Head to Cartersville for live reindeer, Christmas lights and more

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Before Dasher, Dancer, Comet, Rudolph and friends begin their journey around the world with Santa Claus, they’ll be accepting visitors at Pettit Creek Farms in Cartersville.

Pettit Creek Farms, located just north of Lake Allatoona, is putting on “A Country Christmas” beginning Thanksgiving night through Dec. 30. Experience a traditional and charming holiday on the farm with Christmas lights, a visit with Santa, a petting zoo and more.

Visitors can enjoy more than a mile of colorful, twinkling lights by the comfort of their car or by hayride — just be sure to bring a blanket to keep you warm. All admission includes a visit with Santa (Thursday through Sunday until Christmas), live reindeer at Santa’s Cottage and access to the petting zoo.

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Along the way, be sure to warm up by the fire and enjoy s’mores, funnel cakes, hot chocolate and more from the onsite concession stands. To complete the perfect “Country Christmas” experience, visitors can select and purchase a fresh-cut tree to take home.

Admission is $30 per car (1-8 people), $35 per van (9-15 people), $45 per bus (16-22 people) and $10 per person for the hayride. Reservations are not required and tickets can be purchased at the gate.

A Country Christmas

6-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Friday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Sunday

Nov. 25 - Dec. 30

Pettit Creek Farms

337 Cassville Rd, Cartersville

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