Bah-Humbug? 10 Ways to Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Gwinnett!

Do you need help getting into the jingle bells, deck the halls, fa-la-la mood? Here are 10 Christmas-y things to do that will have you sipping egg nog and tossing tinsel faster than you can sing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!

-Ice skating: What’s more reminiscent of Christmas than ice skating? The City of Sugar Hill has added an outdoor ice rink this year for your enjoyment. Don’t want to brave the outdoors? Try the IceForum in Duluth. The IceForum offers indoor ice skating year-round.

Sugar Hill Ice Rink. Photo Credit: Gwinnett Daily Post

Sugar Hill Ice Rink.
Photo Credit: Gwinnett Daily Post

-See St. Nick: Visit jolly old St. Nicholas at Mall of Georgia, Sugarloaf Mills. The Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville is offering pics with Santa for only $5! Mall of Georgia is even hosting Pet Night with Santa! Get up close and personal with Santa at Sugarloaf Mills Cookies with Santa event on December 6th or every Wednesday your little ones will enjoy Storytime with Santa at Gwinnett Place Mall at 11am or at Barnes and Noble at The Forum. If your kiddies love trains then visit the Southeastern Railway Museum for a Day with SantaFree Santa photos are available on Saturdays at The Forum in Peachtree Corners.

-Jolly Holly Days Celebration: Suwanee promises plenty of hot cocoa, lights and pop-locking from Santa at their inaugural Jolly Holly-Days Celebration this Friday at 6:30pm!

Oh Christmas Tree!: Are gigantic Christmas trees your thing? In that case, visit the enormous, yet beautifully decorated Christmas Tree at Mall of Georgia, the state’s largest mall, the Lawrenceville Square is also home to a humongous tree. Also, try Lilburn, BufordDuluth’s Tree Lighting takes place this Saturday, December 6th.

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-Snow Mountain: Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park has all the makings of a good time. Manufactured snow + tubes. Need I say more?

Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park. Photo Courtesy of Stone Mountain Park

Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park. Photo Courtesy of Stone Mountain Park

-Celebrate with the Arts: Visit Aurora Theatre for Christmas productions for children and adults. The traditionalist in you will enjoy The Nutcracker performed by Gwinnett Ballet or Sugarloaf Ballet. New London Theatre and Lionheart Theatre are producing Christmas stageplays this season. Or if music is your thing then you’ll enjoy Georgia Country Christmas at Wild Bill’s, Glory Crampton’s White ChristmasThe Trans-Siberian Orchestra or Advent: A Musical Celebration of Christmas at Eddie Owen Presents.

-Candlelight Tour: Enjoy a candlelit tour of the 1930s McDaniel Farmhouse in Duluth. You even get hot cider AND a craft project.

Norcross Christmas Tour of Homes. Photo Credit: City of Norcross

Norcross Christmas Tour of Homes. Photo Credit: City of Norcross

-Start at Home: Well… start at someone else’s home. Buy a ticket for the Norcross Tour of Homes. Ride the shuttle, then stop and tour 6 historic homes in downtown Norcross. Enjoy festive decor and end at the Cotton Gin with live music. Duluth Fine Arts League will host the Artists in the Homes Tour this year. Visit 4 beautifully decorated homes and visit with artists inside each home. Duluth is also home to the Enchanted Christmas Idea House. Discover new local places to shop for festive home decor.

-Jeff Foxworthy: The Let’s Light the Night Christmas Festival will have a live Nativity, ferris wheel, storytime, train, food and crafts. And let’s not forget JEFF FOXWORTHY! The event is December 6th at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross.

Carriage Rides in Norcross. Photo Credit City of Norcross.

Carriage Rides in Norcross. Photo Credit City of Norcross.

-One Horse Open Sleigh: Free carriage rides every Saturday at The Forum in Peachtree Corners!

BONUS: Your kids will promise to stay on Santa’s nice list all year once you tell them about the much-buzzed-about Polar Express Experience at Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth. Families will enjoy the Polar Express movie from an authentic train car and there are plenty of surprises throughout the movie! Ticket price includes the movie, hot chocolate and a gift! This event sells out every year so purchase tickets early!

 

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