Christmas Tree Farms in Forsyth County, GA for 2016

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 11/19 from 9:00 am – dark (choose and cut only),

**THANKSGIVING WEEK** Mon-Tues – 3:00-Dark, Wed. November 23rd- Sat. November 26th  9:00 – Dark.

We ARE open on Thanksgiving Day!

After Thanksgiving: Mon-Fri  3:00-Dark, Saturdays 9:00-Dark, Closed on Sundays.

SANTA UPDATE:  He is VERY busy, but he is making time once again for Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm!!!  He will be on the farm for family photos the following dates this Christmas Season: Saturday, November 26th, 10:00 AM – Noon, Saturday, December 3rd, 10:00 am – Noon.

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 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 2016 Christmas season will be in operation from Saturday, November 19 (the weekend before Thanksgiving) until Tuesday, 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, 27 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

2016 Summer Camps for Kids in Forsyth County, GA

summer camp in cumming, gaIt’s time to start thinking about summer camps! Here is this year’s roundup of 2016 kids summer day camps* in the areas of Cumming GA and Forsyth County, GA.

I will be updating this page as camp information is released, so check back often. Please also comment and share any other camps you may know about!

Deadlines are in April and early May for summer camp sign-ups. Forsyth County, the Forsyth County YMCA and the City of Cumming offer camps as well as local churches, organizations and the Girl Scouts.

*Please check directly with these organizations as camp information can change.

Summer Camps

The Forsyth County YMCA offers a variety of summer programs.

Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer many camps and classes all summer long. Local high schools are also offering camps through the City and County.

Some local horse stables like Brecht Stables (therapeutic and western riding camps) and Flowered Rock Horse Farm offer camps.

Brecht Stables & Dustin’s Place – Camp camps camps! We are located in north Cumming. We have boarding, western lessons, therapeutic lessons for kids with special needs, attend Special Olympics and other horse shows. Instructor/owner has a child with special needs herself!

Music Authority is even hosting a Rock Camp!

Cumming First United Methodist Church Summer Camps – sports and specialty camps all summer long:
Vacation Bible School, June 6 – 10
VBS for special needs, June 6 – 10
Little Friends Club, June 9 – 12
Art Camp (3rd – 5th grade) June 13 – 17, June 20 – 24 (K – 2nd grade)
CFUMC Bake Off Camp June 20 – 24
Groove Music Camp, June 20 – 24
Archery Camp June 22 – 24
Helping Hands Camp, June 27 – 30
Day-Glo Drama Camp, June 27 – July 1
Camp Extreme, July 12 – 14
Grow Day Camp, July 18 – 22
Science Camp, July 25 – 29

The Warehouse Kid’s Camp 2016 – there is one session: June 6 – 10. Located at 5095 Post Road, Cumming, GA 30040.

Imagine That and Future Tech are another example of unique camps featuring science, technology, robotics and art.

Camp Invention is a STEM-focused program from the Inventors Hall of Fame for students who are rising 1st-6th graders.  There are several sites (schools) that offer the camp.  If you go to the Camp Invention website and enter your zip code it will show you locations that will offer the Camp and the dates of the camp at that location.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers nature and adventure camps for kids throughout the summer.

Cane Creek Farm Camp – June 6 – 10 for ages 7 – 11, June 20 – 24 for ages 11 – 14

United Futbol Academy has a variety of summer challenge soccer camps in Forsyth and Dawson.

i9 Sports is offering weekly Multi-Sports SUMMER camps! Campers will participate in sports like flag football, soccer, basketball, kickball and more!! *Full day campers will also cool off in the amazing Windermere Lodge swimming pools*.
WHO: Boys and girls, Ages 5-11
WHERE: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER CAMPS, REGISTER TODAY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.  (678)731-9009.

Pinecrest Academy has a wealth of summer camps open to the public including sports, languages, fashion and all around fun camps.

Artistic Adventures is enrolling for their 13th Year of Summer Pottery and Art Camp Season. Located at: 1581 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, GA 30024. Phone: 404-642-6564; www.artistic-adventures.com

Cumming Dance Academy Summer Camps 419 Tribble Gap Rd. | Cumming, GA 30040, 770-781-4922; www.cummingdanceacademy.com  Dance Intensive Camps and Summer Fantasy Camp.

