Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/6/23
Lineup includes a Winter Solstice Celebration featuring Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir & Callanwolde School of Dance, Misfit DIY Wrapping Co., Saturdays with Santa Activations, Festive Pop-Ups, The Roof’s Skate the Sky, Igloos & Noon Year’s Eve Party, and More
Ponce City Market will celebrate the most wonderful time of year with merry happenings for everyone. Festivities throughout the holiday season include:
MISFIT DIY WRAPPING CO. & MISFIT MAKERS WORKSHOPS:
Misfit DIY Wrapping Co. (Saturdays & Sundays, Dec. 2-17 & Thurs.-Sat., Dec. 21-23, Noon-7pm) – Come one, come all and stop by Misfit DIY Wrapping Co. to jazz up gifts for giving! Open from noon-7pm on Saturdays and Sundays December 2-17 plus December 21-23, 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 RoleCall Theater, a non-profit, independent theater located at Ponce City Market. The theater produces and exhibits plays, films, and live comedy acts in its indoor and outdoor theater spaces at the community hub.
Misfit Makers Workshops with Archer Paper Goods (Mondays, Nov. 27 & Dec. 4, 11 & 18 from 5:30-7pm & 7:30-9pm) – Archer Paper Goods will host holiday workshops on Mondays during the holiday season at Misfit DIY Wrapping Co., located on the second floor of the Central Food Hall! Each date will offer two sessions, 5:30-7pm and 7:30-9pm, and themes will include envelope decorating, vintage postcard printing with Mirely Cabral of For The Press, and Cross-Stitched Christmas with Nicole LaBranche of Spot Colors. On December 18, Archer Paper Goods will host a free, drop-in Wrapping Paper Making workshop. Additional details about each workshop and registration info will be available soon on Archer Paper Goods’ website here.
Misfit Makers Workshops with Scraplanta (Tuesdays, Dec. 5, 12 & 19, Noon-3pm & 4-7pm) – Scraplanta, a local non-profit on a mission to make Atlanta’s art scene more sustainable and accessible by collecting and reusing old art and classroom supplies, will host art workshops for all ages the first three Tuesdays in December at Misfit DIY Wrapping Co., located on the second floor of the Central Food Hall. Each week’s workshop – Gaudy Garlands on December 5, Unconventional Wreaths on December 23 and Toilet Paper Candles & Poinsettias on December 19 – will be free and open to the public from noon-3pm and 4-7pm. Check Scraplanta’s event calendar for registration and more details – coming soon.
SATURDAYS WITH SANTA:
Photos with Santa (Saturdays, Dec. 2-16, Noon-3pm) – Dash over to The Yard at Ponce City Market for a selfie with the jolly man in the red suit! Guests are invited to bring their own cameras to snap a photo with Santa. If the weather is frightful, Santa will be spreading holiday cheer on the second floor of the Central Food Hall next to The Village Retail and Bar Vegan.
Sips with Santa (Saturdays, Dec. 2-16, 3-4pm) – Old Saint Nick will enjoy a few festive drinks with market goers at Ponce City Market’s Bar Vegan (Dec. 2), Atrium (Dec. 9), and Excuse My French inside Citizen Supply (Dec. 16).
TRADITION THURSDAYS – LIGHTING CEREMONIES:
Little Candles Day Workshops & Lighting Ceremony (Thurs., Dec. 7) – A popular Colombian holiday celebration, Little Candles Day (Día de las Velitas) will be celebrated at Ponce City Market throughout the day on Thursday, December 7. The public is welcome to sign up for a candle making workshop at Linwood Court Candles & Decor (registration here) and stop by Misfit Wrapping Co., located on the second floor of the Central Food Hall, for a drop-in lantern making activity for all ages. Little Candles Day will culminate with a lantern lighting ceremony on The Yard at 6pm.
Festival of Lights Menorah Lighting Ceremony (Thurs., Dec. 14, 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, and refreshments.
Winter Solstice Celebration with Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir & Callanwolde School of Dance (Thurs., Dec. 21)
6:30pm: In celebration of the Winter Solstice on December 21, Ponce City Market will host a festive evening with a dance performance from Callanwolde School of Dance’s Pro Prime Movers, under the direction of Jerylann Warner, with music from the Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir & Band, under the direction of Dr. Patrice E. Turner. The performances will be located on the second floor of the Central Food Hall.
7:30pm: Outside on The Yard, Lifecycles + Celebrations creator, Claudia Pineda, will conjure a magical evening with Solstice activities that will enchant what is possible for the winter cycle.
Kwanzaa Celebration (Thurs., Dec. 28, 6pm) – With a mission to support Black-owned brands seeking a home for their product, The Village Retail is a retail experience rooted in storytelling and upward mobility, and intersects cause, culture, retail and community. Details will be announced soon for a Kwanzaa celebration hosted by The Village Retail.
ROASTING & TOASTING FIRE PITS ON THE YARD:
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Nov. 24-Dec. 22, Noon-4pm – Get warm and cozy with your nearest and dearest outside on The Yard this holiday season! Guests will be able to gather ‘round Solo Stove fire pits and purchase s’more kits for toasting and hot cocoa for sipping. Tickets will be available here soon.
