2014 Holiday Celebrations at Avalon in Alpharetta

avalonAvalon, the cosmopolitan community development in Alpharetta, is pulling out all the stops on creating a Winter Wonderland this season! Whether you are looking for a picture of your pup with Santa, activities the whole family can participate in, or some entertainment, we’ve compiled a list of all the festive fun you are sure to enjoy through the coming weeks:

1. Avalon on Ice: Daily through Saturday, February 28th

This holiday season, The Plaza has transformed into a signature winter experience that’s unparalleled in the Southeast! The outdoor ice skating rink features hot cocoa, dazzling holiday lights and festive decor. Modeled in similar size as the ice skating rink at Rockerfeller Center, Avalon on Ice will have plenty of room for new skaters, pros, families, and even private lessons! Stop by Skate School on Saturday and Sundays mornings where novice skaters will learn to take on the ice for $25 per skater.

2. Pawtraits with Santa: Sunday, December 21st

Santa will be coming to Avalon to take pictures with your beloved pups! No appointments are necessary, so stop by between 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for a pet-friendly picture with Santa. photo packages begin at $24.99, and donations to the Atlanta Humane Society are appreciated at the event.

3. Holiday Scavenger Hunt: Tuesday, December 23rd

Santa has been hiding 12 special treasures at Avalon! At 10:00 a.m., join the North Pole elves in a scavenger hunt to help find Santa’s special deliveries. The scavenger hunt will feature special clues and stories to help find Santa’s surprises hidden throughout Avalon. Santa may even make a special appearance to visit with all the good girls and boys!

After all of Santa’s gifts have been found, participants will enjoy receiving a gift to keep along with a free Avalon Express train ride. the trackless train takes guests on a festive route down Avalon Boulevard past the ice skating rink and all the way back up to Santa’s Workshop by Oak Steakhouse.

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Whiskey Blue Presents: Winter Wonderland

winterwonderlandThe temperature is dropping, but Whiskey Blue will be warming things up with the hottest winter party in Atlanta! On Friday, December 19th, Winter Wonderland will take over the Buckhead bar from 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Party goers can cozy up and take in the views from the glamorous rooftop bar while sipping on warm winter cocktails. DJ Verse will be spinning, providing the perfect backdrop of music as guests dance the night away. The event will provide a cash bar, party favors, snow flurries, and more!

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Top 10 New Years Eve Events in Atlanta

hyattballoonIt’s time to ring in the New Year in Atlanta! Whether you are looking for the best way to spend New Years Eve with family, a significant other, or friends, we have you covered! Check out the Top Ten Events happening in Metro Atlanta on December 31st:

1. Peach Drop: Begins at 11:00 a.m.

The annual Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta is the Southeast’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration! Enjoy live music and family-friendly activities throughout the day, and ring in a brand new year by counting down to the 800-pound peach’s descent from 138-feet above street level.

2. Brew Year’s Eve: Begins at 9:00 p.m.

Celebrate the countdown toward the New Year with Atlanta’s finest beer and open bar all evening! Guests will enjoy party favors, dancing along to a live band and DJ throughout the fun-filled evening, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

3. Masquerade Ball at Whiskey Park: Begins at 9:00 p.m.

Dress to the nines and ring in the New Year with free-flowing cocktails and high-energy music! Dance the night away and big farewell to 2014 with a midnight champagne toast at a soiree you’ll never forget!

4. Downtown Countdown Atlanta: Begins at 8:30 p.m.

For the the 10th year in a row, Hyatt Regency Atlanta celebrates the New Year with an open bar, dinner buffet, live entertainment, karaoke, a 1,200 balloon-drop at midnight, several ballrooms full of entertainment, and much more! The event is an Atlanta favorite, so be sure to purchase your tickets soon!

5. Chick-Fil-A Bowl: Begins at 12:30 p.m.

Come watch the Ole Miss Rebels take on the TCU Horned Frogs at the Georgia Dome! The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta is among the most competitive bowl games in the country and leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions. With 15 consecutive sellouts, this is one bowl game college football fans don’t want to miss!

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Atlanta Fernbank Museum 2014 Winter Wonderland

fernbankThrough Sunday, January 11th, the Atlanta Fernbank Museum of Natural History brings festivity to the holiday season with its Winter Wonderland exhibit!

With over two stories of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees, the Winter Wonderland exhibition showcases celebrations from all around the globe in this enchanting display. More than 30 trees and other displays recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world. Immerse yourself in the festivity of the season among twinkling with lights, glimmering with color and shining with a variety of cultural objects.

Alongside the Winter Wonderland exhibition, guests can also enjoy a variety of special holiday programming!

At the greeters station, be sure to ask for the Winter Wonderland Seek & Find, a free, self-guided activity throughout the exhibit:

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Atlanta Ugly Sweater Run 2014

uglysweaterrunThe original Ugly Sweater Run returns to Piedmont Park on Saturday, December 13th at 11:00 a.m.

