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FESTIVE HAPPENINGS MAKE THEIR WAY TO PONCE CITY MARKET THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/16/21

Featuring Misfit DIY Wrapping Co., Fireside Pods on The Yard, a Menorah Lighting Celebration, Saturdays with Santa, Festive Pop-Ups, The Roof’s Skate the Sky, Igloos & Noon Year’s Eve Party, & More

 

Ponce City Market will celebrate the most wonderful time of year with merry happenings for everyone. From noon-4pm every Saturday from December 4 through December 18, the community hub will invite visitors to enjoy a winter wonderland on The Trestle – the breezeway connecting Ponce City Market to the Atlanta BeltLine – with special appearances from Santa, holiday carolers, complimentary Misfit Mystery Kits for the first 150 guests, sweet treat pop-ups and more. Other festivities throughout the holiday season include:

 

MISFIT DIY WRAPPING CO.:

 

Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 27 – Dec. 19 – Come one, come all and stop by Misfit DIY Wrapping Co. to jazz up gifts for giving! From 11am-6pm on Saturdays and noon-6pm Sundays during the holiday season, guests will be able to wrap gifts purchased at PCM with a misfit assortment of paper, ribbon and doo-dads at Ponce City Market’s do-it-yourself wrapping and decorating factory on the second floor of the Central Food Hall. Suggested donations will benefit a local charity.

 

FIRESIDE ROASTING & TOASTING PODS ON THE YARD:

 

Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 27 – Dec. 19 – Get warm and cozy with your nearest and dearest outside on The Yard this holiday season! Guests will be able to gather ‘round toasty fires and enjoy s’mores at fireside pods accommodating groups of up to four. Classic s’mores supplies – graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars – will be provided, and pods can be booked by the hour on Saturdays from noon-9pm and on Sundays from noon-6pm. Reservations will open in late November at www.poncecitymarket.com/events

 

FESTIVE POP-UPS:

 

The Blitzen Room at Biltong Bar, Opening Mid-November – Biltong Bar Ponce City Market and Buckhead Village are “Up to Snow Good” as they transform their spaces for the third annual holiday pop-up: The Blitzen Room. The restaurants will feature swanky, vintage Christmas decor and seasonally themed cocktails from Chartreuse Hot Chocolate to Frozen Egg Nog.

 

Holiday Social Bar on The Roof, Opening Fri., Nov. 26 – Just inside the tower lobby, the Holiday Social Bar will welcome Roof-goers with an over-the-top experience bursting with whimsical decor and holiday drinks.

MixMas at 12 Cocktail Bar, Opening Fri., Nov. 26 – 12 Cocktail Bar is celebrating the season with a Mixmas cocktail menu with returning favorite “Sleigh Fuel,” a spiked coffee eggnog made with Old Grand-Dad Bourbon, plus new holiday-inspired cocktails. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made at 12cocktailbar.com.

 

SustainAble Home Goods Holiday Gift Box Bar, Now Open – Shoppers can stop by the store throughout the season to create a curated gift box of handmade products made by local and global makers! Each box is $60 and comes with three pick-your-own items, from wellness products and kitchen essentials to gardening kits and so much more. Additional items can be added for $8 each.

 

ANNUAL MENORAH LIGHTING CEREMONY WITH CHABAD INTOWN:

 

Thurs., Dec. 2, 6pm – Join Ponce City Market and Chabad Intown for a traditional menorah lighting ceremony to celebrate the Festival of Lights! This year’s celebration will take place on The Yard with music, live entertainment, food, drink and activities for kids. Attendees can RSVP here.

 

PONCE GOES UPSIDE DOWN HOLIDAY EDITION:

 

Tues., Dec. 9, 5:30-8:30pm – Located on the second floor of the Central Food Hall and in The Trestle, Ponce Goes Upside Down is a new carnival-style block party celebrating local makers and creators, plus everything fun to eat, drink and shop at the iconic community hub. This December, the event series will celebrate the holiday season with a holiday market by Artists & Fleas, festive trees, falling snow, costumed street performers and complimentary popcorn on The Trestle, plus live jazz, cornhole, the Misfit DIY Wrapping Factory, complimentary Misfit Mystery Kits and a range of fun, in-store activations, special products, exhibits and more from PCM’s local merchants on the second floor of the Central Food Hall.

