Parade to bring Santa to Stone Mountain Village

STONE MOUNTAIN - While a trip to Stone Mountain Park's Christmas Village could be too much for a family to afford this holiday, the city's Village will have a free festivity.

The annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Stone Mountain Village is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving.

The event will give people a chance to shop the local markets, while enjoying the historic downtown.

According to a press release, Main Street Stone Mountain will be decorated, and Christmas carols will accompany the hustle and bustle.

Kids and adults can roast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate at some of the refreshment stands, and officials have added the Stone Mountain Market to the Christmas Celebration. The market will feature crafts, baked goods and unique gifts.

At 6 p.m. a parade of Athol bagpipes, antique fire trucks, floats and a procession of elves and marching bands will lead in the grand marshal all the kids have been waiting for: Santa Claus.

Kids will be able to send their wish lists to the Jolly Old Elf, as they write letters to him at a writing station, where Jeff the mailman will deliver them to St. Nicholas.

The event will end when Santa lights the Stone Mountain Christmas tree, beginning a fireworks show at 8 p.m.

For more information, call Main Street Stone Mountain at 770-498-7334 or e-mail mainstreetstone@bellsouth.net. Details on Stone Mountain Market can be found at affps.com/stonemountain.html.