Archives for November 2015

Elf Jr. the Musical at South Forsyth High School from December 3 – December 5, 2015

elf jr musicalSouth Forsyth Performing Arts presents
Elf Jr., the Musical

Thursday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm
Friday, December 4th at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 5th at 3:00 pm
Sautrday, December 5th at 7:00 pm

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin.
All tickets are $10, and they are now available on their website:

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

thankfulI am thankful for many things this holiday season, including my readers.

Thank you for reading Forsyth for Families. I hope it has helped create many family memories that you will cherish in the years to come.

I am taking a break this Thanksgiving weekend to spend time with my family so there won’t be a weekend update.

Here are a few recent links and things to do in the area in the meantime. See you next week!

Jenni

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting on November 28, 2015 at The Collection Forsyth

One of our favorite things to do in Forsyth County, GA is to celebrate the holidays at fun, free family events like Santa’s Arrival and the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at The Collection Forsyth.

Tree Lighting Celebration at The Collection Forsyth

Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy a storytime, carriage rides, live holiday music and welcome Santa as he lights their 50 ft. Christmas Tree. Browse holiday gift displays provided by The Collection Forsyth retailers. The tree lighting ceremony is at 5:00 pm. *Please note Santa will not be available for pictures at this event.

Christmas Light Shows around Forsyth County, GA

Christmas Tree Farms in Cumming, GA

Holiday Festivals, Bazaars and Craft Fairs in Forsyth County, GA for Christmas 2015

Helping Hand: 5 Ways to Give Back in Forsyth County, GA This Holiday Season

Breakfast with Santa and Pictures with Santa Events in Forsyth County, GA

Check out my Thanksgiving Pinterest board for some Thanksgiving placemats, mad libs and other printable fun stuff for the kids as you celebrate.

Christmas Light Shows Around Forsyth County, GA in 2015

christmas in castleIt’s holiday festivity time, and with it comes light shows! Pack the kids in the car, brew some hot chocolate and enjoy an evening drive of viewing Christmas lights.

There are local Christmas light shows in Forsyth County, GA, Alpharetta and Dawsonville for the 2015 holiday season as well as the Lanier Islands Christmas!

Blink Midwinter is a residential synchronized Christmas lights display in Cumming, GA. It is located at: 7020 Cole Court, Cumming, Georgia 30028. Blinkmidwinter.com is a Christmas light display that supports local charities. They blink Christmas lights to music every night from dark til 10. Once here dial 92.7 on your radio. It’s a great way to enjoy a little Christmas spirit with the family and support a wonderful charity. General Information: The show runs from Thanksgiving night through January 1st. Times TBA.

The Christmas in Castille light show is located at 4220 Tivoli Way, Alpharetta, GA 30004. The show starts at 6 PM and runs until 9 PM on Thursdays – Saturdays beginning on Dec 3rd through Dec 26th. The neighborhood is gated so when the gates close for the night, the show ends. When you drive up, tune your radio to 89.9FM. Check out their FB page for updates and weather alerts.

Red Hawk Christmas is another Christmas light show in Dawsonville, GA. This show has not yet announced its schedule. TBD. If possible, they’ll post an update on our Facebook page if the show is not running for any reason. A Residential Animated Christmas Light Show Located in Dawsonville GA. Link to their house –http://goo.gl/E8Qp5N. They have an Animated Christmas Light Show at their home in North Georgia. This year they have 10,000+ lights timed to several Christmas Carols. The show is free and any donations will benefit KARE for Kids. A local non profit that gives local children in need the Christmas they deserve. Located at 173 Aplomado Lane West, Dawsonville, GA 30534. The show will run, but may be turned off in heavy rain.

The Soroka Family Lights has over 16,000 lights with 176 Channels synchronized to your favorite Christmas songs.  Tune to Channel 103.1 FM.  Light show starts at dusk and goes until 10pm.  Always adding more lights and songs up till Christmas.  Need to add another 4,000 lights so we can get over 20,000 this year.  The show may be off during heavy rains.  Located in Forest Brooke subdivision just a mile west of Ga 400 exit 13 located at 5460 Sandstone Ct. Cumming, GA.