Sawnee School of Ballet Summer Dance Camps 433 Canton Rd. Suite #312, Cumming, GA 30040 770-887-0756; www.sawneeschoolofballet.com

N-Step Dance Academy – Brookwood Marketplace – Target Shopping Center – all day dance camps & classes, intensives and fairytale camps with early drop off and late pick up available. 770-886-6500.

Bio Gymnastics & Athletics Unlimited – 1180 Samples Industrial Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. 770-844-0246. Gymnastics, summer camps, birthday parties, tumbling, kids night out, and more!

Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts Summer Camp – Forsyth Performing Arts – 520 Industrial Way, Suite B –  Cumming, GA 30040 –  678.468.1731. Lots of fun drama bootcamps!

If you hear of any other camps, please comment and share with the community! Happy camping!

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.

2015 Summer Camps for Kids in Forsyth County, GA

summer camps in cumming, gaIt’s time to start thinking about summer camps! Here is this year’s roundup of 2015 kids summer day camps* in the areas of Cumming GA and Forsyth County, GA.

I will be updating this page as camp information is released, so check back often. Please also comment and share any other camps you may know about!

March and April are good planning months as deadlines are in April and early May for summer camp sign-ups. Forsyth County, the Forsyth County YMCA and the City of Cumming offer camps as well as local churches, organizations and the Girl Scouts.

*Please check directly with these organizations as camp information can change.

Summer Camps

The Forsyth County YMCA offers a variety of summer programs. Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer camps and classes all summer long. Local high schools are offering camps through the City and County. Forsyth Central High School is offering camps through the City of Cumming – check out the sports camp listings on this page. A few other area high schools are offering camps through Forsyth County Parks and Recreation.

Some local horse stables like Brecht Stables (therapeutic and western riding camps) and Flowered Rock Horse Farm offer camps.

Music Authority is even hosting a Rock Camp!

brecht stables and dustin's place summer camps in cumming, gaBrecht Stables & Dustin’s Place – Camp camps camps! We are located in north Cumming. We have boarding, western lessons, therapeutic lessons for kids with special needs, attend Special Olympics and other horse shows. Instructor/owner has a child with special needs herself!

Cumming First United Methodist Church Summer Camps – sports and specialty camps all summer long:
Vacation Bible School, June 1 – 5
VBS for special needs, June 1 – 5
Little Friends Club, June 8 – 10
Art Camp (3rd – 5th grade) June 8 – 12, June 15 – 19 (K – 2nd grade)
Day-Glo Drama Camp, June 22 – 26
Camp Extreme, June 23 – 27
Helping Hands Camp, July 6 – 8
Groove Music Camp, July 13 – 17
Science Camp, July 20 – 24
Grow Day Camp, July 20 – 24

backyard bible school at bottoms christmas tree farmJune 14 – June 17 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Backyard Bible School at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm Bible School – Backyard Bible School theme is “Come Learn about Jesus” We will be having our Bible School June 14th-June 17th at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm. Our address is 5880 John Burruss Road, Cumming, Georgia 30040. We will have different classes for all ages from nursery age to young adults. They will be taught by family members and church friends of Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm. The only thing we ask is children under 6 to please be accompanied by an adult. The lesson for the week are as followed: Sunday- Jesus the Creator Monday – Jesus’ Birth Tuesday- Jesus’ Life Wednesday- Jesus’ Death We will have Bible Study, crafts, games, food and music each night for every age group. Everyone is welcome, rain or shine.

The Warehouse Kid’s Camp 2015 – there is one session: June 1 – 5. Located at 5095 Post Road, Cumming, GA 30040.

Imagine That and Future Tech are another example of unique camps featuring science, technology, robotics and art.

Camp Invention is a STEM-focused program from the Inventors Hall of Fame for students who are rising 1st-6th graders.  There are several sites (schools) that offer the camp.  If you go to the Camp Invention website and enter your zip code it will show you locations that will offer the Camp and the dates of the camp at that location.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers nature and adventure camps for kids throughout the summer.

