The Smyrna region of Georgia offers several special holidays. Located just ten miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, Smyrna is an integral part of the metro area. Village Green, its attractive community gathering area, is surrounded by parks and green space. This is the setting to start the holiday season of Smyrna “Going back home for the holidays”. Spend your family on Tuesday, November 30th from 6pm to 9pm to illuminate the Christmas tree and celebrate the holiday season. Special musical performances will be provided by local school choirs and orchestras. Santa lights up a tree at 19:00 in the village of Green. After the festivities, plan to buy gifts at the specialty shops in the center of Smyrna in Market Village, which will be decorated for the holidays.
Children should prepare Christmas lists because Santa Claus is coming to town! Santa can be visited at the Santa House at the Smyrna Welcome Center (Aunt Fanny's Cabin). Jolly Old Elf will be there on Friday and Saturday from 18:00 to 18:00 and on Sunday from 13:00 to 18:00, from 3 to 20 December. The city will be last on Wednesday, December 22, from 6:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
The nearby town of Marietta, north of Smyrna, will present the pilgrimage route of Marietta: A Christmas tour of houses on December 4 and 5. This is the 24th year of the tour, which has become a popular holiday tradition in the area. This year's tour will include six private houses and a number of public buildings. Each of them will be beautifully decorated for the festive season. The houses are located in a historic area surrounding Marietta Square. Archibald Howell House, one of the most impressive antelope structures in Marietta, is on tour this year. The house was built in 1843 in the classical Greek revival and is registered in the National Register of Historic Places. Other touring houses come from the early to mid-20th century. The four churches on the tour date back to the 19th century. The first presbyterian church (1854) was used as a hospital during the Civil War. This year Brumby Hall and Gardens (1851) were also presented. On Saturdays and Sundays there are all-day tours and on Saturday evenings a candlelight tour.
In the Atlanta area, many events and activities take place during the holidays, but some of the best take place in the cities surrounding the city. Historic towns like Smyrna offer a variety of family celebrations that resemble small town celebrations rather than major urban events. Cities like Smyrna encourage us to slow our pace and really enjoy our holidays.