The Merchant’s Walk Christmas Tree lighting will take place this Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Holiday tunes will be performed by the Pope High School Band and the Walton High School Women's Choral Ensemble, as well as an appearance from Santa Claus, who will be on hand to light the tree for the season and for photos.
The event takes place in the main shopping center of Merchant's Walk, located at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road.
Guests will be treated complimentary hot cocoa and gift bags filled with Holiday discounts and giveaways from Merchant's Walk retailers.
The live 25-foot Fraser fir will be adorned with eco-friendly lighting as well as ornaments created and donated by the art departments of nearby Cobb County schools.
Inspired by the theme "Peace on Earth," students from Dickerson Middle, Dodgen Middle, Mt. Bethel Elementary, Sope Creek Elementary, Timber Ridge Elementary, Walton High, Wheeler High and The Wood Acres Schools were asked to use their imaginations and artistic skills to create an ornament as a representation of their school pride.