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Holiday Happenings in Alpharetta

Spend the most wonderful time of the year in Alpharetta by planing a relaxing Alpharetta holiday retreat to get you and your crew in the joyous spirit. From tree lighting events, ice skating at Avalon and culinary celebrations to holiday plays, there is a wealth of family-friendly events for everyone to enjoy. There’s nothing more magical at Christmas than taking your kids to meet Santa. Here’s our round-up of some of the most wonderful places to see Santa.

HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN

a huge lit up christmas tree in Avalon

The Lighting of Avalon: A 12 Day Celebration
November 22- December 3, 2020
Avalon
400 Avalon Blvd.
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Come get in the festive spirit along the Boulevard, but this year we have expanded the celebration to 12 days of holiday cheer to kick off the season!


Avalon on Ice
November 22, 2020 – January 18, 2021
Avalon
400 Avalon Blvd.
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Tis’ the season to lace up your skates and glide into the holiday spirit at Avalon on Ice! Our monumental Rockefeller-inspired ice skating rink is back and we can’t wait to hit the rink with you.


Snow in Downtown Alpharetta
December 4, 11 & 18, 2020
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Village Green by Alpharetta City Hall
2 Park Plaza
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A flurry of snow is coming to downtown Alpharetta’s Town Green! The snowy spectacle is free for the public to enjoy, along with the return of the handmade, life-size nutcrackers and beautiful winter décor lining the streets of boutique shops and restaurants.


It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play by ACT1 Theater
December 4-20, 2020
Location & Times: TBA
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This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. For all ages.


Menorah Lighting at Avalon
December 10, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Avalon- Boulevard East (located in front of Jeni’s Ice Creams)
400 Avalon Blvd.
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Join us and Chabad of North Fulton for a Chanukah celebration this holiday season! Guests are invited to the Boulevard for a traditional Menorah lighting ceremony. Due to the continued need for social distancing, this event will be FREE ticketed and guests limited.


Grinchmas Party
December 12, 2020
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Alpharetta Community Center
175 Roswell St.
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We got an idea, an awful idea, a wonderful awful idea! We are having a very Grinchy Party. ‘Tis no better reason to celebrate the season than to decorate it red, white and Grinch. We will have good eats and make things that are neat. Come celebrate Grinchmas at the ACC! Cost $12 resident/$18 non-resident. Ages 5-10.


Third Thursday: Holiday Fun
December 17, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Alpharetta City Center
2001 Commerce St.
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Ring in the holidays and finish your last-minute gift buying in downtown Alpharetta. Guests are invited to enjoy live music, exclusive shopping and dining deals, and other festive surprises.


SHOPPING

couple holiday shopping

Holiday Market at Avalon
November 22, 2020- January 3, 2021
Avalon
400 Avalon Blvd.
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Find the perfect gift for everyone on your nice list at Holiday Market at Avalon! A one-stop shop for all your gifting needs with an amazing selection of specially curated handcrafted goods from local, small businesses.


Alpharetta Christmas Market
Saturday, December 5 & 12, 2020
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Village Green by Alpharetta City Hall
2 Park Plaza
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Nearly 70+ vendors will offer the finest Christmas gifts and products for everyone on your list. Enjoy live music while you shop a variety of crafts, food, decor, jewelry and more.


North Point Mall Christmas Market
December 18 – December 20, 2020
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
North Point Mall
1000 North Point Circle
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The market will feature goods from unique artisans and crafters, making for unique holiday gifts for friends, family and loved ones.


HOLIDAY COOKING CLASSES

gingerbread house

Holiday Wine Dinner
November 21, 2020
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Publix Aprons Cooking School
4305 State Bridge Rd.
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Gather around our table with family and friends to celebrate the holidays in style. Menu highlights induce Seared Scallops with Citrus Vinaigrette & Crispy Prosciutto, Butternut Squash Risotto with Truffled Mushroom, Pecorino & Sage and Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin.