 

SKATE THE SKY:

 

Opening Fri., Nov. 26 – Back for a fifth year, The Roof at Ponce City Market invites guests to “Skate the Sky.” Ten stories above Ponce de Leon Avenue, the Rooftop Terrace will feature a 3,500-square-foot ice skating rink open seven days a week. Skaters can also enjoy unlimited games and rides at Skyline Park while donning a faux fur coat provided by The Roof. Ice skating is $15 for adults and children (plus admission to The Roof). Reservations will be available beginning November 1 and include 50 minutes of skating, ice skate rentals and unlimited gameplay at Skyline Park. Skaters must be at least five years of age to skate, and individuals under 12 must be accompanied by an adult skater. Hours for the rink will be the same as The Roof’s regular operating hours, available here.

 

IGLOOS ON THE ROOF:

 

Opening Fri., Nov. 26 – Cozy up this holiday season in private igloos on Ponce City Market’s Roof, located alongside the ice-skating rink and at 9 Mile Station! Rink-side igloos will be open weekdays beginning at 3pm for guests 21+. On Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am-1:30pm and 2pm-4pm, families can enjoy the igloos. Guests 21+ can enjoy food and beverages – think hot cocktails and champagne – and all rink-side igloo guests will have access to general admission to The Roof, skate rentals, 50 minutes of skate time and unlimited games and rides at Skyline Park (when available). At 9 Mile Station, the restaurant will transform into a woodland forest with cozy igloos overlooking the skyline of Atlanta. Available for guests 21+, the restaurant igloos will offer full-service dining, plus general admission to The Roof and unlimited games and rides at Skyline Park (when available). Igloos reservations are available here. Each seats up to six guests. 

 

NOON YEAR’S EVE ON THE ROOF:

 

Fri., Dec. 31, 10am-3pm – Save the date for The Roof’s annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration! Skyline Park will host a family-friendly celebration for parents and children of all ages to ring in 2022 as guests count down to noon. Tickets are $15 for all ages (3 years and under are free) and can be pre-purchased online here or at the door.

 

Ponce City Market will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 26, 2020) and Christmas Day (December 25, 2020).

ATL HOLIDAY LIGHTS 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/5/21

ATL Holiday Lights 2021 is bigger & better!

Thursday, November 11 through Sunday, January 2

Times 5- 9 pm

Being held at Atlantic Station (241 20th St. NW, Atlanta, Ga 30363), ATL Holiday Lights is bigger and better than ever with more lights, more displays, and just MORE. Tickets are on sale now via Big Tickets and range:

• Value Nights: $25 per car in advance; $30 at the gate
• Peak Nights: $35 per car in advance; $40 at the gate
• Thursday Walking Nights: $15 per adult in advance; $20 at the gate;
kids 15 and under are FREE!

Website: atlholidaylights.com

NETHERWORLD IS BACK WITH TWO SPECIAL EVENTS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/1/19
A Haunted Holiday Returns December 14 Featuring a Scary Full Production Haunted House Fueled with Yuletide Horror + A Lights on Tour of NETHERWORLD Debuts December 28th – The Behind-the-Scenes Event Fans Have Been Asking For!

The twisted minds behind America’s top-rated haunt, NETHERWORLD Haunted House, are gearing up for two incredible special events this December. On Saturday, December 14, A Haunted Holiday will feature a yuletide takeover of NETHERWORLD’s 2019 main attraction, NIGHT OF THE GORGON, a festive holiday midway, a gift shop filled with creepy seasonal goodies, and a special laser tag event called MUTANT MADNESS that will be held inside of the COLD BLOODED haunt. Then, for the first time in their new Stone Mountain location on Saturday, December 28, NETHERWORLD will reopen for a Lights on Tour featuring both NIGHT OF THE GORGON and COLD BLOODED. It will be a never-before-seen look behind the curtain of the nation’s most legendary haunted attraction and the ultimate gift for any haunt fanatic!

