Social Circle full of events for Christmas

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- The city of Social Circle is in the Christmas spirit.

This month, the city and several organizations and businesses are holding Christmas-centered events, including the Circle of Lights celebration beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the city park on West Hightower Trail.

"We're going to have caroling and singers, then Santa will arrive and light the tree," said Mike Miller, manager of the Social Circle Better Hometown, adding the program will last about 45 minutes.

"It will be short and simple," he said. "I'm expecting a good turnout even though it may be cold and rainy."

One of the reasons it won't be long is because so many other Christmas events going on in town that day, he said.

The Social Circle Theater and Heavenly Dance Steps are presenting free performances of "The Sounds of Christmas: A Theatrical Ballet" at 7 p.m. Saturday and

4 p.m. Sunday at the Social Circle Theater. First Baptist Church of Social Circle is presenting its Celebration Choir Christmas program at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Also in Social Circle, the Blue Willow Inn and Village, which is located at 294 N. Cherokee Road in Social Circle, is featuring several opportunities to meet Santa Claus. Until Dec. 23, anyone can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and have their picture made with him. from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and from 2 to 8 p.m. Sundays. Santa will hold special visiting hours from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 21 to 23.

A 4-by-6 photograph of the visit costs $6, and special appointments can be made by calling 678-227-1612.

A 9 a.m. Saturday and Dec. 19, children under 12 and their parents can visit Lou's Soda Fountain & Grille behind the Blue Willow Inn to wake up Santa for breakfast. Guests can purchase pancakes with bacon or sausage and a drink during the breakfast and visit with Santa. More information is available by calling 770-464-1020.

Also, every weekend, Santa and Mrs. Claus tend to make special appearances at the Blue Willow Inn. Reservations are necessary at this time of year to dine at the Blue Willow Inn. Call 770-464-2131.