Social Circle Christmas festival set

Photo by Mark Schneider

Photo by Mark Schneider

SOCIAL CIRCLE — Area residents have the chance to celebrate the holidays in "Georgia's Greatest Little Town."

The city of Social Circle is holding a special holiday celebration with the theme Christmas Through a Child's Eyes, which will feature the lighting of the town's Christmas tree and plenty of family activities.

If You Go

• What: Christmas Through a Child's Eyes

• When: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4

• Where: Downtown Social Circle

• Cost: Free

• More Information: 770-464-1866 or www.socialcirclebht.citymax.com

Featured Activities:

• Lighting of the Christmas tree

• Live Christmas music and performances

• Santa and Mrs. Claus

• Hay rides

• Children story readings by the Social Circle Rotary Club

• Cutest elf contest (ages 2-adult)

• Marshmallow roasting by the Social Circle Fire Department

• Food and drinks (school fundraisers)

• Children's crafts

• Making Christmas cards for the troops

"The event will be in front of our new City Hall building, which is going to make a beautiful backdrop for the event," said Robin Smith, vice chair of Social Circle Better Hometown. "It will be a community event unlike what we have had in the past."

She said many of the activities focus around children, and school groups were invited to hold events to raise money for their groups.

"We know if we can get children involved, the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles will come out," Smith said.

In addition to the lighting of the city's Christmas tree, the event will feature live Christmas music and performances by the Social Circle High School Band, the Social Circle Theater, the Avenue church band and others; a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus; hay rides around the town to see Christmas decorations; children's story readings by the Social Circle Rotary Club; a cutest elf contest for ages 2 to adults; marshmallow roasting provided by the Social Circle Fire Department; food like chili, hot dogs and hamburgers and warm and cold drinks sold by school groups like the Social Circle High School baseball team and swim team and Boy Scout troops as fundraisers; children's crafts like Christmas tree ornaments provided by Pinnacle Bank; and making Christmas cards for the troops provided by the ROTC.

The free event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in downtown Social Circle and will last until about 7:30 p.m. More information is available by contacting the Better Hometown offices at 770-464-1866 or www.socialcirclebht.citymax.com.