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!


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.

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 in Cumming, GA for December 7 – December 9, 2012

Festive holiday events are in full swing in Forsyth County, GA this weekend! What do you have planned? If you know of any other fun things to do this weekend, please comment and share!

Friday, December 7

4:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Show at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy’s Girl’s Night Out at The Avenue Forsyth. Activities include: Spa Pampering, Winter Makeovers, Rudolph Craft, Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows, Group Photo, Runway Show, Dancing and a LIMO RIDE!! Only $25 per girl! Come in your favorite PJs. For reservations, call 770-781-0300.

7:00 pm – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth special event – Polar Express storytime. Join us for a heart-warming holiday tradition, our Polar Express Storytime, on Friday, December 7 at 7:00 pm. The evening will include holiday treats and activities.

Saturday, December 8

8:00 am – 11:00 am – Breakfast with Santa. Santa Claus is coming to the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center and Forsyth County Senior Services invites families to welcome him.

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow clinic. Build a gingerbread house for the holidays!

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Show at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth storytime – Mousetranaut. Join us for a fun Storytime as we read Mark Kelly’s Mousetranaut. Bring a friend; it is sure to be a fun time.

11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas on the Farm at Warbington Farms. Live music, vendors, and regular weekend activities such as hayrides, petting zoo, and pony rides. Festival will be from 11-5, Santa will be there from 12-4. Warbington Farms, 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, Georgia 30041.

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – A Native Nativity “Cherokee Christmas” with Save the Horses. Native Stories, Flute, Crafts, Native Dance, Drumming, Singing, Face Painting, Horses, “Thunder” – The Red Nosed Buffalo, Visit the Magic Manger and meet a menagerie of animals up close and personal. 1768 Newt Green Rd, Cumming, GA.

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


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

Breakfast with Santa in Forsyth County, GA on Saturday, December 8, 2012

Forsyth County Senior Services Hosting Breakfast with Santa.

Admission includes photo with Santa Claus and pancake breakfast .

Santa Claus is coming to the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center and Forsyth County Senior Services invites families to welcome him. Senior Services will host a Breakfast with Santa event to help celebrate the Christmas season on Saturday, December 8 from 8 to 11 a.m.

The $10 per-person admission price will include a photo with Santa and an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Free admission will be granted to children ages two and younger.   The Breakfast with Santa event is a fundraiser to support Forsyth County Senior Services’ programs, including the Meals on Wheels program.

“We are very excited to welcome Santa to Senior Services’ first Christmas breakfast event,” said Senior Services Director Michael Bohn. “It will be a great time for families to enjoy breakfast together, visit with Santa and celebrate the holiday season, all while supporting the many worthwhile programs provided by Senior Services.”

Families will be entertained with Christmas music throughout the event. After meeting with Santa and enjoying pancakes, children will also have the opportunity to visit Santa’s $1 Gift Shop where customized Christmas ornaments will be available for $1.

The $10 per-person admission can be paid at the door (no advance tickets will be sold). Sexton Hall Enrichment Center is located at 2115 Chloe Road, just off of Sharon Road between Peachtree Parkway and Old Atlanta Road.

For more information, call Forsyth County Senior Services at 770.781.2178.

Christmas Bazaar and Breakfast with Santa at CFUMC on November 3, 2012

Christmas Bazaar at CFUMC in Cumming, GAJoin Cumming First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 3, 2012 for our annual Christmas Bazaar. Doors are open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Join us for breakfast and lunch at the Mountainside Cafe while you come shop early for Christmas. Enjoy our beautiful handmade crafts, gifts, and decorations, a special children’s shop (no adult allowed), select from hundreds of baked goods, and more!

Also, join CFUMC for Breakfast with Santa on November 3, 2012. Space is limited and reservations are required. Reservation seating is for 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. $10 per child includes Rudolph’s Craft Corner. Your paid reservation holds your spot.  Space is limited.  Contact the Children’s Ministry Office today to reserve space.  Call 770.887.2900!

Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Hwy, Cumming, GA  30040.

Breakfast with Santa Benefit on Saturday, December 18 at Cumming Kiwanis Club.

Two things dear to my heart are children and animals. Have breakfast with Santa and support a great local cause. Brecht Stables & Dustin’s Place is a local therapeutic riding facility for children with special needs.

Come out to the Cumming Kiwanis Club on Pilgrim Mill Road on Saturday, December 18th from 10 – 12 and support this wonderful organization.

The cost is $10 for pictures with Santa and a delicious breakfast. For more information, visit the web site.

Proceeds go towards the therapy program and general upkeep of the horses.


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