First up on Saturday, December 14, NETHERWORLD presents A Haunted Holiday! Six guests will enter the attraction and will be led on a rope by a ghostly spirit through a full production of NIGHT OF THE GORGON featuring seasonally inspired monsters, holiday themed scenes, and perhaps most importantly… only one group will occupy a given space at a given time! Then, unexpectedly, your guide will vanish, leaving your group to survive the last portion of the haunt without their protection! This carefully paced event is a great way to experience the house without the larger crowds you might encounter during October. Once you exit the attraction you will be able to enjoy NETHERWORLD’s holiday themed midway and gift shop chock full of great Christmas gifts for the lover of spooky things in your life.

This night also features a separately ticketed event called MUTANT MADNESS. Guests will enter the COLD BLOODED attraction armed with advanced laser tag equipment and blast their way through hideous creatures on a quest to see who will get the best score.  But it’s not that easy – when the monsters attack, you need to blast them fast or they can damage your weapon and knock you out of the game. Tickets for MUTANT MADNESS are $15 each and will only be available in the NETHERWORLD Gift Shop on a first come, first served basis. Individual tickets for A Haunted Holiday are $25.95 online.  If any tickets remain, they will be available at the door for $28. Or if you have a posse, round them up to take advantage of a limited number of discounted six-pack bundles, available online for $125.95. Timed ticket slots include 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm and 9:00pm.

Then on Saturday, December 28, experience NETHERWORLD as never before with an extremely limited, reserved entry Lights on Tour. You and a very small group of guests will be taken through NIGHT OF THE GORGON and COLD BLOODED with the house lights turned on and the haunt effects turned off – exposing all the details that have helped make NETHERWORLD the highly lauded attraction that it is today. Guests will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will explain the storylines and production details behind the sets, and each person will receive a free souvenir printed photo to commemorate the experience. Additionally, for the first time in NETHERWORLD history, there will even be multiple opportunities to stop and take pictures inside the actual haunts.  Don’t miss this rare chance to go behind the screams… the perfect gift for any haunted house enthusiast!

“We’ve been thinking about doing a premium small group event for a long time now,” said Ben Armstrong, NETHERWORLD Haunted House Co-Creator. “This is a gift from us to the true haunt fans… the ones who have wanted to see the haunt with the lights on for years! Coupled with an informative guided tour and photo stops along the way, this is a great way to really understand the layers of detail put into this place!”

NETHERWORLD’s massive entertainment complex in Stone Mountain has provided room for endless screams, memories and attractions including two haunted houses, four year-round escape rooms, a year-round Laser Adventure Battle Arena, a monster museum, an expanded midway experience, an elaborate gift shop and more. With 2020 just around the corner, patrons can expect nonstop thrilling chills into the New Year and beyond!

NIGHT MARKET HOLIDAY EDITION 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/25/19

COZY UP WITH COCKTAILS, BITES & SHOPPING AT DECEMBER’S NIGHT MARKET
Top Culinary Talent, Live Music and Artisan Vendors Return for Night Market’s Outdoor Holiday Edition

The Home Depot Back Yard

Thursday, December 5th 6pm

Next month at December’s Night Market, The Home Depot Backyard will be taken over by the smells, sounds and bright colors of a globally inspired market, featuring Atlanta’s top culinary talent, live music, and a colorful array of artisan vendors to kick off the holiday season. Crackling fire pits will invite guests to cozy up where they can enjoy the evening under the stars sipping cocktails and shopping the curated market for the perfect gift. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta outside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the market offers visitors the chance to experience all the international feel and fun without the trouble of fitting their gifts and treats in their suitcase.

