Atlanta Holiday Activities That Give Back

Tis’ the season for giving back! Here are just a few family-friendly ways to enjoy the holiday season while supporting your local community.


Market Place Christmas

The two day event kicks off on Friday, December 6th,with the lighting of a giant tree atop Northside Forsyth Hospital at 6pm. WSB Fred Blankenship will emcee the community celebration which includes kids activities, live musical and dance performances and photos with Old St. Nick. The lights on the tree can be purchased to represent someone in your life that has been touched by cancer. All proceeds go directly to assist cancer patients and families with medical care, transportation and lodging. Lights will be available for purchase at the event or online at On Saturday, lace up your sneakers and continue the festivities with a 5K Jingle Jog, supporting the Forsyth County Community Connection. Post-race, enjoy the Cumming holiday parade along Market Place Boulevard.

Location: Cumming, GA.

Date: December 6 & 7, 2013

More Info: Visit website

I’ve found a truly magical way to show our military some holiday love this year.

Trees for Troops

This year head out with the family and support our troops by purchasing from a farm or tree lot that participates in Trees for Troops. Through cash donations, donated trees and the support of Fed Ex, Trees for Troops has provided more than 122,000 Christmas Trees to deserving military families and troops in the United States and overseas. Show your gratitude for the sacrifices of America’s service men and women and their families by sending a little Christmas cheer their way this year.

Location: Various locations

Date: December 6-8, 2013

More Info: Bottoms Tree Farms

Hunters Christmas Tree Farm

7 G’s Farms

Big John’s Tree Farms (13 locations)

And last but certainly not least, this event is one of my family’s favorite holiday events!

Christmas in the Park

Shadowbrook Baptist Church hosts a Christmas Village on the town green that truly reminds me of an old-fashioned holiday postcard. The event is free, but donations are accepted on behalf of a local food bank, Caring Hearts Ministry. This year’s goal is to collect 500 pairs of shoes and 400 coats (new/gently used in both kids and adult sizes) as well as enough canned goods to feed 1000 families for 1 week. Each of the 11 village buildings has an activity for the kids to do – from making ornaments to writing letters to Santa. In addition, there is a train ride around the park for the smaller kids, an obstacle course for older children and they even have caricature artists doing portraits! After you’ve made the trek around the village, sit back and relax with complimentary cocoa & cookies while listening to live Christmas music in the outdoor amphitheater. Bring your camera and snap a pic with one of the roaming Charles Dickens characters or pose in front of Suwanee’s brand new 32 foot Christmas tree made up of 53- lighted spheres.

Location: Suwanee, Ga

Date: December 13-14, 2013

Hours: 5:30p.m.- 8:30p.m.

More Info: Visit website


Those are just a few of the many ways you can give back this season. So bundle up, enjoy some quality family time and help out those in need this holiday season! If you miss these events and still want to give back, contact local charities, worship places or schools which are all in full swing collecting much needed clothing, toys and food for those in need.

About Jessica Wiebel
Jessica is a native Atlantan, that grew up in Tucker and now resides with her husband and 2 kids in Suwanee, Georgia. A stay at home mom that can’t sit still and never stays at home, she has a love for finding new & fun things to do with her family. In her spare time she enjoys all things DIY from home renovations to party planning. You can follow her on Pinterest.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Northside Hospital 

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