Alpharetta will light up its downtown historic district on Friday, Nov. 30, with the city's 35th annual Chirstmas Tree Lighting.
This is a new date, according to city Special Events Manager Kim Dodson, so update your calendars.
The pre-lighting festivities begin around 5 p.m., filling donwtown streets with musical performances, a visit by Santa, a holiday market and more.
Alpharetta’s 45-foot live blue spruce Christmas Tree will come aglow along with more than 100,000 additional twinkling lights in downtown Alpharetta. The lighting of the town will occur just before the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a City of Alpharetta fire truck.
"But before Santa arrives we must fill the 'Cheer Meter' with Christmas spirit," Dodson said in her news release.
To help participants get in the spirit, North Point Community Church will present their “Christmas Cheer” program on a large performance stage right on the Downtown Alpharetta streets.
"We welcome their team and thank them for their 'Miracle' sponsorship level on this community event," Dodson said.
Children’s crafts, face painting and train rides will be part of the festivities.
Mayor David Belle Isle takes over with the reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas before the tree lighting. And parents can take free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus until 8 p.m. at the gazebo.
At approximately 6:15 p.m., see Alpharetta’s 45-foot live tree along with the entire Downtown Historic District light up with thousands of lights.
The shops and restaurants of Historic Downtown Alpharetta will also feature holiday activities so make sure to visit the local businesses, Dodson said.
More information is available on the city's website or call 678-297-6078.
The tree lighting is free to the public. Location is across from Alpharetta City Hall. Parking is available at City Hall and Milton Center.
The City of Milton will holds its tree lighting on Thursday, Nov. 29. And "Christmas in Crabapple" will take place Saturday, Dec. 1.