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17 Winter Activities for kids

Mary Ellen Vanaken

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Nov 28 7 minutes read

Looking for some fun ways to get the kiddos out of the house this winter? We've got the best ones to attend in North Atlanta this season!

1) Alpharetta Light the Night

December 1st , 4pm-8pm 

Milton Ave, Downtown Alpharetta

Come Enjoy the annual lighting of the downtown Alpharetta Christmas Tree! Festivities start at 4pm, with free visits to Santa, falling snow, marshmallow roasting, face painting, and plenty of other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy! The gorgeous 45 foot Christmas tree will be lit at 6:15pm! The SEC Championship game will be broadcasted on the big screen beginning at 4pm! 

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2) Alpharetta Christmas Market

December 1st, 10am-2pm

Alpharetta First Baptist Church, 44 Academy Street

Start your Holiday shopping off with all of the most unique and hard to find gifts everyone on your list is sure to love! Fun for the kids and productive for your shopping list!

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3) Alpharetta's Magical Winter Village

Enjoy another fabulous weekend of holiday fun in Alpharetta’s Downtown Historic District. The winter wonderland village will include visits with Santa, strolling holiday characters, musical performances, snow, free children’s crafts, marshmallow roasting and festive foods. Return your bag for the Holiday Food Drive in exchange for fun discounts to local businesses. And don’t forget to shop while you’re there- the  surrounding stores will stay open, so everyone can get some extra holiday shopping done, then get their gifts wrapped at the complimentary gift wrapping station. 

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4) Santa's Secret Gift Shop- Roswell GA

6pm- 8:30pm 

Kids ages 12 and younger will love shopping, making arts and crafts and face painting. 

For More Information: 770-641-3950.  

5) Alpharetta LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build 

Ages 6-14 make sure to sign up in advance for your time slot! Every month is a different model and you get to take your mini model home-for FREE! Registration opens at 10AM ET on the 15th of the month prior. Spaces are limited! 

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6) Breakfast With Santa at The Hotel Avalon

Take in the holiday season meeting with Santa Himself over a Southern spread of eggs, grits, and waffles for the kids! Hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves, your kids are sure to enjoy an amazing holiday with crafts, story time, and festive tunes! 

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7) Duluth Nutcracker at the Infinite Energy Center

Ring in the Holidays with the Northeast Atlanta Ballet’s classic rendition of E.T.A Hoffman’s tale, “The Nutcracker”, a Christmas classic everyone is sure to enjoy! All ages welcome! 

To Purchase Tickets

For More Information: 770-813-7500

8) Alpharetta: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Act 1 Theatre

The Christmas Classic will be airing at Act 1 Theatre!

12/1-12/16 air dates 

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9) Santa at Avalon


December 5th 


Make sure to set your appointment at Avalon for your family to Old Saint Nick himself! 

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10) Alpharetta Wellie Wishers Friendship Tea Party at American Girl 

Create an unforgettable experience at American Girl’s 2018 Holiday Tea! We’ll serve a selection of delectable treats and delicious drinks for both kids and adults. Children will enjoy a festive “silly sweaters” craft, plus a build-your-own hot chocolate station where they can create a concoction that they can take home as a gift. Please make a reservation anytime between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

$22 per person (Please note, prepaid event reservations are non-exchangeable and non-refundable), (gratuity not included), Reservations required, For girls ages 8 and up

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11) Alpharetta Michael's- Make Break Gingerbread Slime Michael's Kid's Club 

Have some holiday fun with some Holiday Slime! Kids welcome 3 and up, just buy the jar, and the pre-made slime and decorating supplies will be provided.

To Reserve a Spot

For More Information: 772-692-3525

12) Avalon on Ice

All ages are welcome to come skate the beautiful Avalon rink! Tis’ the season to lace up your skates and glide into the holiday spirit! The monumental Rockefeller-inspired ice skating rink is back starting November 18th, 2018 through January 21st, 2019.

Hours: Monday- Friday: 3PM to 10PM

Saturday: 10AM to 10PM

Sunday: 12PM to 7PM

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13) Alpharetta's Santa Toy Factory- North Point Mall

Embark on an exciting adventure at Santa’s Toy Factory. Put on your safety hat, test new toys and even digitally design your own! 

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14) Holiday Market at White Columns Country Club 

Save the date for this can’t miss event! Support local artists and vendors while you shop for the holidays. Enjoy refreshments and free gift wrap for items purchased at the event. All table reservation fees donated to UMCH which helps over 14,000 children in Georgia’s foster care system. All ages are welcome!

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15) Stories for Shorties Milton Library 

Ages 0-5 are welcome to come and enjoy a participatory story time to include stories, finger plays, and songs. Look out for our special guest community-helper readers! Event is Free! 

For More Information: 404-613-4402

16) Feeding Friday at Autrey Mill

Feeding Fridays are regularly scheduled programs open to the public. We feed the snakes, turtles, frogs, rabbits, ducks, and chickens. The program is free for Autrey Mill Members and we ask for a suggested donation of $2 from non-members. 

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17) A Christmas Carol at Bulloch Hall 

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Back by popular demand, Wally Hinds presents A Christmas Carol at Bulloch Hall again for Christmas 2018.

Dec. 7 (8 p.m.), Dec. 8 (3 p.m. and 8 p.m.), Dec. 9 (3 p.m.), Dec. 13 (8 p.m.), Dec. 14 (8 p.m.), Dec. 15 (3 p.m. and 8 p.m.), Dec. 16 (3 p.m.), Dec. 18 (8 p.m.), Dec. 20 (8 p.m.), Dec. 21 (8 p.m.), Dec. 22 (3 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and Dec. 23 (3 p.m.).

In the Osage Terrace Room at Bulloch Hall. This intimate setting sells out quickly. Tickets are $20 per person.

A great way to spend the holiday season, fun for the family!

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