An Interview with Forsyth County’s Gingerbread House Creators

Every year we look forward to the Night of Lights in Ashebrooke. And every year, my whole family wants to sit and look at this special house. It’s known as “the Gingerbread house” around the neighborhood. I was able to get a few minutes with the creators and interview them. I know I can speak for all of us, when I say – THANK YOU Gingerbread House! You make a lot of families happy and in awe with your Christmas display every year ūüôā

Here’s what they had to say…

What’s the story of your lights?  Talk me through how the idea came to do so many lights on your house.

“Well, my brother lived next door to us in our former neighborhood. It became a contest of who could do more. My wife says I am the poster child for “Go big or go home.”¬†

Walk me through your process for setting up the lights each year. Done in phases? Start at certain time to finish in time?

“It takes a few weeks, depending on my travel schedule and the weather. I start with the roof, move to the windows and then the porch. The last thing I do is put lights on the bushes and set up the inflatables. Organization is key! All of my Christmas decor is labeled when I take them down the previous year and organized into labeled bins.”

Why so many lights? Any estimate/ballpark of how many lights are on your house?

“It gets bigger every year because I add to it every year. There are approximately 60,000 lights this year.”

What’s the most challenging part of the process of hanging the lights?

“I’d say the hardest thing is keeping them powered on when it rains.”

What’s the first night we can expect to be the opening night for showing the lights this year?

“Our goal is the first week of December.”

Any tips for eager “Griswolds” who are wanting to hang lights on their house?

“Yes – absolutely. I have four tips for you…

1. Make sure the light strands are stretched out and lines are straight.
2. Stay with same type of lights in the same areas.
3. You will need lots and lots of extension cords.
4. Waterproof connections are a smart¬†choice.”

Where is the inspiration come from for the design of your lights?

“Actually, I figure it out as I go.”

Did part of your childhood play into your light decor? 

“Yes – my dad used to hang lights, but not this many. I try to make it have lots more lights for my three boys to enjoy.”

Do you get called Clark Griswold a lot?

“Yes, and we LOVE Christmas Vacation, but the neighborhood calls us the Gingerbread House.”

At the end of the day, what is the most gratifying part of having such a fun, festive, and decorated house?

“It’s the handwritten notes left in the mailbox, providing a space for family portraits, and all the honks and hollers out the windows of cars driving by.”

From left to right – Caden (11), Chad, Dylan (5), Amy, and Nolan (10)

Ashebrooke Night of Lights 2017 will be held on December 17th from 7pm-9pm.

Find out more about it and other light displays – 10 + Christmas Light Displays in & near Forsyth County


Rachael Walkup¬†has lived in North Georgia all her life. Since 2006 ‚Äď The Walkup family has made¬†Forsyth County their home.¬†Along with being a wife and mom, Rachael is¬†an¬†avid blogger, social media expert, and owner of CummingLocal.com.¬†Her time is spent promoting local events and small businesses in North Georgia.¬† With a background in Marketing and Sales, coupled with her experience in Project Development and Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Rachael offers consultations and classes to help clients reach their fullest potential.

10 Things To Do in Forsyth County for Thanksgiving

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Things To Do in Forsyth County for Thanksgiving

1. Restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day:

To find more places, check this post from last year on Focus on Forsyth Facebook Group.

We’d love to keep adding to this list. So please comment and let us know if we are missing a place that’s open on Thanksgiving Day.¬†Also, be sure to check¬†with the location by you to make sure they are open before going.¬†

2.  Shop for a Christmas Tree at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm: This wonderful tree farm opens on Thanksgiving Day. The will have Christmas Tree Shopping and family farm fun. To find other local places to get a tree: Christmas Tree Farms in Forsyth County 

3. Gobble Wobble 5k/10/Half Marathon: Before you “Gobble” down your Thanksgiving feast,¬†come¬†work up your appetite ¬†by¬†“Wobbling” in¬†your¬†choice of¬†a 5k, 10k ¬†or ¬†Half Marathon!¬†This race benefits United Way of Forsyth County. For more information and to sign up, click here.¬†

4. Volunteer Together as a Family:  Cumming First United Methodist church is in need of volunteers for their FREE Thanksgiving meal for the community. You can sign up here.

You could also choose another Non-Profit to volunteer at with your family. There are many organizations in Forsyth County that could use our help. Pick one, call them and see how you can help this year!

5.  Drive Around and Look at Lights: This is our favorite activity during the holidays. We love driving around and looking at all the light shows around Forsyth County.

6.  Play Together at Stars and Strikes:  Stars & Strikes will open all week and is offering a bunch of specials! This would be a great activity for all of your out of town guests too.

7. Do Some Random Acts of Kindness:¬†We have a bunch of ideas or you can create your own. My kids love doing this together. As a bonus, it’s a great way to get your children’s hearts in the giving mode for the holiday season.

8. Go Ice Skating: The North GA Outlet Mall has an ice skating rink set up that opened on November 17th. Grab your tickets before heading there!

9. The Great Winter Clean Out &¬†Donate in Forsyth¬†County:¬†I love to take advantage of everyone being home during the week of Thanksgiving. We use the time to¬†clean out drawers, closets, and more! The playroom and kids‚Äô rooms get organized. It‚Äôs a family purging event. Anyway, once we get everything together ‚Äď we choose a local non-profit to donate to. Here‚Äôs our round-up of the non-profits and what they stand for.¬†

10. Do Some Holiday Shopping in our Holiday Gift Guide: We just launched our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide full of ways you can SHOP LOCAL this year. There are many discounts for you as a Cumming Local reader!

Looking for more ideas? Be sure to check out a round-up by our friends at 365 Atlanta Family for some more ideas in the Atlanta-area.

Note – we will continue to add to this list! Keep checking back in. And as always if we are missing anything, please let us know!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! 

Christmas Activities Cumming GA & Forsyth County {2017}

Christmas Activities in Cumming GA & Forsyth County {2017}

Once again we plan to do our best to keep you updated with all the Christmas Activities in Cumming & Forsyth County this 2017 Season. There are so many Christmas activities to enjoy right here close to home.

As always:  Want to see your listing included?  If your church, business or organization has a Christmas event, submit your event here.


This guide is sponsored by The Cole Team – if you or someone you love is looking to sell or buy, give them a call anytime!