“On the heels of our most successful market to date, Night Market is delighted to welcome even more of Atlanta’s top chefs and one-of-a-kind artisan vendors for December. We wanted to create a festive twist this month and truly make it special for the holiday edition, making it a unique experience even for guests who have attended before,” said Latonda Henderson, Director of Community Activation at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “Despite the open-air setting, the market maintains the same intimate feeling as if you were celebrating the holidays in your friend’s backyard.”

While sipping on holiday-inspired cocktails prepared by celebrated mixologists, Tiffanie Barriere and Kellie Thorn, guests will also be able to shop a unique selection of goods at the artisan market, curated by local favorite, Indie Craft Experience. Here they can spoil friends and family (or grab a little something for themselves) with unique finds from the market pop-up, all while supporting local businesses including Atlas Candle Co., Fox + Fern Botanicals, Paper & Piece, and more.

Visitors will have the opportunity to mingle with some of Atlanta’s top chefs and enjoy dishes from restaurants including American Cut, Brezza Cucina, Fox Bros Bar-B-Q, Hattie B’s, Hawkers Asian Street Fare, Holmes, Honeysuckle Gelato, Kyma, Shake Shack, Spotted Trotter, Sweet Auburn BBQ and Wheelies Tiny Donuts.

Free to attend. Food and beverage tickets are $25 in advance/$40 onsite and include tokens to sample 2 beverages and 3 food items. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thehomedepotbackyard.com/night-market.

CITY WINERY ATLANTA HOLIDAY EVENTS 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/24/19

City Winery, the restaurant, urban winery, private event space and intimate music venue, has released its December lineup of culinary and beverage events at the popular Atlanta location in Ponce City Market. Atlantans and visitors alike can take advantage of an array of mouthwatering opportunities including plenty of wine sampling opportunities to enjoy on cold winter nights.

On December 10th, Atlanta can visit the Tasting Room at City Winery for Lift Your Spirits, An Elevated Tasting Featuring Compass Box Scotch. Guests will enjoy Limited Edition Blended Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Compass Box. Compass Box is based on the lost model of the Scotch whisky blending house.

Starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 plus applicable fees. 

On December 17th, Atlanta can visit the Tasting Room at City Winery for Lift your Spirits, An Elevated Tasting Featuring ASW Distillery. With family roots in Ireland, France and England and more locally in Athens Georgia, Jim Chasteen, Charlie Thompson and Justin Manglitz, began ASW Distillery because of their passion for spirits “crafted with character”. The range of whiskies demonstrates individuality and true whiskey craftmanship.

Starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 plus applicable fees.

On December 18th, Ponce City Market’s Posman Books and City Winery team up to host Books & Booze to host a spirited discussion among literature fanatics. December’s book discussion is centered around Beartown by Fredrik Backman.

Starts at 7 p.m. $10 RSVP goes towards food & beverage.

On December 19th, Atlanta can visit City Winery for City Winery Explorer Series Featuring Wines of Casa Rojo Winery. At Casa Rojo, wine is seen as the expression of a family, a land, a climate, and ultimately of an origin. Wines will be tasted from the varied regions throughout Spain.

Starts 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 plus applicable fees.

Atlanta can visit City Winery on December 21st for City Winery’s Holiday Cookie Decorating Party. Guests will receive a choice of hot chocolate or mulled wine, cookies and decorating materials. Wine tastings will also be offered, and City Winery wines will be available for purchase. Cheese and charcuterie will be provided.

Starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $30 plus applicable fees. 

Stanky Wine, a Dirty South Hip Hop Natural Wine Bar pop-up, will throw The Stanky Stomp, a Day-Time Dance Party on December 22nd at City Winery. This day-time dance party will feature tastings of 25 wines, small bites, and a live DJ.

Starts 1 p.m. Tickets are $50 plus applicable fees.

On December 23rd, City Winery will explore holiday wine pairings with classic foods of the season during City Winery Holiday Wine Pairing. City Winery chefs will prepare traditional holiday dishes while Sommeliers will explain how to enhance meals with ideal wine pairings. This will be a great opportunity for guests to make new friends and get an early start to the Holiday season.

