Venues in Atlanta, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs and Vinings are ringing in the holidays with a series of events starting later this month.
World of Coca-Cola
Nov. 18 through Jan. 1, the World of Coca-Cola in downtown Atlanta will host its annual holiday celebration with lights, larger-than-life decorations, signature seasonal beverages and more.
Guests can make a memorable entrance by walking through a 28-foot-tall ornament of holiday lights in Pemberton Place. The outdoor winter wonderland includes giant ornaments and trees wrapped in thousands of lights.
The magic continues inside with ornament trees and holiday-themed Coca-Cola bottles, all adorned with North Pole charm. Also, festive flavors await this holiday season in the Taste It! beverage lounge. Visitors can enjoy seasonal favorites like Gingerbread Coke or be the first to taste Sprite Butter Toffee, a crisp-yet-cozy flavor new this year.
Guests can take a holiday-themed tour of Coke ads and artifacts from around the world and across the years when they visit the limited-time gallery, “A Coca-Cola Christmas Celebration.” The story behind the man in red and the similarly hued beverage brand comes to life in “History of the Coca-Cola Santa.” The exhibit features paintings of the famous character The Coca-Cola Co. commissioned Haddon Sundblom to illustrate in the 1930s.
Photo opportunities await guests around every corner, from a selfie station aboard Santa’s sleigh to bear hugs with the 7-foot-tall Coca-Cola Polar Bear. Photos shared using #WorldofCocaCola could be featured on the attraction’s website or social media channels.
Guests can also knock out some holiday shopping during their visit, including apparel, glassware, home goods and more.
Information and tickets: www.worldofcocacola.com
Atlantic Station will host several free holiday-themed events to ring in the season.
First up is its annual Light the Station tree-lighting event Nov. 23 from 1 to 9 p.m. With 250,000 dazzling lights, Atlantic Station’s lighting spectacular attracts thousands of guests every year. The day’s events include live music, the arrival of Santa and tons of fun as the switch is flipped “on” to light the tree. Watch Santa’s Parade beginning at 7 p.m., rock to festive music and enjoy the first snow show of the season.
Second, the Jolly JAMboree, set for Dec. 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. will take place at The Pop-Up Spot and will include free milk and cookies and more activities with Santa. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their pajamas.
Third, Atlantic Station will also offer pet pictures with Santa Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Fourth, it is teaming up with Autism Speaks to offer Santa Cares, a low-sensory opportunity for children and adults with sensory sensitivities to have their picture taken with the man in red, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Fifth, starting Nov. 23 at noon, Santa’s Cottage will be open for photos with St. Nick.
Sixth, also beginning Nov. 23, guests can stroll through Market and Tower streets during Snow Shows while everyone’s favorite holiday music brings the snowfall to life.
Finally, for Hanukkah, from Dec. 22 through 30, Atlantic Station will host the lighting of the great Menorah on the corner of 18th Street and District Avenue.
The Macy’s Atlanta Great Tree Lighting will return to Lenox Square mall in Buckhead for the 72nd straight year Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.
Pre-show entertainment and behind-the-scenes interviews with the evening’s entertainers will start at 6:30 p.m. The event will end with a fireworks display over the Atlanta skyline set to festive music. The tree will shine bright atop Macy’s through Jan. 7.
The event will include musical performances from well-known artists, including actress, singer and Golden Globe nominee Lea Michele, 12-time Grammy Award winner CeCe Winans and Country Music Association Award nominee Carly Pearce.
As in previous years, the Macy’s All-Star Holiday Choir, Macy’s Children’s Choir and Macy’s Magical Stars will perform holiday favorites. For those who aren’t able to attend the tree lighting, the entire celebration will air live on WSB-TV.
Again this year, Macy’s will light an eco-friendly, reusable tree which stands 56 feet tall and is adorned with 45,000 multi-color sparkling LED lights that span more than eight miles draped around the tree.
For over a decade, young patients of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta have served as the honorary tree-lighters. Helping to flip the switch and illuminate the Macy’s Great Tree this year are two center patients: 5-year-old Brooks and 10-year-old Makayla.
Also, in a fundraiser not affiliated with Macy’s, when you purchase a 2019 Aflac Holiday Duck for $10, 100% of the net proceeds will go to The Aflac Foundation Inc. in support of the treatment of children with cancer as well as pediatric cancer research.
With thousands expected to attend this year’s tree lighting and limited parking being available, attendees are encouraged to use MARTA.
To kick off the holidays, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta will transform into a festive holiday destination, complete with merry window displays, holiday block parties, a gift-wrapping station and the Buckhead Bake Off. Art deco decor and holiday lights will thread throughout the shopping center’s streetscape.
The Buckhead Bake-Off will take place Nov. 30 from noon to 4 p.m., and is free and open to the public. It will include performances and a friendly baking competition featuring treats from some of Atlanta’s top bakeries and restaurants. Judged by attendees, the bake-off will culminate with St. Nick crowning the winner. Plus, there will be lawn games for the whole family to enjoy.
