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‘Tis the season! Clayton County and nearby residents can celebrate the holidays at several spirited events starting this weekend. Keep an eye on the weather and dress accordingly!

Friday, Dec. 2

7 p.m.-9 p.m.

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Reynolds Nature Preserve holds its annual Yule Log Celebration, 5665 Reynolds Road. Park at Morrow Elementary School, 6115 Reynolds Road. Bring your own mug for hot cocoa and you’ll be entered into a prize drawing! Enjoy the bonfire, storytelling, music, and refreshments surrounded by Clayton County’s very own 145-acre nature woodland preserve. Please be kind to Mother Nature and be sure to put your litter in the trashcans!

10 p.m.

The City of East Point holds its Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, 2757 East Point Street.

Saturday, Dec. 3

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The City of College Park holds its 46th annual Christmas Parade, “Parading through the Decades,” starting at 3872 College Street.

4 p.m.-8 p.m.

The City of Morrow holds Christmas in the Park at The District, 1065 Olde Towne Morrow Road, next to Southlake Mall. Take free photos with Santa Claus, ice skate, explore the Kids’ Zone, sip hot cocoa, sing carols, ride the rides, and play in the snow.

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4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

The City of Fayetteville‘s Miracle on Main Street Parade starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Christmas Market from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at City Center Park, 210 Stonewall Ave. West. Jonesboro First United Methodist Church Pastor Valerie Loner is the grand marshal. Check out the float competition, too!

5 p.m.

The City of Jonesboro‘s 28th annual Christmas parade and tree lighting starts at J.W. Arnold Elementary, passes through downtown Jonesboro, and ends at Lee Street Park for Christmas festivities.

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

The City of Forest Park holds its annual Christmas Parade, followed by hot chocolate, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the Christmas tree lighting in Starr Park. The parade starts at the old Bank of America drive-thru lot on Main Street, turns left on Lake Drive, and ends at Starr Park Amphitheater.

7:30 p.m.

The Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra presents a concert, “We Wish You Christmas,” at First Baptist Church of Morrow, 1647 Lake Harbin Road, benefitting The Good Shepherd Clinic. Special guests include vocalists Kayla Harriott and Bill Killmeier and pianist Rick Massengale. Admission is free but donations for the clinic are requested.

Sunday, Dec. 4

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

The City of Lovejoy is hosting a Christmas party at the Open Air Market, 11658 Hastings Bridge Road. Santa will be there with free gifts for kids ages 15 and younger. Enjoy hot chocolate and s’mores, take part in a raffle, and get in the holiday spirit.

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Wednesday, Dec. 7

3 p.m.-7 p.m.

The City of Riverdale holds its annual Christmas Parade, followed by a celebration at Riverdale Town Center. Enjoy live entertainment, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, s’more stations, carnival rides and indoor ice skating rink. You can ice skate until New Year’s Day.

Saturday, Dec. 10

5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Henry County Parks and Recreation holds its Christmas Festival at Nash Farm Park, 4361 Jonesboro Road in Hampton. Landrum Tree Service’s “Candy Crane Drop” kicks things off at 5:30 p.m., with the tree lighting at 6 p.m. Watch “The Santa Clause” on the big screen, take free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy the popcorn machine, Rec N’ Roll, and holiday characters. There will be a door prize.

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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