Starts 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 plus applicable fees.

ATLANTA-AREA SIMON CENTERS RING IN THE SEASON WITH HOLIDAY EVENTS 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/10/19

Families invited to get festive with activities at Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb

Atlanta-area communities can soon get into the spirit of the holidays at Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb. Throughout November and December, the five Simon centers are decking the halls with Santa photos, tree lightings, festive family-friendly events and even blood drives to give back.

Lenox Square

  • Photos with Santa/Macy’s Court: November 1 – December 24
    Families are invited to capture special holiday moments with the jolliest man in town! For hours and Santa’s full schedule, visit simon.com/lenoxsquare. Guests can save time and avoid the line with Santa’s Fast Pass!

    • Pet Photos with Santa/Macy’s Court: December 8 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
      Calling all festive, four-legged friends! On December 8, families may bring their pets for an unforgettable picture with Santa. Main mall entrance near Nike (no reptiles or exotic animals permitted).
    • Caring Santa/Macy’s Court: December 1 from 8-10 a.m.
      ​​​​​​​Caring Santa is a private photo event designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families. Lenox Square has made adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event. Caring Santa will be held during private mall hours to provide a more sensory-friendly environment. Guests are encouraged to enter through the Main Mall Entrance by Nike. Advanced registration on simon.com/caringsanta.
    • Macy’s Pink Pig: November 2 – January 5 *closed Thanksgiving + Christmas*
      Atlanta’s most renowned holiday tradition! Children can climb aboard Priscilla the Pink Pig for a train ride through a life-sized storybook filled with friends and fun beneath the signature 170-foot, 1950’s themed Pink Pig tent. Tickets will be available at the Macy’s Pink Pig kiosk between Abercrombie & Fitch and Godiva on the Upper Level. For the full schedule, visit simon.com/lenoxsquare.
    • Santa’s Celebration: November 2 from 10 a.m. – noon
      Guests of Lenox Square are invited to visit Macy’s Court and join Santa and his elves for story time, snacks, giveaways and more to help kick of the most wonderful time of the year! Register for this fun filled day on Eventbrite.
    • Macy’s Great Tree Lighting: November 24 at 7 p.m.
      The 72nd annual Great Tree Lighting event will feature live musical performances, holly jolly entertainment and fun! The holiday spectacular will conclude with a festive fireworks finale set to fan-favorite music. The Great Tree will be on display November 24 – January 7.
    • The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program: November 22 – December 6
      Lenox Square will host The Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree program, which provides new clothing and toys for children of families in need. This year’s Angel Tree will be located on the Plaza Level near Urban Outfitters. Representatives will be available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Marcus Autism Center Quiet Shopping Hour: December 1 from 11 a.m. – noon
      Lenox Square will host a “quiet hour” with the Marcus Autism Center for families with children on the Autism Spectrum Sunday, December 1 from 11 a.m. – noon. At participating stores, dimmed lights, muted music and reduced crowd sizes will provide shoppers on the Autism spectrum with a more comfortable and subdued shopping experience.

Mall of Georgia

  • Photos with Santa/Belk Court: November 1 – December 24
    Families can visit jolly St. Nick from November 1 – December 24 and join Papa Elf for a special appearance at Santa’s workshop on December 1, 7, 14 and 21! Visit simon.com/mallofgeorgia for Santa’s daily schedule. Save time and avoid the line by reserving a magical moment with Santa’s Fast Pass.

