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New Year’s

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The City of Decatur will join with cities in Henry County and other cities throughout the state by ringing church bells 26 times on Friday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m. in memory of the twenty children and six adults lost in the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

All churches and institutions with bells are invited to participate to help us show the people of Newtown that we share in their grief.  If you have no bells to ring, then please pause at 9:30 a.m. on Friday to think about the 26 victims of this tragedy and those who knew and loved them.

Decorate Decatur Winners!

Despite the wind and the rain, Decatur residents and businesses put on quite a display of holiday lights and décor! You’ll see a wide variety of decorating styles in Decatur this year- everything from classic white lights and greenery to vintage Santa cut outs and inflatable snowmen. You’ll even find a huge, candle-lit menorah complete with the Toy Story dinosaur and pig!

This year’s Commissioners Cup winner mixed colorful lights, adorable inflatables, and festive greenery. Congratulations to our friends and neighbors at 208 Mead Road!


Nine other homes took home Decorate Decatur prizes as well this year and are listed and pictured in no particular order below


176 Garland Ave


141 Jefferson Place


428 East Davis


156 Vidal Blvd.


419 Glenn Circle


428 Sycamore Street


1007 S. Candler St


203 4th Ave

Congratulations to all of our winners and Happy Holidays!

Holiday_smallDon’t freak out yet if you still haven’t started finished your holiday shopping. This Thursday is still Terrific with over 30 participating shops and restaurants. If you’re a parent, you’re in luck! The DeKalb History Center is hosting A Night at the Museum. It’s a drop off event so parents can enjoy shopping and dining downtown while the kids have a night of crafting, entertainment, and holiday treats this Thursday. Click here for details.

If you really want to leave things to the last minute, HomeGrown has its Dude Day and Desperate Dude Day right before Christmas next week.

Best of Luck!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

ImageThere are still a few tickets left for the Decatur Business Association’s annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning at from 8-10am at the Downtown Decatur Courtyard. Tickets are available here, but will sell out soon!

Don’t forget that next Thursday is the DeKalb History Center’s Night at the Museum event for the final Terrific Thursday of the year. Drop the kids off for a night of craft, entertainment, and holiday treats while you shop and dine in downtown Decatur!

$5 for DHC members and $10 for non-members 

For more information or to register contact Leslie at borger@dekalbhistory.org or 404-373-1088, extension 20.

Finally, be sure to Keep It Indie-Catur for all of your last minute holiday shopping this year! 



Wednesday: The rescheduled Menorah lighting on the Square starts at 6 p.m.

Thursday: Santa will be in town for Terrific Thursdays and The Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast

Saturday: Breakfast with Santa – as of posting this there are still a few more tickets available

Sunday: The Decorate Decatur judges will drive around in the evening and choose the most festive houses in city.