Gingerbread Houses
November 27, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am & 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
November 28, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am & 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
November 29, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am
December 5, 12, 19 & 20 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am
December 6, 13 & 20, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am & 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Publix Aprons Cooking School
4305 State Bridge Rd.
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Forgo the mess at home, and bring the family here! This class allows you and your children (up to three kids) to decorate your own gingerbread house.


Big & Little Chef: Christmas Cookie Classics
December 21 & 24, 2020
6:00 -7:00 pm
Publix Aprons Cooking School
4305 State Bridge Rd.
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Join us at Aprons cooking school to learn about baking some yummy Christmas cookies with your kids at home. Santa will be sure to love these cookies!


LIVE MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

Alpharetta Music City- Music Match featuring Hunter Flanagan
November 25, 2020
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Mercantile Social
20 North Main St.
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Hunter Flanagan is a 19 year old country singer/songwriter based out of Carrollton Georgia. He is the current Georgia Country Overall Artist of the Year and has been the opening act for many famous musicians including country legend Gene Watson, Miss Rhonda Vincent, Mark Wills, Confederate Railroad, and many others. He plays a great mix of country hits from over the years with some rock hits as well.


Up on the RooftopSOLD OUT!
November 25, 2020 & December 2, 2020
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Avalon
400 Avalon Blvd.
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Clink! Clink! Clink! Grab your most festive friend for a special holiday happy hour, complete with craft cocktails, light bites, and more. The best way to celebrate the holidays at Avalon is Up On The Rooftop! Visitors will enjoy a fun, festive happy hour from the THREE best views along the Boulevard!


Alpharetta Music City- Music Match featuring Cole Thannisch
December 26, 2020
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Currahee Brewing Company
25 South Main St.
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Cole Thannisch is an alternative pop artist singer songwriter from Alpharetta, GA studying music at Belmont University in Nashville pursuing two degrees – one in Music-Commercial Vocal Performance and one in Songwriting.


ARTS & CREATIVE EXPERIENCES

ornament

My Little Christmas Wagon Wooden Pallet
November 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Painting with a Twist
11770 Haynes Bridge Rd, #801
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During this class we will instruct you step-by-step on how to paint this 18″ Pallet on wood. Great for decorating! You will still get all of the fun with Painting with a Twist, and you get to make your very own wooden decorative piece! Sealant is not necessary for interior usage. Rust-Oleum Specialty Gloss Clear Lacquer Spray Paint is recommended for outdoor usage.


Glassware Transformation with Eman Osman
December 3, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Alpharetta Arts Center
238 Canton St.
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No more plain dull plates! In this class you will learn how to add color and design to a glass platter using decoupage techniques that can be translated to any glassware you have at home. These plates can be used as decor or to serve food. You’ll enjoy adding your personal touch to your own plates or creating unique sets for your friends and family.


Norman Wagner Art Exhibit
December 9, 2020 – January 29, 2021
Alpharetta Arts Center
238 Canton St.
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Norman Wagner built the printmaking program and department at the Atlanta College of Art. His work includes relief printmaking, lithography, serigraphy, handmade papers, assemblage, and digital photomontage. Free admission.


Christmas Tree/Angel Glass Workshop with Joanne Easlick
December 10 & 16, 2020
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Alpharetta Arts Center
238 Canton St.
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Create a unique glass angel perfect as a gift or for display. Many various types of glass, jewelry, shells, beads and paints are supplied to bring your personal angel to life. Upon completion each canvas will be sealed with a poly to insure a lasting angel.


Introduction to Quilling: Holiday Edition with Kathryn Riley Parker
December 12, 2020
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Alpharetta Arts Center
238 Canton St.
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Explore the basics of quilling: rolling and shaping strips of paper to create designs. This class will show you how to use essential quilling tools to create a variety of shapes. You will use your new skills to create a colorful holiday card and a small ornament or gift tag. The materials and an ample supply of paper strips for these projects and others you can try after the class ends. Quilling is a detailed activity that requires some manual dexterity as well as good eyesight, so bring glasses if needed. Bring a sack lunch.