The event will begin at 3 p.m. behind the open lot beside Oz Pizza in downtown Fairburn.
D’Avante Parks, a resident and fall festival parade coordinator, said the event, which has been going on the city for about 10 years, attracts about 500 people to the festive occasion every year.
Events at this year’s festival include:
-A children’s fun festival with a fun bouncer, arts and crafts, and photos with Santa for purchase.
-Various games, activities and food vendors.
-Live entertainment featuring a meet-and-greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
-Face painting and balloon sculptures.
-A secret Santa shop for children.
At 6 p.m., the lighting of the tree will begin with a word from Mayor Mario Avery, followed by singing by various church choirs.
“There will also be dance groups, songs from the Georgia Military Chorus Choir and video presentations,” said Parks.
After the lighting of the tree, a fireworks display will conclude the festival.
“This is an event for your entire family. We encourage children, schools, homeowners associations, local businesses, church youth and adult groups, and senior citizens to participate as we bring the community together in our historic downtown Fairburn area for this festive holiday celebration,” said Parks.
In keeping with the spirit of the season, the city asks each person attending to bring donations of new clothing, non-perishable items, personal care items and unwrapped toys for their holiday donation baskets.
Donations can also be dropped off at city hall or either of the Fairburn fire departments.
Parks said the festival is ultimately an opportunity for the community to get together and enjoy each other’s company.
“[The festival] gives the residents and surrounding communities an opportunity to make new relationships and meet up with old friends in a fun-filled atmosphere. It allows the city to prove the vision of our mayor, which is ‘One Fairburn—One Family,’ and we come together and do just that,” he said.