Cane Creek Farm Camp – to be announced.

United Futbol Academy has a variety of summer challenge soccer camps in Forsyth and Dawson.

i9 Sports is offering weekly Multi-Sports SUMMER camps! Campers will participate in sports like flag football, soccer, basketball, kickball and more!! *Full day campers will also cool off in the amazing Windermere Lodge swimming pools*.
WHO: Boys and girls, Ages 5-11
WHERE: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER CAMPS, REGISTER TODAY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.  (678)731-9009.

Endurance Academy All Skills Mini Camp part 1
Rising 3rd-6th graders
June 21. 2-5 at Old Atlanta Rec Center
Part 2
June 28
2-5
Advanced Skills camp part 1
July 21. 2-5 at old Atlanta Rec center
Part 2 July 18
2-5

Pinecrest Academy has a wealth of summer camps including sports, languages, fashion and all around fun camps.

Artistic Adventures is enrolling for their 13th Year of Summer Pottery and Art Camp Season. Located at: 1581 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, GA 30024. Phone: 404-642-6564; www.artistic-adventures.com

Camp Primrose at Primrose School of Alpharetta East – Exciting summer curriculum projects, special events and field trips keep your child’s imagination growing. Summer at Camp Primrose is filled with excitement, enthusiasm and creativity! 5425 McGinnis Village Place, Alpharetta, GA 30005. (678) 339-0107.

Cumming Dance Academy Summer Camps 419 Tribble Gap Rd. | Cumming, GA 30040, 770-781-4922; www.cummingdanceacademy.com  Dance Intensive Camps and Summer Fantasy Camp.

Sawnee School of Ballet Summer Dance Camps 433 Canton Rd. Suite #312, Cumming, GA 30040 770-887-0756; www.sawneeschoolofballet.com

N-Step Dance Academy – Brookwood Marketplace – Target Shopping Center – all day dance camps & classes, intensives and fairytale camps with early drop off and late pick up available. 770-886-6500.

Bio Gymnastics & Athletics Unlimited – 1180 Samples Industrial Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. 770-844-0246. Gymnastics, summer camps, birthday parties, tumbling, kids night out, and more!

Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts Summer Camp – Forsyth Performing Arts – 520 Industrial Way, Suite B –  Cumming, GA 30040 –  678.468.1731. Lots of fun drama bootcamps!

If you hear of any other camps, please comment and share with the community! Happy camping!

Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for November 21 – November 23, 2014

lanierxmasFrom a BBQ competition to Christmas tree farms opening, there are lots of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend. Check out our roundup and let us know if there is anything else going on!

Friday, November 21

11:15 am – Cumming Library – Read, Build, Play story time. Read, Build, Play is an interactive story time that encourages development of early literacy in preschoolers. The program is designed for children ages 2-5 accompanied by a caregiver and is approximately 45 minutes long. It includes stories, music, activites, and play time all related to a creative theme.

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

5:15 pm – Post Road Library – Katniss & Peeta Movie marathon. It’s opening night for “Mockingjay!” Want to see all THREE movies tonight?
Watch the first two movies starring Katniss, Peeta and all the other tributes on our big screen with surround sound! At the marathon, enter the drawing to win two free tickets with concessions to Mockingjay TONIGHT, then go see the late showing of  “Mockingjay” at the AMC Theater at the Collection. Pizza and themed snacks will be served. For middle and high school students only. No registration required.

7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Linkee trivia tournament. Linkee is a simple, fast and fun shout-out quiz game with a twist. You don’t win by answering the questions, but by guessing the link between the answers. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Saturday, November 22

9:00 am – dark. Bottoms Christmas Tree farm opens for season.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: DIY felt stocking. 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 – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Create with art folds. Customers are invited to transform a book into a piece of art or create an origami heart card using the ArtFolds techniques. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Please arrive early; space and supplies are limited.

