Editor's Note: This story has been updated since its original posting on Monday, Nov. 11.

Below is a list of holiday events happening in Cobb County.

To submit items to this list and for the calendars in the print edition, email press releases in the below format to the Lifestyle Department at lifestyle@mdjonline.com.


Six Flags Over Georgia's Holiday in the Park

WHAT: The theme park will be lit up with more than one million LED lights and dozens of Christmas trees. The holiday classic will include festive shows, culinary treats, the park's most popular rides and Santa Claus. Guests can take a magical ride on the North Pole Express through the snowy and beautiful scenery on a journey to the North Pole where Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting to see you. Just be sure check for your name on the nice list before you step on board. The Riverview Carousel was originally built in Chicago in 1908. Today it sits as an iconic centerpiece at Six Flags Over Georgia. The carousel will be decorated with nearly 94,000 lights, 1,350 feet of garland, 1,200 ornaments and more than 200 luminary candles. In addition to the rides, there will a Main Street Christmas, Peppermint Plaza, Retro Christmas USA, a Georgia Christmas, Mistletoe Mansion and S'Mores Village.

WHEN: Now through Jan. 5

WHERE: Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell


Merry Marietta Window Walk

WHAT: Join in the merriment with the annual Merry Marietta Window Walk, a friendly holiday storefront display competition between the Square’s merchants. Vote for one's favorite among more than two dozen participating merchants as they showcase their holiday cheer and be entered to win a Square merchant gift card. Vote at www.merrymarietta.com or on Instagram or Facebook @merry.marietta.

WHEN: Now through Dec. 20

WHERE: Marietta Square


Lights of Life

WHAT: Life University introduced the Lights of LIfe in 1989, as a gift to the local community. It has since grown to be one of the most popular light shows in the Southeast, attracting nearly a half million spectators. Cars, vans and buses can cruise through the campus on a 1.5-mile drive. The event also features photos with Santa, pony rides, trains, a petting zoo and a concession stand.

WHEN: Now through Dec. 31

WHERE: Life University, 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta


Mable House Art Center - 12 Days of Christmas

WHAT: The Mable House Art Center will have 12 days of Christmas shopping and entertainment. The schedule is - The Holiday Artisan Market will be now through Dec. 15. Hours are Mondays-Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The silent auction, presented by the Friends of The Mable House, will be now through Dec. 15. Hours are Mondays-Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The double feature movie night will be Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. The movies will be announced later. Mable's Tea Room, sponsored by the Friends of The Mable House, will be now through Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. The Princess Party and Sing-A-Long will be Dec. 14 at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Participants must be pre-registered. Cost is $10 per person. The Merry Marketplace and live music will Dec. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.

WHERE: The Mable House Art Center, 5239 Floyd Road in Mableton


Frosty! A Very Merry Musical!

WHAT: It is Dec. 23 and Paddy Moran, a homeless man living in Central Park, befriends an orphan named, Billy. The child has come to New York in order to keep a promise made to his mother - to build the best snowman ever. Before they go to sleep that night, Paddy reveals to Billy that his hat is an heirloom worth a small fortune. A magic spell has been placed on the hat and every 50 years on Christmas Eve, the owner of the hat is granted a "bit o' magic and a wish." Billy builds a snowman and places the hat on its head, christening his new friend - "Frosty." Magically, Frosty comes to life and leads Billy on an adventure through the streets of New York.

WHEN: Now through Dec. 29

WHERE: Marietta's New Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Avenue NW, Marietta

COST: $35 general, $30 seniors/military and $22.50 children under age 12


Santa's Magical Moments

WHAT: Santa's Magical Moments is back. Experience a magical half-hour with Santa at his house on Marietta Square. Guests can have milk and cookies, read Christmas stories, play games and walk away with pictures to remember your magical night.

WHEN: Dec. 10 and 16-17

WHERE: Marietta Square


Brett Eldredge: GLOW Live

WHAT: Brett Eldredge returns with GLOW Live, a night of holiday hits.

WHEN: Dec. 10, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre, 800 Battery Avenue in the Cumberland area


Marietta Pops Orchestra holiday concerts

WHAT: The Marietta Pops Orchestra will have two holiday concerts for their 10th anniversary year. The family-friendly concerts are less than two hours long and include a brief intermission. The musicians perform about 20 titles. There will also be sing-alongs of favorite holiday songs and a vocal ensemble for a couple of the pieces.

WHEN/WHERE: Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Cobb Civic Center's Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta.

COST: $10 students, $20 adults.


Black Nativity

WHAT: Black Nativity is an African-American telling of the Nativity story, written by acclaimed African-American poet and playwright Langston Hughes and adapted by Robert John Connor. This one act musical opens in a modern day African-American church on Christmas day, filled with testifying deacons, sanctified ladies and down-home preaching.