Helpful Christmas Activities Guides

If you missed the below round-ups, be sure to check them out.  They are full of lots of great information for Cumming, GA & Forsyth County.

Locations to Purchase a Christmas Tree
Locations to See Santa
Christmas Light Shows
Christmas Church Service Round-Up

Where to Recycle Christmas Trees

Looking for more? Find Holiday Events in Gwinnett from our friends Gwinnett Family!

Things To Do this {2017} Christmas Season in Forsyth County:

Listed in date order. Listing will be updated as new Events are Added. Click Event Title for more Information.  As with all events listed on our website, these are subject to change at any time & without notice.  We encourage you to follow the event on Facebook, website provided or phone/email contact information for most recent & accurate information.

Ongoing:

Now through December 23rd:  Christmas in Castille Light Show
Now through December 23rd:  Christmas at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm
Now through December 23rd:  Christmas at Kinsey Family Farm
Now through December 31st:  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer РCenter for Puppetry Arts
Now through January 5th: The Ice Rink at North Georgia

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¬†From our family to yours …¬† Merry Christmas friends!!

10+ Places To Find Christmas Trees in Forsyth County {2017}

Christmas Trees in Forsyth County

Places To Find Christmas Trees in Forsyth County {2017}

It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS!!!¬† Tree lots are opening up and Forsyth County Christmas Tree Farms are getting ready for us too!¬† Whether you want to cut one down yourself or just pick out a perfect one – we can help you out!

There are several locations for Christmas tree farms & purchases in Forsyth County that you can visit – everything from a real farm where you select & cut your own own tree to the local Home & Garden store where you don’t!¬† You can take a fun holiday experience or even help a local high school with their fundraising efforts.

When picking a Christmas tree in Forsyth County, there’s a little something for everyone!

Here’s our round-up of places to find a Christmas tree this year:

(Please note – we will be adding to this list as more information becomes available from other places in Forsyth)

Christmas Tree Farms in Forsyth County:

Kinsey Family Farm Entrance

Kinsey Family Farm:¬†¬†My family has been going here for several years – both in the fall and winter months.¬† It’s a beautiful farm with a great staff & team!¬† If you want to have the full experience and a great farm holiday atmosphere, you need to go here! Kinsey Family Farm is family owned and operated. It‚Äôs about 20 minutes North East of Cumming. You can sip on hot chocolate while roaming around their outdoor barn looking at Christmas trees, homemade wreaths, and garland that are made from their tree trimmings.¬† Roast marshmallows over the fire pit, take a hayride and more! You have the option of cutting down your own tree on the farm or picking one out that‚Äôs already been cut. This is a great place to go no matter your age and what you‚Äôre looking for, they have it all! What my family loves about Kinsey Family Farm is when you make a purchase of a Christmas tree – you get a Kinsey Family Farm ornament.¬† Every year they make a new one, so start or continue your collection today!¬†¬†Check out this guest post about a reader’s visit to Kinsey Family Farm

2017 Christmas Season opens Saturday, November 18th.  Click here for hours & more information.  (note:  Closed Thanksgiving Day)
Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm:¬†Here is another great Christmas Tree Farm located in Cumming, GA. With over 1,500 trees ready for the Christmas 2017 Season – there is a great collection of choose & cut trees!¬† They also offer a variety of homemade breads, jams & jellies, wreaths, ice cold drinks & more!¬† My kids LOVED seeing the farm animals and playing corn hole while we shopped.¬† It’s a great environment for the whole family!¬† Check out this guest post about a reader’s visit to Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm.

2017 Christmas Season opens Saturday, November 18th:  Click here for hours & more information (note:  Open Thanksgiving Day, but closed every Sunday)

Christmas Tree Purchases in Forsyth County:

  1. Big John’s:  Big John’s is a 60+ year old Atlanta tradition, family owned and operated. They serve the Atlanta metropolitan area with fresh Christmas trees, wreaths and roping, along with stands, ornaments and more!  There are two Forsyth County locations Р Suwanee (3651 Peachtree Parkway
    Suwanee, GA 30024) and Cumming (503 Lakeland Plaza Road
    Cumming, GA 30040). Opens Thursday, November 16th.  Click here for more information and click here for a coupon.
  2. Slate’s Christmas Trees: Located at 413 Atlanta Rd, Cumming, 30040. Here you can find Fraser Firs, homemade wreaths, and fresh apple cider! Click here for more information.
  3. Spot Rd Fruit Stand: Located at 1885 Dr Bramblett Rd, Cumming. The trees range from $15-65. Mike is carrying all Fraser Firs from North Carolina. He sells out really quick!
  4. Pike Family Nursery: Our local Pike Family Nursery is located at: 6050 Bethelview Road. They’re busy bringing in all of their beautiful Christmas décor to help you decorate inside or outside of your home. You can also get beautiful poinsettias and rosemary trees.
  5. 24th Annual South Forsyth Dugout Club Tree Lot: Amazing selection of beautiful trees!  6-foot to 13-foot trees and they will deliver and help set up your tree for FREE.  Located in the front of Souther Forsyth High School Р585 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. Hours: Mon-Fri 3:30-8:30pm, Sat 8:30am-9pm, Sun 11:30am Р8:30pm. Cash, check and all major credit cards accepted.
  6. Lowes: Located off of Marketplace Blvd.
  7. Home Depot: Located off of Marketplace Blvd.
  8. Costco: Located at 1211 Bald Ridge Marina Rd, Cumming, GA 30041

What a wonderful Christmas season it is! Light up the tree, make memories, and enjoy the time with your family and friends!

Disclosure – we have provided a list of where to get your special Christmas tree with links and contact info. We give you the links and contact info for a reason. Please check with the company before heading out to them. We would hate for you to bundle your family just to find out they are not open yet. Enjoy the Christmas season!

Christmas Light Shows Forsyth County: 10+ Shows To See

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Christmas Light Shows Forsyth County & Cumming GA: 10+ Shows To See

Stay close to home and make some great memories with some Residential Christmas Light Shows Forsyth County!¬† These local, shows won’t break the bank AND they’re for great causes as well!¬† As with all events listed on our website, these are subject to change especially due to weather.¬† We encourage you to follow the event on Facebook or the website provided, if applicable, for most recent & accurate information.

