Season of Celebration


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Season of Celebration

Downtown Alpharetta Tree Lighting

November 18, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009
This event is rain or shine


Kick off the holiday season with a 50 ft. tree lighting in Downtown Alpharetta on Saturday, November 18 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Enjoy live music, snow flurries, vignettes from Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker, sing-alongs, and more! To top it all off, Santa and friends will make a guest appearance! Join us for this unforgettable experience with family and friends.


The City of Alpharetta extends its gratitude to Evans General Contractors for generously donating the magnificent Christmas Tree. 

Holiday Hop & Shop 

December 2,  9:30 - 4:00 p.m.
2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Holiday shopping just got easier! Join us in Alpharetta for Holiday Hop & Shop on Saturday, December 2. Take advantage of the FREE hop on, hop off shuttle, running from 9:30 - 4:00 p.m. as you browse for handcrafted items for everyone on your list. You'll have the chance to visit four unique markets offering a variety of crafts, food, décor, jewelry, sweet treats, and much more! Plus, there are plenty of fun activities for the kids including free pictures with Santa, holiday character meet & greets, and live music. Don’t forget to keep receipts to get up to three gifts wrapped for free! Make it a fun day of holiday shopping while supporting your community.

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Flicks & Flurries on Town Green

December 16,  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Experience the enchantment of winter in Downtown Alpharetta during the holiday season. Take a stroll past decorated storefronts, twinkling lights, and snow flurries on Town Green. Catch one of the rotating holiday shorts on the big screen, complete with an inflatable snow globe for photos and Kilwin's hot cocoa available for purchase. Snow flurries will appear every 15 minutes between movies - the perfect opportunity to capture those precious moments.


6:15 PM – Shrek the Halls

6:45 PM – Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury

7:30 PM – How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. 


Holiday Food Drive

November 18 – December 18

The season of giving is here, and it's the perfect opportunity to spread some cheer by helping those in need. Residents and businesses are invited to participate in Alpharetta’s Annual Holiday Food Drive by donating non-perishable goods to the North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) Food Pantry. Between November 18 - December 18 we ask you to drop off items at 7 Alpharetta locations during business hours or place anytime on 4 of the wooden trees placed in downtown.

Together, we can make a difference in our community.


Indoor Donation Bins:


  • Alpharetta Adult Activity Center; 13450 Cogburn Rd.
  • Alpharetta City Hall; 2 Park Plaza
  • Alpharetta Community Center; 175 Roswell St.
  • Alpharetta First Baptist Church; 44 Academy St.
  • Avalon Concierge/Valet Parking; 400 Avalon Blvd.
  • Preston Ridge Community Center (next to the YMCA); 3655 Preston Ridge Rd
  • Wills Park Recreation Center; 11925 Wills Rd.



Outdoor Collection Tree Shelves:


  • Outside City Hall
  • Town Green
  • Corner of Milton Ave/Canton Street
  • Canton Street (between Milton Ave & School Dr)



The items most needed this year include:


  • Peanut Butter
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Canned Soups
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Full Size Toiletries
  • Juice Boxes
  • Fruit Cups
  • All Tomato Products
  • Broths
  • Small Milk Boxes
  • Stew, Manwich, Hash, Etc.
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Beans
  • Ramen
  • Canned Veggies
  • Corn
  • Green Beans



For more information about the North Fulton Community Charities Food Pantry, including a regularly updated list of the most needed items, please visit





Sponsors & Partners:

Each City of Alpharetta special event has a main focus, and the non-profit partners who have on-site presence at the event will have a mission that aligns with the main focus of the City of Alpharetta special event. For example, if the event’s main focus is music, all partners’ mission and focus will be related to music. If an organization does not fit the main focus of the event, but wants to have onsite presence at the event, their option would be to become a sponsor of the event.