Christmas in July on Wednesday at Coolray Field

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Christmas comes early at Coolray Field on Wednesday, July 25 as the Gwinnett Braves celebrate “Christmas in July” during a 7:05 PM game against Durham. The G-Braves will host a toy drive with all toys collected going to North Atlanta Toys for Tots. The night will also include an appearance by Santa, a Christmas Ornament giveaway, numerous holiday-themed contests and more.

The toy drive aims to collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children ages 0-12. Each donor will receive a buy-one, get-one ticket coupon for the remainder of the G-Braves’ 2012 regular season.

Coolray Field will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with festive decorations around the ballpark and holiday attire worn by stadium staff. Fans are encouraged to join in and dress up in their favorite Christmas wear, including tacky holiday sweaters. There will be a tacky sweater contest held, as well as other contests and giveaways throughout the evening.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

The first 1,500 fans through the gates will receive a Gwinnett Braves Christmas Ornament. All in attendance will have the opportunity to win one of nine Christmas prizes, including a Coca-Cola hot dog toaster, Keurig coffee brewer, cotton candy maker, homemade ice cream maker, remote-controlled helicopter, bicycle, Nintendo WII system, Sony 5.1 surround sound system and a 32″ Toshiba HDTV.

Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase a pre-game picnic with Santa himself, including a game ticket plus a meal and cupcake decorating for $20. To secure your spot in the picnic, call the Coolray Field Box Office at 678-277-0340. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit for more information.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

By: Tony Piraro & Dave Lezotte

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