If you are looking for more things to do for Christmas, be sure to check out our Guide to Christmas 2017.

Lights To See In & Near Forsyth County:

Christmas in Castille:

Location:  4220 Tivoli Way, Alpharetta GA 30004 (Forsyth County)
Date:  2017 Schedule:  November 30th РDecember 23rd
Time:  Thursdays РSaturdays, 6pm to 9pm
Details:  Christmas in Castille is a free animated Christmas light display showing more that 57,000 lights synchronized to music.  Pull up and enjoy the spectacle of lights in stereo. Make sure you tune your radio to 89.9FM  to listen!

Like Christmas in Castille on Facebook
Visit Christmas in Castille Online

Ashebrooke Night of Lights:

Location: Ashebrooke Subdivisions – Bethelview Road (between Kelly Mill and Hwy 20)
Date: December 17th
Time: 7-9pm
Details: Visit Ashebrooke Subdivision for the 12th annual “Night of Lights” –¬† the residents of Ashebrooke light up their streets and their homes with luminary bags & candles to put on a great display of lights in an effort to help raise money for a worthy cause.

This year’s beneficiary is to be¬†Jennifer DeLucia. ¬†Jennifer was diagnosed in March 2016 with Diffused Large B Cell Lymphoma. She went into remission in August 2016. However, her cancer came back in early 2017. She recently had an Autologous Stem Cell Transplant and though all signs show it was a successful procedure, had several complications extending her hospital stay. It is a long journey for Jennifer and her family, husband David and daughter Elyse. ¬†Jennifer has been an active Ashebrooke neighbor, chairing the ACC committee and a previous year‚Äôs Night of Lights. It is moving that we can ‘return the favor’.

TIP: Bring cash to put in the donation bucket for Jennifer. And see if you can find the Gingerbread House! We interviewed the family that puts this amazing decor up every year – Forsyth County’s Gingerbread House.

Operation Griswold 3.0

Location: 104 Wolf Creek Court, Cumming, GA 30028
Date & Time: The lights are on daily from 6pm to 10pm.
Details: Operation Griswold 3.0 is AMAZING! Each year, new lights are added. The house is perfectly lined in icicles with wreaths on every window. And don’t miss the beautiful large Christmas tree in the yard!

Happy House in Cumming:

Location: 5455 Young Deer Dr Cumming GA 30041
Date & Time: The Christmas lights are on daily from 6pm until 10pm from now til January 1.
Details: Happy House has 100,000 + lights and named Happy House by the children in the neighborhood. No fancy music or wild flashing lights more like an Old Fashioned Christmas enjoyed by young and old.

 

Blagg Family Lights

Location: 5910 Bridge Stone Ct, Cumming
Date & Time: Playing 5:30-11pm every night from now until 12/31.
Details: Make sure to tune your radio to 94.7 before you arrive. Click here for a preview

Check their Facebook page for up to date details  

Lanier Islands Christmas: 

The annual fun is back with a new rate and celebrating the 25th year!

Location:  7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford GA
Date:  November 17th РJanuary 3rd
Time: Nightly 5pm to 10pm
Details: Like many great traditions, we mixed a little old, with a little new to bring you best light show ever! On this 25th anniversary we‚Äôre bringing back the ‚Äô12 Days of Christmas‚Äô display. After a two-year hiatus, the 13-display attraction returns better than before. You can sing holiday tunes with your family as you drive pass each sparkling light display. ’12 Days of Christmas’ joins the long list of much-loved displays such as Santa’s Elves at Work, ‘the North Pole Express, Jack & the Bean Stalk, Wizard of Oz, ‘the Poinsettia Candelabra, the Icicle Tunnel, the Carousel, and so many more! Be on the lookout for the massive ***NEW*** 65-foot Universal Christmas Tree at the clock tower roundabout. It is truly a sight to see! ¬†Click here for more information.¬†¬†

Night of Lights at Emory Johns Creek

Location: 6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek
Date: December 1st (You can also drive through to look at the lights anytime. A reader recently reported that they are on.)
Time: 6-8pm

Click here for more info 

Dawson Junction Subdivision

Location:  121 Switchman Lane, Dawsonville GA 30534
Date: November 24th РDecember 25th 
Time:
Sun – Thur 5:30- 10pm and Friday & Saturday 5:30 – 11pm
Details: Tune your radio station to 107.7 to make the light show start.

Click here to see a short video 

Lights To See in Canton:

Holiday Springs Lights

Location: First Baptist Church Holly Springs –¬†2632 Holly Springs Pkwy, Canton, GA 30115
Date: 
December 1st – 23rd (Planning on these dates, i’ll update if they change)
Time:
6pm-11:30pm
Details:
For more¬†details you can check their Facebook page at any time. They are working on the¬†set up¬†of the light show right now. It’s the light show that used to be at Cagle Family Farm.

Website | Facebook

Northside Hospital Cherokee – Celebration of Lights

Location: Northside Hospital Cherokee (450 Northside Cherokee Blvd.
Canton, GA 30115)
Date: December 1st
Time: 6pm
Details: Each year, Northside Hospital honors those affected by cancer with the lighting of giant Christmas trees atop its campuses in Atlanta, Alpharetta and Cumming, and a free community celebration at Northside Hospital-Cherokee. Each of the 48,000 lights on the three Christmas trees can be purchased and designated in honor or memory of family, friends and physicians. {Please note the location change for the 2017 celebration.} 

To make a secure tax-deductible donation or to download an order form, visit https://give.northside.com/lights.

Holiday Lights of Hope

Location: Hobgood Park in Woodstock, GA
Date: December 7th Р23rd
Details: features a huge walk-through Christmas light display with more than 2,000,000 lights, concessions, vendors, Santa and so much more!

Click here for more info & tickets

Holiday Lights at Veterans Park

Location: 7345 Cumming Highway, Canton, GA 30115
Date: November 24th – January 6th
Time: Nightly at 6pm

Click here for more info 

No Animated Light Shows This Year:

Red Hawk Christmas

Update: According to their Facebook page, they will not have a show this year.

Here’s the message they posted:

“I want to start off saying Thank You to those who have come out to see our show in recent years. Unfortunately some things have come up this year and as a result we will not have a light show this year. We hope to return in 2017 bigger and better than ever.”

