Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/17/19

Saturday, December 14th @ Noon

From Inman Park to Piedmont Park, the East Side Trail on the Atlanta BeltLine connects some of the best restaurants and bars in town! Join us on Saturday, December 14th to try them all!

Enjoy up to five complimentary beverages along the BeltLine along with awesome food and drink specials at each participating location. Get your crew together and join us for Pub Crawl on the BeltLine: Winter Edition presented by Lunazul Tequila

Tickets Include:
• Up to (5) complimentary drinks at our partner bars
• Souvenir Pub Crawl on the BeltLine koozie

Tickets were $35 at the time of posting.

Participating Partner Bars (MORE 2019 Bars TBA)
Apres DiemF.R.O.G.S. | Park Tavern in Piedmont Park |New RealmPure Taqueria Inman ParkLittle SpiritGuac Y Margy’sButter & Cream HawkersMellow MushroomReindeer Games: A Day of BeltLine Holiday Spirit

Check In Locations (exact locations TBA):

  • INMAN PARK: will be located at one of our partner bars on North Highland Ave
  • PONCE: will be located near Ponce City Market
  • MIDTOWN: will be located near the Midtown Promenade shopping center


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/15/19

It’s a Christmas Miracle!

The team behind Bon Ton, The Lawrence + Wonderkid once again host Atlanta’s
favorite holiday tradition for the fourth year   

We hope you’ve been good this year Atlanta. Everyone’s favorite holiday tradition, Miracle, unwraps its fourth season ready to spread holiday cheer!  Miracle on Monroe returns to the Midtown Promenade restaurant Tapa Tapa and Miracle on Highland, heads back to The Brasserie & Neighborhood Café PARISH. Bon Ton will once again get into Mele Kalikimaka spirit as they host Sippin’ Santa, a Christmas-themed Tiki takeover.  All locations will offer special holiday cocktails, a fun festive staff, and enough cheer for everyone!

Whether you’re as happy as an elf or as grumpy as the grinch, the classic Christmas-themed cocktails at any of our Miracle locations are sure to make you light up like a Christmas tree. From the Snowball Old-Fashioned to the Mistletoe Shot, there’s an option to make everyone on your list happy.  In addition to the drinks, every location is decked in Holiday spirit, from the staff’s attire to the decorations that make you feel as if you’ve stepped into the North Pole itself. If you want additional Holiday cheer, say snow more. Everyone’s favorite Christmas tunes will keep you bopping, and sippin’, until the reindeers come home.

“If we’ve learned anything the past three years, it’s that Atlanta is overflowing with Christmas spirit,” said Eric Simpkins, co-founder of Big Citizen along with partner Darren Carr. “With our fourth year here, we’re excited to once again host the best Christmas bar pop-ups in the city, and we hope everyone comes out for many more Holiday seasons to come.”

Miracle on Monroe, similar to years prior, will  set up shop at Midtown’s Tapa Tapa and is the classic stop for a jolly good time. The original Atlanta Miracle will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for private events, but there’s still plenty of cheer to go around the rest of the week!

Miracle on Highland returns to Parish for its second year to serve up Holiday cheer. Also closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, this winter wonderland will offer a special Holiday brunch on weekends and has partial buyouts available for those of you looking for the perfect space for a Holiday special event.

Bon Ton’s Sippin’ Santa, the all-ages tiki twin to Miracle, returns for its second year at Bon Ton in Midtown. The Christmas-meets-paradise drink menu is the perfect opportunity to indulge for those who prefer their holiday on the beach. Thanks to last year’s success, Santa (and you) will be sippin’ on carefully curated cocktails all season long. Bon Ton will keep their normal hours serving lunch and dinner and won’t offer their traditional drink menu during Sippin’ Santa.

On the week of November 25 only, to kick off the holiday season, Miracle on Monroe and Sippin’ Santa locations will be open Monday-Friday (except for Thanksgiving) and Miracle on Highland will open on Black Friday. Following the Thanksgiving holiday, both Miracle locations will resume their typical Wednesday-Sunday schedule, and Sippin’ Santa will maintain Bon Ton’s regular hours. All Miracle locations last through New Year’s Eve (closed only on Christmas day) and are first come first serve, with only partial or full buyouts available for reservations. In addition, they will each be hosting a charity event with details to be determined. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Beverage and cocktail menus will be the same for each location. Signature Miracle chex mix and cookie plates will be available at each location as well. Food menus will be customized per location and announced Mid-November. For more details on how to get into the holiday spirit at this festive joint, head to

