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Christmas festivities planned for Saturday
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Holiday cheer and Christmas Spirit will be hitting downtown Dawsonville this Saturday as the city celebrates with its annual festivities.

According to the National Weather Service, spectators can expect sunny skies during Saturday’s Christmas events.

Santa Claus has been working up an appetite at the North Pole and will be dropping in for breakfast Saturday morning. The annual Breakfast with Santa benefit will begin 8 a.m. Dec. 2 at Rock Creek Park and will end at 11 a.m. Kids can enjoy free activities including goody bags and crafts.

Admission is free.

Families will also be available to purchase breakfast and photo packages starting at $5. All proceeds from Breakfast with Santa benefit KARE for Kids, who will be using the proceeds to provide Christmas to deserving kids in the community. 

There will also be live Christmas trees to peruse, horse-drawn carriage rides as well as many local vendors. The creators of the event ask that families bring cash only.

Later in the afternoon, downtown Dawsonville will roll out the Jingle Market at 3 p.m. where local vendors will be selling handmade and unique products. Vendors include Kat’s Kreations, Poplar Ridge Soap, Sweet Sassafras Boutique, Little Mountain Farm and many more. The market will be open until 8 p.m.

The fifth annual Dawsonville Christmas parade is set to begin at 5 p.m. Dec 2. It will run through downtown Dawsonville, turn onto Hwy 53 and end at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex. 

The annual tree lighting ceremony will take place at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame at dusk. Activities for the whole family will also take place in downtown including dancing, free pictures with Santa, hot cocoa and coffee, face painting and cookie decorating.

The Georgia Racing Hall of Fame is located at 415 Hwy. 53.

For those who miss out on Saturday’s fun, there is still Christmas fun to be had at the North Georgia Premium Outlets. 

Santa will be available every day until Christmas to meet with kids and take free photos. He is located in the Food Pavilion and will be available until 6 p.m. Dec. 24. For a full list of Santa’s daily hours, please visit the North Georgia Premium Outlets website.

Santa will be available 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 3 for photos with adults and children with special needs. The event is free, but those wishing to participate are asked to register via the Eventbrite website so that their time with Santa will be reserved.

Pet parents hoping to capture a cute Christmas card with their four legged friends can visit Santa from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 for pet photos. Participants are asked to register on the Eventbrite website so their time with Santa is reserved.

The seasonal ice rink at the North Georgia Premium Outlets will be open until 5 a.m. Jan. 5, 2018. The ice rink is from Mountain Ice, Inc.  Tickets for two hours of skate time and skate rentals are $10-$16 not including tax and fees. They can be purchased through the Eventbrite website.

For extra holiday fun just outside of Dawsonville, Celebrated Moments in Cumming will be hosting their annual holiday party where kids can party with Santa and his friends. Tickets are $12 for kids 12 and under and $15 for adults. All kids will leave with a holiday present to put under the Christmas tree. 

The party lasts 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 16. Celebrated Moments is located at 1790 Peachtree Parkway Suite 209 in Cumming. Tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite.

The Tate House is also celebrating the holiday season with Christmas tours of the marble mansion. The halls are decked with gorgeous wreaths, lights and ornate Christmas trees.

 The Christmas Open House tours are available until Dec. 21. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids 5-10 and free for kids under five. Tours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays. Tickets are sold at the door. 

For more information on Christmas at the Tate House and for pricing on their bistro lunch and dinner tours, visit tatehouse.com. The mansion is located at 61 Georgia Marble Rd, Tate.

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