Holiday merriment abounds with variety of events on tap
by Marie Nesmith
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Downtown Development Authority board members, from left, Abbey Agan, Saunders Jones and Nancy Jackson place lights on several of the small trees that will adorn the front of the stores in downtown Cartersville.
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As families eye their Thanksgiving menus, organizations across Bartow County are busy planning a variety of holiday offerings. In Cartersville, the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority's tree lighting ceremony, held in conjunction with the Cartersville-Bartow County Exchange Club Christmas Parade on Dec. 1, will help usher in a month of Yuletide cheer.

"It's a community gathering. It's a way for the community to come together during the holiday season," said Cartersville DDA Executive Director Liz Hood. "For example, Savannah Lowery, who is one of the soloists every year, we've watched her grow up and really seen her grow as a performer. Her confidence level each year just gets better and better. We've added the Tabernacle Youth Choir this year. First Baptist Church Choir will be returning again.

"It worked beautifully [last year]," she said, referring to the celebration being held on the same day as the parade. "We had more people than we've ever had at the tree lighting. And a lot of the parents really were thankful because then they didn't have to bring their little kids out two nights over a three-day period. ... It's just a great family event. It's something a lot of families look forward to each year. It feels like the start of the holiday season. And then the tree is turned on and the parade starts immediately after that. So it's just a great evening to be out in downtown Cartersville."

Located in Friendship Plaza beside the Cartersville Train Depot, the ceremony will start at 4:45 p.m. with entertainment provided by the Tabernacle Youth Choir, Cartersville School of Ballet, First Baptist Church of Cartersville's worship choir and band, Fusion Dance Group and vocalist Savannah Lowery. At 6 p.m., the 50-foot Japanese Cryptomeria's white lights will be illuminated just as the Christmas parade is starting its route through downtown Cartersville.

After lining up at the Tabernacle Baptist Church parking lot at 4 p.m., the parade participants will depart at 6 p.m., turning right on Church Street, left on Bartow Street, left on Main Street, left on Stonewall Street, left on Church Street, right on Tennessee Street and then return to Tabernacle Baptist. If the parade is rained out, it will be rescheduled for Dec. 8.

Residents can enter a non-commercial or commercial float in the parade up until Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. With entrance fees ranging from $50 to $200, proceeds from the parade will benefit 10 local charities, some of which include the Etowah Scholarship Foundation, Advocates for Children and Bartow Christmas Coalition. The beneficiaries also will receive funds collected in the parade's bucket brigade, manned by members of the Exchange Club.

"I know times are tough but the parade is actually a fundraiser that the Exchange Club puts on," said Kevin Karel, parade chairman for the Cartersville-Bartow County Exchange Club. "We do it and we enjoy that people are gathering to get excited about the holiday season, but at the same time, if you can find it in your heart to donate $1, $2, $3, what have you, to the bucket brigade at the front of the parade when we're walking through, that money goes a long way in helping charities and people that really need some help this Christmas season."

For more information about the parade, call 678-719-2306 or visit

While the pair of Dec. 1 offerings are expecting to draw a host of people to downtown Cartersville, many events are on tap throughout Bartow. Area theaters and city governments have a variety of programs scheduled, ranging from ballets and plays to Christmas tree lighting ceremonies and visits with Santa Claus. Some of the additional events include:

Euharlee Festival of Trees Parade

* When: Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m.; rain date will be Dec. 10

* Where: After lining up at Woodland Middle School at 4:30 p.m., the procession will depart at 5:30 p.m. and end at the Euharlee Covered Bridge for the beginning of the Euharlee Festival of Trees.

* Cost: Free

* Information: Marshall Aiken at 770-382-6067 or

Euharlee Festival of Trees

* When: Individuals will be able to place silent bids on their favorite donated trees from Nov. 26 through Dec. 10 -- Sunday to Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Santa will be available for visits each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.

* Where: Granary, 114 Covered Bridge Road in Euharlee

* Cost: Free admission, donations accepted

* Information: 770-547-7747 or Euharlee Festival of Trees on Facebook

Emerson Tree Lighting

* When: Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

* Where: Emerson City Hall, 700 Highway 293

* Cost: Free

* Information: 770-382-9819

Christmas Tree Lighting in White

* When: Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

* Where: White City Hall, 29 W. Rocky St.

