Senoia ready to celebrate the holidays

Get into the holiday season with two special December events in Historic Senoia. “Light Up Senoia” kicks off the celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1 with a festive parade through downtown. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. “Light Up Senoia” will include decorated floats, live music and entertainment. Charlie Filkins and Scott Sargeant, “The Car Guys,” will emcee the event.

For the kids, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, along with pony rides, Santa’s Workshop, and the lighting of the big tree at Main Street Square near the gazebo. The parade steps off at 5:30 p.m.

Grand marshal for this year’s parade is Rutledge Wood, star of the popular television series, “Top Gear,” along with his family. Parents may bring their cameras to take a photo of their child with Santa. For hungry spectators, the food court with pizza, funnel cakes, cotton candy and homemade goodies will open at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 9 from 5-8:00 p.m., the “Candlelight Tour of Homes” will take you through the historic Senoia United Methodist Church and six historic Senoia homes beautifully decorated for Christmas. The Chancel Choir of the Senoia United Methodist Church will present mini-concerts of beautiful music at 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The concerts are open to the public at no charge. Tickets for the home tour are $12 in advance or $15 the evening of the tour and are available in downtown Senoia at Gail’s Antiques, Senoia Coffee & Café, Beyond the Door, Table Talk and Second Hand Sam’s. They can also be purchased the evening of the event at the Senoia Welcome Center at 68 Main Street.

All the holiday events are sponsored by the Senoia Downtown Development Authority. If you would like to participate in the “Light Up Senoia” parade, go to the DDA website at www.enjoysenoia.com or the city website at www.senoia.com and print off the parade entry form. Civic organizations, church groups, music or dance groups and businesses are welcome to add their creative spirit to the parade festivities. If you would like to sell baked goods for your church or civic group, contact Gail Downs at 770-599-9155 or Suzanne Helfman at 770-599-8182 for information and entry forms.