Lanier Islands Christmas – 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA. November 27 – January 3 nightly from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Magical Nights of Lights and Winter Adventure!

Drive across the Lanier Islands bridge and into a world of lights! Magical Nights of Lights, our Christmas classic, continues when the sun sets on Lanier Islands this holiday season. Twinkling lights come to life, transforming the landscape with pictures of Christmas wishes, millions of twinkling lights color the Islands throughout the holidays at our Magical Nights of Lights. Journey to Santa’s Holiday Village, where kids can share their Christmas wishes with the big man himself, and grab a photo memory of their special meeting. While you’re here, shop for that special Christmas gift for someone in your circle of friends and family.

In December, a live nativity, presented by area churches, adds a special touch to your Christmas celebration. Tune in with your smart phone or radio to hear songs of the season and enhance the experience with our brand new companion app! The magic is back at Lanier Islands.

Daily admission to Lanier Islands Christmas includes the drive through our twinkling light tour, as well as access to Holiday Village, located at the end of the tour. Also included with daily admission is access to the live nativity (select dates). Admission is per vehicle and is based on what the vehicle has the capacity to hold, not the number of passengers.

Enjoy a brand new adventure this year with Winter Adventure:  a snow-packed winter playland perfect for building a snowman, delightful tubing and thrilling sledding! Winter Adventure is the perfect adventure for the family that will keep them thrilled throughout the day. We’ve transformed the summer landscape of LanierWorld and made it ready for winter! Where else can you zoom down slides on sleds and snow tube in a wave pool? We’ve also created large snow play areas where you can build a snow fort and defend it with an army of snowmen and snowballs.

Let your imagination run wild here at Winter Adventure! We’ve actually let our own imagination run wild this year as we’ve created 2 exciting new attractions you won’t find anywhere else around: Bubble Skating and Knockerball. Glide across our synthetic rink while having a bubble party or hit the Knockerball court at Sunset Cove for a crazy game where players each wear a giant inflatable ball.

Save BIG with our COMBO PACK ticket options that include not only Winter Adventure, but also Magical Nights of Lights and unlimited carnival rides! Opens November 27, 2015.

Christmas Tree Farms in Forsyth County, GA for 2015

christmas tree farms in cumming, gaAs we approach Thanksgiving, families will soon be selecting their Christmas trees for the season.

We are fortunate to have two Christmas tree farms in Forsyth County, GA where you can pick your own tree and cut it down, or select a tree with a rootball to plant after Christmas!

Also both farms provide Trees for Troops so if you are feeling generous, donate towards giving a tree for the troops!

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm and Kinsey Family Farm are both wonderful family-owned farms that have been around for years.

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm5880 John Burruss Road, Cumming, Georgia 30040 (770) 889-5235

HOURS OF OPERATION: Open Saturday 11/21 from 9:00 am – dark (choose and cut only), Thanksgiving weekend (Wed 11/25 – Sat 11/28) from 9:00 am – dark, then M-F 3:00 pm – Dark, Sat. 9:00 am – Dark, CLOSED SUNDAYS.

Their mission is to provide the families of North Georgia and metro Atlanta with the experience of cutting their own Christmas Tree with the hope it will become a family tradition. We started planting our first trees over 15 years ago! We are the oldest operating Christmas Tree Farm in Cumming, Georgia. Over the years, we have added improvements to our farm to enhance your visit. Roast marshmallows, sip on apple cider, take a hayride, play corn hole, feed the fish, visit the gift shop, check out their Xmas movie in the kids barn, see the animals and more!

The Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm is family owned and operated and work very hard all year to provide you and your family the finest Georgia grown Christmas Trees. So come join our Family Tradition, and start your own Family Tradition at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm. Also check out their Facebook page.

Kinsey Family Farm

As the Christmas season approaches, they 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. We invite you to come roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate, and listen to holiday music with us at the barn. Once you have warmed your insides sufficiently you can take a wagon ride out to the fields to begin your quest for the perfect Christmas tree.