    • ​​​​​​​Pet Photos with Santa/Belk Court: November 24 from 7-9 p.m. and December 8 from 8-10 p.m.
      Pet parents are invited to get the paw-fect photo of their four-legged friends with the jolly man in red! Use the mall entrance between Belk and Von Maur. Reptiles and exotic animals are not permitted.
    • ​​​​​​​Caring Santa/Belk Court: December 1 from 8-10:30 a.m.
      Caring Santa is a private photo event designed for children and young adults with special needs and their families. Mall of Georgia has made adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event. Caring Santa will be held during private mall hours to provide a more sensory-friendly environment. Guests are encouraged to use the mall entrance between Belk and Von Maur. Advanced registration on simon.com/caringsanta.
  • Marcus Autism Center Quiet Shopping Hour: December 1 from 11 a.m. – noon
    Mall of Georgia will host a “quiet hour” with the Marcus Autism Center for families with children on the Autism Spectrum Sunday, December 1 from 11 a.m. – noon. At participating stores, dimmed lights, muted music and reduced crowd sizes will provide shoppers on the Autism spectrum with a more comfortable and subdued shopping experience. This will follow the Caring Santa event from 8-10:30 a.m.
  • Tree Lighting: November 9 at 3 p.m.
    St. Nick kicks off the merry season at 3 p.m. in The Village! Families can enjoy holiday-themed performances from a DJ; live entertainment by The Xperience; the annual 50-foot Christmas tree lighting; visits from Santa and Papa Elf; a special Movie Under the Stars presentation of “The Grinch;” festive activities and more! Chairs and blankets and welcome and guests are encouraged to come early, grab a seat, sip a cocktail and celebrate the start of a cheerful season!
  • Disney Holiday Play Date: November 23 from noon – 2 p.m.
    Disney Junior spreads cheer in JCPenney Court, with festive activities from noon – 2 p.m.!
  • Red Cross Blood Drives: November 29 – December 1 from noon – 5 p.m.; December 26 – 28 from noon – 5 p.m. Trained Red Cross staff will collect donations from noon-5 p.m. in the Upper Level near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment in advance, and enter code ‘moga’ for Mall of Georgia.
  • The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program: November 22 – December 6
    The Salvation Army will again visit Mall of Georgia for its annual holiday Angel Tree program, providing new clothing and toys for children of families in need on the lower level near Gap. Representatives will be available Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sounds of the Season: December 5 and 6 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Local community and school groups will lead festive holiday performances in the Dining Pavilion to get shoppers in the spirit of the season.
  • Holiday Giftwrap: December 4-24
    Shoppers looking to save some time to spend with family can have their gifts wrapped in JCPenney Court!

North Georgia Premium Outlets

  • Photos with Santa/Food Pavilion: November 15 – December 24
    Families are in for a holiday treat with the brand-new Santa photo experience at Atlanta’s premier outlet shopping destination! For Santa’s day-to-day schedule, please visit premiumoutlets.com/outlet/north-georgia. Save time and avoid the line by reserving a magical moment with Santa’s Fast Pass.

    • Pet Photos with Santa/Food Pavilion: December 8 from 7-9 p.m.
      Pets need photos with the jolly man in red, too! Four-legged best friends are invited to get the paw-fect photo with Santa. Food pavilion main entrance (reptiles and exotic animals are not permitted).
  • Get Holiday Ready: November 1-17
    It’s never too early to begin shopping for the most wonderful time of the year! Fashionistas are invited to get advance access to the best deals on the season’s hottest gifts – including clothing, shoes, accessories, home goods and more.
  • The Ultimate Holiday Outlet Sale: December 6-24
    North Georgia Premium Outlets is taking the guesswork out of gifting during The Ultimate Holiday Outlet Sale! The center will offer a digital savings guide providing even more deals on over 140 premier brands – perfect for last minute gift-giving.

Phipps Plaza

  • Marcus Autism Center Quiet Shopping Hour: December 1 from noon-1 p.m.
    Phipps Plaza will host a “quiet hour” with the Marcus Autism Center for families with children on the Autism Spectrum Sunday, December 1 from noon-1 p.m. At participating stores, dimmed lights, muted music and reduced crowd sizes will provide shoppers on the Autism spectrum with a more comfortable and subdued shopping experience.
  • Sounds of the Season/Holiday Community Day: December 7 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    As part of Phipps Plaza’s Tenth Annual Holiday Community Day, families are invited to celebrate the season with a day of live entertainment from local Atlanta organizations in Monarch Court.

