Where will Santa be this year?

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Where will you see Santa this year?

Have your kiddos made their Christmas list yet? If your kids are like mine and have seen the flyers in the mail or commercials on TV, their list is already a mile long! Will you be mailing that list off to the North Pole? Will you be looking for Santa & his Elves to whisper in his ear their dreams of new toys or want to get that holiday picture with your sweet ones and that long bearded Santa? Below are lists of places in and around Forsyth County to visit the jolly man who comes once a year, Santa!

Multiple Visits

1. The Avenues of Forsyth: Complimentary Photos with Santa and Horse Drawn Carriage Rides. Bring your camera and enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa in the park near Coldwater Creek. Pictures with Santa and Horse Drawn Carriage rides are every Saturday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm November 26th to December 17th.

2.  Bottoms Tree Farms:  Santa Claus is coming to Bottoms Tree Farm on Saturday November 26th and Saturday, December 3rd from 10 am to Noon.  Also come for a cup of hot cider and hayride while checking out Jolly Saint Nick!

3.  Tents Tents Tents (Tree Lot):  The Tree Lot will be located at the Corner of Windermere Pkwy & Hwy 20, operated Tents! Tents! Tents!  Visit with Santa, Saturday November 26th, Friday December 2nd & Friday December 9th all from 2pm until 7pm.  Cookies, Hot Chocolate, Cider & Kid’s Moonwalk.  Photos with Santa by Amy Jo Photography must be pre-booked.  Best to click link & call for more information.

4.  Warbington Farms:  Updated – Santa will be at the farm from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday and 2pm to 4pm on Sunday all month long.  Additional Christmas fun throughout the day too.  Check out their website or call ahead for more information.

One Day Only

1. Warbington Farms: Christmas on the Farm – November 26th, 2011: Warbington Farms is proud to present our first annual “Christmas on the Farm. Come be a part of the lighting of our huge Christmas tree! Sing along with local church choirs, make s’mores, drink hot chocolate, and take a hayride through the farm. The lighting will start at 6:30pm. Santa and his wife will be at the farm from 2pm-4pm. Also, perfect time to get your Christmas tree! Free admission and free Santa visit (donations accepted to be given to a needy family Christmas fund). Cost of activities; hayride $4 adult, $3 kids (12 & under), unlimited slide $3, pony rides $5, or get the kid combo pack for $8, ornament decorating $2.

2. Brunch with Santa: Check out North Forsyth High School on December 3rd and have brunch with and pictures with Santa from 10 am to 1 pm. All proceeds benefit the Raider Basketball Program. For more information please call: 770-844-0213.

3.  Victoria’s Children’s Boutique:  Santa is Coming, Saturday December 3rd from 1pm to 5pm.  Call for an appointment.  770.888.7828

3. Adventure Kids:  Santa Clause is coming to Adventure Kids on December 4th from 4-6 pm.  Free cookie decorating, reindeer food making and a special reading of The Night Before Christmas.  Bring your camera or photos with Santa and a toy to donate to Toys For Tots!   Hope to see you here on the 4th!

4. Dinner with Santa:  All proceeds go a local Therapuetic Riding Program for kids with Special Needs.  No charge, but a $5 donation per child is suggested.  Saturday, December 10th at 5-7pm.  Bring your own camera.  Click the link for more details and location.

5. Catch AirTuesday, December 13, 4pm-6pm.  Santa is coming to town! Please join us for tons of holiday fun!  Santa is coming to Catch Air!  We will have treats and crafts and will be showing Polar Express on our big screen!

6.  An Old Fashioned Christmas on the Farm!   Come and have an old fashioned Christmas at this amazing horse farm.   On Saturday, December 11th, Sleigh rides, pony rides, plate lunches, face painting, games, homemade baked goods, photos with our Santa horse, crafts from vendors, cake walk, bonfire, “Angel Tree,” great raffle prizes, and a visit from jolly old St. Nick himself.

7.  Dollar Shoppette: Santa Clause will visit on Wednesday, December 21st from 10am to 12Noon.  Come with your family for a free 4×6 photo with any purchase at the Dollar Shoppette.

8.  Lakewood 400 Antiques Market:  The December Market will have Santa Clause on site, Saturday December  17th from Noon to 3pm.  For more information, visit Lakewood Online or contact them by phone – 770.889.3400.

