Holidays in Georgia

 Section Editor: Makayla Powell

With the holidays just around the corner, everyone is getting in the Christmas spirit. Even though Thanksgiving has not even passed yet, the retail industry is already advertising all kinds of holiday deals, getting everyone in the Christmas mentality early. Luckily, Woodstock is the perfect little city to celebrate the holidays and do lots of exciting winter activities.

Every year, Woodstock holds the Holiday Lights of Hope, a huge walk-through Christmas light display with more than 1,000,000 lights, concessions, vendors, games, and even Santa. This year it will be benefitting the Anna Crawford Children’s Center. Senior Katie Costa said, “I go to Lights of Hope every year with my family because it’s super pretty and for a meaningful cause that we are always willing to support.”  This is a great holiday excursion for families and goes towards a great cause as well. It opens on December 8th and continues through the 23rd.

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Just over in Alpharetta, there is the Avalon Mall, a charming outdoor shopping center with an ice-skating rink right in the middle during the holiday season. It’s open from mid-November to mid-January and covers what is usually the Plaza, which is around the size of the Rockefeller Center. This is a delightful place to go for a day out with friends, shopping for Christmas gifts, or a classic date night.

Avalon Christmas tree, ice skating, music.

Credit: ExperienceAvalon.com

Another great thing to do during the holiday season is give back to the less fortunate. With Thanksgiving having just passed and Christmas around the corner, it’s important to remember the reason for the season and always be grateful for what we have. A great place to volunteer is the Atlanta Community Food Bank. They have tons of opportunities and events, especially towards the end of the year, to give back to the community of Atlanta in a safe and impactful way. All of their events have a simple online sign-up that make it super easy to give back to the community, especially in  this time of giving.

 

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