Fall has arrived, and with it comes changes to our weather with opportunities to enjoy cooler temps outdoors. There's no better place to do that than Ball Ground.

You're invited to enjoy the lovely Ball Ground Botanical Garden. It's a great place to take those long overdue family photos or just sit and relax. If you're into hiking, then you will definitely want to check out the Roberts Lake Trail, as it will lead you down to beautiful Long Swamp Creek, which is great for picnics and is another great place for family photos.

After the leaves have fallen and the pumpkins have been discarded, our thoughts turn to Christmas and other winter holidays! In case you didn't know, Ball Ground is home to the one and only March of the Toys Parade for Toys for Tots. Now in its 8th year, the parade has gotten bigger and better each time. Rick Steiner, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) Champion and World Wrestling Federation (WWF) Champion is this year's grand marshal.

Tim Cavender is the parade coordinator, and he invites everyone to enjoy this big event on Friday evening, December 3, at 7:00pm. Santa asks that you please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots campaign. Collection boxes will be located along the parade route for visitors to deposit their donated toys.

Be sure to arrive early, so you have time to eat, shop, and get a good spot to view the parade. Last year's attendance was estimated at more than 5,000 people! Attendees start arriving around midafternoon to line Gilmer Ferry Road with their chairs. Staff will begin closing the streets at 6:30pm. And again, don't worry about eating before you arrive — some of the best food around can be found in Ball Ground.

Not only can you shop at any of Ball Ground's local stores, but you can also shop in City Park (177 Old Dawsonville Road). A variety of vendors will be set up in the park on the evening of the parade, so you can find the perfect gift for your special someone.

Don't forget to bring your camera! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures in City Park immediately after the parade, along with many other favorite characters.

Ball Ground is the place to be, especially on the evening of December 3! For more information, visit MarchOfTheToysParade.com or Facebook.com/marchofthetoysparade.