- AJC Staff
Light the night (and the tree) with these metro Atlanta Christmas tree lightings.
The season opens with tree lightings at Atlantic Station and the classic Macy’s Great Tree Lighting at Lenox Square.
We’ve gathered the details on metro Atlanta’s most dazzling tree lightings, and we’ve included some of the smaller tree lightings in communities outside of Atlanta.
Let there be light this holiday season in Atlanta!
Atlantic Station Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Live music, entertainment, and kids activities all day. The tree lighting will top off the big day around 8:30 p.m. atlanticstation.com.
The Lighting of Avalon. 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 19. The annual lighting of Avalon’s 40-foot Christmas tree will kick off the holiday season. This family-friendly event will feature seasonal music, entertainment and free activities throughout the day. Santa will light the tree around 7 p.m. www.experienceavalon.com.
Lilburn Tree Lighting. New day and location this year: 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov 18, Lilburn City Hall-Library, 340 Main St. Live music including a brass band, hot chocolate, kid’s crafts and real reindeer. cityoflilburn.com.
Macy's 2017 Tree Lighting Atlanta. Pre-show at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, Lenox Square Mall. Hosted by Jovita Moore and Zach Klein. Performances by Ceelo Green, Casting Crowns, Angelica Hale from “America’s Got Talent” and country up-and-comer Raelynn. You can also catch it live on WSB-TV. 70th anniversary y’all!
Light Up Dunwoody. 3 p.m. Sun. Nov. 19, Dunwoody Christmas Village at Cheek Spruill Farm House. Village opens at 3p.m., tree and menorah lighting closes out the evening around 5:45p.m. Vendors will sell gifts and food and beverages, photos with Santa and his sleigh and reindeer! Bring your own camera, or phone. 5455 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Light Up Dunwoody.
Hapeville for the Holidays: Tree Lighting. 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, Jess Lucas Y-Teen Park, Annual event includes music, games, crafts, Santa Claus visit and tree lighting ceremony. 680 S. Central Avenue, Hapeville. hapeville.org.
The City of Hampton Downtown Tree Lighting.7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, Depot Park. Event includes Christmas carols, cocoa and cookies. hamptonga.gov.
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36th Annual Snellville Christmas Tree Lighting. 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25. Christmas Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends near the Towne Green. Visits and photos with Santa Claus, Christmas carolers. See their site for ticketed events which cane be paid for with canned goods for the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op. Tree lighting 7 p.m. www.snellvilletourism.com/events/christmas-tree-lighting.
Avondale Estates Annual City Christmas Tree Lighting. 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, Clarendon Avenue and South Avondale Road. Festivities begin with Boy Scout Troop 6 giving away cookies and a Christmas lantern parade. The Avondale Estates First Baptist Church begins caroling at 6:30 p.m. Tree lighting around 6:45-7 p.m. Cider and doughnuts to be served after the lighting. Santa Claus will make an appearance. There will be another tree lighting at Lake Avondale at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2 avondaleestates.org.
Coming home for the Holidays in Smyrna. Smyrna Community Center. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 on the Village Green, 200 Village Green Circle SE. Holiday festivities and musical performances. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Santa will light the Christmas tree after that. smyrnacity.com.
Marietta Square Christmas Tree Lighting. 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, Glover Park. Festivities include caroling by local school choruses and visits with Santa. This is also the kickoff for the Festival of Trees, so after the tree lighting at 6 p.m. many themed trees will light up as well. mariettaga.gov.
Light Up Brookhaven. 6-7 p.m. Nov. 30, Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road. Music, free crafts and refreshments, Girl Scouts selling hot chocolate, pictures with Santa. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. www.facebook.com/events/131694777540693/
The 2017 Vinings Jubilee Tree Lighting. 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 4300 Paces Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta. Family-friendly event includes holiday music and dance from local schools, food, activities, train rides on the Vinings Express, face painting, balloon twisting, and pictures with Santa Claus. viningsjubilee.com.