Location: 173 Aplomado Lane W, Dawsonville, GA
Details
: An Animated Christmas Light Show in North Georgia. This year they have 12,000+ lights timed to several Christmas Carols. The show is Free and any donations will benefit KARE for Kids. A local non-profit who gives local children in need the Christmas they deserve. Check here for more details.

Blink Midwinter 

Details: According to their Facebook page, they will not have a show this year.

Here’s the message they posted:

“Blink Midwinter is on an indefinite hiatus. Not saying we’ll never be back, but it’s not on the radar any time soon. May your 2017 be merry and bright!”

Looking for more LIGHTS??

For lights around the Atlanta area, be sure to check out this round up of 25 Sparkling Christmas Light Displays Near Atlanta from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family.

For lights around the Gwinnett area, check out Gwinnett’s Free Christmas Light Displays from our friends at Gwinnett Family

Did we miss any of your favorites? Feel free to leave a comment below to share with all of us!

 

Holiday House {2017}

Holiday House {2017}

Each year in Forsyth County, hundreds of parents struggle to make the holidays special for their families. ¬†Join us this year, as we invite you to bless these families by contributing to the 3rd Annual Holiday House. ¬†The Holiday House is a place where parents can shop for gifts for their children. ¬†This year’s event will take place on Thursday, December 14th- Saturday December 16th.¬† How can you help? The Place of Forsyth County has three ways to help – donate, sponsor or volunteer.

Donate:

We are seeking donations for all ages.  We ask that all items donated are new, except for good condition used bicycles and gaming systems.

Some ideas to generate donations:

  • Put a donation box in high traffic area in your business.
  • Offer a % off on an item or service in your business.
  • Bring a toy, get a raffle ticket to win an item or service of your choice.
  • Purchase a gift card and automatically have a free one donated to the Holiday House.
  • Match toy donation with a financial contribution to Holiday House.
  • Collect stocking stuffer bags for ages 0-18.
  • Collect or provide gift wrap, tape, bows, and ribbons.
  • Provide food, drinks, and volunteers in the kids and volunteer hospitality rooms.

Sign up to donate supplies needed for the event: http://bit.ly/HHtoydrive

Sponsor:

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. If you prefer to offer a financial contribution, you can contribute to The Place of Forsyth County and indicate “Youth.” If you are interested in donating to the Holiday House, please email¬†HolidayHouse@theplaceofforsyth.org or you can call at 770-887-1098.

Donate financially online: https://www.myregistry.com/organization/Holiday-House-Cumming-Ga/948475

All contributions go to families in Forsyth County. With your contributions, you can help bring holiday joy and spirit of the season to those in need.

Business Sponsor Options:

  • Angel Sponsor ($1,000): ¬†¬†Sponsor provides toys, decorations, gift wrap, shopping supplies for the Holiday House. (Sponsor logo on t-shirts, Name and Logo on banner, Photo Booth with logo backdrop, Press Release, Social Media, and special recognition at the event.)
  • Snowman Sponsor ($500): Sponsor provides toys, decorations, gift wrap, shopping supplies for the Holiday House. (Sponsor Logo on banner, Photo Booth with logo backdrop, Press Release, Social Media, and special recognition at the event.)
  • Candy Cane Sponsor ($250): Sponsor provides toys, decorations, gift wrap, shopping supplies for the Holiday House. (Photo Booth with logo backdrop, Press Release, Social Media, and special recognition at the event.)

Volunteer:

Making Holiday House a success takes a lot of volunteers! Volunteers are needed to qualify families, set up, work during the event, and clean up after. Bilingual volunteers are always a big value add to the event.

 

Sign up here: http://bit.ly/HHvolunteer


The Place of Forsyth County:

logo-3The Place of Forsyth County is a local nonprofit that has passionately serving residents of Forsyth County since 1975. The Place assists resident families with essential needs in difficult times.

 

Connect with The Place of Forsyth Online: Website | Facebook

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide 

Are you ready to SHOP LOCAL & GIVE LOCAL¬†this holiday season?¬† We’re hoping to make the process a little easier for you.¬† We’re excited to have the following business sponsors and affiliates supporting this year’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!


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Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts provides a creative, safe, professional environment for students to develop skills essential to the performing arts and beyond. They offer classes in musical theater, voice, choreography, acting, improvisation, and creative writing along with a wide variety of productions and performances for students to participate in including musicals like The Lion King and Mary Poppins (coming this spring!) and non-musical straight plays. They also offer homeschool enrichment courses and productions, private acting coaching, birthday parties, weekend workshops and MORE!

‚ÄúWe offer classes for children ages 4 and up. Our classes make GREAT holiday gifts for the students in your life! Please contact us for more details and take advantage of our special Cumming Local discount!‚ÄĚ

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Here’s A Question

Family conversations can be challenging sometimes and it can be hard to start up a conversation with your family. Around October of last year, I started looking for a list of fun family conversation starters and randomly found this treasure called Here’s A Question online. I decided to purchase this 357 page book as a gift for my kids (age 5 and 8) for Christmas. Since Christmas this book has been a staple for us. Click here to read more about this.

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We have a perfect (and easy) solution for gifts for children ages newborn to five…Kindermusik Gift Certificates!

The gift of a Kindermusik Music Class will be far more memorable than the latest toy or gadget. It is a gift that keeps on giving and memories last a lifetime! Gift certificates can be written for any amount (*Hint* One month of classes is $63; one semester of classes is $189; and one Playdate is $15) and they never expire. They can be used towards any future class or materials cost.

To learn more, visit GrowingMusicians.Kindermusik.com!

Pricing: Weekly classes cost $63 per month. Playdates cost $15. Sibling discount available.

*Special Discount for Cumming Local Readers – Mention “Cumming Local Reader Discount” when purchasing a full semester gift certificate by 12/31/17 to receive a $12 discount.


Music Authority is your shopping destination for local music! We sell guitars, drum sets, amplifies, and musical dreams! From the beginner to the seasoned musician, we have the gear you want to put into that stocking.

Not ready for the big stage? Then join us for music lessons. We offer lessons seven days each week on almost any instrument imaginable. Our professionals will teach, mentor, and help your musician define and reach their musical dreams. We offer lessons to all ages – you’re never too old to pick up that new instrument.