The 2015 Christmas season will be in operation from Saturday, November 21st (the weekend before Thanksgiving) until Sunday, December 20th. Due to our desire to celebrate the holidays with our own families we will not be open on Thanksgiving day or Christmas Eve. Check their Facebook page for updates as well.

  • M-F 12:00 until 7:00
  • Wednesday, 25 November 9:00 to 6:00
  • Sat-Sun & Black Friday 9:00 until 6:00
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • We ARE open all day on the Wednesday before and the Friday after Thanksgiving.
  • WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS BEGINNING DECEMBER 21ST THROUGH THE NEW YEAR.
Address 7170 Jot-em Down Road, Gainesville, GA 30506 · Get Directions
Phone 770-887-6028
Website http://www.kinseyfamilyfarm.com

Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for November 20 – November 22, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy last day of school before Thanksgiving break! Here is a roundup of events in Forsyth County, GA this weekend.

There will be no update next weekend as I am taking time off to enjoy my family. I wish you a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 20

10:00 am – Hampton Park Library Busy Builders.

11:15 am – Post Road Library Preschoolers @ Post – Musical Morning.

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – National BBQ Cup at the Cumming Fairgrounds. The National Barbecue Cup: Que’n in Cumming is returning this weekend to the Cumming Fairgrounds. Tickets for this year’s festivities are $7 at the gate. Tasting tickets for the people’s choice are $5 for five. The event features vendors selling food, arts and crafts and other items, along with a kid’s zone, music and raffles. It’s the largest competition in Georgia! If you love BBQ, sample good eats from over 100 vendors.

Saturday, November 21

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Kids Club® felt Christmas mouse! Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

10:00 am – 6:00 pm – National BBQ Cup at the Cumming Fairgrounds. The National Barbecue Cup: Que’n in Cumming is returning this weekend to the Cumming Fairgrounds. Tickets for this year’s festivities are $7 at the gate. Tasting tickets for the people’s choice are $5 for five. The event features vendors selling food, arts and crafts and other items, along with a kid’s zone, music and raffles.

11:00 AM – Sharon Forks Library Sensory Storytime for Children with Special Needs

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. In celebration of Thanksgiving, join us for Storytime featuring The Little Kids’ Table.

11:15 am – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime at Post.

Sunday, November 22

1:30 – 5 pm – International Games Day at Post Road Library. Gamers Unite! Are you a video gamer? Board gamer? Card gamer? Come celebrate International Games Day at the library. We’ll have console gaming including Minecraft, Star Wars Kinect, classic Atari and Nintendo games. There will be table top games, card game demos including Magic: The Gathering and Netrunner (bring your decks if you have one!), a Pokémon/Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament, chess competition, a Rubik’s cubing contest, and live action Clue! Kapow – The Comics, Game and Toy Store will have demos and there will be game crafts in the kids section too! No registration required. Crafts will be ongoing all afternoon!

Schedule of Events
In The Meeting Room:
1:30p.m.-4:00p.m.
Live Action Clue
1:45p.m.-2:45p.m.
Pokémon/Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament – Bring your deck!
3:00p.m.-3:30p.m.
Rubik’s Cube Competition – Bring your Cube!
3:45p.m.-4:30p.m.
Speed Chess  – We provide the chess boards!
 
In The Hot Spot:
1:30p.m.-2:30p.m.
Minecraft and Lego Video Games
2:30p.m.-3:30p.m.
Star Wars and Cabela’s Video Games
3:30p.m-4:30p.m
Classic Nintendo, Sega, and Atari Games
Throughout the Branch:
There will be tables where you can try Netrunner and Magic: The Gathering. Or bring your favorite game to play!

ALL WEEKEND

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5. Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, The Marketplace for Classic Antiques & Collectibles, Unique Home & Garden Decor, Jewelry & Art. Over 475 booths. $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 are free. Sign up for their newsletter and get a coupon! It’s our 12th Birthday Celebration this weekend! Thank YOU for making Lakewood 400 one of the Best in America!! USA Today and The Huffington Post agree! See you this weekend!