WHEN: Dec. 13, 8 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Dec. 15, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Cumberland area, 30339

COST: $36 - $66

INFO: 770-916-2800 or www.cobbenergycentre.com


A Christmas Tradition

WHAT: A Christmas Tradition will return to The Strand stage for the 6th year of sharing the holiday spirit through song and dance. This hometown favorite holiday revue features costumed singers and dancers performing both traditional and funky Christmas favorites.

WHEN: Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 20-22

WHERE: Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square NE, Marietta


St. Andrew United Methodist Church Nativity Display

WHAT: St. Andrew United Methodist Faithful Followers Senior Group is sponsoring a Nativity Display with nativities of all shapes and sizes celebrating the birth of Jesus.

WHEN: Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 3455 Canton Road, Marietta

COST: Free. Donations will be welcomed for Cobb Senior Services.

INFO: 770-926-3488 or www.thepumpkinchurch.org


Michelle Malone and the Hot Toddies

WHAT: The Hunt House will have Michelle Malone and the Hot Toddies with Paris Luna to open. The event is the group's holiday CD release party.

WHEN: Dec. 13, 5 to 11 p.m.

WHERE: The Hunt House, 1127 White Circle NW in Marietta

COST: $25


Breakfast with Santa

WHAT: The Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club will host an "all-you-care-to-eat" Breakfast with Santa.

WHEN: Dec. 14, 8 and 10 a.m.

WHERE: Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw

COST: Tickets $6 per person


Christmas Royal Tea and Grand Yuletide Ball

WHAT: Holiday royals Princess Joy and Prince Goodtidings invite all children to join them for a very special Christmas tea party at The Strand. Guests will enjoy tea, juice and snacks with the Prince and Princess before retiring to the Grand Hall for an excerpt of “The Nutcracker” performed by the sugarplum dancers and a story read by Sir Randall of Symphony of Toys. The event will conclude with a dance party and photos with the Prince and Princess at the Grand Yuletide Ball. Children are encouraged to dress up for the special occasion. Tickets include a gift bag of goodies from Symphony of Toys for children. Festivities will last approximately an hour and a half.

WHEN: Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 21-23

WHERE: Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square NE, Marietta

COST: $20 children and adults


31st annual Music of the Season Concert

WHAT: The Tara Winds Community Band will have the 31st annual Music of the Season Concert. The concert, conducted by Dr. Andrea Derenzis Strauss, Steve Giove and Stan Kramer, will feature the Starr's Mill High School Chanticleer, Dr. John L. Odom & TW Machine. Special guest soloists are Amber Greer and Matthew McCord.

WHEN: Dec. 14, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Kennesaw State University Bailey Performance Center, 488 Prillaman Way in Kennesaw


19th annual Sleighbells on the Square 5K, 1K and Tot Trot

WHAT:The 19th annual Sleighbells on the Square 5K, 1K and Tot Trot attracted over 1,400 registrants last year and raised over $30,000 for the Cobb Children's Emergency Fund. The Fund provides emergency grants to Cobb County households facing financial emergencies or crises and provides support for Cobb families in need in ares that are often not addressed by traditional charities, assisting with utility bills, clothing, medicine, housing and helping local families get back on track. Race day activities include appearances by costumed characters, face-painting for the kids and jingle bells for runners’ shoes. The Strand Theatre will open its doors to runners, friends and family for a quick warm-up, coffee, hot chocolate and a free movie for children. Festive holiday attire is encouraged and a prize will be awarded for most festive attire.  Strollers and dogs are allowed. The 5k starts at 9 a.m., Tot Trot at 9:45 a.m., 1k at 10 a.m. and the awards ceremony is at 10:05 a.m. The 5k is a chip-timed Peachtree Qualifying race. Sleighbells on the Square is presented by the Cobb County Bar Association to support the Children’s Emergency Fund, a 501c3.

WHEN: Dec. 14, 8 a.m.

WHERE: Marietta Square

COST: Registration is $20 for youth, $25 for adults through Dec. 1. $30 for registration Dec. 2-12. Tot Trot registration is $10 through Dec 12.

Race day registration is $35 for the 5k and 1k and $15 for the Tot Trot.

There is also registration for Phantom Runners for $30 to support in spirit and get a t-shirt, but not run. All participants who register before Dec. 2 are guaranteed a long-sleeve technical t-shirt. Packet Pick up will be Dec. 13 at Academy Sports on Barrett Parkway from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Race day registration and packet pick-up begins at 8 a.m. on Marietta Square.


Breakfast with the Grinch

WHAT: Participants can enjoy breakfast while the Grinch visits each table for photo opportunities. After breakfast, the Grinch will join participants in creating Grinch-themed ornaments and crafts.

WHEN: Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Acworth Community Center, 4361 Cherokee Street in Acworth

COST: Space is limited. Each family member attending the breakfast must register. Tickets are $10 residents, $15 non-residents. Register at www.acworthparksandrecreation.org.


