JONESBORO — Twinkling lights, colorful wrapping paper, presents, hot chocolate and Santa Claus are a few of the many wonders that embody the magic of Christmas.

There’s no shortage of events Clayton County residents can attend to enjoy and celebrate the holiday season together.

Dec. 4LOVEJOYThe city of Lovejoy is hosting a Christmas Party on Dec. 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lovejoy’s Open-Air Market, 11658 Hastings Bridge Road. There will be hot chocolate, s’mores, food, raffle prizes, a visit with Santa and free gifts for children age 15 and under. The event is free to attend.

To donate a toy, visit the Lovejoy Community Center, Lovejoy Police Department or Lovejoy Hall.

Dec. 7

JONESBOROThe city of Jonesboro will celebrate the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony and parade on Dec. 7. The parade will start at 5 p.m. on Main Street, followed by the festival and tree lighting starting at 6 p.m. at Lee Street Park, 155 Lee St. in Jonesboro. Santa will make a special visit. The event is free to attend.

RIVERDALEThe city of Riverdale will host a Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Dec. 7. The parade begins at 3 p.m. at the Government Annex Building, 6690 Church St. and ends at the Riverdale Town Center.

The celebration will continue at the Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St. from 4-7 p.m. with a tree lighting. It will feature live entertainment, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, s’more stations, carnival rides and indoor ice skating rink.

RIVERDALEThrough Jan. 1, residents can take a spin around the indoor ice rink at the Riverdale Town Center, 7210 Church St. in Riverdale. It’s open Monday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

For more information, visit or call 770-909-5300.

MORROWChildren and parents are invited to come talk and sing with Santa Claus at Morrow City Hall on Dec. 7 from 4-7 p.m. Bring along your camera to take pictures.

FOREST PARKDoes Mr. Claus like his hash browns smothered or covered? Come find out at a special Breakfast with Santa at the Forest Park Senior Center, 5087 Park Ave. from 8-10 a.m. on Dec. 7. The cost is $1 for children ages 12 and under and $12 for kids ages 13 and up.

Dec. 14

COLLEGE PARKJoin the city of College Park for its Going For the Gold Olympics-themed Christmas Parade on Dec. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The parade will begin on College Street in downtown historic downtown College Park.

Following the parade on Dec. 14, residents are invited to have Brunch with Santa from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Hotel Indigo Atlanta Airport, 1776 Harvard Ave. in College Park. The cost is $15 and will feature a full buffet breakfast and photo with Santa. To purchase tickets, call 404-669-9206, ext. 6113.

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