Editorial: Holiday traditions in Dalton continue, and a new one begins Saturday

For a town that was founded in 1847, you would expect Dalton to have plenty of traditions.

"The Carpet Capital of the World" does not disappoint in its slew of annual events. There's the Prater's Mill County Fair, the Kiwanis Club Pancake Day (which earlier this month marked its 60th anniversary), Creative Arts Guild's Festival, the "Off the Rails" spring/summer concerts at Burr Performing Arts Park. The list goes on and on.

That list will grow on Saturday.

At 6 p.m., the inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is at Burr Park at 101 S Hamilton St., across from the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Dennis Mock will light the tree and refreshments will be provided. Everyone is invited to this free event.

The Anderson Foundation, Believe Greater Dalton, The Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia and the Downtown Dalton Development Authority are the event sponsors.

Since Burr Park's opening in May 2018, the greenspace has become a meeting point for local families. Whether hosting concerts, literacy drives or food festivals, Burr Park has been everything we had envisioned it would be for the community. We are excited for this first-ever tree lighting, and we look forward to it becoming yet another holiday tradition.

If you're not able to make the tree lighting, there are plenty of holiday events open to the community.

On Sunday, the Mount Rachel Star will be lit at dusk The star, which sits atop of Mount Rachel on the north end of Dalton, is owned and maintained by Dalton Utilities and shines brightly in the night sky from December through New Year's Day. The nearby Hamilton House, at 701 Chattanooga Ave., which will be decorated and open from 2 to 5 p.m. for free tours. Hot chocolate will be provided and the Mt Rachel Baptist Church Children’s Choir will perform.

Then on Thursday, Santa Claus comes to town once again during the annual downtown Dalton Christmas Parade is at 6 p.m. The theme is “The Spirit of Christmas.” The Dalton Noon Lions Club has sponsored the parade since 1985.

Our community is blessed with many celebratory events throughout the year. Organizers and those who volunteer to make them a success deserve our deepest gratitude. We hope you are able to take advantage of these events, especially during the holiday season.

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