Dec. 4-9: Catch the holiday spirit with Chattahoochee Valley activities

November 28, 2012 

Pine Mountain homeowners open their doors for tours, Moon Lake lights up, and Christmas trees are decorated at Chattahoochee Valley events Dec. 6-9.

Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony: The MCoE band will provide a selection of holiday music and Santa will be available at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Field of the Four Chaplains, Fort Benning. Trees for Troops is 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 4, Fort Benning’s Wetherby Field. MWR’s Outdoor Recreation and FedEx offering active duty soldiers and/or their family members (with military ID) one free live tree while supplies last. 706-545-3328.

Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony: The MCoE band will provide a selection of holiday music and Santa will be available at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Field of the Four Chaplains, Fort Benning. Trees for Troops is 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 4 at Fort Benning’s Wetherby Field. MWR’s Outdoor Recreation and FedEx offering active duty soldiers and/or their family members (with military ID) one free live tree while supplies last. 706-545-3328.

Christmas at Moon Lake in Phenix City: Live music from area schools, a petting zoo, train ride, hay rides, inflatables, food vendors and Santa. The lake will be decorated with lighted displays and will stay lit through the holidays. will be 5-9 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 6. The public is invited and there is no admission fee. 334-291-4719.

Broadway Holiday Festival: Enjoy Santa Claus and the Coca-Cola Polar bear, lighting of the Christmas tree, vendors, horse and carriage rides and “snow” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at 1100 block of Broadway. Food donations will be accepted for area shelters. 706-596-0111.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas in the Valley concert: Bring a camera to take pictures with Santa, starting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. The 7:30 p.m. concert features music by the orchestra, Voice of the Valley Youth choir and an excerpt from the Columbus Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Tickets cost $5 to $36. 706-323-5059. csoga.org

Tree of Light ceremony: Columbus Regional Healthcare System and The Medical Center Auxiliary host the 32nd annual event 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The Medical Center’s exterior Christmas tree will be lit and graduates of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will have a special holiday celebration that includes making “Thank You” cards for NICU staff as well as an appearance from Santa. The lighting ceremony is outside The Medical Center’s main entrance and the tree will be lit at 6:13 p.m. The NICU celebration is inside The Conference Center at The Medical Center. This event marks The Medical Center Auxiliary’s annual giving program that benefits critically ill infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Victorian Christmas Open House: The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus hosts the free holiday event Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9. Expect holiday music, refreshments, guided museum tours, shopping and a Civil War era Santa. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays.

Sons of Lafayette Christmas Concert: The all male chorus performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 9-10, 3:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 120 Broad Street, LaGrange. Email sonsoflafayette@gmail.com for more information.

Florence Marina State Park's Christmas on the Lake: Make Christmas decorations out of natural items such as pine cones, sweetgum balls, magnolia seedpods and seashells 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the marina in Omaha, Ga. (Ga. Hwy. 39). Refreshments will be served. Santa will be taking pictures 1-3 p.m. for $3. Cost is $1 to make one ornament or $5 to make six ornaments. Parking is $5. For more information, call 229-838-4706 or visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org.

Pancake Breakfast: The Fort Benning Chapter No. 278 Order of the Eastern Star hosts the morning meal 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Fort Benning Lodge, 2304 Fort Benning Road. Cost is $6/adults; $4/children under ten and includes pancakes, sausage, fruit cup, orange juice, coffee or milk.

A Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour: The self-directed driving tour starts at North 8th and 2nd Avenue in Opelika, Ala., and includes live entertainment, carolers, costumed homeowners and other festivities 6-11 p.m. EST Dec. 5-9. A walking tour will be 6-9 p.m. EST Dec. 8. Free admission. 334-745-4861.

Candlelight Holiday Tour of Homes: Five homes in Pine Mountain, GA., plus the First United Methodist Church and the Chipley Woman’s Clubhouse are decorated for the holidays and open to guests 3:30-8:30 p.m. EST. Sat., Dec. 8. $20. Tickets are available at Sweet Home Antiques in Pine Mountain or by calling 706-663-7993 or 706-457-2558.

Christmas at the Landings: Visit Santa Claus 6-9 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 14-15, Dec. 21; and 6-8 p.m. Dec. 22. Horse and buggy rides are 6-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The Landings shopping center is at 2501 Airport Thruway, off Exit 8 on I-185. Free for most activities. 706-323-6401.

Pet photos with Santa: Santa Claws photo events are held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 16 at PetSmart, 1591 Bradley Park Drive. Purchase a photo of your pet with Santa for $9.95, with the Pet Perks reward program. $5 from every purchase will be donated to the local animal-welfare organization participating that day. Call PetSmart at 706-323-6788 for more information. Peachtree Mall welcomes dogs and cats on Monday nights 6-8 p.m. for St. Nick’s Pet Pics. Dates are Dec. 3, Dec. 10, and Dec. 17. Portraits with Santa begin at 6 p.m. Photo packages are available for purchase. They cost $22.99-$45.99. Peachtree Mall is at 3131 Manchester Expressway in Columbus, GA. For more information, call 706-327-1578 or visit peachtreemall.com.

"Polar Express" 3D: See the holiday film at the IMAX Theatre at the National Infantry Museum. Shows are 7:15 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 7; 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 8; 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. Cost is $8-$10, children 3 and younger get in free. 706-653-9234.

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