SNELLVILLE -- Santa Claus is coming to Snellville.
Just days after Thanksgiving, the Christmas season will officially begin in Snellville, with the lighting of a 60-foot tall Christmas tree on the Town Green.
The city's 31st annual lighting ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, but an afternoon full of events begins at 3 p.m.
Santa will be there for a visit with children, and a photographer will be on hand to capture the moment, according to the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association's website.
Families can also participate in carriage rides and a caroling hay ride. For the kids, activities include Lowe's Build It Kits, Michaels Ornament Decorating and Bill Rhodes Bakery Cookie Decorating. To participate, tickets cost $1 or one canned food, and the activities are limited to the first 300 kids.
The food available will include funnel cakes, hamburgers and hot dogs, along with hot drinks and special Christmas treats.
The afternoon will be filled with the sounds of the season, with special choral and instrumental performanes from local church and school groups.
And the season of giving will commence with a special canned food drive, with donations going to benefit the South Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry Food Bank. donors will be entered into a drawing with a chance to win prizes and restaurant coupons throughout the day. Attendees are also asked to bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drive.
After the tree is twinkling, Santa will continue to visit with children until 8 p.m.