Music Authority has been named among NAMM’s Top 100 Music Dealers, worldwide, three years in a row. In 2017, Music Authority was named ACE Capital’s Commercial Entrepreneur of the Year. Come experience the difference excellence makes!

We offer instruments at a variety of price points. Lessons are $105 per month.

Connect with Music Authority Online: Website | Facebook

Phone: 770-886-9066 | Address: 123 Merchants Square, Cumming

*Special Discount for Cumming Local Readers –¬†Show us this ad on your phone and we’ll give you 10% off your gear purchase, or $10 off your first month of lessons.


Give someone special the experience of Nido Cafe! When you step into Nido, you’ll feel like you are in a Spanish cafe. Try our gourmet specialty coffee drinks, enjoy our avocado toast or nutella crepes for breakfast, have a sesame crab salad for lunch, share chocolate fondue and lattes with a friend on a cold Saturday afternoon, enjoy ladies night out with wine and tapas outside on our VIP Perch or come in the evening for a romantic date night.

Our gift cards make the perfect gift and are available in any amount. Whether you want to thank a special teacher or need to show your appreciation to a big client, your recipients will thank you for your gift of the Nido experience!

Nido is also available for your holiday parties. Private and semi-private options are available depending on the size of your group. We have hosted book signings, corporate lunches, rehearsal dinners, baby showers, neighborhood socials and much more…all with rave reviews! Stop in and take a look at our beautiful space. Select from our indoor dining area or our enclosed patio for your special occasion. Our Spanish tapas menu, Spanish wine selection and our unforgettable desserts will have your guests talking about your event for years to come!

Nido Cafe | 5755 Clarion Ste, Cumming | Phone: 678.341.9695

Connect Online with Nido Cafe: Facebook | Instagram 

Read this featured article from Cumming Local for more information about dinner at Nido – “Nido Cafe: 5 Reasons To Go For Dinner This Weekend


NuSkin is heralded as ‚ÄúAmerica’s fastest growing whitening toothpaste is safe &¬†effective for the whole family!‚ÄĚ Product users state they have seen the difference in their teeth.

Here’s a few reasons why we LOVE the product:
* Brightens and whitens teeth
* Helps remove stains
* Helps remove and prevent plaque build-up
* Provides a long-lasting smooth, clean, and fresh feel
* Has a refreshing, trademark vanilla mint flavor
* Has no harmful bleach or peroxides!

To Order –¬†Email:¬†ahamersley@yahoo.com¬†Phone:¬†954-551-9177

*Special Discount for Cumming Local Readers –¬†Mention Cumming Local and¬†receive 10% off your¬†purchase.


QB54¬†is the ultimate tailgating and backyard, family fun game on the planet. Owners explain QB54 as a ‚Äúcomplete game of football built into two traditional folding chairs! Get completions, touchdowns, kick extra points, even interceptions!‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúDon’t just throw a football, throw it with a purpose: Playqb54¬†You get 2 game chairs, 2 sets of goal posts, carrying bag, and 1 logo football. Game chairs come in navy, red, black, camo, green.‚ÄĚ

Website: http://www.playqb54.com

Price: $99.54 for the Complete Game Set

*Special Discount for Cumming Local Readers РTo receive $20 off use the promo code qb54xmas


Here are three reasons why you want to purchase a gift from Stella & Dot– for you or a loved one!

  1. DESIGNED IN-HOUSE: Their exclusive accessories are crafted by hand by their award-winning design team in their New York and Sausalito studios.
  2. ACCESSIBLE LUXURY: A high-end experience at surprisingly aÔ¨Äordable prices. Buyers travel the world to work directly with the Ô¨Ānest artisans and avoid unnecessary retail store markups.
  3. CELEBRITY COVETED: Their jewelry has been spotted on some of your favorite style inÔ¨āuencers and celebs, and in your go-to fashion magazines and blogs

Shop the online store here –>¬†www.stelladot.com/sreesengupta



Stitch Fix¬†–¬†Take the guessing out of gifting clothing. With a Stitch Fix gift card, let a personal stylist select items to fit his or her tastes and wardrobe needs. Click here to purchase a gift card.


Tootsie Towels is a mom and daughter business that started years ago as a hobby.

‚ÄúWhen I had children, we started making these adorable hooded towels to use on my own children, as well as, give as new baby gifts. They quickly became the talk of every baby shower we went to. After a few years, we decided to start selling them to friends, and in 2015 we finally opened our Etsy Shop Tootsie Towels.‚ÄĚ

These hooded towels are great quality and the best part is they are full size towels, so your child can use them from birth through childhood; the towels are perfect for baby showers, holiday gifts, or birthday gifts. Towels can be customized, including with or without a hood. All towels come packaged and ready to give ‚Äď delivery and pick-up options available. For details visit their Esty shop.

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*SPECIAL for Cumming Local readers:¬†15% off local pick up orders. Coupon expires after 12/15/17. The promo code ‚ÄúCUMMINGLOCAL‚ÄĚ will take off 15% plus the shipping fee. If you want to order more than one towel, please make separate orders.¬†

Click here to start shopping!


Experience the power of magic with Travelmation-exclusive promotional pricing on a Walt Disney World vacation! Soar on the back of a Banshee in Pandora: The World of Avatar. Coast on Slinky Dog Dash in the brand new Toy Story Land. And find your own “Happily Ever After” with Magic Kingdom’s new nighttime fireworks spectacular. Plus, get agency-exclusive promotional pricing for Fall Break 2018 at Walt Disney World!

Rather cruise through the tropics? A Disney cruise over Fall Break is the perfect vacation for your family! Visit either the Bahamas or Caribbean on a 3, 4, or 7-night Disney cruise out of Port Canaveral, FL. Indulge in luxurious service, delectable meals, complimentary kids clubs, and adult-only spas. Then laugh and play with your favorite Disney characters during the Halloween party. And transform into buccaneers for Pirate Night, complete with a fireworks show off the ship!

For customized planning and pricing, contact one of our local Forsyth County agents: Alison Sponaas (alison@travelmation.net), Angela Barnard (angela@travelmation.net), Jessica McKee (jessica@travelmation.net), Kathy Hill (kathy@travelmation.net), Kristen Lamm (kristen@travelmation.net), Stephen Todd (stephen@travelmation.net) or Tara Latimer (tara@travelmation.net). Our expert Disney planning services are at no additional cost to you. Travelmation is an Earmarked, Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, helping families in Forsyth County create magical memories since 2015.