Christmas Tree Farms

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm
Can you believe Thanksgiving is already upon us?? We open THIS Saturday 11/21/15 from 9:00 until dark!! Come join our family tradition and start your very on family tradition this year at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm. (Please note: this weekend is Choose and Cut trees only, our fresh cut Fraser’s will not be here until next Tuesday). We hope to see all of you out this CHRISTMAS season at the farm!! Check out our website for more information, or please call (706) 429-3173
www.bottomstreefarm.com or check their Facebook page.
Kinsey Family Farm
As we approach the start of our Christmas season this Saturday we wanted to make everyone aware of the special hours of operation. Please be sure to visit our official Kinsey Family Farm webpage, www.kinseyfamilyfarm.com/directions for accurate times. Our hours are CONSISTENTLY posted incorrectly by Google and Yelp . . . they are not a reliable source of information for our hours of operation. And if you have any questions you are more than welcome to give us a call as well at 770-887-6028.
Crazy as it sounds (who knows where the time goes!) the beginning of the KFF Christmas season is rapidly approaching! And with that comes many questions regarding which types of trees we will be selling. This year we have great news . . . we are expanding our tree selection to over 10 varieties!!! If all goes as planned we will be adding limited quantities of several western fir tree species, as well as, several new “live” Christmas trees that can be planted in the ground after Christmas. For a complete listing of all the varieties and their current availability please visit our website at www.kinseyfamilyfarm.com/Christmas.

Sawnee Ballet Theatre Performs The Nutcracker at SFHS from December 17 – 20, 2015

sawnee ballet theatreOne of our favorite things to do each year during the holidays is to 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 17 – 20, 2015.

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

Public Performances:
Thursday, December 17th – 7:30pm
Friday, December 18th – 8:00pm
Saturday, December 19th – 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, December 20th – 1:00pm & 5:00pm

Where: South Forsyth High School Performing Arts Auditorium.

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 Nutcracker will be performed at South Forsyth High School auditorium and performance dates are Thursday, December 17th through Sunday, December 20th.  Tickets for adults are $20 and admission for kids 12 and under is $15.00. For more information call (770) 887-0756.

Come see Sawnee Ballet Theatre Nutcracker cast members perform at the following local community events:

Image via Sawnee Ballet Theatre.

Breakfast with Santa and Pictures with Santa Events in Forsyth County, GA for December 2015

breakfast with santa forsyth county gaThere are a few Breakfast with Santa and Pictures with Santa events going on in and around Forsyth County, GA. Here are a few places where you can see the jolly man!

Also check out our list of holiday fairs, festivals and bazaars where Santa may appear.

Friday, December 4

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Start the weekend off on Friday 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. Northside Hospital – Forsyth, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming, GA 30041.

Friday, December 11 & Saturday, December 12
Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Christmas is an exciting time in the City of Cumming. Each year the City of Cumming lines the streets with beautiful Christmas lights and offer Christmas festivities at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
Christmas in Cumming Events
Arts and Crafts Festival Friday, Dec. 11th at 4 PM – 9 PM. Saturday, Dec. 12th at 10 AM – 5 PM
Free Photos with Santa Friday, Dec. 11th at 6 PM – 9 PM, Saturday, Dec. 12th at 12 PM – 3 PM
Arts & Crafts Admission Adults………$1.00 Children 12 and under……..Free
For more information on Art & Craft Show contact JRM Management at 770-423-1330
Hay Rides  Friday, Dec. 11th at 7 PM – 9 PM

Saturday, December 12

9:00 am – 11:00 am – Lanier United Methodist Church invites you to have breakfast with Santa! There are two dining times of 9:00 am and 10:00 am. Picture will be taken that can be purchased on Shutterfly. They will also have crafts for the kids while they wait to see Santa. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 in advance.

Multiple Dates

Complimentary Photos with Santa and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth

Saturdays in December from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm photos with Santa and carriage rides.
Sundays in December from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm photos with Santa.

Bring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth every Saturday and photos with Santa every Sunday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in December. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com.

Breakfast with Santa at Lanier Islands – Enjoy this year’s Breakfast with Santa buffet with made to order Omelets and Waffles, Fresh Baked Biscuits with Homemade Sausage Gravy, delicious breakfast pastries and MORE! Santa Claus and his Elves will hand out candy and trinkets, and be available for pictures with children. Guests will also be able to enjoy Elf face painting during Breakfast with Santa.