Decatur Tree Lighting. 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30., on the Decatur Square. Music, hot chocolate and more. Organized by Little Shop of Stories.
East Point Celebrates the Holidays. 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 1, East Point City Hall, 2777 East Point Street. Musical performances will lead up to the tree lighting. www.facebook.com/events/1964026100585731.
Jolly Holly Day Suwanee. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Dec. 1, Suwanee Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave. Performances by local schools, visits with Santa (bring your camera or phone). Holiday crafts and free hot chocolate, cookies and smores. events.accessatlanta.com.
City of Conyers Hometown Holiday Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting. Olde Town Conyers. 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Parade (theme: "My Favorite Christmas Movie") begins at 4:00 p.m. at Rockdale County High School and winds its way to the Courthouse on Milstead Ave. Lighting of the county Christmas tree at the Rockdale Auditorium, 901 Main Street caps the evening. conyersga.com, 770-602-2606.
Alpharetta Christmas Tree Lighting. Main Street. 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Activities include free pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, snow play area, marshmallow roasting, food trucks, holiday crafts for the kids, a live broadcast of the Georgia SEC Championship game and more. Tree lighting at 6:15 p.m. alpharettaga.ga.us
Deck the Hall. 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Duluth Town Green. A tree lighting will happen but there’s a lot more. Music, decorations, face painting, inflatables, snow playground and slide. Santa will be there. www.duluthga.net.
7th Annual Downtown Fayetteville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. EStarts and ends at gazebo on the square in downtown Fayetteville. Parade starts at 5 p.m. Tree lighting program begins immediately after parade. 5-7 p.m. fayetteville-ga.gov.
Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting in Sugar Hill. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Dec. 2 on the Dawn P. Gober Community Plaza in downtown Sugar Hill. Santa and the Grinch will balance out good and bad karma. Holiday market, fake snow, ice skating, food vendors, music and free carriage rides. cityofsugarhill.com.
8th Annual Flowery Branch Christmas Festival and Tree Lighting. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Main St., downtown Flowery Branch. Parade starts at 1 p.m. Tree lighting at 6 p.m. Vendors, hayrides, S’mores and photos with Santa. flowerybranchga.org.
City of McDonough Tree Lighting Celebration. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. It’s a full day in McD. with Santa on the Square. Bring your camera or phone. Tree lighting at 5 p.m. Christmas Parade follows at 6 p.m. www.mcdonoughga.org.
Peachtree City Hometown Holiday. 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, The Fred-City Hall Plaza/ Fun starts at 5 p.m. at The Fred (amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail) with music, firepits and s'mores. Then it’s into your trusty golf cart and head over to City Hall for the tree lighting around 6:30 p.m. visitpeachtreecity.com.
City of Riverdale's Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebration. 4 p.m. Dec. 2, Dubois Integrity Academy, beginning with Christmas parade and ending up at the Riverdale Town Center. The celebration, from 4-8 p.m. Saturday,includes musical performances and activities for children of all ages including a petting zoo, hayrides, train and more. riverdaleculture.com, Eventbrite.com
Tyrone Christmas Tree Lighting. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Shamrock Park. Sunday, Dec. 3, Live local music, lantern parade, hayrides, sleigh rides, vendors, and ... the real Santa! tyrone.org.
Caroling in the Park. 3-4:30 p.m. Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta, 91 Peachtree St. NW. Two choirs, the Atlanta Homeward Choir and the Georgia State University Choral Union will be caroling in Woodruff Park to call attention to homelessness. The Atlanta-Fulton Central Library will offer arts and crafts, and free hot chocolate, cider and candy canes will make it homey. There will be tree decorating, and attendees will take home a “festive gift.” Park lights and a Christmas tree light up for the finale. www.myajc.com.
Union City Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, Mayor's Park. Featuring live music, train rides, moonwalk and pictures with Santa Claus. unioncityga.org.