Founders Day Parade: This is the highlight of the week. Since its inception (Dec. 2007), the parade has grown to more than 80 units and thousands of participants, including a NASCAR racer, Shriner clowns, local high school clubs and bands, and colorful floats from area businesses, organizations and neighborhoods.
The parade route travels west on State Bridge at West Morton and ends at Kimball Bridge Road at Ocee Elementary School.
Groups wishing to participate should apply by Nov. 13 at City Hall or online [PDF]. All floats should incorporate this year's theme: "Holidays on the Creek." There will be three categories of judging: neighborhoods, schools and business.
Remember, there's only one Santa, and floats can't be more than 15 feet high. Questions? Call Elizabeth Warren (678-512-3296) or Grant Hickey (678-512-3351). Details.
Santa Jam: Santa Claus arrives at the end of the parade, riding atop a vintage fire engine. He's then whisked away to a party in his honor at Ocee Park, where he hears children's wishes and poses for photos. Details.
City Hall Tree Lighting: The party begins the preceding Monday at City Hall with the lighting of a giant dreidel and 30-foot Christmas tree. Local elementary school choruses accentuate the festive air with a selection of seasonal favorites before the Mayor throws the switch! Details.
"Toys for Tots" drop-off also available at the Tree Lighting.
Cards for Our Military Personnel: Sign the giant holiday cards designed by JC 5th graders for our military personnel. The cards will be available for signing at the tree lighting ceremony and in the 4th floor lobby of City Hall through Dec. 12th. Details.
"Toys for Tots": Stop by City Hall, Park Place or one of the fire stations – Nov. 3rd through Dec. 12th – to donate a toy. Details.