Future to make Atlanta families’ holidays come to life with winter event

The rapper teams with The FreeWishes Foundation to giveaway gifts for local families

Rapper Future is doing what he can to ensure the holiday season is a festive one for Atlanta families.

For the sixth year, the performer is using his The FreeWishes Foundation to alleviate the stress and worry many families encounter as Christmas draws near. The non-profit public charity was co-founded by Future’s mother, Stephanie Jester, and sister, Tia Wilburn-Anderson, and will host the Winter Wishland Extravaganza in Atlanta at 3 p.m. on Dec. 22. That’s where Bessie Branham Park, where Nayvadius “Future" Wilburn played as a child, will transform into a winter wonderland straight out of a fairy tale.

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"The holiday season is all about giving and there is nothing more wonderful than that. I believe Christmas is one of the main times that people give without the thought of what they possibly will get in return,” said Tia Wilburn-Anderson  in a statement. “As for FreeWishes, we never stop giving. We are always brainstorming ideas of ways that we can touch the lives of others."

With their parents in tow, children can have fun with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy a North Pole experience with hot chocolate and s’mores. There will also be an outside play land, photo opportunities with live reindeer, food, gift giveaways and surprises in store.

A live performance by JFly's creation Under 21 The Band will provide entertainment.

"It's humbling to provide more than just gifts for families it's a blessing to create an entire experience that they can remember for a lifetime," said Future in a press release.

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FreeWishes Foundation Winter Wonderland Extravaganza

Free, but registration is required

3 p.m. 6 p.m.

Dec. 22

Bessie Branham Park. 2051 Delano Drive Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30317