Kick Off The Holidays in Roswell This Weekend

Start celebrating the most wonderful time of the year in Roswell the weekend of Dec. 2–3 by enjoying the City’s first five holiday events: Breakfast with Santa, Gingerbread Christmas at Smith Plantation, the Annual Holiday Celebration on the Square, Santa’s Secret Workshop, and Caroling on Canton. Many more events are planned throughout December. To learn more, visit

Breakfast With Santa
Saturday, Dec. 2, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Enjoy a yummy breakfast along with crafts, face painting, dancing, and of course, SANTA! Pictures with Santa will be available for purchase. Each person must be registered to attend and all children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Held at the Bill Johnson Community Building in Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Rd.
Fees: $14, Residents and $21, Non-Residents
Register online by following the event link at

Gingerbread Christmas as Smith Plantation
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Come out to Smith Plantation to get into the spirit of the season with our Gingerbread Christmas event. Clarissa Clifton will present each workshop, showing participants how to prepare and decorate gingerbread cookies baked over the open hearth in the historic 1863 cookhouse. In addition, children will also have the opportunity to make a holiday craft ornament. Reservations are required by calling the Smith Plantation office at 770-641-3978; workshops are limited to 10 children ages 5 and up. $5 per person.
Workshops at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
Regular tour hours and special discounted house tour rates for those who attend workshops.

Holiday Celebration on the Square
Saturday, Dec. 2, 5:00 p.m.
Join your friends and neighbors at 610 S. Atlanta Street, as we kick off the holiday season by lighting up Roswell’s Historic Town Square. This fun-filled, family-friendly evening includes choral performances by local elementary schools, a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, tasty treats and coffee, a visit from Santa (pictures available for purchase), and two bicycle giveaways, courtesy of Bike Roswell.

Santa’s Secret Gift Shop
Saturday, Dec. 2, 6:00–8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Immediately after the Holiday Celebration on the Square, hop on the Holiday Bus for a free ride over to Santa’s Secret Gift Shop at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center (830 Grimes Bridge Road). The elves in the Roswell Ramblers Craft Club have been hard at work all year, so children 12 and under can buy gifts for their families. Gifts are affordably priced, and wrapping is provided. The Adult Recreation Center will also feature children’s activities such as button-making, coloring, and concessions. All proceeds benefit the Roswell Ramblers Club.

Caroling on Canton
Sunday, Dec. 3, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Stroll up and down historic Canton Street from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, and listen to your favorite holiday tunes while sipping hot chocolate, warming up by the community bonfire, and enjoying the seasonal celebrations of local merchants. For more information, contact Chris Ward, Special Events Manager for the City of Roswell, at 770-594-6271 or