9.  Lance’s Jewelry:  Visit Lance’s Jewelry at Market Place Blvd on Friday, December 9th from 2pm to 6pm and see Santa & Mrs. Clause.  Holiday treats will also be available.  Bring your cameras.

Pet Photos with Santa

1.  Ruckers: Looking to take your favorite pet to see Santa, check out Ruckers! Santa will be at Rucker Horse & Pet, 3540 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming 30041 on Saturday, December 3 — and at Rucker Pet & Wild Bird, 5456 Bethelview Road, Cumming 30040 on Saturday, December 10. Photo hours are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $7.00 for two photos. Please bring cash or check! All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter.

Hope Santa brings you and your family everything you’re wishing for!  Happy Holidays!

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A Trip to Bottoms Tree Farm in Forsyth County

The following is a guest post by Jenna S.  Jenna & her family just moved to Cumming from Michigan late summer.  They are spending their first Christmas here in Georgia with their four children and we’re excited to have them share their experience at Bottoms Tree Farm in Forsyth County.

A wonderful family tradition filled with nostalgia for us is cutting down our own Christmas tree. It gives us an opportunity to work together as a family choosing and cutting down our tree, to have some great fun and laughs as we romp in the great outdoors, as well as shoot some great family photos that we will cherish forever. If you have never cut down your own tree, you’ve GOT to try it at least once. And since Bottoms is a local farm, it’s a super short drive, not to mention supportive of our local Cumming economy.

As we pulled into Bottoms Tree Farm, my husband said it best when he uttered, “same zip code, different world.” This farm is beyond beautiful. It is impeccably maintained, charming, and the big red barn is the perfect backdrop for stunning holiday family photos. Not to mention the barn is full of the heady scent of fresh-cut Frasier Firs ($8/foot), handmade wreaths (starting at $25), and a country Christmas wonderland including a miniature barn where kids can sit and watch a kid-friendly Christmas movie while you shop the farm-grown, homemade jams, jellies, and pickled vegetables along with an assortment of Christmas decorations and holiday gifts.

They provide the saws for you to cut your own tree ($6/foot). After we tore the kids away from the adorable and friendly farm animals then played a massive game of “hide and seek” in the trees, we began our hunt. It was hard to decide between the deep green Leland Cyprus, the traditional Virginia or White Pine, the Cedars and the unique Carolina Sapphire or snowy-looking Blue Ice. But after much deliberation, we finally found “the one”! Farmer B will haul your tree from the field with his tractor then wrap it for free, but you’ve got to bring your own ropes, ties, or bungee cords to fasten it to your vehicle. After you’ve got the tree situated, relax around the fire pit and enjoy a free cup of hot cider while you roast marshmallows or let the kids frolic with the puppies in the barn while you shop.

*note:  Pricing and activities may change at any time.

For FREE:

  • Toasting marshmallows around the firepit
  • Hot apple cider
  • Pet the farm animals
  • Coloring books
  • Christmas movie in the kids barn while you shop
  • Picnic table and restroom available for your use
  • Gorgeous photography backdrops all around the farm

For purchase:

  • Grown on the farm and canned by the Missus–Muscadine salsa, chow-chow, pickled beets, grape butter or jam sliced apples, apple sauce, butter, jelly, or hot pepper jam as well as peach jam and hot pepper jam. $3 per 1/2 pint or $5 per pint (we brought home a jar of peach hot pepper jam and it was FABULOUS! It may or may not be entirely gone already…)
  • Hayrides: $3 per person
  • Decorate a stocking: $3 per person
  • Tree life: $2.50 per pouch (add to your tree’s water to extend the life of your tree)
  • Tree stands: $8 to $40
  • Variety of Christmas ornaments, decorations and items available for purchase in the barn

Bottoms Tree Farm will be participating in the “Trees for Troops” program again this year, where every $35 donated sends a tree to a local family with a member serving our country. Bottoms Tree Farm accepts cash or check only. Get ready, get set, GO GET YOUR TREE!

For this year’s hours and pricing information, visit Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm online.

Connect with Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm

5880 John Burruss Road
Cumming, Georgia 30040
(770) 889-5235 or (706) 429-3173

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm

The 2011 Christmas season at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm kicks off Thanksgiving Weekend (Wednesday, November 23rd) and runs through Thursday, December 22nd.

