A number of holiday events are taking place today, providing a host of options for those looking for a little extra Christmas spirit.
Christmas in Lindale 2017, put on by Restoration Lindale Inc., is also happening today. The Christmas parade will kick off the event at 3 p.m. Lineup for the parade is at Pepperell Primary School, 1 Dragon Drive, and will start at 2:30 p.m.
Following the parade, a star-lighting ceremony of the Lindale star will be held at the Gilbreath Recreation Center from 4-6 p.m. There will be chorus groups from Pepperell schools and the First Baptist Church of Lindale performing. Vendors will be set up at the Gilbreath Center from 3-6 p.m.
The sixth annual Winter Art Market, hosted by the Rome-Floyd Visitors Center, will take place today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rome Civic Center on Jackson Hill. The event will also take place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The market aims at celebrating the work of Georgia artists, crafters and growers. There will be an expanded collection of gifts, foods, outdoor/indoor decor, jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, signs, clothing, wood working, glass and more, the market will provide one-ofa-kind holiday gifts.
The Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority is hosting its Santa in the Cave event today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rolater Park, 13 Old Cedartown Road. It will happen again Sunday with the same hours.
The event is part of Small Town Christmas in the Country, which will fill the park in downtown Cave Spring with vendors. Admission is $5.
The annual Lessons and Carols service from the Berry College Choir will take place at 7 p.m. today in the college chapel on the Berry's campus, 2277 Martha Berry Highway. The event is free and open to the public.
The service draws upon the traditions of the lessons and carols services of England and will feature traditional scripture readings paired with renaissance motets (music), new compositions and familiar carols. Berry's Student Government Association will host a brief reception afterward with light refreshments.
A helping hand
Third Street Ministries will be distributing free winter clothing for women and men today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in back of the Good Neighbor Ministries building in the parking lot of Rome First United Methodist Church, 202 E. Third Ave.
Rolater Park will also play host to the 11th annual Community Christmas Singing Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Old Baptist Church. The event is put on by the Cave Spring Historical Society. Admission is free, with refreshments and fellowship to follow the singing.