Santa is Coming To Downtown Duluth: Annual Tree Lighting Dec. 5 + Cookies & Cocoa Dec. 19

Acookies-and-cocoa-with-santa-duluth-ga merry Holiday Season is upcoming in Duluth with festivities for young or old!   The Downtown Duluth Annual Tree Lighting, Cookies & Cocoa with Santa, and several scheduled visits by Saint Nick himself, will transform the city into a festive celebration of lights, music, food, shopping, and joy!

After enjoying a Thanksgiving feast, Duluth merchants will welcome holiday shoppers as the Christmas Season begins!   Duluth retailers ranging from clothing stores, home goods, car dealerships, electronics experts, home improvement specialists, sporting goods, to an abundance of restaurants, bakeries, movie theaters, and other entertainment, all await your visit, to shop, dine and enjoy the season, while staying close to home!

Duluth offers everything you might need for filling Christmas lists and Hanukkah wishes without the hassles of Atlanta crowds, driving for miles, or mall traffic gridlock!

Visit the convenient Duluth merchants for all of your Black Friday and other holiday shopping needs!  Supporting Duluth retailers helps our local economy, and alleviates the headaches of big mall crowds!  Remember, “Shop Small Saturday,” is November 28th, so come shopping in Duluth and enjoy our unique selection of retailers!

Other holiday activities include the Duluth Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Saturday, December 5th, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., which marks the official unveiling of the festively decorated Duluth Town Green!  Families, friends, pets and everyone else are all welcome to this 37th year celebratory event!  Downtown Duluth merchants will be open during this special evening, so come for the Tree Lighting and stay for the shopping!

Starting at 5:00 p.m., December 5th, Duluth City Council members will welcome visitors at City Hall to answer questions or just wish constituents a wonderful holiday season!  Come meet our city officials until 6:00 p.m., and tell them why Duluth is such a special place to live, work, and play!

Musical guests, food trucks, crafts for children, and both the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots will be collecting holiday donations, to make the Duluth Annual Tree Lighting a memorable, festive evening!  Bring an unwrapped toy and you might win tickets for an upcoming Georgia Swarm Lacrosse Game!

Santa will make his grand entrance via the Duluth Express to meet with all boys and girls on the Festival Center Stage after the tree lighting!  So start making your list now of Christmas morning wishes!  Tell Santa if you have been naughty or nice this year…hopefully NICE, to receive all of the gifts your heart desires!

The 2015 Holiday Season continues with Cookies & Cocoa with Santa, Saturday, December 19th from 10:00 a.m. until noon! Santa will make a return trip to Downtown Duluth and visit the historic Red Clay Music Foundry stage, for individual photos with Santa, and to listen to every Christmas wish from boys and girls of all ages!   No one is too young or too old to visit with Santa!

Photos taken during Cookies & Cocoa with Santa will be available on the Duluth Facebook Page a few days before Christmas to share with family and friends!

Delicious holiday cookies will be given to visitors who await their visit with Santa, thanks 12 Stone Church!  Soft drinks and other beverages will be available for purchase at the Red Clay Music Foundry refreshment area or hot cocoa for $2.00 a cup will be provided by Espresso Theory.

Last minute Letters to the North Pole can be composed and mailed right there while waiting to meet Santa!  A special North Pole Mailbox will rush all of those cards and letters back to Santa’s hardworking Elves!

A few of Santa’s Elves will accompany him to Cookies & Cocoa with Santa, and help all visitors to have a jolly good time! Each child will receive a festive ornament with the symbolizing the “The Legend of Milk and Cookies” while awaiting their photo with Santa!

Come to Duluth for a memorable 2015 Holiday Season!  Avoid the hassles of Atlanta by shopping, dining, and enjoying everything Duluth has to offer during this most special time of year!

Why go anywhere else since there are so many things to do in Duluth GA? Everything needed for a seasonal celebration of lights, cheer, shopping, food, fun, and the opportunity to meet Santa, all will await in Downtown Duluth!


The Christmas Season Begins in Downtown Duluth on Saturday, December 5th, with the 37th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

tree-lighting-things-to-do-in-duluth-ga“Santa is coming!  Santa is coming!”  All good little boys and girls, as well as adults, will want to visit the Duluth Town Green on Saturday, December 5th, for the annual Tree Lighting festivities, signifying the start of the upcoming holiday season. This 37th annual celebration of seasonal sights, scents, sounds, and Santa will occur from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Downtown Duluth.

A variety of activities abound for those young and old on December 5th including the lighting of the Duluth Town Green tree and the arrival of Santa aboard the Duluth Express!  

Food, drinks, crafts, and music for kids and adults alike will fill Downtown Duluth with the holiday excitement and enjoyment of this most joyous time of year.

Before Santa’s arrival, music will fill the air and captivate everyone with the spirit of Christmas. The Chattahoochee Elementary School Choir will sing holiday favorites and a performance by local vocalist, Emily Vance, will include her new single “Christmas Stays the Same” and a rendition of “Oh Holy Night.” Bands from both Freedom Church and 12 Stone Church are also  scheduled to perform for the crowd.

The evening will begin as Duluth City Council members gather at City Hall to meet the public from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. These Duluth officials will answer questions from constituents or just introduce themselves to anyone interested in talking to our city’s leaders.

A big white tent on the Duluth Town Green will offer free ornament-making for kids who want to design their own holiday ornaments. This is a great opportunity to commemorate Christmas 2015 with a lifelong keepsake.

After the unveiling of the beautiful lights adorning the Duluth Town Green tree, the evening concludes with an entrance by the jolly man himself, SANTA!   Riding the Duluth Express, Santa will be visiting the Festival Center Stage for photos and to hear what good boys and girls might want for Christmas. So start making your lists now.

Food options will be abundant for those hungry Tree Lighting participants. BBQ enthusiasts will savor the offerings from local favorite ANGELFIRE7 BBQ, while Bucket O’ Shrimp will provide “great eats” to seafood lovers. Simply Done will offer fresh made to order Hot donuts. Espresso Theory will have an assortment of seasonal drinks, both hot and cold, to warm chilly hands or to cool off, in case the evening is unseasonably warm.

A Toys for Tots donation site will be available to collect new, unwrapped gifts. Everyone bringing a Toys for Tots item, will receive a raffle ticket to win tickets for an upcoming Georgia Swarm Lacrosse match.

The Salvation Army will be represented in order to take monetary contributions for their annual holiday “Red Kettle” fund. This seasonal campaign offers help to thousands of Georgians throughout the year when disaster strikes and impacts the lives of our families, friends, neighbors and other local citizens.

Start your 2015 holiday season in Downtown Duluth with the 37th Annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 5th, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Enjoying the wonders of Christmas is one of the best things to do in Duluth GA. Watch in awe the lighting of our town’s “Great Tree.” Meet Santa. Eat some delicious food.  Craft a Christmas ornament. Talk with Duluth City Council Members. Hear festive live music and make a Toys for Tots or Salvation Army donation, all occurring on Saturday, December 5th, from 5:00 -8:00 p.m., on the beautiful Duluth Town Green and Festival Center Stage!