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Come to Gwinnett County's 23rd Annual Lighting of the Tree

Atlanta, GA--  The Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation and the Lawrenceville Tourism & Trade Association host the 23rd Annual Lighting of the Tree on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville.   Enjoy a variety of holiday entertainment beginning at 5 p.m., including live musical entertainment from The Class Act Band, face painting, dance performances, and of course the arrival of Santa Claus in a vintage fire truck on loan from the Winder Fire Department.

The annual lighting of the tree ceremony, begins at 6 p.m., and the much awaited arrival of Santa is at approximately 6:45 p.m.

The holiday fun continues throughout December at Holiday on the Square at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse as the Santa Trolley once again rolls into the square on December 3, 4 and 5 from 5:00-8:00 pm, where children can ride along with the jolly ole elf. Tickets are $2 per person.

Santa returns to the courthouse during Holiday on the Square on Dec. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19 from 5:00-8:00pm and Dec. 20 and 21 from 10:00am-2:00pm for visits and pictures in his beautifully decorated room. Photos are $5 each. Children can also leave Santa a letter in the North Pole mailbox, open throughout the holiday season.

Santa’s Elf Workshop will be open for fun kid’s crafting for $1 per child. Visitors can take a free tour of the historic courthouse and see all the wonderful decorations – there is something special in every corner! Enjoy festive, free live entertainment on Saturday evenings during Holiday on the Square at the gazebo on the grounds of the courthouse, and walk through Santa’s Magical Forest, featuring decorated trees on display from local businesses.

For those families wanting some special time with the jolly ole elf, Breakfast with Santa will be available at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse on Nov. 27 and Dec. 11 from 9:00-11:00am. This memorable event includes breakfast, holiday activities and a souvenir photo. Tickets are $8/child and $10/adult.

Parents and children can also take in a unique holiday show in December, offered this year by GCPR at various park locations, that is sure to be a treat – kid-friendly mystery dinner show “Who Broke Christmas?” will run Dec. 9-11 and 16-18 at 6:30pm and Dec. 11 and 18 at 11:30am. Kids of all ages can help Master Tinker and Santa’s elves solve the mystery of the broken toys and save Christmas. Tickets are $15 per person and include dinner, goody bags and the interactive holiday mystery show.

The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is located at 185 Crogan St. in downtown Lawrenceville.  For details or to register for special holiday events hosted by Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation, visit www.gwinnettparks.com.

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