*Special Discount for Cumming Local Readers –¬†Mention¬†Cumming Local and receive a free autograph book after your vacation is paid in full.

www.travelmation.net/


Christina Glawe is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Georgia and certified in Neuromuscular therapy, reflexology and chair massage. While she is Spirit-led in the healing process, her focuses are in pain relief, increasing physical abilities and overall wellness for prenatal/postnatal women, athletes, and the hard working citizen.

Visit Facebook for more information 

Pricing: $80.00 for 1 hr, $125.00 for 90 minutes, $140.00 for 2 hrs

*Special Discount for Cumming Local Readers –¬†$10 off when you mention this ad at the time of appointment.


The Words Journal is a 6×9 journal with five customizable tabs to help you organize and categorize all your journal entries. There are 45 preprinted and 18 blank stickers included so you can label your tabs and categorize your entries exactly like you want. If you ever want to reference a journal entry, you can easily find it again! A folder is included in the back to store special items.

The cover and tabs are laminated for durability. There are 20 double-sided, lined pages behind each tab for a total of 200 pages to journal, so you can use this for a while. Journal prompts are included to help you start writing! This makes a great gift for any special person in your life that loves to journal or record special events.

‚ÄúThis journal was inspired by my spiritual mentor who taught me the importance of organizing my journal entries, so I could find them again. The cover was designed with a friend and has a lot of special meaning behind every detail,‚ÄĚ explained Kimberly Mcleod, owner.

Price $23 – Order on the Etsy Store

Shipping rates for 1-2 journals is $6.65 or $13.95 for 3-5 journals. This is for priority flat rate and includes insurance and tracking. See below for a free local pick up option.

*SPECIAL for Cumming Local readers: To avoid shipping fees, use the code CUMMINGLOCAL for a pick up option.

¬†Do you have a local product or service you’d like added to this holiday gift guide? Click here to submit your information today!

Children’s Museum of Atlanta Announces Festive November Programming

Children’s Museum of Atlanta Announces Festive November Programming

‚ÄėTis the season for festive fall fun! Families are invited to join Children‚Äôs Museum of Atlanta for bountiful holiday-themed events this November! From learning about the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday to honoring Veterans Day with a special discount and hands-on learning opportunities, children of all ages can come together and explore the spirited season through the Power of Play!

Feature Exhibit: Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit!
Through January 15, 2018
This thrilling new traveling exhibit brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. Children will be able to step into Sid‚Äôs world and become ‚Äúscience kids‚ÄĚ themselves as they discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid‚Äôs home, at school in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Through fun, hands-on activities, kids will use scientific tools to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power and the five senses. It‚Äôs sure to be a super-duper-ooper-schmooper good time!

Themed daily programming during Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! will occur through January 15, 2018. Programming subject to change and may be altered during special events. All programs included with admission unless otherwise noted.

Sid the Science Kid Appearance
Every Monday at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Kids are invited to meet and take photos with Sid the Science Kid on the Children’s Museum of Atlanta stage!

Mini-Musical: Hilarity Academy written by John Jenkins
Weekdays at 11 a.m. and noon; Weekends at noon and 2 p.m.
Congratulations and welcome to Hilarity Academy ‚Äď a place where science and comedy collide! Children will join Professor Punchline as he teaches Jo King how to incorporate laughter in the world around him.

Story Time
Weekdays at 3 p.m.; Weekends at 1 p.m.
‚ÄúSid the Science Kid‚ÄĚ books
Little ones can gather around as the Imaginators read all about Sid’s adventures and teach children new science vocabulary.

Music & Movement
Weekdays at 2 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday at 11 a.m.
Kids can join the Imaginators for some bone-ified fun, featuring a skeleton scavenger hunt and, of course, the Hokey Pokey!

Super Spectacular Science Show
Weekdays at 1 p.m. and Weekends at 4 p.m.
Professor Lab Coat and her assistants will lead a mesmerizing science demonstration for the entire Museum. Throughout October, Professor Labcoat will be sharing spooky science activities! Families can learn about everything from tricky spiders to how spooky sounds are created!

Eat A Georgia Rainbow
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Children will embark on a scavenger hunt and cold cooking activity with the Imaginators to learn more about fruits and veggies harvested in Georgia throughout the year.

Dr. Wondershop: The Science Wondershop with Brian “Dr. Science” Williams
Sundays at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
The Science Wondershop offers children the opportunity to explore science through a variety of hands-on activities. The program is designed for adult and child interaction to encourage imagination, curiosity and an interest in our world. Limited space available. A sign-up sheet will be located behind Security and is available on a first come first serve basis for the first 10 children and 10 adults.

Art Studio Projects
Weekdays 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Weekends 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Little ones can discover colors and explore artists from around the world through various crafts like creating 3D teeth models, examining X-Ray pictures, drafting secret messages using invisible ink and making an extra bouncy ball.

Build It Lab
Weekdays, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Weekends 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Children will put their woodworking and creative tools to the test in this supervised space where they have access to real tools and materials. Encouraging inventions, Build It Lab sparks creativity by allowing young innovators to build items such as an extending grabber using materials such as straws, popsicle sticks and tape.

Science Bar
Weekdays 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Weekends 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Science is everywhere, especially on the mezzanine at the Museum! Step Up to Science is the new STEM exhibit area and features interactive exhibits about light, robotics and how the human body works! Families can saddle up to the science bar for a full menu of fun activities, knowledge and have their questions turned into answers by one of the STEM educators. Throughout October, Professor Labcoat is exploring uncanny science! Kids are invited to piece together Bob ‚Äď the Museum‚Äôs model skeleton, create ooey-gooey monster slime and learn what causes things to glow in the dark!

