By Monroe Roark
Local residents looking for
something fun to do with the family during the Christmas season have
a number of events to choose from without ever leaving Henry County.
The annual tree lightings in
Hampton and Locust Grove took place Thanksgiving night, and the
Stockbridge Holiday Festival was earlier this week.
Here is a list of, at least,
some of the remaining events, in no particular order.
Addie Boan, Henry County
resident, takes a break on the McDonough Square before the
2012 McDonough Christmas Parade. This year’s parade will be
Saturday at 6 p.m. File photo
The Henry Arts Alliance
is presenting “Christmas with the Arts” this weekend at the
Henry County Performing Arts Center. Billed as “an afternoon of
music, dance, theater and art,” the event is scheduled for
Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 each at the door. For more
The McDonough Main Street
Program and the Greater McDonough Business Association are
sponsoring a Holiday Downtown Christmas Kickoff Party this Friday
from 6-9 p.m. Visitors are invited to come celebrate the holidays at
the various venues enjoying holiday de-lights, complimentary hors
d’oeuvres and beverages along with special pricing and seasonal
promotions. The first 50 guests age 18 or older to visit the
McDonough Welcome Center will receive a gift.
The Kids Downtown Shop Around
in McDonough is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is free for
children 13 years of age and under. Special coupons and shopping
incentives are available at the McDonough Welcome Center. Register
to win a “kid-friendly” gift basket valued at more than $500.
The annual Christmas Parade
through downtown McDonough begins at 6 p.m. this Saturday. The tree
lighting celebration and Christmas concert is scheduled to start at
Santa Saturdays on the Square
are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each of the three remaining Saturdays
Information about all of the
above events in McDonough can be found at
The Locust Grove Woman’s Club
Christmas Tour of Homes is set for this Saturday. A total of nine
homes are on the self-guided tour which begins at the Woman’s
Clubhouse where guests will enjoy refreshments. Tickets are $10 and
may be purchased in advance at the French Market, Moye’s Pharmacy in
Locust Grove, Old South Ceramics, Zebra House or through Woman’s
Club members. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the event
at the Woman’s Clubhouse, located at 64 Club Drive, Locust Grove.
For more information, call Jane Lute at 770-957-2181.
The annual “Christmas in the
Grove” celebration begins at 10 a.m. this Saturday with a parade
through historic downtown Locust Grove. After the parade the bulk of
the festivities will be on Cleveland Street, where there will be
craft vendors, kids’ activities, a rock wall, inflatables, air brush
tattoos, stage entertainment, food, Santa and more. For more
information, contact Main Street Manager Mallory Rich at
The Holiday Light
Spectacular Gift of Lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway is now open. In
its third year, the drive-through attraction features more than two
million LED lights along a route that goes through the infield and,
for the first time, includes a portion of the speedway’s racing
surface. A Christmas Village will be set up at the AMS gift shop on
all Friday and Saturday nights and include the official AMS
Christmas Tree, a Christmas tree farm, photo opportunities with
Santa and hot cocoa and cider. The season includes numerous
promotional nights to offer a variety of special events for the
entire family. Visit
www.atlantamotorspeedway.com for more information.
Piedmont Henry Hospital will not be hosting a
tree-lighting event this year. According to a hospital spokesperson,
the tree that has been used for the past several years was in poor
condition and had to be removed recently, and there was not
sufficient time to replace it for the 2013 Christmas season.