Big Chicken Chorus' 33rd annual Christmas Show

WHAT: Catch the Christmas spirit with a family oriented performance of familiar songs of the season presented by the Big Chicken Chorus. In addition to traditional concert presentations by the full chorus and featured quartets, the front end of the show will be a musical comedy tracing the adventures of a rebellious reindeer and a disgruntled elf travelling through time and space to find the Tooth Fairy and the true meaning of Christmas.

WHEN: Dec. 14-15 at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Marietta Performing Arts Center on the campus of Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta

INFO: www.BigChickenChorus.org or call 470-349-0550


Community Christmas Celebration

WHAT: The annual Marietta Community Christmas Celebration is a free musical experience for the entire family that features the Roswell Street Baptist Church Choir, Orchestra, Children’s Choir and community guests.

WHEN: Dec. 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Roswell Street Baptist Church, 774 Roswell Street SE, Marietta

COST: Free, no tickets required.

INFO: 770-424-9800 or https://roswellstreet.com 


Lucky’s Santa Paws at Marietta Square Market

WHAT: Bring the kids and the pups for pictures with Santa at the Marietta Square Market’s iconic vintage trolley. Sitting fee donations benefit Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta.

WHEN: Dec. 15, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Marietta Square Market, 68 N. Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta


Holidays at West Cobb

WHAT: The Avenue West Cobb will have Holidays at West Cobb. Santa and Mrs. Claus will appear in the Santa Suite (Suite 220) next to Kirkland's and Lane Bryant. Children can bring their wish list and snap a photo courtesy of Portrait Innovations. There will also be holiday music and horse drawn carriage rides.

WHEN: Dec. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Avenue West Cobb, 3625 Dallas Highway SW, Marietta


Whoville Market with the Grinch

WHAT: Grab a photo with the Grinch and enjoy holiday activities for the kids as the Marietta Square Market captures the spirit and cheer of Whoville. 

WHEN: Dec. 18, 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Marietta Square Market, 68 N. Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta


Strand Ole Opry's Country Christmas

WHAT: The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre will have a special Strand Ol Opry this holiday season featuring Christmas hits with an extra dose of banjo and fiddle. There will also be a post-show hootennany in the Lumiere Lounge.

WHEN: Dec. 19, 8 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square in Marietta

COST: $18-$20


Home for the Holidays

WHAT: This annual holiday extravaganza features the talented stars of Pebblebrook High School and local professional artists on stage with holiday cheer.

WHEN: Dec. 20-22

WHERE: Cobb County Civic Center Complex, 548 S. Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta


Marietta Square Christmas Market

WHAT: The Square will have an Artisan Market on North Park Square from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Farmer's Market on Mill Street from 9 a.m. to noon.

WHEN: Dec. 21

WHERE: Marietta Square


Dashing Through the Square

WHAT: The 4th Annual Dashing Through the Square is a 5K fundraiser hosted by the Rho Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the PEARL Foundation Inc. Longtime Atlanta journalist Donna Lowry is this year’s race ambassador. The family friendly race is a AJC Peachtree Road Race Qualifying event. It also includes a 1K Rudolph Run for kids. Each runner will receive a medal and T-shirt. The race route will go past historic homes and shops that line Marietta Square. Runners are encouraged to break out the holiday gear and teams are also encouraged. There is a timed and untimed option for the 5K as well as a virtual option. The cost is $40 timed, $35 untimed, $50 virtual and $10 for the Rudolph 1K. The race warm-up starts at 7:40 a.m. and the timed race kicks off at 8:08 a.m., untimed at 8:20 a.m. and the Rudolph 1K at 9:30 a.m.

WHEN: Dec. 21

WHERE: Marietta Square

INFO: akarhozetaomega.org or search Dashing Through the Square on Active.com.


Caroling on the Square

WHAT: St. James’ Episcopal Church choirs will lead the annual candlelight caroling at Glover Park with favorite carols and music of the season. Flameless candles and music will be provided.

WHEN: Dec. 22, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Glover Park, E. Park Square, Marietta


It's A Wonderful Life Movie Marathon

WHAT: The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre will screen "It's A Wonderful Life" all day. Fuzzy pajamas are encouraged. Popcorn and drinks will be served. Participants can arrive 15-minutes before showtime for a holiday preshow and sing-along on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ.

WHEN: Dec. 23

WHERE: Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta.

COST: $8-$9


Menorah Lighting on Marietta Square

WHAT: Congregation Ner Tamid of Marietta/West Cobb will have a Menorah Lighting on the Glover Park Stage at Marietta Square. The event will be led by Rabbi Joseph Prass, featuring Hanukkah music and dancing by the Smyrna Team Dancers, books from PJ Library, free hot chocolate and gift card raffle. The rain date will be Dec. 29.

WHEN: Dec. 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Glover Park Stage at Marietta Square, 50 Park Square in Marietta

INFO: www.mynertamid.org or 678-264-8575

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