A Clark Griswold-worthy display of lights is just what you need to get your holiday spirit in gear and Alpharetta delivers in radiant fashion this year! Amp up your Christmas kilowatts with tree lighting events, drivable and walkable light shows, and awesome events through the end of the year… that you can enjoy without burning down your family Christmas tree or blinding the neighbors!
1) Three Tree Lightings in One Jolly Weekend – NOV 17 – 19
If you haven’t heard yet, Alpharetta is THE place for tree lightings this year. With three awesome events happening in one weekend, you’ll find plenty of holiday cheer to share. Pick one or enjoy them all with The 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at The Hamilton Alpharetta Hotel on Friday, November 17th from 5-7 PM, the City of Alpharetta Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 18th from 5-9 PM on the Town Green, and The Lighting of Avalon on Sunday, November 19th from 1-8 PM. Want more details? Check out our tree lighting round up, HERE.
2) Lights Over Alpharetta – NOV 24 – DEC 30
Starting November 24th, experience the magic of the holidays at Lights Over Alpharetta, an enchanting holiday walking and drive-thru light display at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. Immerse yourself in a world of twinkling lights, dazzling decorations, and festive cheer for driving nights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. On walking nights, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, there is even more fun. Guests can bring their furry best friend on Tuesdays, catch live performances from the Atlanta Carolers on Thursdays, and take pictures with Santa on select Sunday nights. Get your tickets early so you can enjoy all of the magic!
3) Avalon on Ice – NOV 19 – JAN 15
Guests at Avalon always love the beautiful holiday lights on display down the boulevard, but we recommend visitors make time for a twirl across the monumental Rockefeller-inspired ice rink to really enjoy the holiday lights and atmosphere. Classic holiday tunes play throughout the evening as you glide across the ice, basking in the glow of beautiful lights and twinkling stars that hover elegantly over the rink. End your evening with a stroll down the boulevard to enjoy the holiday displays while sipping on a hot chocolate from Malvi Mallow or a Bailey’s Cappuccino from Café Intermezzo!
4) Menorah Lightings – DEC 7 & 10
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with two menorah lightings! Attend the Alpharetta Menorah Lighting on the Town Green on December 7 from 5:30-6:30 PM or brighten your spirits at the Menorah Lighting at Avalon on December 10 from 5-6 PM. Both events are the perfect way to get ready for eight nights of joy, light and lots of latkes!
5) Holiday Pop-Ups
One of the best ways to enjoy holiday lights is in the company of friends, enjoying great food and drinks. Make your way to Mercantile Social for their Grinchmas Pop-Up to indulge in a Holiday Cheermeister Fudge Judge (the ultimate holiday cocktail!) and revel in the festive fun, surrounded by themed décor. See the lights across downtown Alpharetta from one of the best views in the city at Up on the Roof, for their popular “Elf’d Up” holiday pop-up bar, happening November 24 through December 31. Immerse yourself in wall-to-wall holiday cheer, including Instagram-worthy photo opportunities, Christmas themed drink specials and more tacky sweaters than you’ll know what to do with. Feel extra festive with Bailey’s cocktails, bites, and over-the-top holiday décor at Carrie’s Secret Stash, a holiday pop-up bar at The Hamilton Alpharetta in the heart of downtown Alpharetta. Throughout the holiday season, there will be a secret phrase passed along by guests that will unlock the “secret stash,” an exciting surprise experience only to be had at Carrie’s Secret Stash, making this special experience even more thrilling for those who get it right!
Enjoy all the magic of the holidays here in Alpharetta, where even more fun for the whole family is happening daily. Give your loved ones the ultimate gift of quality time by planning a getaway to Alpharetta this holiday season. And if you’re hosting locally, you don’t have to park an RV in the front yard to make room for the cousins. With 30 fabulous hotels and endless events, booking a stay is the gift that will keep on giving. Share your festive adventures with us by tagging us at @AwesomeAlpharetta and using our hashtag, #AwesomeAlpharetta. Happy Holidays!