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Mountain of Christmas magic: Annual holiday celebration returns to Gwinnett

Photo Courtesy of Stone Mountain Park . A visit with Santa will likely be a highlight of children's Stone Mountain Christmas experiences.

Photo Courtesy of Stone Mountain Park . A visit with Santa will likely be a highlight of children's Stone Mountain Christmas experiences.

Snow might not fall anywhere else in Gwinnett this holiday season, but a special wish will make dreams of a white Christmas come true at Stone Mountain Park.

The park's annual Christmas celebration ushers in the holiday season with winter wonders. Each night during the event, a snow angel hovering high above the park's marketplace will lead the crowd gathered below in repeating, "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow," as small, white flakes begin to fall at the crowd's insistence.

That finale, complete with fireworks shot off from atop Stone Mountain, caps off an evening of entertainment for children of all ages.

More than two million twinkling white, red, green and blue lights make Stone Mountain Park's Crossroads shine as holiday music fills the air with the sounds of the season while guests meander through the offerings and attractions.

This year, Stone Mountain Park has created two new, family friendly live shows. In the kids' show "Sleigh Ride," guests will see Gwinnett's own Joy Creasman as Ivy, one of four elves following Santa's trek across the globe Christmas Eve night.

"You'll see me singing, dancing, hooting and hollering with the other guys," the Duluth resident said, "just having a good time."

Following the musical menagerie that is "Sleigh Ride," children may want to venture into the snow angel's castle, where she sits upon her silver throne greeting guests before her flight over the marketplace.

Guests can also enjoy a Christmas Lasershow featuring colorful lasers choreographed to holiday music.

And what Christmas celebration would be complete without the jolliest elf himself? Santa Claus is stationed inside the Christmas Corner, where children can climb onto his knee and share their Christmas wishes.

Stone Mountain Christmas is held select dates through Dec. 30. For more information on this holiday event, call 770-498-5690 or visit www.stonemountainpark.com/christmas.