Stone Mountain's annual Christmas Parade is Friday night, Nov. 23, and organizers say there will be at least twice as many floats and participants as last year. Here are some things to know about the day and evening:
Traffic: Unless you're flying in with Santa's sleigh, better avoid Main Street if possible. It will be closed from 4 p.m. until after the festitivities. The parking lot at the old train depot will be closed from noon on.
The schedule: The parade starts at 6 p.m., and there will be fireworks at 7:30 p.m.
What else is going on? Santa will be there, of course, and his Dancing Elves have been practicing the electric slide for you. But there will also be marshmallow roasting, music, including carolers, hot chocolate and cool cars.
Before the parade: Village Corner Bakery and German Restaurant is offering kids' activities, including decorating a gingerbread man, cutting snow flakes, making a honey comb candle and writing a letter to Santa. Cost is $5 per child and includes hot chocolate. If the kids want to be in the parade, Village Corner will give them an elf hat and a ride on the famous Stone Mountain Park Duck, as space allows (up to 30 kids). But everyone is invited to walk in the parade.
Shopping: Some stores will be open and are offering discounts and sales, including the Old Post Office Emporium on East Mountain and Dolce Boutique.