Legacy Lodge has Christmas shopping available at the gift shop. This year, we’ll also have a Cookie Decorating Class for an additional cost available at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Hours:  9 am – 11:30 am (last seating)
Dates: November 28th & 29th, December 5th & 6th, 12th & 13th, 19th – 24th. Call 770.945.8787 for more information.

 

Phone Calls from Santa!

Santa Will Be Calling Local Children Again this Year

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation presenting program December 8-9

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce their annual Santa’s Calling program. Santa has set aside two special evenings to call children ages 3 through 10 to listen to their personal Christmas wishes. The phone calls will take place on Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9 between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Santa is very busy during this time of year. If the first phone call does not go through, Santa will try one more time.

To receive a free phone call, please register by December 4. Registration forms are available online at www.forsythco.com/parks or at the county’s three recreation centers located at Central Park, Fowler Park and Old Atlanta Park. For more information, please visit www.forsythco.com/parks or call (770) 205-4646. Please note this is not a social services gift request.

Santa Events Near Forsyth County

Get your holiday photo taken for free at the Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main Street, Suite 200, on December 5, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Stop in for an individual or family photo with Santa and have the photo printed and emailed to you to share with friends and family. This is a free event and refreshments will be served. No reservations required. No pets please. The photographer will be using a “green screen” so it is recommended that attendees not wear green. For more information on the event visit www.awesomealpharetta.com or email Layne Mitchell at layne@awesomealpharetta.com. The Alpharetta Welcome Center is located at 178 South Main Street, Suite 200 and is the best source for information on Alpharetta and all that it offers in the way of shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation, for visitors and residents alike.  Its hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Welcome Center call 678-297-2811.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for November 13 – November 15, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaAs the holidays near, there are lots of festivals and craft fairs! Here is a roundup of events in Forsyth County, GA this weekend.

Friday, November 13

10:00 am – Hampton Park Library Busy Builders.

11:15 am – Post Road Library Preschoolers @ Post – Musical Morning.

Saturday, November 14

8:30 am – 2:00 pm Cumming First United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar – Brunch and Lunch, Eat, Shop and Enjoy! Handmade crafts, decorations, baked goods.

  • Beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and gifts!
  • Breakfast with Santa (by paid reservation only – in the children’s ministry office)
  • Fantastic homemade Christmas cookies, cakes and pies
  • Breakfast and lunch while you shop!
  • Kids shop so they can shop without their parents knowing what they are getting
  • Get your picture made with Santa!
  • Kids can make a great craft at Rudolph’s corner

9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Deer Creek Shores Christmas and Bake Sale – All things Christmas sale! Located at: 7620 Lanier Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. For more information, call 770.887.6801.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Newpoint Tabernacle’s Fall Exposition – Come join us for food, fun, and giveaways! We will have numerous vendors with lots of awesome gifts for the holidays as well as food and activities! Proceeds go to help our activity center. So come out and support a local community church and have some F-U-N while doing so! 2150 Antioch Road, Cumming, GA 30040.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Purple Palooza VIII! A fun festival hosted by Medica Forsyth Imaging Center. Lots of activities for children, face painting, obstacle course, moonwalks, Blood mobile, free screenings from local physicians, cake walks, DJ, pie eating contest, and so much more! Home Depot,1000 Marketplace Blvd. Cumming, Ga. 30041, 10am-2pm.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – The 12th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming. Sawnee Association of the Arts hosts the 12th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech. This grand event is being held on Nov. 14th & 15th at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, located at 3410 Ronald Regan Blvd, Cumming GA. The Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech is the largest indoor/outdoor arts and crafts festival in Forsyth County, with over 90 vendors; it has become an established community event with local residents. Children will have the opportunity to play in two Moonwalks (weather permitting) and help raise funds for the Challenged Child & Friends organization; Shop for gifts in the Elf Corner, a special shop just for kids were Elves will help them choose gifts for friends and family, gift wrapping included; Parents can capture their children’s special visit with Santa using their own cameras for a small donation. Food Trucks and Kettle Corn will be available outside, along with Relay for Life-Forsyth during the entire event. Please visit our website at www.SawneeArt.org for complete festival information.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Kids Club® felt Christmas mouse! Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Just in time for Winter, join us for Storytime and activities featuring The Little Snowplow. Ask any bookseller for more details.

