Alpharetta's Season of Celebration

Released November 15, 2018 04:03 PM

The Magical Winter Village event for Saturday, December 8th has been cancelled due to the most recent National Weather Service statement regarding the weather forecast.  We are expecting 100% chance of heavy rain, significant wind and low temperatures, which will greatly decrease the MAGIC we were hoping for.


Alpharetta’s Season of Celebration Grows To Two Weekends

A Community So Nice – Santa Visits Twice

Light The Night, Dec. 1, 4 – 8 p.m.

Magical Winter Village, Dec. 8, 4 - 8 p.m.

Residents and visitors get two holiday events in one with the Season of Celebration in downtown Alpharetta spanning two consecutive Saturdays. The Light the Night event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 1 and Magical Winter Village will be on Saturday, Dec. 8.


Light The Night – Saturday, Dec. 1

The magic of the holiday season glistens at Alpharetta’s annual tree lighting event on Dec. 1 in downtown Alpharetta. The fun starts at 4 p.m. with pre-event festivities including free visits with Santa, falling snow, marshmallow roasting, free children’s crafts, face painting and balloon art. Festival goers can plan to have dinner or enjoy warm beverages from the downtown restaurants and food trucks.


Alpharetta community groups will present festive programs on the large stage which will be filled with great music, exciting performances and lots of fun for the whole family. At 6:15 p.m., everyone will cheer as the grand 45-foot live spruce tree is lit with 10,000 white lights.


Alpharetta’s Mayor, Jim Gilvin, will announce a holiday food drive, which will run from December 1st  – December 21st, benefitting North Fulton Community Charities in a community-wide effort to help re-stock their pantry shelves for the winter months. Volunteers from NFCC will be on hand passing out their wish list and shopping bags courtesy of the Publix on Haynes Bridge Rd.


Festival goers can even cheer on their favorite team as this year’s SEC Championship game will be broadcasted LIVE on the big screen beginning at 4 p.m. on the Village Green.



Magical Winter Village – Saturday, Dec. 8

Enjoy a second weekend of holiday fun at downtown Alpharetta’s Village Green.  The Magical Winter Village will include visits with Santa, strolling holiday characters, musical performances, falling snow, free children’s crafts, bubbles and marshmallow roasting for everyone!


The surrounding stores will stay open, so everyone can get some extra holiday shopping done, then get their gifts wrapped at the complimentary gift wrapping station provided by the Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce.  

North Fulton Community Charities will be onsite to collect non-perishable food donations for the Holiday Food Drive. As a thank you for participating, all donors will receive a booklet filled with seasonal savings to more than 50 local businesses. For anyone looking to donate food that is not able to attend the event on December 8th there will be seven additional drop-off locations around the City of Alpharetta until December 21st.  Please visit for exact locations and food drive information. 


“You can never have too much of a good thing,” said Alpharetta Recreation, Parks & Cultural Services Director, Morgan Rodgers. “Celebrating this wonderful season by bringing our community together twice is a dream come true.  We hope to share this season of joy with more people and be able to give back to our neighbors in need.”


Both events are free. Free parking is available on the street or at the Alpharetta City Hall Parking Deck (2 Park Plaza). For more information, please visit:

Season Of Celebration