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Winter Wonderland: Stone Mountain Park gears up for its holiday events
by Christine Fonville
December 03, 2013 11:43 AM | 3413 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park offers a variety of decor, activities, and holiday characters for visitors during the winter season.
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DeKalb County residents rarely experience a snowy, white Christmas, but Stone Mountain Park is changing that with its Christmas and Snow Mountain events.

Beginning in early November, the park was transformed into a Christmas wonderland with attractions like a holiday village, 4-D theater and snow-covered slopes to tube on.

Visitors can start the day by hitting Avalanche Mountain from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., which includes acres of real snow and a 400-foot tubing hill.

“For Snow Mountain, we transform the lawn where people view the laser show into a tubing hill with eight single lanes and four family lanes where up to five people can slide down together,” said Paul Creasy, production manager.

He said pre-construction for the ride started after Labor Day and to answer many visitors’ question: yes, the snow is real.

“We make the snow by pulling it from Stone Mountain Lake,” Creasy said. “It’s real, it does melt, and the water runs back into the lake through a drainage system so the event is very environmentally friendly.”

The special snow-making equipment allows Creasy and his team to manufacture the snow no matter what the temperature is outside.

After enjoying racing down the slopes, children can visit the snow zone, which has been expanded to include more activities this year.

“The snow play area is where kids can build snowmen, throw snowballs at targets, make forts and play on some smaller snow hills,” said Creasy.

Later in the day, the Christmas entertainment begins in almost every area of the park.

“In the Crossroads section of the park, we have a Christmas parade that begins at 6 p.m. and winds through the village,” said Christine Clement, a spokeswoman at the park.

After the parade, visitors can meet and greet a few of their favorite holiday characters, including Santa and the Snow Angel, along with several old favorites.

“This year, we have Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster who were popular in Christmas specials from the 1960s and 1970s,” Clement said. “It’s great because even though Stone Mountain Christmas is geared toward kids, parents and grandparents can enjoy their favorite characters too.”

The event also includes live performances with music and dancing at various times throughout the park.

“A lot of people really like the Holly Jolly Cabaret, which is a show covering some favorite holiday songs and Mistletales, where Mrs. Claus tells stories,” Clement said.

Other events include cookie decorating and writing letters to Santa, photo opportunities and a 4-D theater experience.

“We show a 20-minute version of “The Polar Express” in 4-D, which means the chairs move, viewers feel gusts of wind and more,” Clement said.

The festivities end with a fireworks display and snowy weather each night.

Tickets for the events start at $22 for children ages 3 through 11 and increase to $31.25 for a family value pass, which includes access to the attractions, meals and unlimited drink refills.

Stone Mountain Christmas runs through Jan. 1 and Snow Mountain runs through Feb. 17.

If you go:
What: Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain
Where: Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain
When: Today through Feb. 17
Cost: $22 to $31.25
Information: Tickets can be purchased online at www.stonemountainpark.com
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