Everyone wants fun, family activities during the holidays and I can’t think of a better way to top off a fun day of shopping in Atlanta than by having dinner and entertainment at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament! And, this year, they have teamed up with Toys for Tots to make Christmas special for those children in need. Please read their press release below.

Within the Castle walls, the stockings are hung and the tree is alight, as guests enjoy festive holiday KNIGHTS. With the joy of the season permeating the air, children’s laughter dancing through the Great Hall, and blessings to spare, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament joins forces with Toys for Tots to give back this holiday season.

“Celebrating and memory-making are the hallmarks of the Medieval Times operation,” says Katrina Stroup, Marketing & Sales Manager for Medieval Times, Atlanta.  “We are eager to expand these positive principles beyond the Castle walls through our inaugural partnership with Toys for Tots. Every child deserves the royal treatment, especially at Christmas.”

The medieval-themed dinner show’s partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps’ renowned foundation was born from a proposal by a food serving serf at Atlanta’s Medieval Times location. In his fourth year volunteering for Toys for Tots and second year working in the service of the King, Chris Powell, a philanthropic 26-year old from Lawrenceville, conjured and pitched the partnership opportunity to Medieval Times management.

Powell’s big heart and charitable spirit passed down from a family legacy of community service finds him posing as a Santa Claus, of sorts, picking up toys from donation drop off locations, facilitating warehousing of toys collected after Christmas, and acting as a living, breathing representation of the sentiments of the holiday season. “I’ve been awarded the satisfaction of helping nearly 400,000 children, just last year,” says Powell. The U.S. Marines also awarded this selfless entrepreneur three Commander’s Awards for Civilian Service. Powell’s hope in uniting these two seemingly unrelated organizations, Medieval Times and Toys for Tots, is that Atlanta Toys for Tots will consistently increase the number of toys collected and corresponding number of children receiving gifts each year.

New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the Medieval Times gift shop at Sugarloaf Mills any time during mall hours from now through December 31, 2013. To make donating easy, the Medieval Times gift shop offers a variety of toys and sale items. For shows throughout the month of December, each Medieval Times patron who donates a new, unwrapped toy upon arrival to the Castle will receive a complimentary Souvenir Upgrade, including a Knight’s cheering banner, commemorative program, and one behind-the-scenes DVD per party, making donating a win/win for Medieval Times’ guests. Toys collected after December 22 are warehoused and serve as a foundation for next year’s efforts. Toys collected at Medieval Times, Atlanta are provided to needy children in the local area.

To provide the young squires and princesses of the realm with a Christmas to go down in history, please visit Medieval Times, Atlanta at Sugarloaf Mills, located at 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.

About Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Medieval Times Entertainment launched in Majorca, Spain, in 1973 and opened its first North American Castle in Kissimmee, Fla., in 1983. Now regarded as North America’s longest running and most popular dinner attraction, more than 50 million guests have experienced Medieval Times at Castles in Buena Park, Calif., Schaumburg, Ill., Hanover, Md., Lyndhurst, N.J., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Dallas, Atlanta, Orlando, FL and Toronto, Ont., Canada. In 2007, the company moved its North American headquarters to Irving, Texas, close to the company’s Chapel Creek Ranch in Sanger, Texas. Medieval Times is online at http://www.medievaltimes.com and reachable at 1-888-WE-JOUST (888-935-6878).