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Be a part of your community this holiday season

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 at 3:30 PM

It’s almost time for turkey and then we will be into December, and at Milton’s City Hall, the spirit of community, camaraderie, friendship and fellowship is in the air. For us, it’s weeks packed full of not only festive celebrations, parties, dinners and all that the holidays entail – but real work being done to bring this community closer together and make life better for our residents.

Over the course of our almost nine year history we have done some amazing things as a community. Join us Tuesday, Dec. 1 (our ninth birthday) at 11 a.m., as we make Milton history by breaking ground on our new City Hall. The new City Hall complex will include offices, council chambers, meeting areas for residents and a town green for community events, all in downtown Crabapple. On top of this momentous event, we have a packed month ahead with holiday festivities around town.

We hope you and your family will join us for three great holiday events this year: the Milton Tree Lighting Saturday, Nov. 28; the eighth annual Christmas in Crabapple Saturday, Dec. 5 in partnership with the Crabapple Community Association (CCA); and the second annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa Claus hosted by the Milton Fire Department Saturday, Dec. 12.

Milton's holiday season will kick off Saturday, Nov. 28, with the Milton Tree Lighting from 6 to 7 p.m. at the corner of Ga. 9 and Webb Road. It's an evening of fellowship with your neighbors with musical performances by the Milton High School Choir, Christmas carols by candlelight, Santa, hot chocolate and more.

The eighth annual Christmas in Crabapple, held Saturday, Dec. 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Broadwell Pavilion in downtown Crabapple. We co-host this event with the Crabapple Community Association and this is yet another great example of the many positive community partnerships the City has built.  There will be Christmas, Hanukkah and holiday music, caroling, hot chocolate, s’mores, a bonfire and of course Santa Claus! I’ll be delivering Santa on my tractor again this year and he’ll be available for photos. Make sure to get there early so you don’t miss a thing.

Lastly, we have the Pancake Breakfast with Santa Claus hosted by the Milton Fire Department.  This free event serves as a wonderful way to showcase one of Milton’s fire stations, see Santa and by served pancakes by our very own firemen.  This event is one-of-a- kind in Milton; so do not miss out on Dec. 12 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Fire Station 43.

This time of year makes me very thankful for my family and the time we spend together. Looking at the calendar ahead, I know I’ll get to spend a lot of time with my neighbors, continuing to make Milton a great place to live, as well. And that community spirit is what makes the holidays special.

Come join us, won’t you?

Sincerely,

Mayor Joe Lockwood