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm

Hours Include:

  • Thanksgiving Weekend (Wednesday – Saturday):  9am to Dark
  • After Thanksgiving:  Monday – Friday, 3pm to Dark and Saturday, 9am to Dark
  • Closed Sundays

Enjoy the fun:

Roast Marshmallows, Drink Hot Cider, Enjoy the Farm Animals, Hayrides and search for the perfect Christmas Tree – whether you choose & cut your own or select a pre-cut tree.

Stay tuned for more features from Cumming Local Contributors about what to expect at Bottoms Tree Farm!

UPDATE: Check out this post about a reader’s visit to Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm!

More about Bottoms Tree Farm:

Bottoms Tree Farm Online | Bottoms Tree Farm on Facebook | Phone: 770.889.5253

5880 John Burruss Road, Cumming GA 30040

Christmas Tree Farms in Forsyth County

Christmas Tree Farms in Forsyth County

Finding a Christmas Tree in Forsyth County:

The Holiday season is upon us! Wow, where has the time gone? Have you started decorating yet? Where will you buy your tree? We’ve got some great local ideas listed below for where to go to cut down your own tree, take in a fun holiday experience or just need to know where to go to finding a Christmas tree in Forsyth County:

Family Christmas Tree Farms in Forsyth County:

  1. Kinsey Family Farm: I love this place! 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’s 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. You can also roast marshmallows over the fire pit, take a hayride, feed the catfish, feed the goats and shoot an apple gun. You have the option of cutting down your own tree on the farm or picking one out that’s already been cut. This is a great place to go no matter your age and what you’re looking for, they have it all! One more tip about going here, if you’re like my family, make this a yearly tradition, when you make a purchase of a Christmas tree, you get a Kinsey Family Farm ornament, every year they make a new one, collect them over the years like my family has done!
  2. Warbington Farms: Warbington Farms is proud to present their first annual “Christmas on the Farm.” Come be a part of the lighting of their huge Christmas tree! Sing along with local church choirs, make s’mores, drink hot chocolate, and take a hayride through the farm. The lighting of the Christmas Tree will start at 6:30pm on November 26th. Santa and his wife will be at the farm from 2pm-4pm. Also, perfect time to get your Christmas tree! Free admission and free Santa visit (donations accepted to be given to a needy family Christmas fund). Cost of activities; hayride $4 adult, $3 kids (12 & under), unlimited slide $3, pony rides $5, or get the kid combo pack for $8, ornament decorating $2.
  3. Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm: Check out this great Christmas Tree Farm located in Cumming, GA. Santa will be visiting the farm on November 26th and December 3rd. Take in the full experience of the farm by going on hayride, roasting marshmallows over the bonfire while drinking some warm hot apple cider or hot cocoa and seeing the farm animals. This tree farm has also partnered with FedEx to enable you to donate a tree to say thank you to our troops and their families.

Updated:  Check out this guest post about a reader’s visit to Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm.

Other Options:

  1. Big John’s: Big John’s is a 62 year old Atlanta tradition, family owned and operated. They serve the Atlanta metropolitan area with the highest quality, hand-picked, FRESH Christmas trees, wreaths and roping, along with stands, ornaments and more!
  2. Tents! Tents! Tents!: Shop the Christmas Tree Lot from Tents, Tents, Tents at the corner of Windermere & Hwy 20.  Lot hours are 10am to 8pm, everyday November 26th – December 18th.
  3. 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.
  4. Lowes: Located off of Marketplace Blvd.
  5. Home Depot: Located off of Marketplace Blvd.

Now it’s just time to light & decorate!  Enjoy this Season!

Christmas at Kinsey Family Farm

Christmas at Kinsey Family Farm

The 2011 Christmas season at Kinsey Family Farm kicks off this Saturday, November 19th and runs through Tuesday, December 20th.  The Farm will not be open Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Eve – and good for them … they have families to celebrate with too!!Christmas at Kinsey Family Farm

Hours Include:

  • Monday – Friday:  12Noon until 7pm
  • Saturday – Sunday & Black Friday:  9am until 6pm
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day

Enjoy the fun:

Roast Marshmallows, Drink Hot Chocolate, Listen to Holiday Music at the Barn, Enjoy a Wagon Ride and search for the perfect Christmas Tree – whether you choose & cut your own or select a pre-cut tree.