Rummage up that old Christmas sweater and come participate in one of the best 5K races all year. The 3.1 mile closed course will trail through the scenic Piedmont Park with holiday-themed stations and hot chocolate at every mile! At the start line, huge inflatables, holiday music, and photo stations will be open for enjoyment. The race is a great way to burn some calories before enjoying hot chocolate and a choice of Sam Adam’s Winter Lager, Boston Lager, or Angry Orchard Hard Cider – all offered at the finish line!

Following the race, runners and spectators alike are invited to participate in the post-run festivities including holiday fun that will make your inner child envious, snow blowers, an inflatable Santa Claus, prize giveaways, and more. Awards for best real mustache, best fake mustache, best beard, worst sweater, best sweater will be presented. Each Ugly Sweater runner will receive: a custom vintage knit hat, a drawstring bag, unlimited hot chocolate, and one Winter Lager, Boston Lager, or Angry Orchard hard cider at the finish line.

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Christmas Events in Decatur 2014

The city of Decatur is bringing festivity to the Atlanta community this holiday season! Join your friends and family at two of the best Christmas events the city has to offer:

bonfireBonfire on the SquareDecember 18th

Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 18th at 7:00 p.m. as you warm up with the Decatur community for marshmallow roasting among beautiful Christmas lights and decor! With a 10 foot x 10 foot bonfire in the center of Decatur Square, the Bonfire on the Square will be an event for you and your loved ones to remember.

The event is sponsored by the Decatur Business Association and is FREE and open to all ages!

Breakfast with SantaDecember 20th

From 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 20th, join Santa for breakfast in Decatur! Santa will santafiretruckmake his grand entrance on one of the City of Decatur’s firetrucks, bringing fun and festivity to the Decatur Courtyard Marriott Hotel. An incredible breakfast buffet will be available for guests to enjoy as they make wish lists to share with Santa this Christmas season!

Limited tickets are available for advance purchase online here. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade

choachristmasparadeOn Saturday, December 6th, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will transform the Midtown area into a winter wonderland! Join the Atlanta community in the sights and sounds of the season at the Children’s Christmas Parade from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Come rain or shine, the parade will step off on Peachtree Street and end at Peachtree Street and 5th Street.

Along with a television audience of over 500,000 people, thousands of live spectators will line up for the 2014 parade! Families will welcome Santa as he makes his grand appearance among floats, giant helium-filled balloons, marching bands, and much more. Unique performances from various groups will also entertain audiences of all ages, and all of your favorite Christmastime characters can be found throughout the morning!

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Reindeer Romp 5k 2014

shemovesKick off the holiday season on a healthy foot! Join shemoves ATL and your fellow runners at an Atlanta Holiday Classic at the second annual Reindeer Romp 5k. The race will take place at 9:30 a.m. and trail through the scenic Chastain Park the morning of Saturday, December 6th.

Advance online registration is available through December 5th, but racers will still have the chance to register just before the race on Race Day! Packet Pick-up and Race Day Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and will take place on the roof of The Chastain Park Tennis Center located at 110 W Wieuca Road in Atlanta. Post-race celebrations will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Awards Ceremony to follow at 10:30 a.m. Awards will be presented across the following categories: Top 3 Overall and Top 3 within Age Groups (14-and Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, and 65+), Stroller, and Mom & Pup Categories.

Walkers, runners, strollers, children, and all families are welcome!

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140 Lullwater Court, Roswell, GA 30075

140 Lullwater Ct_exterior2cropped (Copy)Offered at $475,000

4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath brick beauty in The Park at Roswell, a private enclave of 24 homes with community pool. Walk to parks, shops and restaurants in Historic Roswell. Just 1 1/2 miles to the Chattahoochee Nature Center!

As you enter, on the left you will find spacious dining room with wainscoting, chandelier and butler’s pantry. Chef’s kitchen includes granite countertops, large center island, gas cooktop, double ovens and microwave. Kitchen opens to light-filled breakfast room and family room with stacked stone fireplace. The main level also includes hardwood floors, home office, powder room, two car garage and large deck with private wooded view.

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Town Brookhaven Holiday on the Town

brookhavenchristmasCelebrate the holiday season in Brookhaven! On Thursday, December 4th, Town Brookhaven will transform into a Winter Wonderland for one magical evening from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Holiday on the Town will be filled with a variety of family-friendly activities to entertain adults and children alike! Town Brookhaven will feature sleigh rides in Santa’s magical sleigh, musical performances, holiday treats, and the lighting of Town Brookhaven’s Christmas tree. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also make a special appearance, so be sure to bring your cameras!

Merchants are lining up to provide holiday refreshments and specials to guests at the holiday event, including:

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