JONESBORO — A number of events celebrating the holiday season have been planned across Clayton County for residents to enjoy.

Fundraiser and toy drive

Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeff Turner will hold a fundraiser and toy drive Dec. 8 at the Skybox Restaurant, 2190 Mount Zion Parkway in Morrow, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Turner is partnering with the Ambassadors Behind CASA organization for the fundraiser. Ambassadors Behind CASA provides service to the county’s Court Appointed Special Advocates program, an organization that provides activities for children advocated for by the Juvenile Court.

“I’m so thankful to our community for always supporting my toy drive for our children in foster and relative care,” Turner stated in a press release. “Because of the community’s generosity and kindness, many of our children will wake up to a brighter Christmas.”

The toys collected will be presented to the Ambassadors Behind CASA to fill wish lists of children in relative and foster care, and the financial donations will be turned over to purchase additional toys.

Holiday Fest in Forest Park

Forest Park has several events this week to celebrate the Christmas season. On Dec. 3, the city will hold its Holiday Fest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Town Plaza on Main Street. The event will feature live music, donkey rides, carnival games, concessions, face painting and a vendor fair.

The city requests that attendees bring an unwrapped toy to help a child in need.

That morning, the city will hold its Breakfast and Pictures with Santa at the Senior Center, 5087 Park Ave., from 8:30-10 a.m. Breakfast will be $1 for children 6 and under, $2 for children from 7-12 and $2.50 for adults and children.

Pictures will be $18 per package.

Jonesboro Christmas Parade and Festival

The city of Jonesboro will be holding its annual Christmas Parade and Festival on Dec. 3.

The parade will run from Stockbridge Road at Jonesboro Middle School north on Stockbridge Road, taking a left turn at South McDonough Street, and traveling south to College Street.

The parade will take a U-Turn to Main Street, continuing north on Main, taking a left at Spring Street and ending at Lee Street and the driveway to the Perry Learning Center.

The event will feature the lighting of Jonesboro’s Christmas Tree, a musical performance from the Marta Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts and Santa Claus taking childrens’ Christmas lists and handing out goodie bags.

Morrow’s Christmas in the Park

Morrow’s annual Christmas in the Park will be held Saturday from 3-7 p.m. The event will feature food trucks, vendors, train rides, pictures with Santa Claus and a tree lighting celebration. The event is free to attend.

Riverdale tree lighting

Riverdale will hold its annual tree lighting Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Riverdale Town Center at 7200 Church St., as well as a Christmas parade that starts at the Dubois Integrity Academy and ends at the Riverdale Town Center.

The event will feature pictures with Santa, a petting zoo, a festival of trees, trackless train rides, hayrides and live entertainment. The event is free to attend.

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