Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebrations in Atlanta 2013

Christmas Tree Lighting In Atlanta

Christmas Tree Lighting events in Atlanta signify the official beginning of the holiday & Christmas season. Attending your town’s tree lighting can be a fun family tradition to get you in the holiday spirit.

Many cities host their Christmas Tree Lighting events in late November or early December.

Here is our handy guide to Christmas Tree Lightings in the Atlanta area. Let us know if we miss your town and I will add them.

Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebration in Atlanta 2013

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration @ Alpharetta

Alpharetta Downtown Historic District will light up at the 36th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 5pm on Friday, December 6, 2013. The annual lighting is free to the public. Location is across from Alpharetta City Hall at 2 South Main Street. Parking is available at Milton Center. The celebration will fill the downtown streets with music, Santa, Christmas farmer’s market, food trucks and more. North Point Community Church will present their “Christmas Cheer” program. And the town mayor will read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on stage.

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting in Alpharetta, Historic Downtown Alpharetta, Alpharetta City Hall, Alpharetta, GA.
Date: December 6, 2013
Time: 5pm
Cost: FREE

Santa’s Arrival @ Acworth

t’s that special time again! Santa will be stopping at the Depot in Downtown Acworth on Friday, December 6 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. There will be a host of performances to help Santa kickoff the holiday season.

Place: Santa’s Arrival in Acworth, The Depot in Downtown Acworth
Date: December 6, 2013
Time: 6:30pm-9pm
Cost: FREE

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting @ Lenox Mall, Atlanta

The 66th annual event returns to Lenox Square on Thanksgiving night with a show featuring live musical performances and fun for the entire family! Crowds of more than 100,000 are drawn each year for the spectacular event as a special Thanksgiving tradition. The lighting of Atlanta’s most beloved and recognized Christmas tree will take place in front of Macy’s at Lenox Square from 7 to 8 p.m. A pre-show concert will begin at 6:15 pm. The celebration will be capped off with a fantastic fireworks finale to holiday music – a moving and memorable way to kick off the holiday season!

Place: Macy’s Christmas Tree Lighting Atlanta, Lenox Mall, 3393 Peachtree Rd., N.E., Atlanta, GA
Date: November 28, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Cost: FREE

Christmas Tree Lighting @ The Governor’s Mansion, Atlanta

Celebrate the Holiday with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Governor’s mansion on Sunday, December 8 at 6:00 pm and enjoy Christmas tours from December 9th – 20th, 2013. Call (404) 261-1776 for more information or to make a reservation.

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting Atlanta, Governor’s Mansion, 391 West Paces Ferry Road. NW, Atlanta, GA
Date: December 8, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: FREE

Annual Tree Lighting of Atlantic Station @ Atlanta

Atlantic Station is having the ultimate all-day celebration with live music, arts, crafts, delicious winter treats, and activities the whole family can enjoy!

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting of Atlantic Station, Atlantic Station Central Park, 1380 Atlantic Drive, , Suite 14250 , Atlanta, GA 30363
Date: November 23, 2013
Time: Noon – 9PM
Cost: FREE

Holiday Parade & Festival @ Buford

Celebrate the holiday with Historic Buford Holiday parade & festival on Saturday December 7, 2013. A fun filled day of Stage Performances, Vendors, Shopping, Giveaways, Holiday Treats and an exciting Parade!

Place: Holiday Parade in Buford, Downtown Buford, Corner Main/S. Hill Streets , Main Street, Buford, GA 30518
Date: December 7, 2013
Time: 11:00a.m.-5:00PM
Cost: FREE

Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting @ Conyers

Over 70 floats, organizations, churches, businesses and bands will participate in the Hometown Holiday Parade that begins from Rockdale County High School and continues to its conclusion at the community tree lighting at the Rockdale County Courthouse on Milstead Avenue. This is the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in Conyers this holiday season! For more information, call 770-602-2606.

Place: Holiday Parade in Conyers, Olde Town Conyers, Conyers, Georgia
Date: December 7, 2013
Time: 4:00PM – 7:00 PM
Cost: FREE

Christmas Parade & Celebration of Lights @ Market Place, Cumming

Bring your family and friends and enjoy entertainment from local groups and schools, photos with Santa Claus and many other activities for the kids. The festivities kick-off with the lighting of the giant Christmas tree atop Northside Hospital-Forsyth on Friday night. On Saturday morning, bring the family and enjoy the festive floats in the Cumming Christmas parade. Visit website for more info.