11:15 am – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime at Post.

 

Sunday, November 15

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – The 12th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming. Sawnee Association of the Arts hosts the 12th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech. This grand event is being held on Nov. 14th & 15th at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, located at 3410 Ronald Regan Blvd, Cumming GA. The Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech is the largest indoor/outdoor arts and crafts festival in Forsyth County, with over 90 vendors; it has become an established community event with local residents. Children will have the opportunity to play in two Moonwalks (weather permitting) and help raise funds for the Challenged Child & Friends organization; Shop for gifts in the Elf Corner, a special shop just for kids were Elves will help them choose gifts for friends and family, gift wrapping included; Parents can capture their children’s special visit with Santa using their own cameras for a small donation. Food Trucks and Kettle Corn will be available outside, along with Relay for Life-Forsyth during the entire event. Please visit our website at www.SawneeArt.org for complete festival information.

12:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Vickery Village Craft Fair at Glen Willow Park on Low County Rd in Cumming . Enjoy an afternoon of fun, crafts and food in our beautiful Glen Willow Park. Vickery has over 20 vendors who will be displaying and selling goods. If you are looking for a special gift or something for yourself, you are sure to find it . From handmade jewelry and purses to monogrammed anything, antiques, refurbished wood pieces, children’s books and clothing, or housewares just to name a few of the items the vendors will have. Stop by a booth and learn how to clean without chemical or learn about self defense and if your thinking about a Disney Vacation visit the Disney planners booth . There will be a food tent so join us for lunch , and take home a treat from the bake sale. Follow the signs off Post Rd in Cumming and enjoy a day in the park!

All Weekend

The Addams Family  – A New Musical, Forsyth Central High School
Wednesday, November 11th at 7 PM
Thursday, November 12th at 7 PM
Friday, November 13th at 7 PM
Saturday, November 14th at 2 PM and 7 PM
Tickets are $10.00 for Everyone – Advanced Reserved Seating Available Online

Veterans Day Events, Freebies and Deals for 2015

vetdayVeterans Day is this Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Let’s take a moment this week to thank our local veterans for their service and sacrifice.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Forsyth County, GA has over 11,000 veterans.

Here are a few local events and celebrations as well as Veterans Day freebies and deals.

Local Veterans Day Events & Celebrations

The Veterans Day and Marine Corps birthday celebration from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in the football stadium at North Forsyth High School, 3635 Coal Mountain Road. It is free and open to the public.

Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veterans War Memorial in Cumming, GA on November 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy the music of the Flash of Crimson Band. The City of Cumming Mayor Gravitt will speak.

2015 Veterans’ Day Celebration on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – Downtown Dawsonville, Presented by: Veterans Affairs of Dawson County.

Veterans Affairs of Dawson County will celebrate Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11 with lunch for Veterans at 1:00 p.m., Dawson County Middle School Cafeteria, Program at 2:00 in the school auditorium and parade through Downtown Dawsonville at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to the program and parade. For information, call Don Brown at 706-265-7613.
Veterans Eat Free at Local Restaurants!
Note: Be sure to have your military ID with you and call ahead to be sure that the location you are visiting is participating in the promotion.

Applebee’s – Free meal for Veterans and Active military personnel on Wednesday, November 11, 2014. You’ll be able to choose a meal from a limited Veteran’s Day menu. You can see the complete menu by using the link above. This deal is dine-in only and beverages and gratuity are not included. You’ll need to bring in one proof of military service or ID.

Carrabba’s – If you are a veteran or active military member, you can stop by a Carrabba’s near you and get a free appetizer of your choice on Wednesday, November 11. There’s no purchase necessary or coupon required, and you’ll need to bring military ID or come in your uniform.

