Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/3/19, Updated 11/18/19
Photo Ops & Special Events with the Grinch & Santa, the King of Pops Tree Elves Holiday Forest, a Menorah Lighting Celebration, The Roof’s Noon Year’s Eve Party, Holiday Pop-Ups & More
Kicking Off on Black Friday (Nov. 29)
Additional information added 11/18/19:
Santa and the Grinch are back at Ponce City Market for another year of naughty and nice celebrations at the historic community destination’s Holiday Spectacular. Festive fun will be all around with the King of Pops Tree Elves Holiday Forest, visits with the Grinch and Santa, a Menorah Lighting Celebration, holiday pop-ups and The Roof’s Noon Year’s Eve Party. Plus, the mean, green anything but clean trickster and the jolly man in the red suit will be spreading merriment at special events throughout the community hub all season long. This year’s festivities include:
KING OF POPS TREE ELVES HOLIDAY FOREST:
Fri., Nov. 29 – Sun., Dec. 22 – Join the King of Pops Tree Elves at the best tree lot in town! The Yard at Ponce City Market will transform into a winter wonderland, featuring a lush, winding forest of trees, 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 on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 7pm.
THE GRINCH & SANTA IN RESIDENCE:
Beginning Fri., Nov. 29 – The Grinch and Jolly Old St. Nick will grace Ponce City Market with their presence throughout the most cheerful time of year! Both will take up residence on the second floor above the Central Food Hall, and guests will be invited to bring a camera to snap photos with each beginning Friday, November 29 from 11am – 6pm. Following, the Grinch will be available for visits and photos from 11am – 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays through December 22. Guests can bring their gift lists to Santa and take photos with the jolly one on Sundays through December 22, plus Monday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 24, from 11am – 6pm.
PCM 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. It’s quick and easy to sign up once onsite – staff will be at each check-in to help, and guests will get a confirmation text with the number of people “in line” before them. PCM will then send a text 15 minutes before time slots to confirm when Santa and the Grinch are ready. Meanwhile, guests can wander PCM to grab a bite to eat, do some holiday shopping or write letters to Santa and the Grinch at the North and South Pole Post Box Stations presented by Archer Paper Goods. Please note, guests will not be able to sign up in the digital line until they are on the premises.
Santa and the Grinch will also be making appearances at festive events, including the following. View www.poncecitymarket.com for more details and updates on additional events.
Santa & the Grinch on The Roof (Sat., Nov. 30, 7pm – 9pm) – Guests 21+ can stop by The Roof at Ponce City Market to check out revelry from the Grinch, merriment from Santa Claus and more festive fun from 7-9pm on November 30. To receive complimentary admission after 6pm, attendees can bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
Drinks with Santa at Biltong Bar’s The Blitzen Room (Sat., Dec. 14, 7pm – 9pm) – Join Old St. Nick at Biltong Bar’s holiday pop-up, The Blitzen Room, to enjoy seasonally themed cocktails including Chartreuse Hot Chocolate and Frozen Egg Nog. No RSVP is necessary for this holiday fete.
The Victorian’s Holiday Plant Decorating Workshop with the Grinch (Sat., Dec. 14, 7pm – 9pm) – The Victorian’s team will teach participants how to decorate a beautiful holiday plant to spruce up their space during the season. Drinks will be provided by Likewise. Tickets will be available soon on The Victorian’s website here.
Santa Brunch at Pancake Social (Wed., Dec. 18, 8:30am & 10am) – Come one, come all and celebrate the joyous time of year at brunch with Santa! The jolliest man around will be spreading holiday cheer all morning while guests enjoy breakfast. Tickets ($35 per person) can be purchased here for two seating times and include the Pancake Social Breakfast Plate and photos with Santa.
The Grinch Brunch at Pancake Social (Thurs., Dec. 19, 8:30am & 10am) – The mean green anything-but-clean trickster will be up to no good throughout brunch at Pancake Social! Tickets ($35 per person) can be purchased here for two seating times and include the Pancake Social Breakfast Plate and photos with the Grinch.
Bellina Alimentari with the Grinch (Thurs., Dec. 19, 6pm – 9pm) – Bellina Alimentari is throwing a special Grinch-inspired holiday dinner, complete with cocktails and the Grinch himself. Tickets ($75) are available here for guests ages 21+.
Yippee Ki-Yay – Pizza & Pints with the Grinch at Root Baking Co (Sat., Dec. 21, 7pm – 9pm) – Root Baking Co. will be hosting a screening of Die Hard with the Grinch! Guests will enjoy housemade pizza and beer while the Grinch spreads revelry all around. Tickets will be available soon at www.rootbakingco.com.
BYOB Adult Candle Making Workshop with Santa at Candlefish (Sat., Dec. 21, 7pm – 9pm) – Join Santa Claus at this workshop and learn to make candles at Candlefish! Alongside the most cheerful fellow, participants will get to pick a scent from the shop’s signature fragrance library with over 100 types and leave with two 9 oz. jar candles. The class is BYOB (the shop provides glassware!), and tickets ($65) are available here.
