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Celebrate the Season | 2017 Alpharetta Holiday Events

There is nothing I love more than celebrating the holiday season with family. Living in the Atlanta area, we’re so lucky to have plenty to do. Yet, the best holiday events are happening closer to us – in Alpharetta, GA. The city is perfect for shopping in one of their three distinct shopping districts, enjoying a holiday meal at one of the premier chef-owned restaurants or watch the annual lighting of a Christmas tree. However you chose to celebrate the season with your family, Alpharetta has plenty to offer. Check out the 2017 Alpharetta Holiday Events below!

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2017 Alpharetta Holiday Events Guide

Avalon on Ice
Saturday, November 19 – January 21, 2018
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 starting November 19th, 2017 through January 21st, 2018.  Below please find details on hours of operation, pricing, specialty skating, special events and more!  Pricing and times vary.

The Lighting of Avalon

Saturday, November 19 – 1:00 -8:00 p.m.

A celebration for the season you won’t want to miss! 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. My personal favorite of the Alpharetta Holiday Events!

Santa’s Toy Factory and Photos with Santa – North Point Mall
November 10 – December 24

Santa’s Toy Factory is designed to empower creativity through an interactive, immersive experience to meet Santa. Within the 1,600 square-foot space, young guests will have the opportunity to “test” new toys in Santa’s Factory before they get delivered to all the boys and girls on Christmas morning. After they “test” the toys, they visit different stations to digitally design, build and paint toys from Mattel’s iconic brands including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, and Thomas & Friends.. The grand finale, of course, will be meeting Santa himself for photos and to share their holiday wish list.

Santa Photos at Avalon

November 20 – December 24

Ho! Ho! Ho! Join jolly Old Saint Nick in his cozy cottage at Avalon for a dose of Christmas magic this holiday season! Santa will be making his way from the North Pole starting November 20th through December 24th. He will be around for the holiday season to spread Christmas cheer, take photos with children and families, share magical moments with those who visit him and more. Below please find details on hours of operation, pricing, our specialty RFID technology, special Santa events and more.

FREE Photos with Santa at the Alpharetta Welcome Center
Saturday, December 2 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Get your holiday photo taken for free at the Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main Street, Suite 200. 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 and lite refreshments will be served. No reservations required. No pets please. The photographer will be using a “green screen” so it is recommended that attendees not wear green.

Alpharetta Christmas Market
Saturday, December 2 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Browse the local vendor booths for locally-made, Georgia grown products for all you holiday treasures and gifts.

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Alpharetta Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 2 – 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
All the magic of the holidays glistens at the annual lighting of the 45’ live spruce tree with 10,000 white lights! The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m.

  • Visits and photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • Community Stage with Holiday Performances
  • Downtown Restaurants and Food Trucks
  • Have fun in the Snow Playground
  • Roast Marshmallows around a warm fire
  • Performances by North Point Community Church
  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas read along with Mayor Belle Isle and family

For more information and a full list of Alpharetta Holiday Events, visit the Calendar of Events. Please note that event dates, times and locations are subject to change.

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