11:00 am – Learn to draw like Mo Willems at Barnes & Noble. Story time and activity. Booksellers will help children learn how to draw the beloved Pigeon from Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! with instructions created by the award-winning author and illustrator. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

1:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Puppet making and holiday sing-along. Kids are invited to make a puppet and sing holiday songs with our booksellers and their newfound puppet friends. Please arrive early; space and supplies are limited. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Holiday Fluxx game night. Get introduced to this unexpected holiday card game with ever-changing rules — even the object of the game changes as often as you draw a card and say, “Go”! Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Sunday, November 23

1:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Snowmen at Night story time. Ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree branch arms have moved? Discover and experience the secret life of snowmen at night. Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Sharon Forks Library. Teen trivia! Join us for an afternoon of team trivia at the Sharon Forks Library. All questions will be general trivia and we’ll be giving away awesome prizes. This program is for teens grades 6 and up. No registration required!

ALL WEEKEND

The National BBQ Cup at the Cumming Fairgrounds – With a variety of different food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, product demonstrations, live entertainment, and a kids zone that will contain a huge variety of fun for the kids and at the heart, of course, the KCBS sanctioned bbq cook-off that will include an opportunity for you to taste championship Que!

Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA 30040

Friday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

$7.00 entry, $5 for five taste tickets.

9:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday & Sunday – Kinsey Family Farm – Christmas tree farm opens for the season!

Lanier Islands Christmas – NOVEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 31, new price $30.00 per car on weekends. 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.

Drive across the Lanier Islands bridge and into a world of lights! This year, Magical Nights of Lights has transformed into Lanier islands Christmas complete with your favorite lights, FREE skating after 5pm, our Live Nativity, lots of shopping at Bucky’s, Christmas Carnival and more!

Your Lanier Islands Christmas 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, amusement rides, 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 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, and marshmallow roasting.

 

Christmas Tree Farms in Cumming, GA

kinsey family farm christmas treesAs 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, (706) 429-3173.

HOURS OF OPERATION: Open Saturday, November 22 from 9:00 am – dark, then Thanksgiving weekend (Wed 11/26, Thurs 11/27, Fri 11/28, Sat 11/29), M-F 3:00-Dark, Sat. 9:00-Dark, CLOSED SUNDAYS.

Just announced, Santa Claus will be taking time away from the North Pole to join Bottoms Tree Farm, Saturday, November 29th and December 6th from 10AM til Noon.  Make plans to come meet Santa!

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.

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 2014 Christmas season will be in operation from Saturday, November 22nd (the weekend before Thanksgiving) until Saturday, December 20th. Due to their desire to celebrate the holidays with their own families they will not be open on Thanksgiving day or Christmas Eve.

  • M-F 12:00 until 7:00 pm
  • Sat-Sun & Black Friday 9:00 until 6:00 pm
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • We ARE open on the Wednesday before and the Friday after Thanksgiving

Monday – Friday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sat – Sun 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Address 7170 Jot-em Down Road, Gainesville, GA 30506 · Get Directions
Phone 770-887-6028
Website http://www.kinseyfamilyfarm.com

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for December 13 – December 15, 2013

Christmas-in-Vickery-VillageA chill is in the air as we approach the last weekend before Forsyth County Schools are out on winter break. There are lots of fun things going on this weekend.

Friday, December 13

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Fair – Cumming Fairgrounds. There will be a Christmas Light Show, hayrides, roasting marshmallows, and caroling on Friday evening from 7:00 PM to 9:00 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.

Saturday, December 14

9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Kinsey Family Farm – pick out a Christmas tree or wreath, enjoy roasted marshmallows and shop their market for items like Sweets by Sarah’s pumpkin rolls, salsa, jams, honey and much more!

9:00 am – dark – Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm – pick out a tree, go for a hayride, roast marshmallows, see the animals and more!

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow – The holidays are right around the corner! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build this festive Train Engine!

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Fair – Cumming Fairgrounds. 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.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time. Join us as we read the classic Frosty the Snowman. Great for all ages!

11:15 am – 12:15 pm – Tis the Season for Stories at the Post Road Library – Enjoy seasonal stories, merry songs, and a festive puppet show featuring the one, the only, Pete the Cat! Holiday fun for the whole family! No need to register to attend.

