The sixth annual Holiday Festival of Arts, hosted by McDonough Arts, will kick off at noon on Sunday, offering residents a chance to peruse local artists’ wares, snack on cider and pound cake from the McDonough Arts Shop and enjoy song and dance from various local groups.
For the second year in the row, the Grinch will be arriving at 1 p.m., this year by police escort.
“You don’t see the Grinch anywhere else, like you would Santa,” event co-chair Debbie Withers said.
She said the first year with the Grinch was a hit.
“It was a huge traffic draw,” she said.
Hair Smithsonian will have a booth for attendees to have their hair styled like a “Who” from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
The entertainment line up for the event begins at noon and includes Danny Ray, the Atlanta Festival Ballet, the Jackson High School Girls Chorus, The ReaListics, Mt. Carmel Elementary Chorale, Dutchtown Elementary Chorus and the Gift of Dance Studio.
Between 20 and 25 local artists will be selling handmade items including jewelry, ornaments, paintings and more. Festival goers will have a chance to cast their votes for their favorite artist to win the People’s Choice Award.
Finally, a silent auction will be selling gift certificates, gift baskets, home decorations and other items, Withers said. Proceeds from the auction benefit McDonough Arts.
The event is in conjunction with the Merchants Holiday Open House, where businesses on the Square will be offering special deals and serving treats.
“We want people to come to the event right after church … eat at a restaurant around the Square, browse a little, do some shopping with the merchants and spend the day with family,” Withers said.