Stay tuned for more features from Cumming Local Contributors about  how to make a trip to Kinsey Family Farm a new tradition!

More about Kinsey Family Farm:

Kinsey Family Farm OnlineKinsey Family Farm on Facebook |  Phone:  770.887.6028

7170 Got-Em Down Road, Gainesville GA 30506 (Forsyth County)

A Week of Fall Fun

The weekend is starting early!  So there’s no point in waiting around to find out what the weekend has in store.  There are several things to enjoy throughout the entire week.  And we’ve got a lineup ready to share!

Wednesday:

Fall Festival at Cumming Baptist Church
115 Church Street
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone:  (770) 205-6699

Time:  6pm

Free Food, Face Painting, Illusionist, Hayride & Trunk or Treat
Fun for the whole family beginning at 6pm

Thursday:

Fall Festival at Chattahoochee Elementary School
2800 Holtzclaw Road
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone:  (770) 781-1635

Time:  5pm to 7pm

The Chattahoochee Fall Festival is on Thursday, October 27th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. This year, the festival includes over 30 games, inflatables and attractions.

Special Needs Night at Monkey Joe’s
5505 Post Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: 770.887.5678

Time:  6:30pm to 8:30pm

Monkey Joe’s Cumming is holding their 2nd Annual Special Needs Night!!  Free Admission and free food for all the special needs kids and there families!

Friday:

Free Pancake for Kids at IHOP
Marketplace Blvd
Cumming, GA 30041

Time:  7am to 10pm

Enjoy Pumpkin Pancakes & Trick or Treat All-You-Can-Eat Buttermilk Pancakes going on now.  And let the kids (12 & under) get a FREE IHOP’s Scary Face Pancake.

Blood Drive at Troncalli Subaru
820 Atlanta Hwy
Cumming, GA 30040

Time:  1pm to 5pm

Free Georgia or Georgia Tech T-Shirts for ALL Donors!

Fall Market at Vickery Creek Elementary School
6280 Post Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone:  (770)360-9452

Time:  4pm to 7pm

2nd Annual Fall Market Shop for organic foods and products, handmade goods, jewelry, clothing, plants and much more!

Saturday:

Will to Win 5k Event at Lambert High School
805 Nichols Road
Suwanee GA 30024

Time:  Begins at 8am (Registration at 6:45am)

A 5k Event held at Lambert High School to benefit the family of Will Abernathy, a 3 year old Forsyth County Resident diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Stage 4 in October 2010.
$30 after 10/22 and day of race

Outdoor Bootcamp with Focal Fitness
Fowler Park
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone:  770.519.3200

Time:  8am to 9am

Because you know if you attend all these festivals & fairs, you’ll need it!  Who am I kidding, I need it anytime of the year!

Fall Festival at The Vine Community Church
4655 Bethelview Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone:  678-990-9395

Time:  10am to 3pm

Food, animals, inflatables, face painting, games and music by the Oswald Brothers. Free so bring the family.

Community Family Day at Stars & Strikes
Atlanta Hwy
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone:  678.965.5707

Time:  10am to 4pm

Vendors & Crafts.  Free Admission with Discounted Bowling, Bumper Cars & More.  Pumpkin Patch & Inflatables too.   Fees involved.

Halloween Carnival & Monster Ball at Adventure Kids
4335 Bethelview Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: 770.406.8952

Time: 2pm to 9pm

Pumpkin Carving, Carnival games, costume contest, pumpkin walk and trick or treating at dark. Hot chocolate, candied apples, arts & crafts, vendors, & all the Adventure Kids play you want!!!!  $5 Admission (ages 2-12).  Infants & Adults always free.

Trunk or Treat at Creekside Church
673 Peachtree Pkwy
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone:  770-888-8449

Time:  4pm to 6pm

What your car looks like and what you wear really is important!  Drag out those old boots, don your wigs, decorate your car/trailer/bike/van etc., bring a bucket of candy to share & come out for a time of family fun.
Awards will be given for the best costumes (adult, youth, elementary, and nursery) and vehicles. (Remember to refrain from scary or inappropriate costumes or decorations.)  Our Trailblazers will be selling Hot Dogs and Drinks.

