Fall Things To Do in McDonough, Ga

For a complete list of events in McDonough, Ga – check our online calendar.  Below is a list of events & things to do this fall that you don’t want to miss!

December 1 – December 31

Gift of Lights |  Atlanta Motor Speedway

Gift of Lights drive-thru light show will leave you captivated by the millions of illustrious lights, thousands of magical dancing displays and an unique entertaining atmosphere. Bigger, brighter and more impressive than ever before, this holiday family tradition can be enjoyed from the comforts and convenience of your own vehicle.  Meander through the over-the-top holiday decor, shimmering and twinkling lights with family and friends to create lasting memories.  Enjoy the Largest Holiday LED Light Show in Atlanta!  Sunday – Thursday:  6pm – 10pm/$15 per car, Friday & Saturday:  5:30pm – 10pm/$20 per car.  Discount tickets available at Metro-Atlanta Walgreens.  For complete details, visit website.

December 1

Christmas Extravaganza |  Historic Downtown McDonough

Courthouse Square Market (8am – 12pm)
Support your local farmers, craftsmen, businesses and civic groups while enjoying all the wonderful items at the Courthouse Square Market – enjoy local produce, organic fruits and vegetables, hand-crafted items, plants, baked goods and more!  For complete details, visit website.
Breakfast with Santa (10am)
Enjoy breakfast with Santa, at McDonough Women’s Club, and make a craft to take home!  Santa will read a story and each child can have one on one time with Santa for the parent to take pictures!  SPACE IS LIMITED – please call to today to make your reservations, 678.858.0105 or email bcorbincraig@aol.com.  Cost:  $25 per child. 
Santa on the Square (11am – 3pm)
Are you ready to tell Santa what you want for Christmas?  Santa Clause will be ready and waiting to hear everything on your Christmas list!  For complete details, visit website.
Jingle Jog 5k (3:15pm)
Come enjoy a festive 5K Run, 1 Mile Walk and a Elf Trot through Historic Downtown McDonough! Each runner will receive a Santa hat and jingle bells to wear during the race.  All runners will receive a race day t-shirt with awards to the following categories:  Top Overall, Masters and 1st – 3rd age groups.  All 1Mile finishers will receive candy canes.  Registration opens at 2pm; 5K & 1Mile will begin at 3:15pm; Elf Trot at 4pm; Awards at 4:30pm.  For complete details, visit website.
Christmas Tree Lighting on the Square (5:30pm)
It’s not Christmas until you have witnessed, first hand, the tree lighting on the McDonough Square. Fun for the entire family!  For complete details, visit website.
McDonough Christmas Parade (6pm)
Watch as creative floats travel around the downtown McDonough Square throwing candy and wishing Happy Holiday’s!  For complete details, visit website

December 8

Courthouse Square Market (8am – 12pm) |  McDonough Square
Support your local farmers, craftsmen, businesses and civic groups while enjoying all the wonderful items at the Courthouse Square Market – enjoy local produce, organic fruits and vegetables, hand-crafted items, plants, baked goods and more!  For complete details, visit website

Santa Saturday (11am – 3pm) |  McDonough Square
Dress your best, don’t forget that Christmas Wish List and be sure to tell Santa how good you’ve been this year!  Get your picture taken with Santa, enjoy FREE apple cider, listen to the Christmas carols performed by The Henry Singers and finish up that holiday shopping with the wonderful merchants in McDonough!  For complete details, visit website.

Geranium City Tour (6pm)
 |  Dawg-Eared Books
Hear the history/stories about the buildings of the square, the military history of the community, local heroes and movies filmed within McDonough, GA!  Adults $10, Kids 12 & Under $5.  Reserve your spot by calling 770-957-1880 or visit website.

December 15

Courthouse Square Market (8am – 12pm) |  McDonough Square
Support your local farmers, craftsmen, businesses and civic groups while enjoying all the wonderful items at the Courthouse Square Market – enjoy local produce, organic fruits and vegetables, hand-crafted items, plants, baked goods and more!  For complete details, visit website

McDonough Christmas Tour of Homes (10am – 3pm) |  McDonough First United Methodist Church
Take a self guided tour of eight beautifully decorated homes in historic downtown McDonough!  The self guided tour will begin at the Fellowship Hall at McDonough First UMC.   Admission is $10 in advance; $12 at the door.  Tickets are available at Moye’s Pharmacy, Secret Garden, Emily’s Attic, McDonough First UMC and Wesley Way UMC.  For tickets and detailed information, call 770-957-4150 or 770-898-3023.  

Santa Saturday (11am – 3pm) |  McDonough Square
Dress your best, don’t forget that Christmas Wish List and be sure to tell Santa how good you’ve been this year!  Get your picture taken with Santa, enjoy FREE apple cider, listen to the Christmas carols performed by The Henry Singers and finish up that holiday shopping with the wonderful merchants in McDonough!  For complete details, visit website.