November Special Programming

Celebrate Day of the Dead: A Cultural Exploration
Thursday, November 2 

  • Special Performance: Alma Mexicana
    12:30 and 1:30 p.m.
    Children are invited to move and groove to traditional Mexican dances of Dia de los Muertos in  remembrance of loved ones who have passed away. Guest performer Alma Mexican Danza Folkorica, an Atlanta-based dance group that presents traditional Mexican dances, will teach little ones about the holiday through dance, costumes and movements.
  • Special Story Time
    3 p.m.
    ‚ÄúRosita y Conchita‚ÄĚ by Eric Gonzalea and Erich Haeger
    Little ones can gather around as the Imaginators explore the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead with ‚ÄúRosita y Conchita.‚ÄĚ In this bi-lingual story, Conchita sets up a memorial alter for her beloved sister, Rosita. This heartfelt tale emphasizes the everlasting, special relationship of family.
  • Science Bar
    10:30-3:30 p.m. 
    Questions turn into answers at the Science Bar! Join Professor Labcoat as she unravels the science behind the scents, colors and traditions of Dia de los Muertos.
  • Art Studio
    10:30-3:30 p.m.
    Families are invited to create traditional sugar skulls together! During the special Mexican holiday, families honor their members who have passed away by decorating the graves of the deceased with sugar skulls.

Veterans Day
Saturday, November 11
In honor of Veterans Day, Children’s Museum of Atlanta will celebrate our country’s veterans and first responders with free admission for all active, retired and reserve military personnel who show valid ID. Military families will receive $2 off general admission tickets.

  • Music and Movement
    11 p.m. and 3 p.m.
    The Museum is honoring this special holiday by recognizing all veterans on the Children‚Äôs Museum of Atlanta stage. Guests are invited to sing and march around the stage to John Phillip Sousa‚Äôs ‚ÄúStarts and Stripes Forever!‚ÄĚ
  • Special Storytime
    1 p.m.
    ‚ÄúH is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet‚ÄĚ by Devin Scillian
    Little ones can join the Imaginators for a special story time to learn about America’s Veterans Day celebrations and the sacrifices of our military families everywhere through a special alphabet.
  • Art Studio
    10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    In honor of Veterans Day, children can create and decorate patriotic wind socks.

Thanksgiving Week Programming
November 18-22 (Museum is open from 10 a.m.-4p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 and closed on Thanksgiving)

  • Special Music and Movement
    Weekdays at 2 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday at 11 a.m.
    Kids can gear up for Thanksgiving with the Imaginators by trotting, singing and counting along to ‚ÄúFive Little Turkeys.‚ÄĚ
  • Mini-Musical: Hilarity Academy written by John Jenkins
    Weekdays at 11 a.m. and noon; Weekends at noon and 2 p.m.
    Congratulations and welcome to Hilarity Academy ‚Äď a place where science and comedy collide! Children¬†will join Professor Punchline as he teaches Jo King how to incorporate laughter in the world around him.
  • Special Story Time
    Weekdays at 3 p.m.; Weekends at 1 p.m.
    ‚ÄúThanksgiving is for Giving Thanks!‚ÄĚ By Margaret Sutherland and Sonja Lamut
    Little ones can gather around as the Imaginators read ‚ÄúThanksgiving is for Giving Thanks!‚ÄĚ to learn why we celebrate the holiday and the importance of appreciating friends and family.
  • Super Spectacular Science Show
    Weekdays at 1 p.m.; Weekends at 4 p.m.
    Every afternoon, Professor Labcoat shares a fascinating science demonstration with the whole museum! Families are invited to see what kind of fun she and her assistants have cooked up! Questions are encouraged at the end of the show.
  • Science Bar
    Weekdays 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Weekends 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Professor Labcoat has Thanksgiving dinner on her mind! Kids can examine turkey features under a microscope and learn how pumpkins and other fall veggies can conduct electricity.
  • Art Studio
    Weekdays 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Weekends 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    To prepare for a Thanksgiving feast, families can create and decorate ‚ÄúI Am Thankful For‚ÄĚ placemats.
  • Build It Lab
    Weekdays 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Weekends 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Little ones can help decorate the table for Thanksgiving by crafting napkin holders out of popsicle sticks.

Ongoing Monthly Programs

Target Free Second Tuesday
Tuesday, November 14 from 1-6 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites local families to visit the Museum free of charge on the second Tuesday of each month. Registration for Target Free Second Tuesdays will be available exclusively online through the Museum’s website (childrensmuseumatlanta.org) the day prior to each event to create a seamless process for guests. Patrons will be able to choose from two sessions:

  • Session 1: 1 p.m. ‚Äď 3:15 p.m.
  • Session 2: 3:45 p.m. ‚Äď 6 p.m.

Guests who do not register in advance will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis pending availability.

Building Blocks Programs
Recommended for children 2-5 years old

Tiny Club Monday
10:30 a.m.
Designed for little minds, Tiny Club Monday offers FOODiE Club, SCiENCE Club, ARTiST Club and BUiLDER Club for children ages 2-5 and caregivers to enjoy together. The classes are each 30-minutes and offer hands on activities, professional instruction and the chance to create and learn something new!

Messy Thursdays
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Little visitors and guardians are invited to get messy! Messy Thursdays offer slime, finger painting and more! Let the Children’s Museum of Atlanta clean up the mess while the little ones have a blast. There are new, messy activities every week to try, offering endless opportunities.

Sewing Thursdays
10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Children, along with parents and guardians, are invited to sew a master creation together! The classes are open-studio format, designed to spark imaginative thinking and collaborative work. The fabric, thread, sewing machine and professional instruction is provided. It’s the perfect time to learn something new!

Toddler Jam Fridays
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Rock and roll into the weekend with this high energy, music-filled class guaranteed to shake out the wiggles and foster a love of music. Each week offers new songs, instrument play, circle time activities and, of course, dance breaks.

For more information on the April program offerings or to support Children’s Museum of Atlanta, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404.659.KIDS [5437].

10 Things to Do this Fall in Cumming GA & Forsyth County

10 Things to do this Fall in Forsyth County

10 Things to Do this Fall in Cumming GA & Forsyth County

Hands down – Fall is my favorite season. I love the weather, the pumpkin flavored everything, football snacks, and much more! And as we thought about it there are a lot of fun things to do in Forsyth county this Fall. So we have put together a list of 10 Things to Do in Forsyth County this Fall.

Here is our list in no particular order:

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1. Go to a High School Football Game:¬† These games are full of energy and a really fun evening to support our local teams. The tickets are fairly inexpensive and the kids think they’re at a big game. For updated schedules, click here.

