With winter comes the holidays. And with the holidays come time to spend with the family, reflecting on the important things in life.

Around Roswell, the historic district is dressed to the nines. Bulloch Hall prepares for its wedding reenactment of Mittie and Thee; the town square has its annual Christmas tree lighting; Canton Street is a-caroling; and general merriment is in the air. Likewise, at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, the holidays are in full swing, with several community events to celebrate.

On Dec. 3, the CNC will hold its annual “Back to Nature Holiday Market,” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is free to the public to attend, as a holiday gift to the community. Included in the market, beyond the holiday cheer, are over 40 local vendors who will bring their hand-made, unique and eco-friendly gifts. This includes all kinds of art, jewelry, candles, children’s gifts, bath products, food and more. Guests should note there is no ATM on the CNC property, and many of the vendors only accept cash or checks.

Following this is the return of the popular “Reindeer Day” on Dec. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. This holiday highlight brings you and your family up close with live reindeer, along with performances, winter crafts, face painting, hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows and more. This is one of the Family Fun Day series of events held throughout the year. Each is sponsored by Northside Hospital.

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell and sits on a beautiful site comprised of 127 acres of native plants and gardens that showcase the beauty of Georgia. The property includes a River Boardwalk, Discovery Center, wetland demonstration gardens and woodland trails that are home to over 50 species of injured, non-releasable wildlife. For 40 years, the Nature Center has continued to grow and reach out to citizens as a place to explore new ideas and expand the awareness of the natural world.

For more about the CNC, visit chattnaturecenter.org or call 770-992-2055. The CNC is located at 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, Ga. 30075.

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