Holiday Happenings in Alpharetta

There’s no better place to be during the holidays than in Alpharetta, GA. From tree lighting events, ice skating and culinary celebrations to holiday plays, there is a wealth of family-friendly events for everyone to enjoy. Enter to win a savvy shopping and delicious dining getaway to enjoy after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season!

Santa Sightings

Santa’s Toy Factory
November 9 – December 24, 2018
North Point Mall
1000 North Point Circle
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Experience the magic of the holidays by entering Santa’s workshop and becoming an official toy tester! Get your picture taken with Santa and test and design one-of-a-kind toys with Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, and Thomas & Friends™!

Santa at Avalon
November 19 – December 24
Avalon at Santa’s house on Palmer Plaza
900 3rd Street
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Up on the rooftop click, click, click! Visit jolly Old Saint Nick in his cozy North Pole-inspired cottage and make sure you’re on the nice list. Santa will be at Avalon throughout the season spreading holiday magic and taking photos with families to cherish for a lifetime.

Free Pictures with Santa
December 1, 2018
10am – 12pm
Alpharetta Welcome Center
178 South Main St.
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Stop in for an individual or family photo with Santa and have the photo printed and emailed to you to share with friends and family. This is a free event.

Holiday Events

Our Best of Thanksgiving Recipes
November 17, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Sur la Table at North Point Mall
1082 North Point Circle
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Nervous about cooking Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t be! We’re sharing our all-time favorite, can’t-miss recipes for a flavor-packed feast. We’ll cover the ins and outs of brining and roasting poultry to ensure a tender, juicy bird with super-crispy skin.

Saturday Soiree: Friendsgiving
November 17, 2018
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Salud! Cooking School Alpharetta
2800 Old Milton Parkway
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Can’t travel to visit family over Thanksgiving? Throw the most colorful and festive party on the block and invite all your friends instead! We’ll teach you chefs’ secrets and caterers’ tricks to make your holiday a success.

The Lighting of Avalon
November 18, 2018
1:00 – 8:00 pm
400 Avalon Blvd.
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Get in the holiday spirit with festive music and free activities for the whole family. From the annual opening of Avalon on Ice to the magnificent tree lighting, and an appearance from Jolly Old Saint Nick himself, there’s something exciting for all to enjoy.

Avalon on Ice
November 19, 2018 – January 21, 2019
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.

Holiday Tea with American Girl
November 19, 20, 21, 25, 30
December 7, 9, 14, 16, 18, 20, 23
2:00 – 4:30 pm
American Girl
1202 North Point Circle
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We’ll serve a selection of delectable treats and delicious drinks for both kids and adults. Children will enjoy a festive “silly sweaters” craft, plus a build-your-own hot chocolate station where they can create a concoction that they can take home as a gift.

Holiday Doll Hair Salon Spectacular
November 20, 2018
6:00 – 7:00 pm & 7:00 – 8:00 pm
American Girl
1202 North Point Circle
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At this festive event, your girl will learn how to create our new and exclusive Candy Cane twist hairstyle. Our expert Doll Hair Salon stylists will teach your girl all the steps needed to give her doll our special holiday ’do. Then, your girl will enjoy a delicious hot chocolate and a sweet candy cane treat.

Thanksgiving at Avalon
November 22, 2018
400 Avalon Blvd.
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Thanksgiving is all about traditions, both new and old! Why not create a new tradition at Avalon? Ice skate the day away at Avalon On Ice, catch a movie at Regal, or enjoy a classic Thanksgiving meal at select delicious eateries.

Gingerbread Houses
November 23, 2018
10:00 – 11:00 am
Publix Aprons Cooking School
4305 State Bridge Road
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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.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Christmas 2018
November 30  – December 16, 2018
Fri/Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm – Mainstage
Act1 Theater
Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
180 Academy Street
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In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! Follow the ticket link on our site. For all ages.

Alpharetta Holiday Farmers Market
December 1, 2018
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
First Baptist Church Alpharetta
44 Milton Ave.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
The holiday farmers market will feature farmers with fruits, vegetables and natural meats, gardeners with fresh flowers and herbs, and makers of all sorts of edible home goods from yummy desserts and breads to local raw honey and homemade sauces, jellies, soaps.

Light the Night – Christmas Tree Lighting
December 1, 2018
4:00 – 8:00 pm
Downtown Alpharetta
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Celebration fills the downtown streets with our annual tree lighting, musical performances, snow, photos with Santa food trucks, roasting marshmallows, a farmer’s market, live viewing area of the SEC Championship Football Game on the big screen, a Holiday Food Drive, and more!

Gingerbread House Decorating with American Girl
December 2 and 21 2018
2:00 – 4:00 pm
American Girl
1202 North Point Circle
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Design and decorate your own gingerbread house! This festive activity includes everything your girl needs to make a one-of-a-kind holiday centerpiece with gingerbread pieces, frosting, and lots of candy decorations.

Menorah Lighting at Avalon
December 2, 2018
5:00 – 6:00 pm
The Courtyard at Avalon
800 Avalon Blvd.
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Join us and Chabad of North Fulton for a Chanukah celebration this holiday season! Guests are invited for a traditional Menorah lighting ceremony as well as refreshments, music, and entertainment for all ages.

Magical Winter Village
December 8, 2018
4:00 – 8:00 pm
Downtown Alpharetta
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Enjoy a second weekend of holiday fun on Alpharetta’s Village Green. The Magical Winter Village will include visits with Santa strolling holiday characters, musical performances, snow, children’s crafts and festive foods.

American Girl Welcomes Santa
December 9, 16, 22 and 23 2018
9:00 – 11:00 am
American Girl
1202 North Point Circle
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Share a holiday experience that includes a jolly “ho-ho-ho!” Santa is coming to the store, and he can’t wait to meet you and your girl. This festive event includes a delicious meal, a fun holiday card craft, and a wish-themed activity for your girl to enjoy.

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker presented by Metropolitan Ballet
December 14 – 16, 2019
Blessed Trinity
11320 Woodstock Rd.
Roswell, GA
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Metropolitan Ballet’s full-scale production is Tchaikovsky’s original masterpiece telling the classic story of Clara’s adventure. The travel through snowy hills to the Land of Sweets – a magical world of sparkling sugarplums, twirling angels, and dancing confections from around the world.