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Complimentary Carriage Rides, Story Time and Pictures with Santa at The Collection Forsyth. Kick off the holiday season with this annual tradition. Complimentary carriage rides, Santa story time and pictures with Santa! Complimentary Photos with Santa (Bring your own camera) from 2pm to 5pm. Carriage Rides – (every Saturday 1pm to 5pm) and Stories with Santa at 1pm.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – The Wonder Project is hosting the first annual Christmas in the Village on December 14, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm at Vickery Village on Post Road in Cumming. The event starts with a performance by the Vickery Creek Elementary School’s fifth-grade choir. See a Christmas market, participate in a gingerbread workshop, drink eggnog and cocoa by the fire, watch amazing performances from local talent brought by Performer’s Warehouse, enjoy a visit from Santa and much more holiday fun for all ages. The end of the event will be the lighting of the tree and a performance from a special guest.

ALL WEEKEND

Check out the local Christmas light shows in the area all weekend and weekdays too!

Still need to get your Christmas tree or a wreath? See our roundup of local Christmas Tree Farms.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for December 6 – December 8, 2013

xmasparadeIt may not feel like it outside, but the holiday celebrations have begun! There are lots of fun family events in store this weekend in Forsyth County, GA! As always, please comment and let us know if you hear of any other things to do!

Friday, December 6

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – 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.

7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – A Polar Express story time. Wear your pajamas and come aboard for a special Polar Express Storytime. We’ll have yummy snacks, giveaways and much more.

Saturday, December 7

7:30 am registration, Race at 8:30 am – The Jingle Jog 5K takes you down Mary Alice Park Road and back to Market Place Boulevard.

9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Kinsey Family Farm – pick out a Christmas tree or wreath, enjoy roasted marshmallows and shop their market for items like Sweets by Sarah’s pumpkin rolls, salsa, jams, honey and much more!

9:00 am – dark – Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm – pick out a tree, go for a hayride, roast marshmallows, see the animals and more!

10:30 am – 11:30 am – Market Place Christmas Parade. Kick back and enjoy the season with your community, family and friends to cheer on the festive floats in the Cumming Christmas Parade.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time. Join us as we read stories from Disney’s new movie, Frozen – A Sister More Like Me. Great for all ages!

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – South Forsyth High School German Christmas Market – Lots of FREE seasonal activities for children K-5. SFHS students will
guide little ones to complete various seasonal arts and crafts activities. Fun for the entire family! Music, goodies and the traditional St. Nick filling of the shoes! Sponsored by the German department of SFHS.

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Complimentary Carriage Rides, Story Time and Pictures with Santa at The Collection Forsyth. Kick off the holiday season with this annual tradition. Complimentary carriage rides, Santa story time and pictures with Santa! Complimentary Photos with Santa (Bring your own camera) from 2pm to 5pm. Carriage Rides – (every Saturday 1pm to 5pm) and Stories with Santa at 1pm.

4:30 pm – The ICE presents “Christmas at the Movies” Figure Skating Show to benefit St. Joseph’s Food Pantry on December 7, 2013. Enjoy a fun night of entertainment, starting at 4:30 pm with “Christmas at the Movies” Figure skating ice show, followed by open public skating at The ICE (7-9 pm).

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Marie’s Italian Deli, Bakery & Market – Santa visit! From  4:30-5:30 – decorate sugar cookies, have face painting and spend time with Santa! Bring the kids!!! And while you’re here… join us for dinner! Let the Season Begin!

Sunday, December 8

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Deck the Stalls is on December 8 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Save the Horses in Cumming, GA. This family friendly event includes roasting s’mores and hot dogs, stuffing stockings for the horses, cake walk, petting zoo and pony rides. Get your photo taken with a horse or buffalo and order your Christmas cards right there on the spot! Free parking & free admission!  Some activities have a small fee. Proceeds benefit the Horse Rescue Relief & Retirement Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity. Save the Horses Rescue Center, 1786 New Green Rd., Cumming, GA 30028.

ALL WEEKEND

Check out the local Christmas light shows in the area all weekend and weekdays too!

