We’re rapidly approaching the most wonderful time of the year—and there’s no place with merrier and brighter vibes than Alpharetta, Georgia! To help you celebrate the sweetest season of all, here are a few can’t-miss opportunities to get your holiday kicked into high gear! Click here for a complete list of holiday happenings.
1. Usher in the holiday season at Avalon
Around here, it’s not officially the holiday season until Avalon on Ice appears at Alpharetta’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment epicenter. At 1 p.m. on November 24th, a magical performance on ice kicks off the holly jolly energy. Then, at 2 p.m., the expansive ice rink is open to all! Whether you’re the type who refuses to leave the wall or you’re turning double axels a la Johnny Weir, Avalon on Ice is a must for the ultimate winter wonderland moment in Alpharetta. Adding to the allure, you’ll also find a DJ spinning all the best holiday jams and live performances from the North Point Community Church Choir at 5 p.m. and music from Bogey & Viceron at 6:30 p.m. Then, at 7 p.m., Avalon gets lit (literally!) with The Lighting of Avalon where the area’s massive, 40-foot tree lights up the night with thousands of twinkling bulbs and fireworks to truly embody the joy of the season.
2. An all-American (Girl) holiday treat
For kiddos, Christmastime is all about believing in magic and exploring their imaginations for those visions of sugarplums and Kris Kringle. And there’s no better place to let the creative mind run free like Alpharetta’s American Girl® Boutique and Bistro. This year elevate your child’s American Girl® experience by planning for a mommy-and-me-style vacay with one of the area’s American Girl® doll hotel packages. Participating hotels include The Hotel at Avalon, Residence Inn Atlanta North Point Mall and the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta. Fun additions to your stay can include everything from an American Girl® doll travel bed and a Mommy and Me manicure to delicious cookies at check-in and an all-pink room to stay in (amenities vary by hotel property)!
3. See Downtown Alpharetta transform into a winter wonderland
On December 6th, Downtown Alpharetta will Light the Night to commence the Season of Celebration. Holiday cheer fills the downtown streets with the annual tree lighting, feel-good musical performances, photo opps with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick and life-sized Nutcrackers, marshmallow roasting, a holiday market, created snow, and so much more. Food trucks and restaurants will be on hand to help fuel the fun, so be sure to bring the little ones and a sense of wonder for this can’t-miss way to welcome in the happiest season of all.
4. Ring in the “noon” year with your kiddo
If there’s no way your child will make it to midnight (and, real talk: you probably wouldn’t mind hitting the sack early too!), you can still ring in 2020 in a fun, kid-friendly way with Noon Year’s Eve at The Hotel at Avalon. From 10 a.m. to Noon, celebrate the new year early at this family-friendly event featuring live music, face painting, crafts, and a special countdown to noon. Once the clock strikes 12 p.m., a giant balloon drop will welcome in the New Year—and you’ll still have the entire day ahead for shopping, dining, and naptime!
From delicious dining and craft cocktails to tons of shops perfect for tackling your Christmas-gift list and cozy accommodations just waiting for you to kick your feet up in, Alpharetta has it all when it comes to holiday delights! Stay, shop, and celebrate here with us — ‘tis the season for a visit to Alpharetta! Plan your holiday getaway to Alpharetta by clicking here.