The city’s annual tree lighting ceremony will be Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Ga. 9 and Webb Road.
“We’ll have holiday music, the mayor will welcome everybody and then [the mayor and city council members] will officially count down and light the tree,” said Angela Thompson, Milton’s special projects and events manager.
After the 20-foot cedar tree is lit, Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck. Attendees can take photos with Santa or enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and popcorn. With the Friday after Thanksgiving often considered the largest retail shopping day of the year, those who come out to Milton’s tree lighting are encouraged to shop at one of the many stores in the Ga. 9/Deerfield Parkway corridor.
On Dec. 7, the city and the Crabapple Community Association will host Christmas in Crabapple. Festivities will be held at both Friendship Community Park, at 12785 Birmingham Hwy., and the cottages on Mid Broadwell Road near the Crabapple/Mayfield Road intersection.
“It is a family oriented event for the community,” said Peyton Jamison, president of the Crabapple Community Association. “There are going to be tons of activities for the children. [My kids] enjoy it every single year.”
Last year’s event was combined with the grand opening of Friendship Community Park and drew in crowds of about 1,200, Thompson said. She hopes this year’s affair is just as large.
“In Friendship Community Park, we’ll have music, funnel cakes, a bounce house [and] a holiday train that goes around the park,” she said. “In downtown Crabapple over at the cottage, they’ll have s’mores and Santa will be there.”
Activities will run from 2 to 5 p.m., but Jamison advised those who want to see Santa arrive should plan to come early. “We will also have a little surprise on how Santa is going to [arrive] to the North Pole,” he said. “It’s going to be a Milton-themed [mode of] transportation.”
Christmas in Crabapple will also include the return of the community association’s North Pole Passport Program.
“[The program] was an idea that we had to try to reach out to the Crabapple businesses,” Jamison said. “Each child will have a passport and [can] go to each business and get a stamp.”
Children who receive a certain number of stamps will get a special gift, he said.