* Cost: Free

* Information: 770-382-5466

"The Nutcracker"

* When: Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

* Where: The Grand Theatre, 7 N. Wall St. in Cartersville

* Cost: $16 for adults and $14 for students 18 and younger

* Information: 770-386-7343,

"The Miracle Worker"

* When: Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7 p.m.

* Where: The 1902 Stock Exchange, 124 Public Square in Adairsville

* Cost: $42.50 plus tax for dinner and show that also will feature a 20-voice choir

* Information: 770-773-1902

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

* When: Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.

* Where: The Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St. in Cartersville

* Cost: $12 for general admission, $10 for Pumphouse Players members and pre-paid groups of 10 or greater

* Information: 770-387-2610,

Christmas in Adairsville

* When: On Dec. 3, the event will begin at 5 p.m. with area singers and the parade will start at 6. Following the parade, there will be a tree lighting ceremony and pictures with Santa will be available in the depot.

* Where: Adairsville's historic Public Square

* Cost: Free to attend; parade entry fees range from $15 to $25

* Information: Linda Bass, 770-773-3281

Visit with Santa

* When: Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; activities will include photographs by Tonsmeire Studio, Christmas crafts and treats.

* Where: Bartow History Museum, 4 E. Church St. in Cartersville

* Cost: Photo package fees span from $25 to $50

* Information: Individuals need to reserve a time slot prior to the event by calling Charity Chastain at 770-382-3818 ext. 6288 or emailing

Christmas at the Cabin

* When: Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Where: At Red Top Mountain State Park's Vaughan cabin, musicians and demonstrators will provide patrons insight into what the holidays were like in the 1800s. Children also will be able to visit with Santa Claus.

* Cost: $5 parking pass

* Information: 770-975-0055

Christmas Tour of Homes -- Cartersville

* When: Dec. 3 and 4 from 1 to 6 p.m.

* Where: Sponsored by the AIDS Alliance of Northwest Georgia, the tour will highlight 13 residences, traditional homes and lofts, in Cartersville.

* Cost: Tickets, costing $20, can be purchased during tour hours at the Train Depot in downtown Cartersville, 1 Friendship Plaza, and at each individual home -- cash or check only -- or in advance at the following Cartersville locations: Moore's Gourmet Market, 227 Fite St.; Periwinkle, 22 E. Church St.; AIDS Alliance, 1 Friendship Plaza, 3rd Floor; and Mission Tire, 121 S. Gilmer St.

* Information: 770-606-0953

Christmas in Euharlee: A Tour of Historic Homes

* When: Dec. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.

* Where: Sponsored by the Euharlee Historical Society, the tour features four homes and two historic sites in Euharlee.

* Cost: Tickets, costing $10, can be purchased Dec. 4 at the Commissary, 112 Covered Bridge Road, and in advance at the Euharlee History Museum, 118 Covered Bridge Road, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Information: 770-607-2017

Christmas on the Hill

* When: Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.

* Where: Program involving more than 10 churches will be held at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 147 Jones St. in Cartersville.

* Cost: No admission fee; public encouraged to bring a financial donation or a wrapped Christmas present.

* Information: 770-386-7425

The Atlanta Pops Orchestra Holiday Concert

* When: Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

* Where: The Grand Theatre

* Cost: $25 for orchestra level and $20 for balcony level

* Information: 770-386-7343,

Breakfast with Cowboy Santa

* When: Dec. 10 from 9 to 11 a.m.

* Where: Booth Western Art Museum's Ballroom, 501 Museum Drive in Cartersville

* Cost: Tickets -- $10 for youth 12 and younger, $15 for Booth members and $25 for non-members -- need to be purchased in advance.

* Information: 770-387-1300 or

Steps of Faith's "The Nativity"

* When: Dec. 17 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.

* Where: The Grand Theatre

* Cost: $13 in advance and $15 at the door

* Information: 770-386-7343