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Christmas events abound
in Henry County


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent 

  Local residents looking for something fun to do with the family during the Christmas season have a number of events to choose from without ever leaving Henry County.

  The annual tree lightings in Hampton and Locust Grove took place Thanksgiving night, and the Stockbridge Holiday Festival was earlier this week.

  Here is a list of, at least, some of the remaining events, in no particular order.

Addie Boan, Henry County resident, takes a break on the McDonough Square before the 2012 McDonough Christmas Parade. This year’s parade will be Saturday at 6 p.m.  File photo

  The Henry Arts Alliance is presenting “Christmas with the Arts” this weekend at the Henry County Performing Arts Center. Billed as “an afternoon of music, dance, theater and art,” the event is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 each at the door. For more information, visit

  The McDonough Main Street Program and the Greater McDonough Business Association are sponsoring a Holiday Downtown Christmas Kickoff Party this Friday from 6-9 p.m. Visitors are invited to come celebrate the holidays at the various venues enjoying holiday de-lights, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages along with special pricing and seasonal promotions. The first 50 guests age 18 or older to visit the McDonough Welcome Center will receive a gift.

  The Kids Downtown Shop Around in McDonough is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is free for children 13 years of age and under. Special coupons and shopping incentives are available at the McDonough Welcome Center. Register to win a “kid-friendly” gift basket valued at more than $500.

  The annual Christmas Parade through downtown McDonough begins at 6 p.m. this Saturday. The tree lighting celebration and Christmas concert is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

  Santa Saturdays on the Square are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each of the three remaining Saturdays before Christmas.

  Information about all of the above events in McDonough can be found at

  The Locust Grove Woman’s Club Christmas Tour of Homes is set for this Saturday. A total of nine homes are on the self-guided tour which begins at the Woman’s Clubhouse where guests will enjoy refreshments. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at the French Market, Moye’s Pharmacy in Locust Grove, Old South Ceramics, Zebra House or through Woman’s Club members. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the event at the Woman’s Clubhouse, located at 64 Club Drive, Locust Grove. For more information, call Jane Lute at 770-957-2181.

  The annual “Christmas in the Grove” celebration begins at 10 a.m. this Saturday with a parade through historic downtown Locust Grove. After the parade the bulk of the festivities will be on Cleveland Street, where there will be craft vendors, kids’ activities, a rock wall, inflatables, air brush tattoos, stage entertainment, food, Santa and more. For more information, contact Main Street Manager Mallory Rich at

   The Holiday Light Spectacular Gift of Lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway is now open. In its third year, the drive-through attraction features more than two million LED lights along a route that goes through the infield and, for the first time, includes a portion of the speedway’s racing surface. A Christmas Village will be set up at the AMS gift shop on all Friday and Saturday nights and include the official AMS Christmas Tree, a Christmas tree farm, photo opportunities with Santa and hot cocoa and cider. The season includes numerous promotional nights to offer a variety of special events for the entire family. Visit for more information.

  Piedmont Henry Hospital will not be hosting a tree-lighting event this year. According to a hospital spokesperson, the tree that has been used for the past several years was in poor condition and had to be removed recently, and there was not sufficient time to replace it for the 2013 Christmas season.



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