Fall Festival Trunk or Treat at Christ Community Church
5455 Campground Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone:  770.442.8600

Time:  6:30pm to 8:30pm

Fall Festival Trunk or Treat is this Friday, October 28 from 6:30-8:30PM.
Free Candy, giveaways, inflatables, a hay ride, maze & more!   Food by Chick-fil-A Avenue Forsyth

Trunk or Treat at Bethelview United Methodist Church
4525 Bethelview Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone:  770-887-4888
Time:  6:30pm to 8:30pm
Come in Costume and Bring Your Treat Bag.  Refreshments Served.  Free Admission.

Sunday:

Fall Festival at Menchie’s
905 Marketplace Blvd
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone:  770.781.9721
Time:  2pm to 6pm

Trunk or Treat at Castleberry Baptist Church
7225 Castleberry Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone:  770-889-2422

Time:  4pm to 6pm

Safe, fun filled evening. Games, prizes and lots of candy.

Monday:

Cheese Slice Giveaways at Mia’s Pizza & Eats
911 Marketplace Blvd
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone:  770.887.8874

Time: From the first kid to the 40th!

The first 40 kids under the age of 12 to come into the restaurant wearing their costumes and saying the obligatory “Trick or Pizza” will get a FREE kids’ slice.

Fall Family Fun Festival at First Redeemer Church
2100 Peachtree Parkway
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone:  678-513-9420

Time:  6pm to 9pm

Annual Fall Family Fun Festival with games and activities for children of all ages. There will be plenty of candy and children are encouraged to come dressed in kid-friendly costumes. Admission is one bag of individually wrapped candy.

Trunk or Treat at Antioch Baptist Church
2465 Antioch Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone:  (770) 887-6900

Time:  6pm to 8pm

Free Candy, Drinks, Popcorn, Marshmallow Roasting & more!

829 Atlanta Hwy
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone:  770.781.LIFE

Time:  6pm to 8pm

Games, Inflatables, Hay Ride, Cotton Candy & More. Free & Fun for the whole family.

Haunted & Scary more your thing??

Check out these haunted houses nightly on the weekend:

Stars & Strikes

The Haunted Lodge

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 including press releases, local newspapers, signs around town, event submissions and word of mouth. 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 or information provided 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.

Weekend Activities in Cumming GA: 10/21 – 10/23

So many wonderful activities going on around town.  I hope you’re able to take in this wonderful time of year & find something (or things) to enjoy!  For a full list of our weekend activities, visit our complete Calendar.

Here are a few Fall Events we’re highlighting this weekend …

Friday, October 21st:

6pm to 8pm:  Costume Party at the Ice Cream Social
For $10, kids can come in and enjoy our Halloween room, sing karaoke, have a mummy pizza, i scream, and witches punch. There will be games and a costume contest. It will be a great time for kids and parents. Face painting will be available.

Please RSVP because space is limited.
Contact Info:  678. 648.1510  |  Ice Cream Social on Facebook

Saturday, October 22nd:

10am to 2pm:  Fall Festival at North Forysth United Methodist Church
Live Bluegrass Band, Petting Zoo, Food & Drinks, Pumpkins, Kids Games & Crafts, Craft & Bake Sale, Face Painting, Bounce House
Contact Info:  770.888.9898  |  NFUMC Online

10am to 4pm:  Purple Palooza IV
Medica Forsyth Imaging Center presents Purple Palooza IV Harvest & Health fall festival. Fun activities for all ages, including Moonwalk, 22′ slide, Cake Walk, Pumpkin Patch, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Live Entertainment & FREE Health Screenings. Saturday, October 22, 2011 10am-4pm Home Depot Parking Lot/1000 Market Place Blvd/Cumming, Ga.
Click for more information

10am to 5pm:  Pumpkin Palooza at Warbington Farms
Free admission, Bluegrass/gospel and country bands, Enjoy Hayrides, Petting zoo, pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving contest & more!
Contact Info:  770.380.2920  |  Warbington Farms Online

11am to 5pm:  Red Door Festival
Annual, community-wide event. Pork BBQ and festival food, petting zoo, inflatables, live local music, “Red” Elephant sale, local crafts, raffles for beach & mountain condo stays, wide-screen TV, IPad2, custom portrait and much more. Take Georgia 400 to Exit 16. Go west on Pilgrim Mill Road. Look for the “little church on the hill” with the red doors on the right. 724 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming, Georgia.
Contact Info:  Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit Online

4pm to 9pm:  A Night In the Patch at Cumming First United Methodist Church

This is NOT your ordinary Fall festival.  Carve pumpkins.  Enjoy live music.  Eat great food.  Enter the chili cookoff.  Watch a movie on the lawn after dark!
All activities are FREE!
Contact Info:  Cumming FUMC Online

Haunted & Scary more your thing??

