Many families in the Sixes Living readership area are familiar with the trek down Bells Ferry toward Woodstock. With a quick crossing of the bridge over Allatoona Lake, many have made pilgrimages to Hobgood Park in order to participate in league ballgames and practice. However, for a short time each December, there is another reason that tens of thousands of individuals make their way to Hobgood Park.
The Holiday Lights of Hope, known as an annual, “Hometown Christmas Tradition,” is running in its 15th year. The purpose of the event held at Hobgood is twofold: . raising money for the Anna Crawford Children’s Center giving families a chance to enjoy time together.
A walk-through display sponsored by Georgia Power boasts more than one million LED lights. Sights within the walk-through portion include a 30-foot tall Christmas Light tree, a 17-foot tall reindeer, and a 15-foot tall snowman family.
In addition to the walk-through light display there is a Christmas maze brought to you by Chick-fil-A of Cherokee County. According to the Holiday Lights of Hope website, this Christmas maze “provides over 5,000 feet of bright lights, twists and turns.” The young and young at heart are sure to have fun finding their way through the maze.
A children’s area with bounce houses, games, and prizes will bring a smile to the faces of the little ones, and a vendor village for those that love to shop and find the perfect Christmas gift is open. Of course Santa, the big guy himself, will be present and available to take pictures at no charge.
Individuals age 15 and older are required to pay a $10 admission fee. For those that are 14 or under, there is no admission fee.
In 2013, there were 12,000 attendees to the Holiday Lights of Hope. The event’s website states that 25,000 attended in 2014. These attendees helped the Anna Crawford Children’s Center to assist more than 500 families throughout the year.
We encourage you to visit the Holiday Lights of Hope Facebook page and website for more details regarding this year’s event which is sure to be even bigger and better than last year’s!