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Alpharetta Kicks Off Holiday Season in Front of Huge Crowd

The 35th annual Christmas Tree Lighting event started with holiday-themed entertainment from North Point Community Church before Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived and the tree was lit.

It took two stages for all of the events in Alpharetta's Christmas Tree Lighting to be held, with North Point Community Church using the larger, "lower" stage near Canton Street for its music and entertainment.

Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle not only brought his children on stage for the traditional reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to the crowd. He also had them join in the reading. Then it was time for the tree to light up the mini park at North Main and Milton Avenue, just behind the stage.

Alpharetta Christian Academy, Rhythm and Shoes, and Maddie Monroe also provided entertainment.

Gael Antone December 01, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Although a super event for Alpharetta residents/visitors, it was a nightmare for those of us that were driving on Main St. Upon finally approaching the plaza area I then realized what the backup was caused by. There have been many, many festivals held in the past and I noticed one big difference last night. Alpharetta police had their cars and cones blocking off a whole driving lane! As I mentioned, this was never done for other activities and should have been thought through on how this impacts traffic. It was horrible! Other than that...a beautiful tree and lit surroundings.
Bob Pepalis (Editor) December 01, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Thanks to Melissa Vater at Alpharetta Christian Academy for reminding me that more groups in addition to North Point Community Church were involved in the festivities and entertainment. If you have some good photos from the Tree Lighting, add them to this article!

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