Place: Christmas Parade at Market Place Boulevard & Tree Lighting at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, Market Place Boulevard, Cumming, GA 30041
Date: Tree lighting: December 6, 2013; Parade: December 7, 2013
Time: Tree Lighting: 6:00pm-8:00pm; Christmas parade: 10:30a.m.-11:30a.m.
Cost: FREE

Christmas Tree Lighting @ The Collection at Forsyth, Cumming

Enjoy complimentary children’s activities and be the first to greet Santa when he arrives to light the tree!

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting Cumming, The Avenue Forsyth, 410 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA 30041
Date: November 30, 2013
Time: 3 PM – 6 PM
Cost: FREE

Christmas Tree Lighting @ Little Shop of Stories, Decatur

It’s that time of year again! Visit the Little Shop of Stories in Decatur on Thursday, December 5th for carols, sweet treats, a visit from a jolly man in a red suit, and lots of merry making! You don’t want to miss this wonderful holiday tradition!

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting Decatur, Little Shop of Stories, 133A East Court Square, Decatur, Georgia 30030
Date: December 5, 2013
Time: 7pm-8pm
Cost: FREE

Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade @ Douglasville

The City of Douglasville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting will feature a holiday parade, concert and tree lighting in downtown Douglasville and O’Neal Plaza on Friday, Dec. 6th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Douglasville will take you on a ride to a magical place filled with decorated streets and glowing parade floats. That’s just part of the Magic of Christmas; visit O’Neal Plaza after the parade for caroling, hot chocolate, and candy canes. In addition, children can visit and take a photo with Santa.

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting Douglasville, Downtown Douglasville, Main Street, Douglasville, Georgia
Date: December 6, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cost: FREE

Christmas Tree Lighting @ Duluth

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting in historic downtown Duluth will be Saturday, November 30 at dusk. The evening will begin with caroling featuring local students and end with a visit from Santa and his live reindeer. Photos with Santa available; bring your camera!

Place: Duluth Festival Center in Historic Downtown Duluth3142 Hill Street, Main Street, Duluth, GA 30096
Date: November 30, 2013
Time: Lighting at 6:30p.m.
Cost: FREE

Christmas Tree Lighting @ Dunwoody

Save the date for Dunwoody’s annual welcome to the Holiday Season. An annual community event to welcome the holiday season, Light up Dunwoody Christmas Village opens at 3:00 pm and concludes with the lighting of the tree at 5:45 pm. Vendors will offer wonderful holiday treasures and refreshments!

At the Cheek-Spruill Farm House, Santa will welcome children to sit on his lap, and a Santa sleigh with reindeer will be available for more photo opportunities. Bring your own camera! Visit website for more info.

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting Dunwoody, Dunwoody Farmhouse, 5455 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, GA 30338
Date: Novermber 24, 2013
Time: 3pm
Cost: FREE

Lights Celebration @ East Cobb Park

Celebration at East Cobb Park on Sunday, December 1st will feature a children’s choir, live music, guest appearances by Santa and Rudolph, and the lighting of the park’s 40 foot tree.

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting East Cobb Park, 3322 Roswell Road, Marietta, Georgia
Date: December 1, 2013
Time: 5pm
Cost: FREE

City Hall Tree Lighting @ Johns Creek

Lighting of Christmas tree and dreidel with traditional holiday music by Ocee Elementary School. Toys for Tots drop-off available. Visit website for more info.

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting Johns Creek, Johns Creek City Hall, 12000 Findley Road, Johns Creek, GA 30097
Date: December 2, 2013
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: FREE

A Day with Santa @ Kennesaw

Santa’s arrival begins at Noon with a FREE parade on Main Street featuring costumed characters, designer floats, marching bands, and live reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. The attractions continue with a holiday host of activities, live music and dance performances, along with a seasonal variety of food vendors, crafts, gift and general merchandise near the Depot. Children’s activities include a real snow playground, snow tubing down “Depot Hill”, trackless train rides, an inflatable bounce house, obstacle course and slide, a petting zoo, pony rides, and much more. Festivities conclude with a Christmas tree lighting program at 5:00 pm.

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting KennesawThe Depot in downtown Kennesaw, Main Street, Kennesaw, GA
Date: December 7, 2013
Time: Parade begins at noon, Tree lighting begins at 5:00pm
Cost: FREE

Annual Lighting of the Tree @ Lawrenceville

Join Lawrenceville for the 26th Annual Lighting of the Tree! Enjoy live music, kids’ crafts, Santa’s Magical Forest, live entertainment and, of course, visits with Santa! The tradition continues as the Great Tree is lit on the lawn of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Enjoy an evening with family and friends as music fills the air.

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting Lawrenceville, Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville.
Date: November 28, 2013
Time: 5:00pm
Cost: FREE

Santa on the Square @ Marietta

Join Santa Claus for the kick off to the holiday season in Marietta, Thursday, Dec. 5th in Glover Park on the Marietta Square. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with performances by local school choruses. Santa will make his grand entrance at 5:20 p.m. and light the giant Christmas tree at 6 p.m. More entertainment will follow while Santa visits with children in the gazebo until 8 p.m.

