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Where To Find The Holiday Spirit in Alpharetta

In Events & Entertainment, Food + Drink, Shopping

The holiday season brings plenty of excitement and enchantment around every corner in Alpharetta. With the chill in the air and the magic of the season in your heart, you can find plenty of holiday cheer all around the city! We have the merriest list of places to fuel your holiday spirit. There’s “snow” place like Alpharetta for the holidays!

Go Nutty for Nutcrackers and Snow

Let’s get this party crackin’ with 13 life-sized nutcrackers set up on the Village Green in Downtown Alpharetta! Walk through the display and snap a picture with each statue including the mad scientist, king, police officer, firefighter, chef, Revolutionary War soldier, nurse, doctor, two princes and an Uncle Drosselmeyer. For a truly magical experience, we recommend visiting the nutcrackers on any of the first three Fridays in December from 6 -7 p.m., when there will be real snow flurrying through the city. Insider Tip: If you just can’t get enough nutcrackers, also check out the beautiful nutcrackers standing guard outside of Indiehouse Modern Fragrance Bar, and don’t hesitate to stop inside and ask about their unique fragrances.

Tasty Eats & Treats

peppermint ice cream

Some of the best food comes out around the holidays and with so many chef-driven restaurants, the opportunities to enjoy seasonal menus in Alpharetta are endless! South City Kitchen Avalon is offering up a Roasted Turkey Sandwich adorned with arugula, pecan-smoked bacon, swiss cheese and cane syrup mustard on semonlina bread. Or stop in at Secreto Kitchen & Bar for the Grilled Apple Brined Pork Chop that sits atop a sweet potato puree. For an elegant outing, Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s holiday menu is highlighted with their Celebration Surf & Turf that comes with two buttery cold-water lobster tails served sizzling with your choice of filet.

Let the festive snacks commence! There’s something about themed drinks and treats that make it easy to be jolly and cheerful. Try one of the holiday beverages at PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, including a delicious peppermint bark latte, butter rum latte, or gingerbread latte. For a unique ice cream experience, try the rolled Ghirardelli Peppermint White Chocolate ice cream at Where’s the Scoop Dessert Bar – it comes in Naughty (spiked with Peppermint Schnapps) or Nice (sans the Schnapps) versions. Take a break in your shopping at Avalon and grab a hot chocolate at the Malvi Mallow truck. This divine hot chocolate is the perfect complement to chilly weather.

An array of Alpharetta dining spots are now offering the perfect place to cozy up fireside to enjoy a bite. BYOB (bring your own blanket) to the fire pit outside of Café Intermezzo and enjoy a cappuccino and a baked brie. Or stay toasty at Citizen Soul with their fire pits and outside dining areas, where you can share a bottle of vino and a charcuterie board that is to-die-for!

Holiday Pop Ups

living room decorated for Christmas

Two Alpharetta businesses have waved their enchanting wands and made themselves over for the holidays. These oh-so-trendy pop-up displays are sure to immerse you into some of your favorite holiday movies. Mercantile Social has turned themselves into “HAPPY WHO-LIDAYS” in all of its grinchy goodness for November and December, with their menu boasting themed food and beverage options and Instagram-worthy holiday décor. Try an order of their delicious cinnamon sugar-sprinkled beignets and a signature holiday handcrafted cocktail. Whether you opt for the Grinch Nog, the Cindy Lou Who Martini, or the Mistletoe Margarita, you’ll be warm and cheerful in no time.

If you’d prefer to spend Christmas with the Griswold family, visit the pop-up at Sis & Moons and snap some selfies in the replica living room, inspired by National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie! The vignette encompasses every comical detail down to the notorious squirrel in Clark’s holiday tree.

Gifts Galore

woman shopping

If you’ve made your list and checked it twice, head to Alpharetta’s three major shopping districts: Downtown Alpharetta shops & boutiques, North Point Mall and Avalon. With over 250 shops in Alpharetta to visit, you’re guaranteed to find everything on your list.

Need some suggestions? For unique gifts that you won’t easily find anywhere else, check out Queen of Hearts. For the DIYer or grill master in your family, check out the tools and hardware or Big Green Egg selection at Urban Hardware. If you can’t decide on a gift, give the gift of an experience like a massage at The Woodhouse Day Spa or a Sips and Strokes class at Painting With A Twist! Still not sure what to gift your loved ones? Click here to view the Top 20 Alpharetta Gifts.

We guarantee you’ll be ready to deck the halls once you spend some time enjoying these festive Alpharetta offerings. All of these stops are sure to make your spirits bright! Jingle all the way over an Alpharetta weekend holiday retreat and stay at any of our 28 modern and upscale hotels click here.