DGKN staff report
DALTON The Dalton Holidays Festival returns this year with a Downtown Holiday Gathering Dec. 3 and “modified” festivities, which include the parade and other activities Dec. 4, but the craft show has been canceled this year because of COVID-19 concerns.
The 2021 festival theme will be “A Heritage Holiday,” according to a news release from the Dalton Holidays Festival Committee. The festival kicks off 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. The committee will partner with businesses and community organizations to sponsor “Downtown Holiday Gathering.” This will feature area businesses and community organizations with holiday festivities, including food trucks, carolers, hot drinks, Queen’s crowning, and announcements of the Citizen of the Year and Grand Marshal. A business lighting contest also will resume this year.
The modified annual holiday festival continues Saturday, Dec. 4, with a parade at 2 p.m. Those interested in participating, details will be released soon for registration. Following the parade, at about 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m., the festivities will be held in the Dalton High School parking lot.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit and other activities include touch-a-truck, turkey bowling, Mrs. Claus’ pantry, food, and games. Because of COVID-19 concerns, a craft show will not be hosted this year, but the release states the committee hopes to bring back the popular show in 2022.
Anyone who is interested in being a part of the committee, can reach out through the Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with one of the committee members.
“We are excited to welcome our community back to our annual festival this year!” the release states.