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5 Things To Do This Weekend

It's Christmas Eve and the holiday weekend is upon us; there’s plenty to do like spend quality time with family and friends, take in colorful holiday lights, try a game of bowling, a twirl around the ice or attend the many wonderful church service

5 Things To Do This Weekend

Merry Christmas and welcome to "Five Things To Do This Weekend," our weekly guide to help you plan your weekend activities to include events taking place in Cumming and Forsyth County.

Please e-mail liz.kennedy@patch.com with any tips you may have to share with others. Don't forget to "add your own event" in our calendar located at the bottom of the homepage on the right-hand side.

1. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Church Services

Please check our calendar of events located at the bottom of the homepage on the right-hand side for church services this weekend.

2. Lake Lanier Islands Resort – Magical Nights of Lights

Daily, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., 7000 Holiday Rd, Buford. General admission tickets $40 - $60, for more information call 770-945-8787 or visit or  (click here).

The Magical Nights of Lights holiday celebration at Lake Lanier Islands Resort is one of the world's largest light extravaganzas. Guests enjoy a seven-mile drive through animated holiday light displays including the 12 Days of Christmas, Wizard of Oz, Virtual Tunnel and Snowflake Bridge, Animal Kingdom, and Candy Land Express. At the end of the tour, the Holiday Village offers carnival rides and games, pony rides, holiday treats and entertainment, Santa's Workshop, and visits with Santa.

3. The ICE – Skating and Ice Hockey Complex

Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Dec. 25, Christmas Day, Closed, Dec. 26, Sun., 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., 1345 Atlanta Hwy, Cumming. For more information call 678-845-0103 or .

The ICE provides an array of activities for the entire family from ice-skating and hockey to figure skating.

4. Stars and Strikes – Bowling, Food and Fun

Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Dec. 25, Christmas Day, Closed, Dec. 26, Sun., 9 a.m. – midnight, Merchants Square Shopping Center, located on Hwy 9/Atlanta Road, just west of GA-400 at Exit 14, Cumming. For more information call 678-965-5707 or .

At Stars and Strikes, enjoy bowling and lot's of games in the arcade.

5. Sawnee Mountain Preserve – Enjoy 963 acres of scenic beauty

Daily, 8 a.m. – dark, 4075 Spot Rd., Cumming. For more information call 770-781-2217 or.

After enjoying that holiday meal, take in an activity at Sawnee Mountain Preserve or any one of the  parks located throughout Forsyth County this holiday weekend.

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