A Blazing Starts to the Holiday Season
By Cathy Cobbs
Dunwoody Crier Newspaper
Dunwoody, it’s time to light up for the holidays. This Sunday will mark another day and evening filled with music, a parade and, of course, Santa Claus.
“Light Up Dunwoody kicks off the winter holiday season by spotlighting our children in a festival attended by moms, dads, grandparents, and others,” said Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association president Gordon Jackson. “It’s the beginning of the season in which families and friends come together in thanksgiving and peace.”
The festival will kick off at 4 p.m. with a parade, which begins in the Dunwoody Village Shopping Center, turning onto Dunwoody Village Parkway, traveling to Mount Vernon Road and ending in the Shops of Dunwoody.
The parade will feature the bands from Peachtree Charter Middle School and Dunwoody High School, as well as participation by numerous local groups including Scout troops, entertainers, and especially Santa.
At the festival site in the Shops of Dunwoody, a host of family friendly activities await all, including a holiday photo booth, balloon sculptures and a bounce house for the kids.
Around 4:30 p.m. a bevy of local talent will entertain from the big tent. Included in the lineup are singers, musicians and dancers from all of the Dunwoody schools - Austin, Chesnut, Kingsley, Dunwoody Elementary and Vanderlyn.
The Dunwoody High School Jazz Band will also play. And, of course, the one and only Light Up Dunwoody Santa will be there to hear all about everyone’s wish list.
At approximately 6:30 p.m. the Stage Door Players will get the activities started on the Light Up stage in the Burger King parking lot.
According to event organizers, a special guest celebrity will help throw the big switch to officially light up Dunwoody.
As always, participants can then stroll or drive down to the Dunwoody Nature Center on Roberts Drive and enjoy Cocoa and Candles.
“The generous support we receive from our incredible local businesses and merchants make this possible,” Jackson said. “We are grateful to our premier sponsor, Primrose School of Dunwoody along with our partner sponsors, the Bank of North Georgia, Bill Grant Homes, Harry Norman Realtors, Huntington Learning Center, Taylor Construction, Yellow Ribbon Tree Experts, Horizon Windows and Doors, and the Fitness Center of Dunwoody Baptist Church.”
The group has also had in-kind contributions from a host of Dunwoody businesses, including Dunwoody Animal Hospital, Dunwoody Burger King, Kapp Koncepts, The Shops of Dunwoody, Wright’s Gourmet, Publix and Just Trash It.