SKATE THE SKY:
Fri., Nov. 29 – Sun., Jan. 5 – Back for a third year, The Roof at Ponce City Market invites guests to “Skate the Sky.” Ten stories above Ponce de Leon Avenue and overlooking Old Fourth Ward, the Rooftop Terrace will feature a 3,500-square-foot ice skating rink. Guests will be able to enter the ice rink as a walk-in from Skyline Park or Nine Mile Station. Admission to The Roof is $10 for adults and $7 for kids ages 3-12 – or free with a Nine Mile Station reservation – and skating is $15 for adults and $8 for kids ages 5-12. Hours for the rink will be 11am to 9pm on Sunday, 3-10pm Monday through Wednesday, 3-11pm on Thursday and Friday and 11am-11pm on Saturday. On Friday and Saturday, Skate the Sky is 21+ only after 5pm and a DJ will be spinning starting at 7pm. Before or after skating, guests can warm up at outdoor fire pits at the woodland forest-themed Nine Mile Station or play mini golf at Skyline Park donning a faux fur coat provided by The Roof.
IGLOOS ON THE ROOF:
Fri., Nov. 29 – Sun., Jan. 5 – Cozy up this holiday season in life-size, private igloos on Ponce City Market’s Roof! Available by reservation only, they will be located alongside the ice skating rink for guests 21 and up to explore. Food and drink will be available to enjoy in the cozy hangouts, which can be booked in two-hour increments for $150 (up to 8 people). Reservations are now available at www.poncecityroof.com and include general admission to The Roof, skate rentals, 50 minutes of skate time and unlimited games and rides at Skyline Park (when available).
THE BLITZEN ROOM POP-UP AT BILTONG BAR:
Mon., Dec. 2 – Thurs., Dec. 26 – This holiday season, Biltong Bar at Ponce City Market is “Up to Snow Good” as they transform for their inaugural holiday pop-up, The Blitzen Room. The restaurant will feature swanky, vintage Christmas decor and seasonally themed cocktails including Chartreuse Hot Chocolate and Frozen Egg Nog.
LIKEWISE BAR’S HAWAIIAN HOLIDAY TIKI EXPERIENCE:
Thurs., Dec. 5 – Sat., Dec. 7 – For three days only, Likewise will transform into a Hawaiin Holiday Tiki Experience. Their beverage team will be shaking and stirring classic and signature tiki cocktails, such as Navy Grog, Zombie, Mai Tai, a Daiquiri with Swedish Kronan, the shareable Scorpion Bowl and more.
MENORAH LIGHTING ON PONCE:
Mon., Dec. 23 – Join Ponce City Market and Chabad Intown for a traditional menorah lighting ceremony on the Yard beginning at 6:30pm. Attendees will celebrate the Festival of Lights with an evening of food and drinks, activities for the kids and live music.
NOON YEAR’S EVE ON THE ROOF:
Tues., Dec. 31 – Save the date for The Roof’s third annual Noon Year’s Eve! Skyline Park and Nine Mile Station will host a family-friendly celebration for parents and children of all ages to ring in the new year as guests countdown to noon. Stay tuned for additional information coming soon at www.poncecityroof.com.
Original post 11/3/19:
This holiday season, the ‘Naughty v. Nice’ Holiday Spectacular will return to Ponce City Market for merriment throughout the community hub!
Make your list, and check it twice – Santa Claus (and The Grinch) are coming to town! The Naughty and Nice duo will take up residence at Ponce City Market and spread mischief and merriment at special events and festivities all season long. Beginning Friday, November 29, bring a camera to snap photos with the mean one and the jolly man in the red suit, and write letters to the Grinch at the South Pole and Santa at the North Pole post box stations.
Free and open to the public, photo opportunities with Santa and the Grinch can be reserved onsite. A digital line will allow you to wander PCM to grab a bite to eat or do some holiday shopping while waiting. Once you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation text with the number of guests “in line” in front of you and another text 15 minutes before your turn. Please note, you will not be able to sign up in the digital line until you are on the premises.
Outside, The Yard will transform into a winter wonderland complete with the King of Pops’ Tree Elves Holiday Forest, a menorah lighting celebration and more. Featuring a lush, winding forest of trees for purchase, The Yard will welcome you to choose a tree to take home or place an order for the King of Pops Tree Elves to deliver the green prize right to your doorstep. The Tree Elves can even pick up trees for easy recycling after the holidays.
On The Roof, Skate the Sky and festive igloos will return for another year. Ten stories above Ponce de Leon Avenue and overlooking the Atlanta BeltLine and Old Fourth Ward, the Rooftop Terrace will feature a 3,500-square-foot ice skating rink. Available by reservation only, the private igloos will be located alongside the ice skating rink for guests 21 and up to explore. Plus, food and drink will be available to enjoy in the cozy hangouts, which can be booked in two-hour increments for $150 (up to 8 people). Ice skating is $15 for adults and $8 for children (5-12 years old). For more details and igloo reservations, please visit The Roof’s website.