Town Center at Cobb 

  • Santa Arrival Celebration: November 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Santa is riding his sleigh to Town Center at Cobb for the county’s best Santa Arrival Celebration! Shoppers can gather outside the Main Entrance to the Food Court between Belk and JCPenney at 6 p.m. to welcome Saint Nick with a festive parade of reindeer, other special guests, an enchanted snowfall and even photos with live reindeer! Activities include face painting and giveaways; and photos will be available from 6-9 p.m. in Center Court. The first 200 people to visit with Kris Kringle will receive a special gift courtesy of Town Center at Cobb. This is sponsored by WellStar Pediatrics.
  • Photos with Santa: November 2 – December 24
    Say “jingle bells” and smile with the jolly Mr. Claus himself! The man in the red suit will be stationed at holiday headquarters in Center Court for photo opportunities. Check simon.com/towncenteratcobb for his schedule! Save time and avoid the line by reserving a magical moment with Santa’s Fast Pass.

    • Pet Photos with Santa/Center Court: November 24 from 6-8 p.m. and December 15 from 8-10 p.m.
      On November 24 and December 15, shoppers can bring their beloved furry friends to pose with Santa Claus! Food Court’s main entrance between Belk and JCPenney; no reptiles or exotic animals will be permitted.Caring Santa/Center Court: December 1 from 10 a.m.-noon and December 8 from 9-11 a.m.
      Caring Santa is a private event designed for children and young adults with special needs to have a photo opportunity with Santa in a quieter setting along with their families. Town Center at Cobb will make adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities. Register online at simon.com/caringsanta to attend.
  • Marcus Autism Center Quiet Shopping Hour: December 1 from noon-1 p.m.
    Town Center at Cobb will host a “quiet hour” with the Marcus Autism Center for families with children on the Autism Spectrum Sunday, December 1 from noon-1 p.m. At participating stores, dimmed lights, muted music and reduced crowd sizes will provide shoppers on the Autism spectrum with a more comfortable and subdued shopping experience. This will immediately follow the Caring Santa event from 10 a.m. – noon.
  • The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program: November 22 – December 7
    Town Center at Cobb will once again host The Salvation Army for the annual Angel Tree program, which provides new clothing and toys for children of families in need. This year’s Angel Tree will be located in the Upper Level Center Court, and representatives will be available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Red Cross Blood Drives: November 27 and 29 from noon-5 p.m.; December 22-23 from noon-5 p.m.
    Join in the spirit of giving at Town Center at Cobb’s annual holiday blood drives. Trained Red Cross staff will be collecting donations on the Upper Level JCPenney Wing. Visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment in advance, and enter the code ‘tcac’ for Town Center at Cobb.
  • Sounds of the Season: November 29 – December 23
    Local organizations and schools will lead holiday performances throughout the season for shoppers. Visit simon.com/towncenteratcobb or facebook.com/towncenteratcobb for a list of scheduled appearances.
  • Holiday Giftwrap: December 5-24
    Newly purchased gifts can be wrapped at the Oakwood Gift Wrap booth – located on the Lower Level Macy’s wing – and have them complete by the time they are finished shopping. Visit simon.com/towncenteratcobb for schedule and pricing
  • PJ Party with Santa/Disney Jr. Holiday Event/Upper Level JCPenney Wing: December 7 from 1-3 p.m.
    ‘Tis the season to cozy up in holiday PJs! Town Center at Cobb’s PJ Party welcomes all kids on the nice list to enjoy activities, games and giveaways. During a special appearance, Kris Kringle will read a story to all of the good little boys and girls! For more information: simon.com/towncenteratcobb. This event is sponsored by WellStar Pediatrics.

THE SHOPS BUCKHEAD ATLANTA HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/3/19, updated 11/18/19

‘TIS THE SEASON TO FETE THE HOLIDAYS AT THE SHOPS BUCKHEAD ATLANTA

Featuring the Buckhead Bake Off to Kick Off the Season, Holiday Block Parties with Spontaneous Performances, Festive Window Displays & More

This holiday season, the streets at 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 to kick off this joyous time of year. Dazzling art deco decor and holiday lights will thread throughout the shopping and dining destination’s winding streetscape, welcoming kids and adults alike to join in the celebration all season long.