Place: Santa on the Square MariettaHistoric Marietta Square, Marietta, GA
Date: December 5, 2013
Time: 5pm-8pm
Cost: FREE

Annual Tree Lighting @ Milton

Kick off the holiday season with the City of Milton as it holds the annual Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Ga. 9 and Webb Road. The tree lighting ceremony will last 30 minutes, from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and include performances by the Milton High School Chorus and dance troupe Off Broadway Expressions.

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting Milton, Deerfield Place shopping center at Webb Road and Ga. 9., Alpharetta, GA
Date: November 30, 2013
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Cost: FREE

Historic Norcross Lighting of the Tree @ Norcross

Friday, December 6, is the official opening of SPARKLE! Historic Norcross’ annual celebration of the holidays. Sparkle! Christmas Tree Lighting Event complete with choirs of music, photos with Santa, free movies in the park, hot chocolate & cookies, downtown carriage rides and more!

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting Norcross, Thrasher Park, 93 Park Drive, Norcross, GA 30071
Date: December 6, 2013
Time: 6:00pm; lighting at 7:00pm
Cost: FREE

Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree @ Powder Springs

Come and enjoy the live entertainment, Festival of Trees, carriage rides, keepsake photo with Santa and free hot chocolate. The City of Powder Springs invites all area youth groups to participate in a Festival of Trees. Decorate a Christmas tree on the Historic Town Square. First, second and third place prizes to be awarded during the Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree on December 7, 2013.

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting Powder Springs, Historic Town Square, Powder Springs, GA
Date: December 7, 2013
Time: 5pm-9pm
Cost: FREE

Annual Lighting of the Square @ Roswell

From holiday carols to brightly colored lights, nothing welcomes in the most wonderful time of year like Roswell’s Annual Lighting of Historic Town Square. On Saturday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m., celebrate together as the City kicks off the yuletide season with one of its most beloved traditions.

Place: Lighting of the Square Roswell, Roswell Square, Roswell, GA
Date: December 7, 2013
Time: 5pm
Cost: FREE

Old Town Holiday Festival & Caboose Lighting @ Suwanee

Place: Holiday Lighting Suwanee, Historic Old Town Suwanee, Suwanee, GA
Date: December 6, 2013
Time: 6:30pm-10pm
Cost: FREE

Christmas Tree Lighting @ Emory-Adventist Hospital, Smyrna

Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna (EAH) will host a Christmas Tree Lighting Event for the public. The event will include musical performances, warm drinks and special appearances from Smyrna Fire Department and Santa. Families are invited to bring their cameras for photos with Santa at the conclusion.

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting Smyrna, Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna, 3949 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, Georgia
Date: December 5, 2013
Time: 6:30pm-8:00 PM
Cost: FREE

Christmas Tree Lighting @ Vinings Jubilee, Smyrna

The annual Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Thursday, December 5th from 6-8 pm in front of the Clock Tower. Holiday music, treats, pony and train rides, and a visit from Santa will all be available for family fun. Music performances by local schools, holiday drawings and giveaways will also be featured. This is a free community event sponsored by Paces Holdings, the Vinings Jubilee Merchants and the Vinings Civic Club.

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting Smyrna, Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road SE # 245, Atlanta, GA
Date: December 5, 2013
Time: 6 PM
Cost: FREE

Holiday Celebration @ Sugar Hill

The annual Holiday Celebration will be held in the Town Green Gazebo and Community Center. Enjoy caroling, pictures with Santa, horse carriage rides, and of course the tree lighting.

Place: Christmas Tree Lighting Sugar Hill, Sugar Hill Community Center, Sugar Hill, GA
Date: December 7, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cost: FREE

Christmas Tree Lighting @ Woodstock

Enjoy the city of Woodstock this year at the 17th annual Christmas Jubilee and Parade of Lights on December 7th. Starting at 4:30 pm, stop by The Park at City Center (101 Arnold Mill Road) and visit the food vendors. Parade begins at 5:30 pm (parade route: Main St. from Hwy. 92 to Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Rd.). After the parade, visit the park for visits with Santa in the gazebo, a marshmallow roast with s’mores and cookies from BJ’s, the Woodstock Jaycees, Woodstock West by Walton and Woodstock Parks and Recreation. Free moonwalk provided by Colby Family Chiropractic. Ronnie the DJ and food vendors will be available before, during and after the parade.

Place: Christmas Jubilee Woodstock, The park at City Center, Downtown Woodstock, Woodstock, GA 30188
Date: December 7, 2013
Time: 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Cost: FREE

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