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – Happy 10th Anniversary! Celebrate their decade of flea market goodness and see what holiday treasures you can find at the market. All weekend. Hours: Friday ~ 9 – 5, Saturday ~ 9 – 6, Sunday ~ 10-5. Admission: $3.00. Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 Free. Bring your precious loved ones to visit our wonderful Santa, Sunday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Bring your camera for great pictures!

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for November 29 – December 1, 2013

santa arrival and tree lighting collection forsythThe weekend after Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season. There are lots of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend. From shopping events to Santa sightings, the holiday season has begun!

Friday, November 29

8:00 am – 12:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy Black Friday Drop & Shop from 8am-12pm! Availability is limited so save your spot soon! 770-781-0300. Makeovers, Spa Pampering, Scavenger Hunt, Make your own spa item, runway show, limo ride, snacks/drinks & more.

9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Kinsey Family Farm – pick out a Christmas tree or wreath, enjoy roasted marshmallows and shop their market for items like Sweets by Sarah’s pumpkin rolls, salsa, jams, honey and much more!

9:00 am – dark – Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm – pick out a tree, go for a hayride, roast marshmallows, see the animals and more!

Saturday, November 30

Mia’s Pizza and Eats – Small Business Saturday – All day on November 30th, buy any large pizza get a free small cheese pizza. Limit 2 per customer. dine-in or take-out only. All customers can enter our drawing to win a free pizza each month for a year, a $216 value. We’ve also joined with five other local businesses to encourage you to shop small.  Read on to find out more about the deals Creations Bakery, Good Grub Subs, Lauren Boyd Photography, MBH Yoga, and Donut Depot are offering.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop. Have fun building a small toolbox for the holidays at this special holiday Kids Workshop!

  • FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12.
  • Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.
  • Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, and a Workshop Apron.
  • One workshop kit, and apron per child, while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, and apron.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis.
  • Thank you for registering online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed.

9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Kinsey Family Farm – pick out a Christmas tree or wreath, enjoy roasted marshmallows and shop their market for items like Sweets by Sarah’s pumpkin rolls, salsa, jams, honey and much more!

9:00 am – dark – Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm – pick out a tree, go for a hayride, roast marshmallows, see the animals and more!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time. Join us as we read stories from Disney’s new movie, Frozen! Great for all ages!

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting at The Collection Forsyth. Kick off the holiday season with this annual tradition. Complimentary kids activities, music, entertainment and more!

Sunday, December 1

9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Kinsey Family Farm – pick out a Christmas tree or wreath, enjoy roasted marshmallows and shop their market for items like Sweets by Sarah’s pumpkin rolls, salsa, jams, honey and much more!

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Grinch Day at Barnes & Noble. Join us for a reading of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Sunday, December 1. Enjoy Grinch-themed activities, treats and more!

ALL WEEKEND

Blink Midwinter Christmas Lights – opens on Thanksgiving night!

NORTH GEORGIA

North Georgia Premium Outlets After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness

Fri, Nov 29 – Sun, Dec 1
Don’t miss the biggest sale of the year. Enjoy exceptional holiday savings and extended shopping hours, plus, experience Midnight Madness as stores open their doors at midnight right after Thanksgiving ends. Plan Ahead!
– Select stores open as early as 8pm on Thu, Nov 28 Thanksgiving Day. Click here to view a list of stores opening plus holiday shopping hours.
– Visit the Deal of the Day Calendar and discover exclusive holiday offers all season long.
– Check the Directions & Transportation page for additional/off-site parking during this sale event.

i Shop Lollipop Shop & Drop

Black Friday, November 29th

Time: 9am -4pm

Ages: 3-12

Price: $45 OR $8.00/hour

Shop until you drop. . . . .WITHOUT THE CHILDREN

It’s hard to compete with the incredible sales of the big guys, but we can do something they can’t do! We can provide a safe, fun-fllled, memorable day for the children while you take advantage of great sales. Our trusted staff will have activities scheduled for each age/ skill level. Lunch and snacks included. Call 706.216.2032 to make a reservation


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