Even with his sleigh and reindeer, Santa would have a hard time making the rounds to all the Christmas events taking place in Cherokee County this week.

There are parades, concerts, a live Nativity and the annual Holiday Lights of Hope among the many choices.

Good luck deciding which of the following to attend:

♦The popular “Return to Bethlehem” Christmas program at New Victoria Baptist Church in Woodstock is from 6-9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, visitors will enter a re-creation of the town during the time of the birth of Christ. “Return to Bethlehem,” is open to the public and admission is free. New Victoria Baptist is located at 6659 Bells Ferry Road, across from Hobgood Park. Visitors have the opportunity to witness the live Nativity, pet the live animals in the city and sample the breads and sweets there.

♦Holly Springs is having its annual Christmas parade at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The parade marches down Holly Springs Parkway from its intersection with Mountain Brook Drive to the Historic Train Depot. After the parade, people are invited to the Historic Train Depot for free pictures with Santa and free cupcakes and hot chocolate from Smallcakes Truckcakery!

♦Reinhardt University holds its annual Christmas concerts featuring the Concert Choir, the University Chorale, and the University Wind Ensemble. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 7-8 at the Falany Performing Arts Center, 7300 Reinhardt College Pkwy. in Waleska.

♦ Holiday Lights of Hope is a large walk-through Christmas light display open nightly at 6 p.m., weather permitting, Dec. 5-23 at Hobgood Park, 6688 Bells Ferry Road near Woodstock. The event benefits the Anna Crawford Children’s Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children ages 14 and under.

♦ Downtown Canton is hosting Christmas in Canton on Dec. 6 from 6-9 p.m. at 130 E. Main St, Canton. The shops will be open extended hours to assist with Christmas shopping.

♦The Annual March of the Toys Parade for Toys for Tots will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in Ball Ground. Attendees to the parade are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots campaign.

♦ Waleska is holding its annual Christmas tree lighting with a visit from Santa 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Northside Pharmacy, 6824 Reinhardt College Parkway in Waleska. The event is free to attend.

♦ Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services will be holding its Stuff a Squad event from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Attendees are asked to bring a donation for Goshen Valley Boys Ranch Christmas.

♦ Woodstock is hosting the Christmas Jubilee Parade of Lights at on Dec. 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The parade starts at Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Road. It travels down Main Street to Sam’s Club at Highway 92.

♦ “Greetings!” will play at the Canton Theatre from Dec. 6 to Dec. 15 at 171 E. Main St. in Canton. Prices are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors (ages 60 and up), students and military.

♦ Elm Street Cultural Arts Village presents “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 13- 24, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m, Sundays at 2:30 p.m, Monday at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday (Christmas Eve) at 2:30 p.m. Performances are in the City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main St. in Woodstock. Tickets are $13.50 in advance and $18 at the door, with a $1.50 fee for phone and internet orders. There is a sneak peek of songs and dances 3:30 Dec. 7, and a preview performance 7:30 Dec. 12, free with a canned food donation to Papa’s Pantry.

♦ Santa visits downtown Canton on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your camera and have your picture with Santa.

♦ Revival South is hosting Back to the 80’s New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at 261 Marietta Road, Canton. Ticket price ranges from $20 to $25.

Managing Editor

Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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