 

2. The Cumming Fair:  Oh how much fun the Fair is! The annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival will be in town in for 11 days. This is a MUST DO! Click here for information on the 2017 Cumming Country Fair!

Kinsey Family Farm

3. Kinsey Family Farm:¬† The Kinsey Farm is opens September 30th for its¬†Fall & Pumpkin Season.¬† They’ll be open for all their Fall Activities until October 31st.¬† This is one of our family favorites every Fall season.¬† Click here for more information.

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4. Warbington Farms:¬† Don’t make the mistake of associating Warbington Farms with strawberry fields only.¬† They have lots of fun pumpkin activities and this year they’re offering a CORN MAZE too!¬† Plus fall activities like Pumpkins, Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Farm Fun, and so much more!¬† Click here for more information.

5. Fall Festivals:  This season is FULL of festivals at churches, schools, and businesses through Forsyth County.  Our calendar is already packed with lots of events going on but as we get closer, more and more will be added.  Click here to view the Calendar of Events.

And if your church, organization, or business has an event you want to share with the community click here to submit your event.

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6. Drive around:¬†This sounds silly but it’s so much fun to simply drive around and check out the leaves. The leaves so beautiful this time of year. This was an idea from our high school student intern and contributing writer, Christina. Read more of her ideas by clicking here.¬†

7. Haunted Fun:¬† As we get closer to Halloween there will be plenty of fun Haunted Houses to visit here in Forsyth County. We’ll definitely have a list ready to go as it gets closer.¬† And again,¬†if your church, organization, or business has an event you want to share with the community click here to submit your event.

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8. Pumpkin Picking:¬† Sure you can pick up a pumpkin almost anywhere, but make it special – try one of the local “pumpkin patches” & help support a local organization, ministry or business.¬†¬† As the season comes into full swing, pumpkins can be purchased at Kinsey Family Farm, Warbington Farms, and also Cumming First United Methodist Church and Midway United Methodist Church have “patches” in their yards too.

9. Forsyth County Playgrounds:¬† Personally, I feel that Fall is the best time to be outside. Nice cool breeze, sun shining, it’s not too hot but not too cold.¬† This fall we would love for you to enjoy this weather at some of the Forsyth County Parks.¬† Click here for a listing and for some personal thoughts on some of them too.

10. Fall Fun at Your House: There are plenty of super fun things to do at home this Fall. Rake up the leaves to jump in & play, bake fall treats, make some fun fall crafts with the kids, decorate some pumpkins, camp in your back yard or make a fun fort in the living room.¬† Just spend time together and enjoy one another! Check out our All Things Autumn¬†Pinterest Board by clicking here.¬†Need snack ideas for days spent watching football? Here’s some for you!

BONUS IDEA: Travel just a little further north for some great Apple Picking or get lost in a Corn Maze!  Apple Picking | Corn Mazes

ANOTHER BONUS IDEA: Find 40+ things to do this Fall all over Georgia from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family. Click here

What would you add to this list?

Disclaimer: We do our best to provide accurate, useful information about events, activities and small business within Cumming & Forsyth County. Information (including times and locations) is gathered from various sources. We always attempt to confirm details before published. It is possible that details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our articles to the source and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. Cumming Local is in no way responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities recommended on this site or for any errors & omissions.

Photo sources: Leaves, Bench at park

Corn Mazes Near Cumming GA

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Corn Mazes Near Cumming GA

It‚Äôs Corn Maze Season!!¬† We’ve always been lucky to have a few corn mazes near Cumming GA. {QUICK¬†TIP – Be¬†prepared to sweat¬†doing the corn mazes. Bring water! If it’s a¬†particularly cool day, that might be an ideal day to get lost in a¬†corn maze}

No matter if you are taking the kids, going on a date, or just up for a challenge ‚Äď a good corn maze is a lot of fun! We have compiled a list of some of the closest to Cumming GA & Forsyth County.

Note:  Mazes are typically on the weekend and weather permitting.  We link directly to the location so you can check with them for their operating schedule & weather delays. 

Warbington Farm
Open:  September 16th РNovember 4th
Address:  5555 Crow Road, Cumming GA 30041
Click here for more information

Uncle Shucks
Open: September 9th РNovember 19th
Address:4520 Highway 53 E Dawsonville, GA 30534
Click here for more information

Southern Belle Farm
Open: September 23rd – November 25th
Address: 1658 Turner Church Rd, McDonough, Georgia 30252
Click here for more information

Buford Corn Maze
Open: September 1st – November 12th
Address: 4470 Bennett Road, Buford, GA 30519
Click here for more information

Colonel Cob’s Corn Maze
Open: September 23rd – November 25th
Address: 797 Macedonia Church Rd, Oxford, Georgia 30054
Click here for more information

Rock Ranch
Open: October 7th – November 4th
Address: 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock, Ga.
Click here for more information

Jaemor Farms
Open: September 9th – November 5th
Address: 5340 Cornelia Hwy. (Hwy 365), Alto, GA 30510
Click here for more information

Pettit Creek Farm
Open: September 5th -November 1st
Address: 337 Cassville Rd, Cartersville, Georgia 30120
Click here for more information

Corn Dawgs
Open: September 22nd – November 5th
Address: 955 Leone Avenue, Loganville, GA 30052
Click here for more information

Yahoo Farms
Open: September 23rd РOctober 31st
Address: 4729 Waleska Highway 108 РJasper, GA 30143
Click here for more information

Uncle Bob’s Pumpkin Patch and Tricky Crop Maze
Open: September 24th РNovember 5th
Address: 3781 E. Happy Valley Cir, Newnan, GA 30263
Click here for more information

Enchanted MAiZE
Open: September 29th РOctober 29th
Address: 271 Chattanooga Valley Rd Flintstone, GA 30725
Click here for more information

Big Springs Farms
Open: October weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Address: 2100 Sugar Pike Rd, Woodstock, GA 30188
Click here for more information

Poppell Farms
Open: October 7th – November 5th
Address: 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum, GA 31555
Click here for more information

Lane Southern Orchards
Open: October 1st Р29th
Address: 50 Lane Road, Fort Valley, GA 31030
Click here for more information

For even more Corn Mazes in Georgia, check out 365 Atlanta Family’s round-up by clicking here.

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