goal this year is to send a total of 70 trees, if not even more, to Camp Merrill . . . our local Ranger Camp in Lumpkin County. Last year we had over 50 families donate additional trees to this program and it is difficult to express the level of gratitude that our local Rangers have expressed to us. They frequently stop by all year long, introduce themselves, and immediately begin describing how much YOUR outpouring of appreciation means to them! It’s always so amazing to see what a HUGE impact one kind gesture can have!

Families interested in purchasing a discounted tree for the TREES FOR TROOPS program please see our cashiers in the barn. Families donating a tree are also invited to attach a personalized note (we will provide the Christmas cards) to their tree with warm wishes to those who defend our freedoms and protect us with their lives. The level of appreciation our troops have expressed to us from this program is honestly indescribable. For more information regarding this program please visit or see our information center at the farm. The final date for purchasing a tree for a military family is the 5th of December!

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