Christmas is coming to Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE -- After you finish your turkey and take a nap, the city of Lawrenceville will be ready to ring in the holiday season Thanksgiving night.

On Thursday, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation and the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association host the 25th Annual Lighting of the Tree at the lawn of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville.

In celebrating its silver anniversary, the tree lighting will also include Class Act Band, leading the crowd in singing carols, choreographed dance routines by Clogging Connection, music by Catherine Kimbro, face painting, crafts and Whoville Hair for kids.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and the 30-foot Norway Spruce will be lit about 6 p.m., illuminating more than 30,000 Christmas lights on the tree. Afterward, Santa Claus arrives in his sleigh for photo ops.

If you miss Santa on Thursday night, he'll be making another appearance at the courthouse on Saturday. From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., jolly St. Nick is a part of the annual breakfast with Santa in the Superior Court Ballroom.

Attendees must register for the breakfast by Wednesday. Admission is $9 per person, which includes food, carolers and a keepsake photo with Santa. Children up to 18 months old are free accompanied by a paid adult.

For more details or to register your spot with Santa, visit www.gwinnettparks.com or call 770-822-5450. The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is located at 185 Crogan St. in Lawrenceville.