Miracle is 21 and up (excluding Sippin’ Santa), with no entry fee. There is a 2-hour limit for tables, and due to all the Christmas cheer required to keep Miracle on Monroe and Sippin’ Santa in tip-top shape, a 20% service charge will be added to each check. Miracle will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 5pm to 12am, and Friday and Saturday 5pm to 1am. Mondays and Tuesdays are closed but available for private party bookings. Locations include: Miracle on Monroe – Tapa Tapa in the Midtown Promenade, 931 Monroe Dr. NE, Suite C-106, Atlanta, GA 30308; Miracle on Highland – The Brasserie and Neighborhood Café at PARISH, 240 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307; Sippin’ Santa – Bon Ton, 674 Myrtle St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30318. Please send party inquiries to For updates on Miracle visit Facebook or


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/15/19

Thursday, December 5th 6 to 8 pm

The Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting to Feature Photos with Santa,
Live Music, Holiday Activities, and More!
Free to attend!
Paces Properties invites the community to light up their holiday season at the 2019 Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting. This annual event is decked out with all sorts of family fun from visits with Santa to live music that’s sure to have the whole family rocking around the Christmas tree.

The Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting is filled with a list of cherished festivities and most exciting of all, Santa heard the news and is coming to join the party! The big man himself will be available for family photos, holiday wishes, and of course, pleas for the nice list. Two Santa Express Trains will be chugging along all evening, and guests can enjoy balloon twisting and ornament decorating. Additionally, Vinings United Methodist Church will be on-site decorating holiday cookies with guests for a tasty treat.

“It’s an honor of ours to continue the Christmas Tree Lighting tradition at Vinings Jubilee for the 33rd year,” said David Cochran, CEO of Paces Properties. “Bringing families from across the metro-Atlanta area together for this event is what makes Christmas special, and we are proud to welcome a place for holiday spirit, community, and life-long memories.”

To add some extra sparkle to the holiday celebration, local schools and studios will provide live music and entertainment. Whitefield Academy Jazz Band and Campbell Middle School Chorus are back for another year of excellent performances, and new to the lineup this year is the Like The Dickens Carolers. Before the celebrations begin stop in for a bite or a sweet treat from one of Vinings’ delicious eateries which include Another Broken Egg Café, Café at Pharr, SOHO, Paces & Vine, Guaco Joes, Mellow Mushroom, Stockyard Burgers, Southern Baked Pie Company and Cold Stone Creamery.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/15/19
A Unforgettable Holiday Experience for All Ages 
Open Thanksgiving Weekend Through Monday, January 20, 2020
Presented by Bubly
This holiday season, Park Tavern in Piedmont Park is pulling out all the stops for its popular ice skating rink that has become a beloved annual tradition for all ages.  Presenting Fire & Ice at The Rink Powered by Bubly, Park Tavern will welcome guests Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, November 28, 2019 through Monday, January 20, 2020 to a completely transformed environment that boasts an enchanted Neo-Victorian feel and design elements, charming holiday decor, fun and games, special events, seasonal signature cocktails, delicious fare, and much more.
An iconic destination with a rich history that dates back to 1905, skaters, diners and imbibers alike can enjoy a magical wintertime experience that includes unobstructed views of Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline. Skaters will stay warm under the heated Garden Tent and enjoy a state-of-the-art sound system and an 85-foot long and 40-foot wide rink that comfortably accommodates 200 day and night.  Observers are invited to sit back and relax and catch up with family and friends by stone fire pits and fireplaces, in private cabanas, and ample seating while catching their favorite teams on multiple flat screen TVs. In addition to rink and park-side dining, seasonal cocktails and house-made brews from one of Atlanta’s oldest breweries, guests can also take advantage of 1/2 price wine bottles every Wednesday, 1/2 off fresh sushi flown in from Hawaii, dips, sangria, and Red Stripe drafts from 9 p.m. to midnight, s’mores, ice skating lessons, and a variety of events and games – from weekly Steampunk skate parties to celebrating New Year’s Eve during their annual, sold-out bash with Electric Avenue.
Providing high quality rental skates that are professionally sharpened, The Rink at Park Tavern will be open Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Guests of all ages can enjoy skating experiences for $15 Monday through Thursday and $20 Friday through Sunday until 8 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., The Rink becomes an ages 16 and up venue until midnight.  Skaters that dress up in Steampunk attire for ‘Skate After 8 p.m.’, will get to skate for free.  The Rink is also available for private skating lessons, parties, marriage proposals and more.  To make reservations and for the most up to date event calendar, specialty packages, and venue rental information, visit


