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Norcross Kicks Off Holidays on Friday

The holiday season gets is first sparkle with a tree lighting at the park--and an open house at the new arts center, the Nest, on Saturday.

The City of Norcross holiday festivities, dubbed Sparkle!, get their first twinkle this weekend, kicking off a month of wintry fun downtown. 

On Friday, the tree at Thrasher Park will be lit at 7 p.m. and the arrival of a certain jolly man in a red suit can also be expected. The Norcross Lions Club will provide hot chocolate and cookies, and free photos with Santa will begin at 7:15 p.m., according to information released by the city. A live band will start up 6:30 p.m.

Carriage rides will be offered for free during the holiday season as well.  Pick up the horse-drawn carriage in front of on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In addition, will hold a holiday open house on Saturday and Sunday, with tastes of tea and treats. Free gift wrapping will be available for items purchased at the shop.

And, last but not least, Saturday is Date Night Downtown. The Nest, the city's newest arts center, is having its anticipated opening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Nest is located at 17 College St. in the newly transformed historic "Rectory" next to the Cultural Arts and Community Center. Munchies, music, beer and wine will lend a festive air to the opening, which will include works from artists of a variety of media. 

 will also open its doors just across the street. (More live music can be heard at and on Saturday, too.)

While you are out, check out the ’s new show ,” an adult-only comedy about an unfortunate soul who gets a job as an elf at Macy’s for a season.

The Sparkle! festivities continue through Dec. 22. Check out aplacetoimagine.com for more information.

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