This family-friendly event will become your new Suwanee holiday tradition.
Head over to Suwanee Town Center on December 15th for Jingle in the Park, a family-friendly holiday event benefiting HappyFeat, a local nonprofit whose mission is to create inclusive opportunities for people living with disabilities. The day will kick off with a 5K, and will be jam-packed with more festive fun than you can shake a candy cane at, including a gingerbread house competition, a kids area dubbed the Candy Cane Forest, and the Mistletoe Marketplace with eclectic items from local vendors and makers to help kick off your holiday shopping. There will also be live entertainment throughout the day, including performances by Walnut Grove Elementary School, Jones Middle School Chorus, Mill Creek Show Choir, North Gwinnett Middle School Guitar Club, Suwanee Academy of the Arts, and more. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the fun not to be missed as you jingle, jangle through the park.
The Run, Run Rudolph 5K & Prancer’s PJ Fun Run
Jingle in the Park kicks off with the Run, Run Rudolph 5K (a Peachtree Road Race qualifier) and Prancer’s PJ Fun Run, where participants are encouraged to get in the spirit of the season and don holiday running attire or Christmas PJs, and even dress up their strollers, bikes or dogs with festive flair! Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female runners, as well as the top male and female in each age group. Additional awards include Best Bike Decorations, Most Spirited Jingle in the Park Family, Most Spirited Individual Holiday Spirit, and Most Spirited Dog. All Fun Run participants will receive Jingle Bells. To register, visit JingleInThePark.com.
Candy Cane Forest
Kids will delight in the merriment of the season as they hop from activity to activity. There will be photo ops with Buddy the Elf (10 a.m.-1 p.m.), Elsa and Ana (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), as well as the Grinch (3-5 p.m.), inflatables, holiday crafts like gingerbread houses and a make-an-ornament station, crazy Cindy Lou Who hair, face-painting, a Letter to Santa writing area, and more. Purchase wristbands online at JingleInThePark.com for $25 for all day access (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) to the inflatables, rides and games. Individual tickets can also be purchased on site the day of the event.
The Mistletoe Marketplace will feature vendors from across the country offering a variety of handcrafted items, from clothing, jewelry and accessories to housewares and holiday decor. Vendors include craftspeople, fine artists and food vendors. Some notables include:
In the fall of 2016, The Indigo Child opened its doors in Athens, Georgia. Founder and hippie boss, Morgan Miller, found herself in love and inspired by The Classic City and everything it offered. Amazing food, killer jams and Southern hospitality made perfect sense for this fashionista looking for her next show. Morgan’s passion for music and clothes were her inspiration in making her dream come alive. The Indigo Child was created to give all of you beautiful For a full list of vendors, sponsors, and more information about Jingle in the Park, visit JingleInThePark.com. babes the opportunity to love yourself, embrace your funky side, and rock confidence.
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Created by Josie Hadaway, Written by J creates meaningful hand-lettered paintings, signs, mugs, cards, and more for people to enjoy as well as offering custom orders.
Haiti Metal Art
Haiti Metal Art is handcrafted from Haitian Artisans & sold to support the livelihood of artisans like Junior, pictured here. The artisans recycle 55-gallon oil drums to create their items to sell. They are pounded flat to provide a metal canvas. The artisans then draw designs and chisel, cut and shape unique works of art.