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Breakfast with Santa, Jingle Market and Christmas Parade set for Dec. 4
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The Christmas tree in front of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame was lit Dec. 2 and signaled the beginning of the Christmas season in Dawsonville. - photo by Jessica Taylor

This December, Dawson County will officially kick off the Christmas season with a Breakfast with Santa, Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting and Jingle Market on Saturday, Dec. 4. 

The day will start with the annual Breakfast with Santa event at Rock Creek Park. The breakfast event will include Santa visit, free children’s activities and vendors and will run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Dec. 4. 

Admission to Breakfast with Santa is free, and it includes free activities for children including goodie bags and toys, ornament making and crafts. 

There will also be several items available for purchase, including breakfast starting at $2, photos starting at $5 and horse-drawn carriage rides starting at $5. There will also be several local vendors with wares available to buy. Purchases are requested to be cash only, and proceeds will benefit local nonprofit organization K.A.R.E. for Kids. 

For more information about Breakfast with Santa, go to

Later in the day, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Jingle Market will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dawsonville City Hall. The jingle market will include dozens of vendors selling one-of-a-kind home decor, arts and crafts, gifts and more. 

According to the Chamber of Commerce website, the current vendors signed up to participate in the Jingle Market include:  

  • A Little Dazzle Do Ya

  • Aiya Bows and Creations

  • Ayk Jewelry Inc/JewelrybySelin

  • Carousel Crafts Studio

  • Color Street

  • Elemental Rocks and Herbs

  • Em’s Soaps and Scrubs

  • Everly Brook Marketplace

  • Kandie’s Korn

  • Leather Creations 

  • Mary and Martha

  • Mary Kay - Michele Stewart

  • Medical Plaza 400 

  • Modern Woodmen of America - Alexandria Williams 

  • Paparazzi - Bea’s Bling 

  • Piper’s Place

  • Pratt and Co. Bakery 

  • Radiant Travel - Dream Vacations 

  • Cubera and Company

  • Rock Wit Me LLC

  • Salt MedSpa of Dawsonville LLC

  • Scentsy 

  • Show-Me Charms 

  • Sweet Sassafras Boutique 

  • Sweet Sensations 

  • Ten Point Boutique

  • Troncalli Automotive Group

  • Chattahoochee Candles 

  • Broad Essentials 

  • Aussome Design 

  • The Place of Dawson 

  • Paw Paw’s Rusty Nail 

  • Serendipity Dawsonville 

  • The Pier Center for Life Enrichment 

  • Cindy’s Cafe and Corks 

For more information on the Jingle Market, go to

At 4 p.m. on Dec. 4, the annual Christmas parade will run through downtown Dawsonville, ending at the Municipal Complex. There will be a “You Snap” Santa photo opportunity from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion, and food trucks will have food for purchase at the pavilion from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

The annual tree lighting ceremony will be at City Hall at 6 p.m. Other fun family activities will begin after the parade and will include music, dancing, cookie decorating, face painting, hot cocoa and coffee. 

For more information on the city’s parade and tree lighting ceremony, go to