WEST “PEACE” PASSAGE:
Picture Yourself in the Passage (Ongoing Throughout December) – Ponce City Market will invite visitors to the shiny, sparkly, and all-lit-up West “PEACE” Passage to snap photos with a Tree of Peace. The festive photo area will be in the passage on the west side of the property, where Archer Papers Goods, gorjana, Sugarboo & Co, Allbirds, and Ponce Denim Co are located.
Letters to Santa with Archer Paper Goods (Ongong, Dec. 1-16) – Naughty or nice, Archer Paper Goods will welcome all who believe in Santa to write letters to the jolly man himself! Printed letters can be picked up at shops throughout Ponce City Market, including Paradiso Plant Shop, Collier Candy Co., and Archer Paper Goods, filled out then mailed to the North Pole. There will be a mailbox for letters to Santa at Archer Paper Goods, located in the West “Peace Passage” from December 1-16.
Stuff Your Stocking with Sugarboo & Co (Fri., Dec. 8, 15 & 22) – Sugarboo & Co. will host a stocking stuffer pop-up in the West “Peace” Passage on Friday afternoons on December 8, 15 and 22. Stockings will be available, and guests can fill each with goodies from the shop. Sips and treats will be provided while shopping.
FESTIVE EVENTS & POP-UPS:
The Blitzen Room at Biltong Bar (Opening Wed., Nov. 22) – Biltong Bar is “Up to Snow Good” as they transform their space for the fourth annual holiday pop-up: The Blitzen Room. The restaurant will feature swanky, vintage Christmas decor and seasonally themed cocktails from Chartreuse Hot Chocolate to Frozen Egg Nog.
The Village Retail Holiday Markets (Sat. & Sun., Nov. 25 & 26 and Sun., Dec. 3, 10 & 17 from Noon-5pm) – Kicking off the holiday season on Small Business Saturday, The Village Retail will host makers markets featuring products made by Black creators, located along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail at The Shed and in the Trestle at Ponce City Market. Attendees will be able to shop clothing, accessories, beauty, and more. Makers interested in being a vendor can apply here.
Holiday Social Bar on The Roof (Opening Fri., Nov. 17) – Just inside the tower lobby, the Holiday Social Bar will welcome Roof-goers with an over-the-top experience bursting with whimsical, floor-to-ceiling decor and holiday-inspired cocktails from an award-winning beverage team. Drinks include the likes of Sleigh Fuel, served hot with Old Grandad BIB Bourbon, Eggnog, Cinnamon & vanilla, and Christmas in Miami, made with Coconut Cartel Rum, mint, lime, bitter orange & angostura. No reservations required.
MixMas at 12 Cocktail Bar (Opening Fri., Nov. 17) – 12 Cocktail Bar will be home to a swanky holiday bar located in the tower on The Roof this holiday season, and every Friday night, they’ll host holiday themed cocktail classes. Reservations are highly recommended and can be booked at 12cocktailbar.com.
SKATE THE SKY:
Opening Fri., Nov. 24 – Back for a seventh 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. All-access tickets will be $30 for adults and $22 for children, and include ice skating, unlimited gameplay, and admission to The Roof. Reservations will be available beginning November 1 and include 50 minutes of skating, 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. 24 – Cozy up this holiday season in private, six-person igloos on Ponce City Market’s Roof, located alongside the ice skating rink and at 9 Mile Station! Skate the Sky’s rink-side igloos will be available for all ages and 21+ parties (based on time and day). Premium igloos will open on weekdays starting at 3pm for all ages and come with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine or round of hot chocolate. Skate the Sky igloos include general admission to The Roof, skate rentals, 50 minutes of skate time, and unlimited games and rides at Skyline Park (when available). Reservations are now available here.
After ice skating guests are invited to Après Skate at Nine Mile Station. This holiday season, 9 Mile Station will transform into a Swiss woodland chalet with cozy igloos overlooking the skyline of Atlanta. The restaurant igloos will offer full-service dining, plus general admission to The Roof and unlimited games and rides at Skyline Park. Reservations for 9 Mile Station igloos are now available for booking here.
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS ON THE ROOF:
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration (Sat., Dec. 31, 10am-3pm) – Skyline Park will host an all-ages, family-friendly celebration to ring in 2023 as guests countdown to Noon. All-Access tickets include admission and gameplay, and can be pre-purchased online here or at the door.
New Year’s Eve Dinner at 9 Mile Station (Sat., Dec. 31, 4pm–10pm) – 9 Mile Station will offer an unforgettable prix fixe dinner available for guests who book a holiday igloo or table at the restaurant to ring in the new year. Reservations can be made here.
Ponce City Market will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 23, 2023) and Christmas Day (December 25, 2023). Shops will close at 6pm on November 22 and December 24 and 31. For the latest on holiday happenings, please view Ponce City Market’s events calendar here.