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Christmas comes to Suwanee

City hosts lighting, Dickens’ town

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Santa Claus is coming to Suwanee this weekend during its Caboose Lighting on Sunday. (Special Photo)

If You Go

• What: Christmas in the Park, Caboose Lighting

• When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday for Christmas; 6:30 p.m. Sunday for caboose

• Where: Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee

• Cost: Free

• For more information: Visit www.suwanee.com

SUWANEE — This weekend, Suwanee is overhauling parts of the city and creating a winter wonderland.

Today and Saturday, Suwanee’s Old Town Center is transformed into a scene from a Charles Dickens’ novel for the annual Christmas in the Park event.

Sponsored by Shadowbrook Baptist Church, the park is set up with 11 themed houses with different activities inside. Children could join a Nativity play at the Starry Night Theater, ride the Christmas train at the Suwanee Station, write letters to Santa at the post office and write letters to soldiers overseas.

The event is free, but attendees are asked to bring canned goods to donate, pairs of new and gently used shoes (kids size 5 to adult size 12) and new and gently used coats (kid and adult sizes).

After rescheduling from last week, Suwanee’s annual Caboose Lighting and Holiday Festival is on Sunday.

The event includes performances by local elementary school choruses, craft activities and s’mores.

Children from Level Creek, Riverside, Roberts and Suwanee elementary schools sing for the crowd and usher in Santa with a variety of holiday tunes. Traveling into town along Main Street, Santa will pause to magically light the red caboose before heading to the Burnette-Rogers Pavilion where children can share their wishes and get their photo taken.

“I always enjoy visiting Suwanee,” Santa Claus said. “There sure are a lot of good boys and girls who live there. The Caboose Lighting is a low-key, come-as-you-are way of welcoming my favorite time of year.”

Cookies, hot chocolate and s’mores will be available while supplies last.