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Hiram tree lighting, Dallas Christmas Parade among upcoming holiday activities
by Liz Marino
lmarino@neighbornewspapers.com
November 23, 2012 02:59 PM | 2662 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dallas Street Department’s Chris Clark hangs holiday banners on light poles along Main Street in downtown Dallas.
Dallas Street Department’s Chris Clark hangs holiday banners on light poles along Main Street in downtown Dallas.
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Dallas Theatre Assistant Manager Shelley Hubbard gets ready for upcoming holiday events at the historic theater on Main Street in downtown Dallas.
Dallas Theatre Assistant Manager Shelley Hubbard gets ready for upcoming holiday events at the historic theater on Main Street in downtown Dallas.
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From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, there is no lack of holiday excitement and local activities in the area to get into the Christmas spirit.

Hiram will host its seventh annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Activities will include Christmas music and live entertainment from the Contagious band, the Nebo Elementary School chorus and New Unity Christian Fellowship Praise Group.

Santa Claus will arrive around 6:15 p.m. to visit the children and take photos in Santa’s Workshop.

There will be a live Nativity scene and a number of children’s activities in Hiram’s own Winter Wonderland.

Downtown businesses will be open and the event promises a lot of great food, according to information from the city.

Due to limited parking, shuttle buses will be available to take visitors to the site from Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Hiram Elementary School, and other designated parking lots.

Information: call (770) 943-3726 ext. 225.

A popular start to the holiday season is the Dallas Christmas Parade on Dec. 1, marching through the streets of Dallas for its 20th year.

The parade starts at 1 p.m. and concludes by 3:30 p.m.

Staging begins at Dallas Elementary School, and the parade ends at the Historic Courthouse Square, a route of just under one mile.

The theme of this year’s event is an “All American Christmas,” according to Jackie Crum of the Paulding County Civitan Club, which co-sponsors the event each year with the Paulding County Rotary Club.

In keeping with the parade theme, the grand marshals represent the All-American pastime — baseball.

Retired Atlanta Braves players Phil Niekro and Rick Camp will serve as the grand marshals for this year’s parade, announced Crum.

She said that the parade usually attracts some 80-85 entries each year.

All proceeds go to Paulding Christmas, a local umbrella nonprofit that assists various groups in Paulding to deliver “a Christmas” to families who otherwise would have nothing during the holiday season.

Information: (678) 901-9627 or email pauldingchristmasparade@gmail.com.

The Paulding Senior Center will host Breakfast with Santa for children from birth to 10 years on Dec. 1 from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Registration is required for this event between now and Nov. 30. Participants will be assigned a time upon registering.

Cost is $15 for breakfast and a photo with Santa. Breakfast only is $7 and a photo only is $9.

Information: or to register, call Burnt Hickory Park at (770) 443-7540, Mt. Tabor Park at (770) 505 3885, Taylor Farm Park at (770) 222-3270 or Braly Sports Complex at (770) 445-8065.

The Dallas Theater will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” for four shows on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., Dec. 1 at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.

Tickets as $10 and $7 discounted and may be purchased at the box office at 208 Main Street on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Regularly priced tickets may also be purchased online at www.dallastheater-civiccenter.com/shows.

Information: call the box office at (678) 363-0813.

The Paulding County Library in Dallas will host an “American Heroes Christmas” on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The program, which falls on the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, includes a re-encactment of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s address declaring World War II, along with family-oriented holiday activities as making Christmas ornaments and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Refreshments will be served.

A special program with activities for teenagers will be offered.

Special guests will include local veterans, including some from World War II, and active military members.

Information: call (770) 445-5680.
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