Holiday Happenings

The holiday season can be a stressful and very busy time of year for parents. We’ve collected the most festive events around the Rome area for you to view and compare in one place. To make things even easier, subscribe to Rome GA with Kids and get events, giveaways, and posts sent directly to your inbox!

Candy Cane Hunt and Trolley Rides with Santa and Mrs Clause
Saturday, Nov 16 | 1 pm (ages 10 and younger – candy cane hunt)
Free, Rome Town Green

Forum on Ice (Rome)
Nov. 17 – Jan. 6

Hours: (May vary due to private events)
Weekdays 10 AM – 8 PM
Fri / Sat 10am – midnight
Sun noon – 8pm
$10/ages 5+; $3/ages 4 and under (includes skate rental, no fee for admittance into area)
$5/ice slide only

 

Winter Wonderland Carnival and Ice Festival

Saturday, Nov. 23 | 10 AM – 6 PM (skating open until later)
Sunday, Nov. 24 | 12 – 6 PM
Free (does not include price to skate)

Parades

 

 

Trees

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Festival of Trees (Calhoun, 25 min from Rome)
November 4 – December 8
Monday 10am-6pm
Tuesday-Thursday 10am-4pm
Friday-Saturday 10am-2pm
Free admission

Euharlee Festival of Trees (Euharlee, 20 min from Rome)
November 30 – December 14
6 – 9 PM
Free, donations accepted

 

Santa

Write to Santa! Details here.

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Candy Cane Hunt and Trolley Rides with Santa and Mrs Clause
Saturday, Nov 16 | 1 pm (ages 10 and younger – candy cane hunt)
Trolley Rides 11am-3pm
Free, Rome Town Green

Santa at Mount Berry Mall
November 29th – December 13th
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 8pm
Sunday: noon – 6pm
Dec 14-Dec 23
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 8pm
Sunday: noon – 8pm
Christmas Eve: 9am – 5pm

Home Depot Kids Workshop and Pictures with Santa
Saturday, Nov 30 | craft 9am-noon, Santa 11am-1pm
Saturday, Dec 7 | craft 9-noon, Santa 10am-12pm
Free

Summerville Santa Train with the Tennessee Valley Railroad (Summerville, 30 min from Rome)
December Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas
Saturdays in Dec 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM
Sundays in Dec 2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM
$19 each (under age 2 free), reserve tickets in advance

Small Town Christmas in the Country and Santa in the Cave (Cave Spring)
Dec 7 – 8 | 9am-4pm, Santa at 11:30

Christmas at the Cabin (Red Top Mountain State Park, 40 minutes from Rome)
Saturday, Dec 7 | 10am-3pm
$5 (park pass entry)

Santa at Honda & Suzuki of Rome
Saturday, Dec 7 | 1-3pm
Free (donated toys appreciated)

Santa Claus & Photos at the Courtyard
Saturday, Dec 7 | 10am-2pm
Courtyard Rome Riverwalk

Cookies and Free Photos with Santa
Saturday, Dec 7 | 2-5pm
The Northside Church

Playtime with Santa, Rome Recreation Centers | 5:30 -8:30pm
Monday, Dec. 9: Parker Center
Tuesday, Dec. 10: Thornton Center
Thursday, Dec. 12: Anthony Center
Monday, Dec. 16: Gilbreath Center
Tuesday, Dec. 17: Fielder Center

Brunch with Santa at Truett’s Chick Fil A
Saturday, Dec 14 | 10am-12pm

Holiday PJ Party at Tellus Science Museum (Cartersville, 30 min from Rome)
Saturday, Dec 14 | 10am-4pm
$ Museum entry

Breakfast at Santa’s Workshop
Saturday, Dec 14 | 8am-11am
Forum River Center
$25

Polar Express Pajama Party at the DeSoto Theatre (Pridemore Cox)
Monday, Dec 16 | 6:30-8:00pm
$7/child (one adult free per child)

World for the Holidays Family Night at World Finance Rome
Friday, Dec 20 | 5-7pm
Free

 

 

Town Celebrations

Downtown Open House and Trolley Rides with Santa and Mrs Clause +Candy Cane Hunt
Saturday, Nov 16 | Trolley Rides 11-3,Candy Cane Hunt at 1pm
Rome Town Green, Free

Christmas in Lindale
Saturday Dec 1 | 3-6pm (parade at 3pm; participate for free! “Star Lightning Ceremony” 5:30-6pm)
Gilbreath Park 106 Garden Avenue, SE, Lindale

Mistletoe Market (Summerville)
Weekends: Dec 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
Saturdays 11am-7:30pm, Sundays 1-7:30 pm

Joy of Christmas in Rockmart
Friday, Dec 6 – Saturday, Dec 7 (Parade Friday at 6pm)

Small Town Christmas in the Country and Santa in the Cave (Cave Spring)
Dec 7 – 8 | 9am-4pm (Santa at 11:30 on)
Rolater Park

 

 

Christian Celebrations:

A Night in Bethlehem, Second Ave United Methodist Church
Sunday, Dec 8 | 2pm-5pm
Free

The Legacy of Bethlehem, Legacy Church (Dallas, 45 min from Rome)
Walk-Through
Friday December 13 | 6-9 PM
Saturday December 14 | 4-9 PM
Sunday December 15 | 4-8 PM
Free, register ahead of time