From noon to 4pm on Saturday, November 30, merriment will be all around at the Buckhead Bake Off, launching the holiday season at The Shops. Free and open to the public, the celebration will include spontaneous performances and a friendly baking competition featuring delicious treats from some of Atlanta’s finest 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.

On December 7 and 14, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta will throw holiday block parties from noon to 4pm where 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.

More information 11/18/19:

  • Buckhead Bake Off (Saturday, Nov. 30, Noon – 4pm) – Merriment will be all around at the Buckhead Bake Off, launching the holiday season at The Shops. Free and open to the public, the celebration in the streets will include spontaneous performances and a friendly baking competition featuring delicious treats from Atlanta bakeries and restaurants including Georgetown Cupcake, The Southern Gentleman, Root Baking Co., Spiller Park Coffee and King + Duke, among others. Guests will each receive seven complimentary tastings and a Best in Show coin to vote for their favorite treat. Judged by attendees and special guests, the Bake Off will culminate with St. Nick crowning the winner for Best Sweet, Best Savory, Best Classic and Best in Show. Plus, there will be a decorate-your-own holiday succulent station, a cupcake decorating tutorial by Young Chef’s Academy and lawn games for the whole family to enjoy. Commemorative Buckhead Bake Off totes and additional tastings will be available with a donation to Giving Kitchen, the local nonprofit providing emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources.

 

  • Holiday Block Parties (Saturday, Dec. 7 & 14, Noon – 4pm) – The Shops Buckhead Atlanta will throw two Holiday Block Parties throughout the destination’s streets, inviting guests to enjoy live performances, bring their furry friends and cameras to snap a festive pet portrait and check off a holiday chore at a gift-wrapping station located in the Center Plaza.

 

Details on festivities, specials and complimentary offerings at shops and restaurants during the Buckhead Bake Off and Holiday Block Parties can be viewed here. Highlights include:

  • Bites, Sips & Fashion Illustrations at TOD’S (Saturday, Nov. 30, Noon – 4pm) – Guests can enjoy sips of prosecco, espresso and hot chocolate while browsing Italian shoes and leather goods. A fashion illustrator will be creating Tod’s personalized sketch art for shoppers purchasing gifts for others or themselves.

 

  • Small Business Saturday at Bella Cucina (Saturday, Nov. 30, 11am – 7pm) – Join Bella Cucina for Shop Small Saturday! The premiere artisan specialty food brand and shop offering all-natural, artful foods and gifts will have refreshments and a photo booth to celebrate a special pop-up open through December, featuring clothing, tabletop items and Heath Ceramics from Alabama Chanin. Peroni will be pouring beer and will give away a special glass to shoppers, while supplies last.

 

  • Home-Baked Treats & Gourmet Beverages at Abbey Glass (Saturday, Nov. 30, Noon – 4pm) – Shop Abbey Glass’s seasonal collection during the Buckhead Bake Off, and enjoy home-baked treats and gourmet beverages from Abbey’s favorite holiday recipes. Shoppers will receive free gift wrapping and a gift with purchases over $150.

 

  • The Southern Gentleman (Saturday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 7 & 14, Noon – 4pm) – Cozy up at the New-American-meets-Southern restaurant and enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate bar during the Buckhead Bake Off. Guests can add a “spike” to the hot chocolate for an additional cost. 

 

  • Holiday Market at Buckhead Art & Company (Saturday, Dec. 7, Noon – 7pm & Sunday, Dec. 8, Noon – 3pm) – Sponsored by Wyndy – a free app helping parents find, book and pay trusted college babysitters – the Holiday Market will feature works from Buckhead artist moms including Emma Bell, Lindsay Von, Parrish Hoag and Christine Sommerville. On Saturday, December 7, the gallery will host a Holiday Happy Hour from 4 – 7pm.