Check out these haunted houses nightly on the weekend:

Stars & Strikes

The Haunted Lodge

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 including press releases, local newspapers, signs around town, event submissions and word of mouth. 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 or information provided 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.

Fall Fun

fall pumpkins | Fall Fun in Cummings GA

The fall season is probably one of my favorites.  I love the cooler weather, the clothes, the changing colors of leaves, the yummy fall food and all the activities that go along with the new season.

There are so many wonderful things to do this time of year.  And so many things, right here at home in Cumming, GA!  For the full, ever-changing, ever-adding list, check out our Calendar.  But here’s a few things we’re highlighting around town.

Cumming Country Fair and Festival | Fall Fun in Cummings GA

The Cumming Fair

Ten days of down home country fun!  Great food.  Great rides.  And a little something for everyone.  The fair comes to downtown Cumming on Thursday, October 6th and the Fairgrounds will be lit up through the 16th.  Hours and specials vary each day.  Check out all official information at The Cumming Fair website.  And check out our Top Ten Tips if you’re new to the area or to the Fair.

Kinsey Family Farm | Fall Fun in Cummings GA

Kinsey Family Farm

Take just a short drive to Northern Forysth County in Gainesville and visit Kinsey Family Farm.  You can make a morning or afternoon out of all the fun offered.  Not only can you pick out the perfect pumpkin, but you can also enjoy a hayride, feed the catfish, shop in the Fall Harvest Shop, and definitely get some great “pumpkin” photos with the family!

In addition to “regular” orange pumpkins, you’ll find decorative pumpkins – like red, white & even green.  You’ll find “pie” pumpkins and gourds too.

Fall fun activities are open til October 31st.  Activities include:

  • Hay Rides:  $2 per person (children 2 & under are free).  Hours vary.  Check their fall activity page for information.
  • Barn Animals & Fish Feeding:  Purchase fish food for $1 and feed the catfish.  These are HUGE and my kids have always loved feeding them in the past!  You’ll also find an animal pavilion to feed the farm animals as well.
  • Picnic Area:  There is no charge to use this area, so bring your own lunch or purchase some snacks and drinks in the concession area.

And don’t forget to stop in the Fall Harvest Shop before you leave.  You’ll find honey, salsa, North Georgia Apples, Jams & preserves, fall decor & more!

Visit their Fall Harvest Page for hours & more information.

Stars and Strikes | Fall Fun in Cummings GAHaunted Houses

If you’re looking for something a little more spooky this fall season, you have a few options in town.

  • Stars & Strikes is hosting “Hallo-Fun” every weekend in October.  It’s spooky by day (recommended for ages 8 & up) and frightful by night (recommended for ages 12 & up).  It costs just $7 per person and includes access to additional Stars & Strikes fun.  All proceeds benefit a local charity.  Visit the Stars & Strikes Website for more information, hours & additional prices.
  • The Haunted Lodge is a historical slaughterhouse of Georgia’s most famed butcher, l0cated on Castleberry Industrial Drive.  Ticket prices are $12 for adults & $10 for students.  Concessions are provided by Pier 29.  Visit the Haunted Lodge Facebook page for hours and additional information.

Local Fall Fun Festivals

The Calendar is filled with local fall fun festivals.  More seem to be added every day.  Here’s a few to make note of:

pumpkins | Fall Fun in Cummings GAPumpkin Purchases

Earlier this week, we asked a question on our Facebook page to find out where everyone was purchasing their pumpkins this year.  Here are some of the more popular answers:

