04 Nov 11 HOLIDAY EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS ALONG HOSPITALITY HIGHWAY
The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! Everyone knows the year’s best events happen during the holiday season. So, gather your fellow holiday-lovers, hop in the car, and cruise up to the communities of Hospitality Highway for a variety of exciting happenings sure to get you in the holiday spirit!
CANDLELIGHT NIGHTS AT THE ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER
Experience a truly magical evening full of nostalgic, warm memories for the whole family. At the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead, guests will experience Christmas past with a candlelit stroll through the beautifully-decorated gardens and historic houses. As you walk through the homes, you’ll become enthralled by the warm glow of the holiday season. Guests can pick up some last-minute gifts at the lively holiday market filled with local crafts, artist creations, and vintage holiday decor. Santa will be there to talk to all the good little girls and boys, too!
Quick Facts: Friday, December 20, 2019 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. $20 for the general public and $15 for History Center members.
For more information, visit their website: https://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/programs/candlelight-nights.
MACY’S PINK PIG
The Macy’s Pink Pig Train has been a classic holiday tradition in Atlanta for more than 50 years. Atlanta’s most “pink-tacular” train ride travels along train tracks to carry children through a life-sized storybook world that includes the original Pink Pig and other holiday friends.
Quick Facts: Saturday, November 2, 2019 through Sunday, January 5, 2020. Each ride costs $3 and multi-ride tickets have a special discounted price (two rides for $5.50, three rides for $7.50). The ride will be closed November 24, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information, visit their website: https://www.visitmacysusa.com/article/macys-pink-pig.
SPARKLE SANDY SPRINGS
You won’t want to miss the 3rd annual Sparkle Sandy Springs! It’s a one-of-a-kind, month-long holiday light and art display the whole family will enjoy. Walk through a wonderland of festively decorated wooden houses painted by local businesses, schools and non-profit organizations. Sparkle Sandy Springs begins on December 8th and is open to the public through the month of December. Did we mention the event is completely free?
Quick Facts: December 8-31, 2019. Admission into the event is free. Located on the City Green in City Springs. For more information, visit their website: https://www.visitsandysprings.org/sparklesandysprings/.
CITY SPRINGS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS: HOLIDAY INN
Venture to the best-in-class Byers Theatre at City Springs for Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” musical. Patrons will watch in awe as talented performers tell the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut… but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and music you’ll love.
Quick Facts: December 13-22, 2019. Show tickets range from $30-65. Located in the Byers Theatre at City Springs. For more information, visit their website: https://citysprings.com/events/holiday-inn.
1853 LIVING HISTORY WEDDING OF MITTIE AND THEE
You are invited to attend the 1853 wedding of Mittie Bulloch to Theodore Roosevelt (Sr.), where the spirit of romance is created through drama and historical accuracy. The evening consists of a re-enactment of the wedding in Bulloch Hall, storytelling in the quarters and a wedding cake with a special cold dessert!
Quick Facts: December 19, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Admission: $18/person. Reservations are required and can be made at 770-992-1731 ext. 2. For more information, visit their website: http://www.bullochhall.org/reservations-for-mitties-wedding-and-christmas-carol.html.
ENCHANTED WOODLAND WONDERS FAMILY FUN DAY
This holiday event brings you and your family live reindeer, performances, winter crafts, face painting, and more all under the twilight sky. Let the Chattahoochee Nature Center help you get in the holiday spirit. You can even bring picnic materials and plan to enjoy our fun activities at Enchanted Woodland Wonders.
Quick Facts: December 15, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Admission into the event is included with the general admission fee to enter the park: $10 for Adults, $7 for Senior Adults and Students, and $6 for Children. Located at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA. For more information, visit their website: https://www.chattnaturecenter.org/event/enchanted-woodland-wonders-2/.
SEASON OF CELEBRATION
Start the holiday season right with Downtown Alpharetta’s annual holiday celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting. This exciting evening will include live music, kids activities, photos with Santa, and delicious food at Alpharetta’s downtown restaurants. You can even cozy up by a fire and roast marshmallows! This night is sure to put you in the holiday spirit for the whole season. Don’t miss seeing the life-size Nutcrackers in Downtown Alpharetta for a special holiday Instagram-able moment!
Quick Facts: Friday, December 6, 2019. Free admission! For more information, visit their website: https://www.awesomealpharetta.com/christmas-tree-lighting/.
AVALON ON ICE
Channel your inner New Yorker at Avalon’s Rockefeller-inspired ice skating rink. Holiday spirits will soar as you glide on ice below twinkling displays of lights and past a grand fountain! There’s even an option for private lessons, or attending skate school on Sunday mornings.
Quick Facts: Quick Facts: November 24, 2019 through January 26, 2020. M-F 3 to 10 PM. Sat 10 AM to 10 PM. Sun 12 to 7 PM. Admission: $18 for adults, $14 for children 9 and under. For more information, visit their website: https://www.awesomealpharetta.com/event/avalon-on-ice/2019-11-24/.
CUMMING CHRISTMAS JINGLE JOG 5K AND PARADE
Unearth those running shoes from the back of your closet and sign up for the jolliest race of the year! Prizes will be awarded for race times, best costume, the most decorated stroller, most festive, and more! The race will conclude in time for the holiday parade. Proceeds will support foster families and spread awareness to prevent child abuse.
Quick Facts: Friday, December 13, 2019 from 10 AM to 7 PM. Cost: $20 for the Jingle Jog, but the parade is free! Located at the Cumming Fairgrounds. For more information, visit their website: https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Cumming/CummingChristmasJingleJog5K.
DAWSONVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE
Hop in your car and head up to Dawsonville to witness the 7th annual Dawsonville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. Get there early on December 1st and shop around the jingle market where you can purchase handmade crafts and delicious bites from local vendors and food trucks, then watch as the city shuts down for the annual Christmas parade that runs directly through Downtown Dawsonville. After the parade, stick around for the annual tree lighting ceremony and enjoy a night of music, dancing, cookie decorating, and pictures with Santa.
Quick Facts: December 7, 2019 from 4 PM – 8 PM. Parade starts at 5 PM; Festivities and Tree Lighting will follow. For more information, visit their website: https://business.dawson.org/events/details/dawsonville-christmas-parade-and-tree-lighting-14815.
OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
Dahlonega comes alive the day after Thanksgiving for a month-long celebration of the holiday season. The lighting of the square will be followed by a parade that officially brings Santa to town! Incredible holiday events overtake the month of December with carriage rides, caroling, wine sampling, and live theater events and more! With exciting happenings almost every day of the week, you won’t want to leave this small town with big holiday spirit all winter long.
Quick Facts: Starts Friday, November 29, 2019. For more information on all the events occurring during Old Fashioned Christmas this year visit their website, here: www.dahlonegachristmas.com.