If you’re wondering what that warm, festive glow is, usually starting just around dusk – it’s the glow of West Cobb communities being illuminated with holiday spirit.
It seems that decorating ones house with lots of lights and even some blow up Santa’s has become a tradition in many of the large West Cobb subdivisions like Hardage Farms, Brookstone and Lost Mountain Township. If are looking for a wonderful evening of free Christmas lights, just drive around some of the area’s larger subdivisions. In some of the areas like around Brookstone Country Club, you will feel like you are viewing a holiday light contest. Some of the homes decorations may even remind you of “the Griswold house”.
All around West Cobb, many holiday displays can be found for the enjoyment of Cobb residents. The buildings in Marietta Square are lit with bead lighting, the lampposts with snowflakes and Glover Park with luminaries and a large Christmas tree. Santa’s workshop is also set up in the park, where jolly old St. Nick meets with excited children each weekend.
“I think Marietta is a magical place at Christmas,” said Theresa Jenkins, director of the Marietta Welcome Center and Visitors Bureau. “With the lights and decorations around the Square and the annual tour of homes, it makes for a very festive place to come during the holidays.”
Traveling north from Marietta to the City of Kennesaw on Main Street, giant snowflakes adorn lampposts and the city’s Christmas tree stands in the Depot Park area next to the historic 1908 railroad Depot – across the from the Southern Museum. Join Mayor Mathews and other City officials on Thursday, December 3 at the Depot in downtown Kennesaw as they “flip the switch” to light the official Christmas tree of Kennesaw. The program, which begins at 6 p.m., will include free holiday choral music provided by St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, sing-along, warm beverages, cookies and holiday cheer. Also at the Depot area is the annual Christmas tree decorating contest. Each year, businesses, organizations, schools and families from Kennesaw and surrounding areas converge near the Depot in downtown Kennesaw to decorate Christmas trees for all to enjoy. Some trees are decorated with a traditional theme, however many offer something new and unique, giving return visitors a treat every year. Trees will be judged on originality, creativity, use of materials and overall presentation. Contest winners will be announced at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 3.
Continuing up Old Highway 41 and arriving in Acworth, thtown’s early 1900s buildings are also lit and decorated, and several of Acworth’s Victorian homes just off Main Street offer a glimpse of Christmases past. The city Christmas tree is at the intersection of Main and Lemon streets The best part about coming to Acworth during the holidays is walking through downtown, and taking advantage of the excellent shopping and dining. , This year Santa will be stopping at the Depot in Downtown Acworth on Friday, December 4 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. There will be a host of performances to help Santa kickoff the holiday season. Bring the entire family to hear Mayor Tommy Allegood read T’was The Night Before Christmas, and watch the lighting of the Tree on Main Street.
Certainly one of the most popular holiday lights displays in the area is the Lights of Life display at Life University. The mile-long display, with more than a million lights and holiday scenes, draws visitors from Cobb County and the entire metro Atlanta area and beyond. The display is well worth the cost of $5 per car, $10 per van and $20 per bus. Santa is also on hand on Friday and Saturday nights and refreshments are available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Mimicking the look and feel of old Main Street, but with a bit of modern flair, is The Avenue West Cobb shopping center. Visitors can finish their Christmas shopping while enjoying popular Christmas music played on the outside speakers as they walk along the sidewalks. On Wednesdays in December, The Avenue has hosted complimentary events including photos with Santa and horse-drawn carriage rides. The shopping center is decorated with lights and oversized Christmas ornaments and the popular topiary reindeer who are seated on benches. “It’s designed to be reminiscent of main streets of the past, where people gathered and shopped and strolled on a Sunday afternoon,” said Kim Tanalgo-Minshew, marketing manager at The Avenue West Cobb. “Our shoppers appreciate the atmosphere and like to stroll around the center with their kids.” .
Keep going on Dallas Highway and a few miles down the road, you will see an old fashioned general store all lite up on the right hand side of the road. This the Old Lost Mountain Store, which is now a branch the United Community Bank. Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the beauty of the Lights of West Cobb.