Ornaments to be given away at tree lighting

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Those looking to freshen up their holiday decorations will have a chance thanks to a gift from the city of Lawrenceville.

Attendees of the 25th annual Lighting of the Tree event today will receive free holiday tree ornaments on a first-come, first-served basis, courtesy of the the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at 233 E. Crogan St.

"The city is always looking for ways in which to express our gratitude to those who attend our events and help make Lawrenceville a true destination," Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson said. "The LTTA's offer to hand out ornaments at the Tree Lighting is a great way to say 'thank you' and commemorate the holiday season."

The lighting will be held in downtown Lawrenceville at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Festivities will begin on the square at 5:30 p.m. followed by the tree lighting at 6 p.m. and a visit from Santa Claus at about 6:45 p.m. The event will also host live performances, music, crafts and food vendors.

Lawrenceville is one of many Gwinnett cities to have tree lighting events or festival parades in the next week.

On Friday, Loganville will have a tree lighting at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Snellville will begin an event at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Towne Green that will include crafts and a visit from Santa.

On Monday, Dacula will have an event at 7 p.m. at Olde Mill Park. Grayson will have an event at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at Grayson Community Park. Norcross will have a lighting and visit from Santa at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 30 at Thrasher Park, while on that same day Suwanee will have a caboose lighting at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street.

On Dec. 1, there will be several events in Duluth beginning at 4 p.m., while an 11 a.m. parade on Main Street in Buford kicks off a fall festival. That same day Lilburn will have a Christmas Parade that begins at 10 a.m. along Main Street. Sugar Hill also has an event scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Sugar Hill Community Center and Town Green.