Whether it’s an altogether magical performance of a classic ballet, parading through downtown with Santa, finding a unique gift or just sharing a cup of good cheer, ’tis the season to celebrate Christmas in Carrollton!
Small Packages Through December 14 Carrollton Center for the Arts Great things come in small packages. These small-but-mighty works, created by members of the Carrollton Artist Guild, fit within a 12 x 12 x 12-inch space, come in a variety of media and styles and make great gifts for friends, family — or yourself. The Carrollton Writer’s Guild will present a selection of their members’ books, poems and other writings, which will also be available for purchase.
Holiday Wishes Christmas Parade December 5, 2019, 5:30 pm Adamson Square/Downtown One of the largest parades in Carrollton, our annual Holiday Wishes Christmas Parade starts at 5:30 pm and makes its way across Adamson Square and through the heart of downtown Carrollton. Come early to do some Christmas shopping! No parking along Bradley after 2pm on Thursday, Dec. 5. Adamson Square, Bradley Street and Rome Street to the library will be closed to through traffic beginning around 5pm until after the parade.
The Lion in Winter December 6 – 7, 7:30pm December 8, 2:00pm Carrollton Center for the Arts This Carroll County Community Theatre performance of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter is a fictional account of Christmas, 1183, in Henry II’s castle in France, where the Plantagenet family is locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit the kingdom. The Lion in Winter is a tense holiday drama filled with betrayal, love, jealousy and the witty bickering of Henry and his Queen Eleanor. Directed by Dana Rampy. Tickets: $10.
Christmas in Carrollton Choral Concert December 13, 7:30pm December 14, 4:00pm & 7:30pm Carrollton Center for the Arts Since the Carroll County Community Chorus was founded in 1979, it has become a Carrollton tradition to celebrate the holidays with the group’s Christmas concert. This year, the chorus will present both traditional Christmas music and some new holiday choral arrangements. Directed by Jack Gantt. Tickets: $10.
Carroll Community Wind Ensemble Winter Concert December 16, 7:30pm Carrollton Center for the Arts The Carroll Community Wind Ensemble was founded in 2011 and is open to anyone living in West Georgia/East Alabama who played a symphonic band instrument in high school or college. The group has become a vital part of the musical life of Carroll County, Don’t miss their popular winter show at the Center for the Arts. Tickets: $10 Adults / $5 Youth
Christmas with the CSO December 19 – 20, 7:30pm Carrollton Center for the Arts The Carroll Symphony Orchestra is a West Georgia treasure. Christmas with the CSO is a Carrollton tradition. This year, the orchestra will perform the soundtrack of Polar Express and feature a local community choir. Patrons will again have the opportunity to submit musical requests for CSO Conductor Terry Lowry to perform on the piano. Tickets: $18 Adults / $10 Youth.
With help from Carrollton Main Street’s Downtown Beautification Grants, two local businesses are sporting new exterior upgrades.
“Over the last eight and a half years, we have worked hard to transform this odd little basement space into a quirky and lovable destination for book lovers from all over the southeastern United States,” said Josh Niesse, owner of Underground Books, whose new awning over the store’s entrance on Alabama Street was partially funded by one of the grants. “We are so grateful to Main Street for enabling us to make the beauty and life inside our shop more visible on the outside of our building.”
The purpose of the Main Street Downtown Beautification Program is to stimulate downtown development, improve the visual image of properties within the Main Street district and generate pride in the community.
“As with a lot of small businesses just starting out it took everything I had to scrape enough together to get the doors open and I have to stay scrappy to keep them open,” said Shane Galloway, owner of 4 AM Coffee Roasters, who used the grant to help pay for their new sign beside Highway 27. “I have tried to start the retail shop for 4 AM in other cities that weren’t as eager to see new businesses flourish. Carrollton makes it seem like they really want independent businesses and Main Street is the face of that commitment. The Main Street Grant helped us put up a real sign that makes us feel more permanent, helps us move toward being the welcoming spot that we want to be and, of course, helps business”
Successful grant applicants may receive up to $2,500 per project and must match the grant funding, dollar for dollar. The money can be used for awnings, signage and exterior painting and staining on the building, trim and door.
“The Main Street Board is thrilled to partner with our downtown merchants,” said Main Street board member, Lauren Yates. “It’s a pleasure to see how they have worked to improve their signage, storefronts and awnings. The beautification of our downtown benefits all property owners, business owners and patrons alike and adds vibrancy to our downtown area, thus attracting more people to enjoy everything our city has to offer.”
Halloween is approaching at a full gallop! As the temperature and leaves begin to drop, head downtown to enjoy these frightfully fun fall festivities.
Amp Movie Night: Hocus Pocus Friday, October 25, 8:30pm, The Amp on Bradley Grab the kiddos and enjoy dinner at one of our many downtown eateries. Then, head to the Amp for movie night featuring the funny Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus. Free
Youth Theatre: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow October 25 – 26, 7:00 p.m., Carrollton Center for the Arts The Carrollton Youth Theatre brings Washington Irving’s gothic story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, to the Danny Mabry Theatre stage, just in time for Halloween. In the play, a late-1700s school teacher named Ichabod Crane comes to Sleepy Hollow, New York, and finds himself at odds with a local named Brom Bones over a woman named Katrina. Meanwhile, the ghost of a soldier who lost his head to a cannonball during the American Revolution haunts the area every night in search of his missing head. Carrollton Arts Superintendent Tim Chapman said, “Our production this fall is full of special effects that will put you in the mood for Halloween.” Tickets: $10 Adult $5 Youth
Carrollton Parks and Recreation Dept.: Downtown Fall Festival October 26, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Adamson Square Parks and Rec’s annual Downtown Fall Festival will bring candy, costumes and a carnival atmosphere to Adamson Square. The popular yearly festival features trick-or-treating around the square, free games and inflatables for jumping and sliding. Snacks will be available for one dollar, cash only. Children through the age of 12 are encouraged to come dressed in their best costume and participate in the costume contest, held at 11:00 a.m. at the Amp. PS: Don’t forget to bring a basket for trick-or-treating with the downtown businesses. Sponsored by Scott Evans Nissan & Scott Evans Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep. Free
It’s game on at downtown Carrollton’s Amp Park thanks to new outdoor recreation equipment.
Main Street recently installed outdoor gaming equipment in the park between the
Amp and courthouse parking deck. The park now features two ping-pong tables, a
foosball table, a chess table and cornhole boards, all made out of concrete to
withstand the elements.
community workshops held last year for Carrollton’s Comprehensive Plan update,
inactive parks were brought up several times,” said Main Street Director Aundi
Lesley. “Many citizens said they would like to activate some of those parks and
see those spaces better utilized. The Main Street Board and I thought the park
in the heart of downtown, right behind the Amp, would be a great place to start.”
can check out and return chess and checkers pieces, cornhole bags, foosballs
and ping-pong balls and paddles at Otter’s Chicken right behind the Amp during
their business hours or can bring their own game pieces.
community can play during our Main Street events, while waiting for a table at
one of our restaurants or come hang out and play any day of the week,” Lesley
The gaming gear was purchased with 2018 Taste of Carrollton proceeds. A ribbon cutting for the new park equipment was held July 11.
To learn more, contact Aundi Lesley, Carrollton Main Street director, at 770-832-6901.