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Weekend Planner: Lithonia Tree Lighting, Santa Breakfast, Holiday in Smoke Rise

Also this weekend: Kaijudo Demo Day and Giveaway, Arabia Mountain nature hike, Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain.

Check out the weekend fun happening in Stone Mountain and Lithonia, Dec.1-2, 2012 (like us on Facebook for any updates).

City of Lithonia Tree Lighting and Christmas on Main

When: Sunday, Dec. 2, 6-8:30 p.m. Tree lighting at Kelly Park at 6:30 p.m. There will be vendors and activities from 7-8 p.m. on Main Street.

Where: Kelly Park, in downtown Lithonia, corner of Max Cleland Boulevard and Main Street

Who's this for: Everyone

Why go: Holiday family fun, and a chance to support the city's small businesses. There will be music, dance performances, hot chocolate and cider.

How much: Free

Breakfast with Santa  

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 7-10 a.m.

Where: Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church, 5312 West Mountain Street (located at the corner of Ridge and W. Mountain Street).

Who's this for: Bring the kids, of course!

Why go: It's Santa!

How much: $6 donation requested. Proceeds benefit the food pantry in Stone Mountain.

Holiday in Smoke Rise

When: Saturday, Dec.1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Smoke Rise Elementary Charter School, 1991 Silver Hill Rd., Stone Mountain

Who's this for: Everyone

Why go: You can pick up some great gifts and holiday ideas as well as support small businesses and crafters/artisans at the 31st annual event.

How much: Free to enter

Recording Memories with Mini-Scrapbooks

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 1-2:30 p.m.

Where: Salem-Panola library, 5137 Salem Rd., Lithonia

Who's this for: Ages 18 and up

Why go: It's a creative way to display photos and share memories.

How much: Free, just bring your photos. All other materials will be provided.

Kaijudo Demo Day and Giveaway

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m.

Where: The Dragon's Horde, 5615 Memorial Dr., Stone Mountain.

Who's this for: The first 20 kids that arrive and participate in the free game play will get sample decks.

Why go: One word - giveaway. Also, kids can watch a learn-to-play video, and catch an episode of the Kaijudo TV series.

How much: Free.

Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve Hike with Ranger Robby

When: Sunday, Dec.2, 8-10 a.m.

Where: Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, 3787 Klondike Road, Lithonia, 30038.

Who's this for: Folks who can take on a 3-6 mile hike.

Why go: A fresh morning hike seems like a great way to start off the week -- and it's free! You'll learn about natural and cultural history, geology, forestry and much more.

Note: Wear long pants, close-toed shoes, bring water, and meet at the Nature Center on Klondike Road at 8 a.m. Phone: 770-848-3060; Email: rlastrove@dekalbcountyga.gov

How much: Free

Stone Mountain Park Christmas

When: Through January 1 (select dates)

Where: Stone Mountain Park

Who's this for: Everyone

Why go: If you're looking to usher in the holiday season, this is a dazzling way.

How much: You must buy a Christmas Adventure Pass, Snow Mountain & Christmas Combo Pass, or Mountain Membership for the Stone Mountain Park Christmas activities. Snow Mountain & Christmas Combo Family Value Pass is $199 for a family of four, plus tax, and includes meal tickets, hot chocolate and more.

Learn about Stone Mountain Park pass pricing here.

Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park

When: Through Feb. 18

Where: Stone Mountain Park

Who's this for: Everyone

Why go: Dash through the snow!

How much: Snow Mountain & Christmas Combo Family Value Pass is $199 for a family of four, plus tax, and includes meal tickets, hot chocolate and more. 

Learn more about Snow Mountain and Stone Mountain Park Christmas combo pricing here.

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