The weekend after Thanksgiving is full of the gift-giving spirit throughout Gwinnett County, especially in Loganville and Snellville. Both cities have scheduled their annual tree lightings -- Snellville on Saturday and Loganville on Friday -- to get ready for the next round of holidays.
Tonight, Loganville is hosting its tree lighting at City Hall and Santa Claus will be present to talk to all of the boys and girls. He will sit in his sleigh for a few hours and listen to wish lists. While the children are waiting to meet with St. Nick, they can write letters for the North Pole with the help of some local volunteers.
"My greatest joy is when I look into the crowd and see wide eyes and enormous smiles," said Michelle Lynch, Loganville City Councilwoman and event coordinator. "I enjoy seeing all the children have an opportunity to share a special moment with Santa at the base of the City's beautifully lit tree."
Activities are from 6 to 8 p.m. at 4385 Pecan St. in Loganville.
The city of Snellville is celebrating the 30th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival on Saturday at City Hall. The event was moved to the Saturday after Thanksgiving in order to allow for more children to attend as well as family and friends that are in town for the holiday.
Besides lighting the 60-foot tall Christmas tree, there will be numerous activities for the entire family. After spending the night in Loganville, Santa Claus will make his way to Snellville to spread the Christmas cheer. Holiday arts and crafts are on sale, Acting Up Theatre will perform throughout the day and Christmas cookie contest will be judged by local baking experts.
"Its not just an ordinary tree lights -- it's four hours of fun," executive director Joe Burnett said. "Kids will have many different activities to participate in like making a toy, an ornament or a cookie. It's fun for the whole family."
Festival lasts from 3 to 7 p.m. at 2342 Oak Road in Snellville.