Festive Fun Around North Atlanta

Megan Balderston  |  November 15, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in North Atlanta and there is definitely not a shortage of things to do to get you into the holiday spirit! From pictures with Santa to holiday markets galore, there’s a little something for everyone. Check out our list below of some of the best, family friendly activities that you won’t want to miss this holiday season. 


Tree/Menorah Lighting & Neighborhood Lights

When: Sunday, November 20, 2022; 1-8pm

Where: Avalon (Alpharetta)

Activities: Enjoy the annual opening of Avalon on Ice, the incredible tree lighting, and an appearance from Santa Claus!

When: Friday, December 2, 2022; 6-8pm

Where: Roswell Park, 925 Canton St

Activities: Celebrate with carols, hot chocolate, fire pits, and s'mores! Enjoy a special reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, as well as, the lighting of the 40 foot Christmas tree and a special visit from Santa Claus.

When: December 18, 2022; 5-6pm

Where: Avalon (Alpharetta)

Activities: Celebrate the first night of Chanukah with delicious food, lively music, & exciting entertainment. Free admission. 

  • Ashebrook Night of Lights (Cumming):

When: Date and times TBD *Follow on Instagram @ashebrookenightoflights

Where: Ashebrook neighborhood; 5020 Luke Dr., Cumming

Photo Ops with Santa 

When: December 9, 2022, 5-9pm

Where: Downtown Alpharetta

Activities: Enjoy photos with Santa, community karaoke, and a gift wrapping booth!

When: November 18- December 24, 2022; Hours vary *see website 

Where: North Point Mall, Alpharetta; 1000 North Point Circle

When: December 3, 2022; 11am-3pm

Where: Halcyon Forsyth

Activities: Free Santa photos available from 11am-3pm. In addition, meet and take photos with your favorite characters including Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Anna, Elsa and Spiderman. 

  • Santa Visits Scottsdale Farm (Milton):

    When: December 10-11, 2022; (December 10 @ 11am-3pm, December 11 @ 12-4pm)

    Where: Scottsdale Famrs; 15639 Birimingham Hwy. Milton

Festive Shopping

When: December 2-3, 2022; 10am-6pm

Where:  Alpharetta Arts Center; 238 Canton Street

Activities: Art makes the perfect gift! Come shop the market for gorgeous, one of a kind art. Free admission.


Family Friendly Events

When: November 20, 2022 – January 14, 2023; Times vary *see website for more info

Where: Avalon; 400 Avalon Blvd

Activities: Come glide on the Rockefeller-inspired ice skating rink! Guests will need to book ice skating reservations in advance to ensure a skating time slot. Walk-ups are also welcome, but timing can’t be guaranteed *See website for pricing & ticket ordering

*Keep an eye out for us on the ice rink this holiday season!

When: Open 3PM-10PM Monday-Friday, 12PM-10PM Saturday, and 12PM-9PM on Sunday

Where: Avalon; 400 Avalon Blvd

Activities:  Step into this fantastical wonderland for over-the-top seasonally themed cocktails + decedent desserts from New York City-based Milk Bar, as well as other local bakeries.

*All ages are welcome until 7PM daily. After 7PM until closing, 21 & over only.

When: December 1-4, 2022,6-10pm

Where: North Point Community Church Lawn, 4350 North Point Parkway

Activities: Usher in the season with live music, holiday lights, and a magical Christmas tree. Arrive early to grab your spot on the lawn and shop the markets.

When: December 2-18, 2022; Friday & Saturday at 8:00PM

Sunday at 2:00PM

Where: ACT1 Theatre; 180 Academy St

When: Tuesday, December 20, 2022; 5-7pm

Where: Halcyon Forsyth

Activities: Celebrate the lighting of the Menorah with gelt (chocolate coins), latkes, games, giveaways, music, & more!

When: December 10, 2022; 8-10am

Where: Fire Station 44; 13690 Hwy 9

Info: City of Milton firefighters cook and serve up delicious breakfast!  Professional photography will NOT be available at this event, but Santa photos are welcome and encouraged!

When: December 4, 11 and 18; 10am,-3pm

Where: Miltons; 800 Mayfield Rd

Info: $40 photo fee per family. Your Santa experience will be professionally captured by Kelly Berry Photography; Please see website for info on saving your spot or call: 770-817-0161.

When: December 4, 2022; 8am-10am

Where: The Hotel at Avalon Conference Center; 9000 Avalon Blvd

Info:Jingle all the way down the Boulevard in a one-mile family friendly run filled with fun stops along the way!

When: December 10, 2022; 8-10am

Where:  Chick-fil-A, Avalon

Adults Only 

When: Thursdays, December 1, 8, and 15th; 6-8pm

Where: Avalon, claim your tickets at concierge!

Info: Grab your pals and come enjoy craft cocktails, light bites, and more. Featuring food and beverages from: The Cape, Cru Food + Wine Bar, & Barleygarden Kitchen.

When: Nov 8th-Dec 31st

Where: Mercantile Social downtown Alpharetta

Info: Specialty Grinch and Holiday Themed Craft Cocktails, Live music & entertainment, Immersive & fun decorations


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