“The Nutcracker” (7pm) |  Henry County Performing Arts Center
 
The magic of “The Nutcracker” captivates audiences of all ages.  A mysterious party guest, a heroic prince and the “Land of the Sweets” come to life in Atlanta Festival Ballet’s delightful holiday classic!  Adults $17, Senior/Student/Military $14, Kids 5 & Under $6.  To purchase tickets or for complete details, visit website

December 16

“The Nutcracker” (2pm) |  Henry County Performing Arts Center
 
The magic of “The Nutcracker” captivates audiences of all ages.  A mysterious party guest, a heroic prince and the “Land of the Sweets” come to life in Atlanta Festival Ballet’s delightful holiday classic!  Adults $17, Senior/Student/Military $14, Kids 5 & Under $6.  To purchase tickets or for complete details, visit website

December 22

Courthouse Square Market (8am – 12pm) |  McDonough Square
Support your local farmers, craftsmen, businesses and civic groups while enjoying all the wonderful items at the Courthouse Square Market – enjoy local produce, organic fruits and vegetables, hand-crafted items, plants, baked goods and more!  For complete details, visit website

December 29

Courthouse Square Market (8am – 12pm) |  McDonough Square
Support your local farmers, craftsmen, businesses and civic groups while enjoying all the wonderful items at the Courthouse Square Market – enjoy local produce, organic fruits and vegetables, hand-crafted items, plants, baked goods and more!  For complete details, visit website 

Throughout the year …

McDonough hosts several seasonal events and festivals that provide fun for the whole family!  From geraniums to ghosts — from scenery to Santa, and a Geranium Drop!  It’s all exciting!  Plan to Tour McDonough for family fun throughout the year.

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November 18 – November 30

Gift of Lights |  Atlanta Motor Speedway

Gift of Lights drive-thru light show will leave you captivated by the millions of illustrious lights, thousands of magical dancing displays and an unique entertaining atmosphere. Bigger, brighter and more impressive than ever before, this holiday family tradition can be enjoyed from the comforts and convenience of your own vehicle.  Meander through the over-the-top holiday decor, shimmering and twinkling lights with family and friends to create lasting memories.  Enjoy the Largest Holiday LED Light Show in Atlanta!  Sunday – Thursday:  6pm – 10pm/$15 per car, Friday & Saturday:  5:30pm – 10pm/$20 per car.  Discount tickets available at Metro-Atlanta Walgreens.  For complete details, visit website.

November 22

Turkey Day 5K |  Academy Sports
Join in the fun and fitness this Thanksgiving at Academy Sports in McDonough!  All proceeds go to Henry County Senior Services and Prevent Child Abuse Henry County.  Registration:  5K Race $25.00, 1Mile $20.00, Turkey Tot Trot FREE, Phantom/Donation 25.00 –Tshirts to all pre-registered participants.  For complete details, visit website.

November 15 – November 18

FrUiTcAkEs – A Christmas Show |  Performing Arts Center
Mix together a batch of fruitcakes, three dozen Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an angel on roller skates, shepherds on skateboards, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Frutti and a Christmas hog named Buster and you’ve got the recipe for a fun filled and touching evening filled with holiday cheer. Into this world comes Ryan, a kid who has run away from home and come as far as his money will take him. At first he thinks this town’s inhabitants are “nuttier than fruitcakes,” but soon he comes to admire, appreciate and adore this nutty little town.  Tickets are $12 per adult.  For complete details, visit website.

November 12 

Veterans Day Service  |  Heritage Park
Now in its fourth year at the Veterans Wall of Honor, the ceremony is being hosted this year by the American Legion Post 55.  Opening remarks will be given by Robbie Robinson, Commander of Post 55, and both Henry County Commission Chairman Elizabeth ‘B.J.’ Mathis and McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland will provide a warm welcome with more to follow!  For complete details, visit website.

November 11 

Holiday Open House |  McDonough Square
Jingle, Jingle, Jingle, it’s time to mix and mingle with the McDonough Merchants on the Square!  Holiday Open House is the perfect time to get inspired and get you in the holiday spirit!  For complete details, contact 770.898.9311 or visit website.

6th Annual Holiday Festival of the Arts  |  McDonough Square
Holiday Festival of Arts is THE place for affordable, handmade, unique products that range from jewelry to paintings to wearable art in downtown McDonough. Artist Market, Live Music, Home Baked Goodies & More!  McDonough Arts events are family friendly, FREE and so much fun! For complete details, visit website.

Veterans Day 5K  |  Heritage Park
Honoring those who served and encouraging those who will! Benefiting Henry County ROTC & Veteran’s Museum at Heritage Park. 
Registration opens at 12:45pm and closes at 1:45pm – 5K $20.00, 1Mile $15.00, Tot Trot FREE, Phantom/Donation $20.00.  For complete details contact Karen at (404) 694-1939 or visit website.

November 8

Ladies Night Out  |  McDonough Square
McDonough Merchants on the square welcome you and all of your girlfriends for a night out on the town to receive prizes, discounts, and more!  For complete details, contact 770.898.9311 or visit website.

November 3

Haunted History Tour  |  Dawg-Eared Books
Come hear about the history of McDonough and some of the spookier tales from the downtown square on the Haunted History Tour!  Adults = $10, Kids 12 & Under = $5
For reservations and complete details, contact 770.957.1880 or visit website.