Chick-fil-a at The Collection Forsyth – We’re breaking out the red, white and blue for our Military Appreciation Night! If you’re active or retired military, bring your proof of service to any participating Atlanta area Chick-fil-A restaurant on November 11, 2015 from 5 pm – 8 pm to receive your choice of a FREE Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich Meal (Original or Grilled), a Chick-fil-A Nuggets Meal (8-count) or a Chick-fil-A Nuggets Kid’s Meal (4-count) for you and each immediate family member. It’s our way of saying thank you. One meal per person, while supplies last. Offer Valid only at Atlanta Area Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Visit Chili’s on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, to get your Veterans Day free meal if you are a veteran or on active military duty. Chili’s is offering all military veterans past and present their choice of one of 7 meals. This offer is available from 11am – 5pm on Veterans Day at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. Bring military ID and call to make sure the location is participating.

Golden Corral is offering a free meal on Wednesday, November 11 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. See their website for details. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

Little Caesars® Pizza – On Wednesday, November 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., veterans and active military members can receive their free $5 Lunch Combo, which features four slices of Little Caesars popular Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pizza, paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi product.

LongHorn Steakhouse is giving away free Texas Tonions and non-alcoholic beverages to veterans who stop into their local Longhorn Steakhouse on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. You’ll need to bring proof of service with you for this freebie such as wearing your uniform or showing Military ID.

Red Robin on Wednesday, November 11, 2014 to get a free Red’s Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. Be sure to bring your military ID to take advantage of this Veterans Day freebie. Not all locations are participating, so it’s best to call ahead to make sure your local Red Robin will be offering this free meal.

Outback Steakhouse is offering a free bloomin onion and beverage on November 11, 2015. This offer is for veterans as well as active duty and retired military as long as proof of service is shown, like wearing a uniform or showing military ID. Outback Steakhouse is also giving out a military discount of 15% off the total check November 12 to December 31, 2015.
Starbucks is offering a free tall coffee to veterans, active duty military and their spouses on Veterans Day. Please call ahead to make sure the location is participating.

There are also deals at other restaurants and retailers. For more details, check out Military Benefits Veterans Day Free Meals, Discounts, Sales and Deals.

  • Free Haircuts at Great Clips – Veterans and active/inactive/retired military members can stop into Great Clips on Wednesday, November 11 and get a free haircut or pickup a free haircut card to use before the end of the year. Anyone can stop in to get their haircut and receive a free haircut card that they can give to a veteran.
  • Free Admission to World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta – Members of the Armed Forces (active duty and veterans) get free admission to the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta when they show their valid Armed Forces ID card. Through November 15, half-price tickets can also be purchased for friends and family.
  • Lowe’s, Publix and Home Depot are offering 10% discounts on Veterans Day for military.
  • Dollar General is offering a 11% discount on November 11, 2015.
  • National Parks Free Veterans Day Admission – Everybody gets free entrance to our National Parks on Veterans Day. Date this year: November 11, 2015.

Local Suit Drive for Veterans

Posted from a reader Scarlett – “We support our troops! We will be having a suit drive for our Veterans. If you have a new or gently used suit you can donate to a Veteran please stop by our office now through December 11, 2015.

Over one million soldiers will transition out of the military in the next five years, and Farmers invites you to join us in supporting them. Justin Adams, Farmers Insurance 559 Lakeland Plaza Cumming, GA 30040. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 770.549.9762. Please share!! Thank you!! God bless!!”

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting on November 28, 2015 at The Collection Forsyth

christmas tree lighting at the collection forsythOne of our favorite things to do in Forsyth County, GA is to celebrate the holidays at fun, free family events like Santa’s Arrival and the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at The Collection Forsyth.

Tree Lighting Celebration at The Collection Forsyth

Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy a storytime, carriage rides, live holiday music and welcome Santa as he lights their 50 ft. Christmas Tree. Browse holiday gift displays provided by The Collection Forsyth retailers. The tree lighting ceremony is at 5:00 pm. *Please note Santa will not be available for pictures at this event.

Complimentary Photos with Santa, Santa Story Time and Carriage Rides

Saturdays in December from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm photos with Santa and carriage rides
Sundays in December from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm photos with Santa.
Bring your own camera!

Bring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth every Saturday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm in December. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com.


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