Spring Creek Baptist Church (Rome)
Drive-Through Nativity
Details coming soon

Live Nativity, Fellowship Baptist Rome (314 Burnett Ferry Rd SW, Rome)
Dec 22 | 6-8pm

 

 

Music and Performing Arts:

RLT’s The Best Christmas Pagaent Ever, Rome Little Theatre
Friday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 15
Friday and Saturday 8 PM
Sunday 2:30 PM
$12/child, $14/senior or student, $16/adult + $2 ticket fee

Welcome Christmas at the Rome City Auditorium
Thurs. Dec 5 | Shows at 9am &  10:45am
$5 each

Lessons and Carols at Berry College
Saturday, Dec 7 | 7-8:30 PM

Christmas Gloria Concert, Rockmart (30 min from Rome)
Saturday, Dec 7 | 7pm, Sun. Dec 8 | 2pm
$6/person

Handel’s Messiah Concert, Rome City Orchestra & The Three Rivers Singers
Saturday, Dec. 7 | 7:30-9:30 pm
$8/child, $9/student, $14/senior, $24/adult

Christmas Back Home Concert
Friday, Dec 13 & Saturday, Dec 14 | 7-9pm, Rome City Auditorium
$13/children, $19/adults

Rudolph at the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts

No Place Like ROME for the Holidays Concert with the NWGA Winds
Monday, Dec 16 | 7:30 PM, Rome City Auditorium
Free, donations accepted

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, 1.5 hours from Rome)
Daily shows at 11am and 1pm (ages 4+)
$25-$35 (receive 20% off with your library card!)

 

Special Movie Showings

Elf
Friends of Calhoun’s GEM Theatre
Friday, Dec 6 | 7:30pm
$5

Santa & The Polar Express
at The West Cinema (Cedartown)
Tuesday, Dec 3 | 6:30pm
Purchase tickets in advance

Santa & The Grinch (2018)
at The West Cinema (Cedartown)
Tuesday, Dec 17 | 6:30pm
Purchase tickets in advance

 

Holiday Crafts, Making, & Movement

Home Depot Kids Workshop and Pictures with Santa
Saturday, Nov 30 | craft 9am-noon, Santa 11am-1pm
Saturday, Dec 7 | craft 9-noon, Santa 10am-12pm
Free

Holiday Ornaments Kids-Only Drop & Shop, AR Workshop
Saturday, Dec 7 | 10 AM & 12 PM
$29.50

Gingerbread House Decorating, with River City Bank and Lisa Bakes Cakes
Sat. Dec 7 | 9:30-11:30
$35+ (1 adult + 1 child, $5 for additional children)

Kids/Family Christmas Yoga: Storytime & Games, SpringStone Yoga  – A Rome GA with Kids Event!
Saturday, Dec 21 | 9:30 am
$5/child or $15/family (adults free)

Gingerbread House Decorating with Honeymoon Bakery
Details coming soon

ECO Center Christmas Craft Day Rome/Floyd ECO Center
Details coming soon

 

Northwest Georgia Area Lights

A Country Christmas at Pettit Creek Farm Drive-Thru Christmas Lights or Hayride (Cartersville, 25 min from Rome)
Sunday – Thursday: 6pm – 9pm Starting Thanksgiving
Friday – Saturday: 6pm – 10pm
*Santa Thurs-Sun Live Nativity Fri-Sun
$20+ / carload
$10 / person for hayride (under age 2 free)

Rock City Enchanted Garden of Lights

Lighting of the Ruins at Barnsley (Adairsville, 25 min from Rome)
Nov 27 | 5-9 PM
$50/car (there are a limited number of off property spots)
Holiday lights Nov 28 – Jan 1 with holiday garden admission.

Christmas at the Falls – Noccalula Falls (Gadsden, AL, 1 hr, 15 min from Rome)
Daily: 5 – 9 PM | Nov 28-Jan 5
$8/Mon-Thurs; $10/Fri-Sun (ages 3 and younger free)

Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights (Lookout Mountain, 1hr 25 min from Rome)
Daily: 4pm – 9pm | Nov 16 – Dec 31
$8.95 – $14.95 / child (3 – 12)
$16.95 – $28.95 / adult

Holiday Lights at the Chattanooga Zoo
December 13, 14, 20, 21 | 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
$8/children, $12/adult (ages 2 and under Free)

Lights of Life (Life University, Marietta, 1 hour from Rome)
Sun-Thurs 6-9 PM, Fri -Sat 6 – 10 PM | Nov 28 – Dec 31
$5 – $10 / car

Magic of Lights (Oxford, Alabama, 1.5 hours from Rome)
Nov 27-Jan 4 | Daily 5-10pm
$17/standard vehicle

MORE LIGHTS THROUGHOUT GEORGIA

See this post for local and residential lights.

 

 

Christkindl Market

Helen, GA

AtlantaChristkindl Market (1.5 hrs from Rome)
Wed – Sun Nov 21 – Dec 23 | 11 AM – 9 PM (7 PM Sun)

HelenChristkindl Market (2 hrs from Rome)
Nov. 30-Dec. 1 & Dec 7-8 | Sat. 11 AM – 7 PM, Sun. 11 AM – 5 PM

 

 

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