Nothing says merry and bright quite like a little facetime with St. Nick himself. Fortunately, Alpharetta hosts the jolly fella in multiple settings and situations from now until Christmas! Be sure to round up the kiddos to visit Santa this season in his home-away-from-home: Awesome Alpharetta!
Here are all the local sites you’ll be sure to catch Kris Kringle over the next few weeks:
Santa is flying his sleigh from the North Pole to the Alpharetta Welcome Center for a “Free Pictures With Santa” event on December 7th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. You and your family are invited for a festive experience to visit with Santa and receive a complimentary photo. Yummy, kid-friendly refreshments will also be served. This is a free event. No reservations required. The Alpharetta Welcome Center is located at 178 South Main Street, Suite 200, Alpharetta, Ga.
From now until December 24th, North Point Mall transforms into Santa’s Toy Factory! Your little bit can take on the role of official toy tester/helper elf by designing and trying out one-of-a-kind toys with Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, and Thomas & Friends®.
North Point Mall will also play holiday host to a special sensory-friendly event featuring visits and pics with Santa. All special needs children and their families are welcome to join in on this inclusive, magical celebration known as Santa Cares Day taking place at select times on November 24th and December 8th.
For another creative way to commemorate the most wonderful time of the year, grab your fur baby and have a Pet Picture taken with Santa at the North Point Mall from now until December 16th. After all, the man in the red suit is no stranger to animal interaction since his four-legged friends are responsible for getting him to all the good little boys’ and girls’ homes every Christmas!
It’s should come as no surprise that Santa loves this luxury retail epicenter as much as we do! From now until December 24th, the jolliest elf of all sets up shop at Palmer Plaza at Avalon. Bring the little bits to check out his North Pole-inspired cottage (and to remind them to mind those P’s and Q’s in order to stay on the nice list!). All season long, Santa will take up residence in Avalon to spread yuletide vibes and take sweet family photos as Insta-worthy as the chic pieces you’ll find at Avalon’s various shops and boutiques.
To really bolster the holiday cheer this season, be sure to have yourself a merry little getaway with your family at The Hotel at Avalon, a truly palatial accommodation located in the heart of the outdoor retail giant. From now until December 22nd, during your stay, your kiddo can be treated to Tuck-Ins with Santa, a visit straight to your hotel room from Santa and Mrs. Claus! From there, it’s all magic and wonder: Reindeer bells fill the room to announce their arrival, then the Christmas couple will share a little snack with your little cutie while he or she shares their Christmas wish list. A bedtime story and a hug from Santa and Mrs. Claus are sure to send your child off to dream of sugar plums and the promise of a wonderful Christmas to come!
On December 15th, everyone on the nice list is invited to join Father Christmas and his team of toy shop elves for a tasty family-style breakfast at Oak Steakhouse on 3rd Street. Not only will they be breaking bread with the HEIC (Head Elf in Charge), they’ll start the morning off right with a delicious breakfast buffet and even some additional holiday treats!
When you hear, “Ho, ho, ho!” echoing through Downtown Alpharetta, you’ll know that St. Nick has made his way to the heart of our charming corner of the world (and who could blame him? The locals are friendly, and the weather is certainly better than the North Pole!). In fact, Santa and his elves wouldn’t miss the Season of Celebration tree lighting event on December 6th. Santa will be on hand for visits and photos (you can take your own) along with fun activities from musical performances, free children’s crafts and more. The Season of Celebration is free and runs from 6 – 9 p.m.
For more information on where you can locate Santa while he’s visiting from the North Pole this season, click here.