  • Warbington Farms – located in Cumming, the Farm is open daily.  Also mark your calendar for October 22nd when they’ll host a “Pumpkin Palooza” from 10am to 5pm.  It will include hay rides, petting zoos, face painting, music, food & more!
  • Market 334 – Stop in at Market 334 (just off the Cumming Square), Tuesday through Saturday and find the perfect pumpkin.  While you’re there, shop inside their fun Artisan Boutique and find hand-crafted funky finds, unique clothing, accessories, jewelry, home decor, natural soaps, folk art & so much more!
  • Cumming First United Methodist Church – once again, the “big hill” in front of CFUMC is filled with orange!  The patch is open daily from Noon until dark.  Proceeds support children’s & youth ministries at CFUMC.
  • City Produce – Located across from Dairy Queen at the square, City Produce is stocked with pumpkins, gourds, and other fall veggies & decor.
  • Stars & Strikes – They’ve set up a patch outside.  Haven’t been there myself, but that’s what readers are saying.

So, what did we leave off?  Tell us some of your favorite places to visit around Cumming in the fall!

Photo Source – D. Sharon Pruitt

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Cumming Fair – Advance Tickets

Cumming Fair – Advance Ticket Sales

If your children are like mine, they are already asking about “the fair”.  Actually, the questions started coming a few weeks after it left last year!

But the kids are in luck!  With September first, comes advance ticket sales!  Meaning the fair is getting closer!

More about the Cumming Fair:

Dates: October 4 – 14, 2018
Times: Monday – Thursday 4–10pm, Friday 4pm – Midnight, Saturday 10am – Midnight, Sunday 12:30 – 9pm
Location: The Cumming Fairgrounds

Fair Admission:
Ages 10 and under FREE
Ages 11 and up – $7.00

{Please note: there is no re-entry. Also, admission is cash only. There will be an ATM on site}

Parking: General Parking – $5 & Handicap Parking Available – $5

Location: The Cumming Fairgrounds

*No Alcohol, Pets, or Coolers Allowed

Advance Tickets: Available September 1 – October 3rd
Adults:  $5.00

The fair offers every {rickety} ride, carnival food, and petting zoo you come to expect from a great fair! To review the daily specials, shows, and deals – head over to our recent article – All The Details You Need To Know About The Cumming Fair.

The Full Schedule:

Thursday, October 4th:

  • FREE Admission compliments of Northside Hospital-Forsyth
  • $20 Per Person For Unlimited Rides (all ages)
  • School Scarecrow & Giant Pumpkin Competition Awards Ceremony

Friday, October 5th:

  • $25 Per Person For Unlimited Rides (all ages)

Saturday, October 6th:

  • FREE Admission & Rides from 10am to 11am (all ages)
  • $30 per person for unlimited rides. All Ages. 11am to 3pm (must purchase 11am to 3pm – valid all day)
  • 2017 Miss Cumming Fair Pageant, 10am-1pm.

Sunday, October 7th:

  • Senior Citizen Day – FREE Admission for ages 55 & up.
  • Free Admission & Rides for Students (18 & under) with coupon – 12:30pm to 2pm
  • Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE Adult Entry (Benefits the Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.)

Monday, October 8th:

  • Student Night – FREE Admission 18 & under.
  • $15 Unlimited Rides (all ages)

Tuesday, October 9th:

  • Unlimited rides for $20 (all ages)
  • Concert: Confederate Railroad at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Wednesday, October 10th:

  • FREE Admission Compliments of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (all ages)
  • $20 Per Person For Unlimited Rides (all ages)
  • Marvel Superheros Shows – 5pm & 7:30pm

Thursday, October 11th:

  • Concert: Trace Adkins at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Friday, October 12th:

  • FREE Admission after 9pm with a valid High School Football Ticket Stub (Please note: The ticket stub must be for 10/12/18)

Saturday, October 13th:

  • FREE Admission AND Rides (all ages). 10am – 11am
  • Unlimited rides for $30 per person. Must purchase b/n 11am – 3pm but valid all day.
  • Chainsaw Carving Auction: 7pm Show
  • American Bull Riding Tour: 8pm Show

Sunday, October 14th – Last Chance to Visit the Fair!

  • FREE Students Admission (18 & Under) and Rides with school coupon. 12:30 – 2pm.
  • Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE Adult Entry (Benefits the Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.)
  • American Bullriders Tour: 6pm
  • Heroes Day: All Law Enforcement, Firefighters, First Responders and All Active, Reserved or Retired Military are admitted FREE with Valid ID.

All information believed to be accurate at the time of posting. For official information, please visit The Cumming Fair online.