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Dawson does Christmas this Saturday
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Charlie Speaks, 4, and Olivia Speaks, 8, were all smiles when meeting Santa Claus at the 2017 Breakfast with Santa event at Rock Creek Park. - photo by Jessica Taylor

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas - and more so after Saturday.

Dawson County will ring in the Christmas season this weekend with activities all day long for children and adults alike.

From 8 to 11 a.m., Santa will be at Rock Creek Park at the annual Breakfast with Santa event. It includes festivities for the whole family and many free activities for kids.

Coloring, goody bags, freebies, candies, toys and prizes along with an inflatable bouncy house will be part of the fun.

Vendors and businesses will be set up to greet children and provide free crafts and activities as well as sell merchandise.

The Dawson County News will be providing an ornament making station for all children to enjoy.

Among the things available for purchase will be Santa photo packages, wreaths, live Christmas trees from Bradley’s Farm, horse-drawn carriage rides and breakfast provided by Chick-fil-A.

Organizers ask for cash only.

Proceeds from Breakfast with Santa benefit K.A.R.E. for Kids, a local nonprofit organization that provides Christmas to underprivileged children in the community as well as provides other assistance throughout the year.

Admission to Breakfast with Santa is free.

Rock Creek Park is at 445 Martin Road in Dawsonville.

Later in the afternoon, festivities in downtown Dawsonville will be kicking off with the annual parade, Jingle Market and tree lighting.

The Jingle Market at city hall will open at 3 p.m. Dec. 1. Vendors at the market will be inside and outside the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame until 8 p.m. Home décor, arts, crafts and gifts at the Jingle Market will help visitors get a head start on their holiday shopping.

The sixth annual Dawsonville’s Christmas Parade will start at 5 p.m. with colorful and festive floats created by local organizations, churches and businesses.

The parade will run through downtown Dawsonville, starting at Academy Avenue, turning onto Hwy. 53 and ending at Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

The city of Dawsonville will also be hosting the last food truck night of 2018 Saturday night from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Food truck vendors, inflatables, face painting, balloon animals and corn hole will be among the festivities.

After watching the parade, scoring some delicious food from food truck vendors and shopping for holiday gifts, be sure not to miss the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.

Immediately following the parade, spectators will gather around the Christmas tree in front of city hall to give out the parade awards in various categories from best float to biggest group.

Once the sun is down and everyone is gathered around, the countdown for the annual tree lighting will begin and officially ring in the Christmas season.