Dec. 7 and 14, The Shops will throw holiday block parties from noon to 4 p.m., when guests will be invited to decorate a holiday cactus to take home, enjoy live entertainment and bring their furry friends to snap a festive pet portrait.
Additional festivities throughout December will be announced later this fall, including holiday specials from The Shops Buckhead Atlanta’s dozens of restaurants and shops.
The city of Brookhaven will host Light Up Brookhaven, its annual holiday event, Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road.
This free event will feature special musical performances, visits with Santa (parents are welcome to take pictures), holiday crafts, a Toys for Tots collection box, hot chocolate for sale, refreshments and Christmas tree and Hanukah display lighting.
Vinings Jubilee’s annual tree-lighting event, the oldest tradition in historic Vinings, will feature live holiday music, cookie and ornament decorating, train rides and pictures with Santa. Free and open to the public, it will take place Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Jubilee’s Tower Stage, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta
The Chastain Park Conservancy will host its free Holiday Chastain event Dec. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Chastain Horse Park. The event will include a special holiday performance from the Springdale Park’s advanced choir, free photos with Santa Claus, cookie decorations and hot chocolate.
Afterwards attendees can visit Barefoot Mountain Farms at the Red parking lot to get a holiday tree, garland and wreaths. All purchases will support the conservancy’s mission to continue to restore, enhance, maintain and preserve the park.
Sparkle Sandy Springs, the city’s third annual holiday lighting event, is expanding.
This year the city is adding its inaugural Sparkle Sandy Springs Holiday Parade to the event, which is set for Dec. 8 at City Springs. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. near the Heritage Sandy Springs water tower, marching along Mount Vernon Highway, concluding with a tree-lighting ceremony at City Springs. Its route will be lit up with holiday-themed floats.
The event will also include an appearance by Santa Claus and pre-parade hot chocolate and cookies. The night will end with the twinkling lights coming to life for the first time this holiday season.
Sparkle Sandy Springs will feature a holiday village of six-foot-tall wooden houses painted in holiday themes and adorned with lights creating a magical, walkable light display that visitors can stroll through all season long.
The Fox Theatre in Midtown will celebrate its 90th anniversary with the 14th annual Holiday Extravaganza, a free event Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Formerly known as Mighty Mo and More, this show will celebrate the Mollër organ like never before with entertainment and activities that pay tribute to both Mighty Mo and the Fox’s rich history.
The night will honor the Fox’s 1929 opening with a musical prelude on the renowned Mighty Mo by Ken Double, president of the American Theatre Organ Society. A special screening of “Steamboat Willie” – the first movie shown at the theater’s opening on Christmas Day 90 years ago – will follow. Double will help make bring the film to life even more as he plays the organ along to the screening. Atlanta’s Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics along with the Atlanta Gay Men’s Choir and Decatur High School Choir will also perform holiday classics. The Coca Cola Polar Bear will appear at the Marquee Club for exclusive pre-event photo opportunities.
Attendees are asked to bring a pair of new adult athletic socks to donate to Project Live Love’s Three-Oh-We-Go! program. For nights with below freezing temperatures, the Go volunteer teams will hit the streets to deliver much-needed supplies, such as hand warmers, blankets, socks and other winter items. Guests who donate will receive a special holiday gift.
Tickets are free but must be reserved at the Fox ticket office or at www.foxtheatre.org. There is a limit of six passes per person and everyone must have a ticket, including infants. Access to the Marquee Club is also available for purchase for $45 at www.foxtheatre.org.
Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market will host several holiday events to celebrate the season.
Nov. 29 through Dec. 22, join the King of Pops Tree Elves at The Yard at Ponce City Market, which will be transformed into a Christmas tree lot. It will also include fire pits and live music ensembles on weekends throughout the season. Guests can choose a tree to take home or place an order for the King of Pops Tree Elves to deliver one right to their doorstep. They can also pick up trees for easy recycling after the holidays. Trees will be available for purchase Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Starting Nov. 29, The Grinch and Jolly Old St. Nick will grace Ponce City Market with their presence, both taking up residence on the second floor above the Central Food Hall. Guests will be invited to bring a camera to snap photos with each beginning Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 pm.
Following, the Grinch will be available for visits and photos from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22. Guests can bring their gift lists to Santa and take photos with the jolly one on Sundays through Dec. 22, plus Dec. 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ponce City Market will exclusively use digital lines for visits with the Grinch and Santa this year, so visitors won’t have to wait in a physical line.
Special events with Santa and/or the Grinch will take place throughout the season. Two of Ponce City Market’s restaurants/bars – Biltong Bar and Likewise – will also host special events.
Dec. 23, Ponce City Market and Chabad Intown will co-host a traditional menorah lighting ceremony on The Yard at 6 :30 p.m. Attendees will celebrate the Festival of Lights with an evening of food and drinks, activities for children and live music.