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

Come celebrate the holidays with The White Bull Family
December 16 – 23
What is the Feast of the Seven Fishes? It is known as The Eve or La Vigilia (the Vigil), an Italian-American celebration of Christmas Eve featuring a menu comprised of seafood and veggies.
roasted oysters, breadcrumbs, pecorino, chives, ikura
“fritto misto”, lots of fish and veggies
pickled mussels, sunchokes, fromage blanc, aleppo
squid sicilian fisherman style, couscous, capers, olives
burrata cappelletti, crab, shallots, burnt onion brodo
spaghetti alla chitarra, sea urchin, lobster, scallions
crispy baccala, marinated peppers, hot oil


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

Hampton + Hudson’s Bo Ling Chop Suey Palace Pop-Up

Inspired by the classic holiday movie “A Christmas Story,” Hampton + Hudson hosts an annual Bo Ling Chop Suey Palace pop-up on Christmas Day, and this year, they’re holding the pop-up all season long. From December 11-23, guests will step into a scene from the all time classic movie and enjoy a special Chinese menu, plus Bo Ling cocktails and beer, amongst festive decor. Held from 6-11pm each night, the pop-up is first come, first serve with limited seating, and the restaurant’s regular menu will be available in the other areas of the restaurant during regular business hours. The pop-up will culminate on Christmas Day when the restaurant will serve the special Chinese menu exclusively alongside drink specials. “A Christmas Story” and football games playing on televisions. Dishes will also be available to-go on December 25.


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

Sweet Auburn BBQ’s Holiday Luau Pop-Up & Kick-Off Celebration with Kamayan ATL

Monday, December 2nd

This holiday season, Sweet Auburn BBQ, the Poncey-Highland BBQ spot offering traditional style barbecue with an Asian twist, is transforming their space into a holiday luau! To kick off the season of celebration, Sweet Auburn BBQ will host Kamayan ATL, the Atlanta-based Filipino pop-up restaurant, on Monday, December 2 for a collaborative luau-inspired menu of dishes like Fried Lumpia, Aloha BBQ Skewers, Hsu’s Kalbi Saimin, & Smoked Huli Huli Chicken. Following the pop-up event, Sweet Auburn BBQ will offer a festive food menu and tiki-inspired cocktails alongside holiday luau vibes and decor throughout the season.


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

The Battery Atlanta will celebrate with their annual Tree Lighting event on November 23, free visits with Santa throughout December and third annual New Year’s Eve Bash

The Battery Atlanta is full of activities throughout the holiday season, with their annual Tree Lighting, FREE Santa visits presented by SunTrust at the SunTrust onUp Experience and New Year’s Eve festivities.

“For the third year in a row, The Battery Atlanta has transformed into a holiday destination,” said Jeremy Strife, senior vice president and general manager of The Battery Atlanta. “We are excited to welcome family, friends, and neighbors to The Battery Atlanta to celebrate the holidays all season long.”

The Battery Atlanta will begin the holiday season on November 23 with the Tree Lighting ceremony at the Georgia Power Pavilion and will be hosted by Greer Howard and feature special guests, including Santa and his reindeer, a Braves player, and BLOOPER. Following the festivities, the final film in the Xfinity Movie Series, The Grinch, will be shown on the plaza screen.

Santa will return this season at the SunTrust onUp Experience, with visits Thursdays through Sundays through Christmas Eve. All Santa visits are free and include a digital and printed photo. Santa has some special visits planned, including Sensitive Santa Sundays, a low sensory Santa experience for families with special needs, Santa Paws Nights with treats provided by Hollywood Feed for four-legged family members on December 8 and 15, and Noche con Santa for Spanish speaking families on December 12 and 19.

On December 14, the Jingle Bell Run, the longest-running, holiday-themed 5K race series, will be at The Battery Atlanta, with 100% of the registration fees and fundraising efforts benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. Registration is available at .

The Battery Atlanta will celebrate the New Year in style with their third annual New Year’s Eve Bash, featuring an early countdown geared towards families and a traditional late-night show leading into the New Year. Braves in-game host Mark Owens will emcee the entire evening of programming. The early innings, for those wishing to ring in the New Year early, will start at 6 p.m. in the Plaza. The Heavy Hitters and BLOOPER will be on hand as well as David Girabaldi, a performance painter who transforms blank canvas in minutes to music. At 8 p.m., balloon baseballs will drop in celebration of the New Year. The late innings festivities start at 9 p.m., with the 12South Band providing the entertainment from the Georgia Power Pavilion Stage. The midnight countdown will include pyrotechnics and 2020 will begin with a confetti and aerial fireworks display.

Free parking is available in the Red, Green and Purple Decks for four hours on non-event days at The Coca-Cola Roxy.


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:


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.



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 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

  • 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.


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.


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 and include general admission to The Roof, skate rentals, 50 minutes of skate time and unlimited games and rides at Skyline Park (when available).


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.


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.


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.


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

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.