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Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/18/20
BRING HOLIDAY CHEER TO THE YEARWITH VININGS JUBILEE’S 35th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGVinings’ Longest Standing Holiday Tradition to Offer In-Person and Virtual Options This Year
Make this holiday season merry and bright by kicking it off at Paces Properties’ 2020 Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 6-8 p.m. This annual Vinings tradition is free to attend and features both in-person and virtual options, making it viewable from anywhere, including the comfort of home. The event is guaranteed to be full of festive cheer featuring a variety of entertainment and performances including carolers, a singing Santa, and so much more.
The Magnolias, a 1940s style caroling group, will be in attendance singing everyone’s favorite classics. Guests can expect a grand entrance from Singing Santa performing holiday tunes and spreading Christmas cheer from a safe distance. The fun won’t stop there! Smooth jazz hits will be played live and afterward a performance will be put on for the children by Piccadilly Puppets – complete with Santa’s elves and the famous Battle with the Mouse King from the Nutcracker. Want to continue the celebration at home? Ornament decorating bags will be distributed for families to take home and decorate on their own.
“The safety and wellbeing of our community, patrons and staff has always been the #1 priority when hosting our community events, but when planning the 35th annual Christmas Tree Lighting we had to flip the script to provide a fun and festive evening that was safe and socially distanced,” said David Cochran, CEO of Paces Properties and owner of Vinings Jubilee. “Our community has come together on this evening for the past 34 years and we just couldn’t allow this special night to be another loss during a year where so many have already lost so much. We hope this 35th year will fill the hearts of all ages with hope, joy and wonder for the holiday season and beyond.”
This open-air event will be taking plenty of safety precautions including providing hand sanitizing stations, requiring masks for entry, and encouraging social distancing. Prefer to stay home for the holidays? The Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting will also be streaming live on Facebook so families interested in virtually attending can easily access the festivities. For more information, stay tuned on Vinings Jubilee’s Facebook and Instagram.
Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/18/20
Featuring Misfit Wrapping Co., Fireside Roasting & Toasting Pods on The Yard, a Menorah Lighting Celebration, Holiday Pop-Ups, The Roof’s Skate the Sky, Igloos & Noon Year’s Eve Party & More
Ponce City Market will celebrate the most joyful time of year with mistiful happenings throughout the holiday season. Festive fun will be all around with the Misfit Wrapping Co.’s gift-wrapping conveyor belt, fireside roasting and toasting pods on The Yard, a Drive-In Menorah Lighting Ceremony & Chanukah Film, holiday pop-ups and celebrations, and The Roof’s Skate the Sky, Igloos and Noon Year’s Eve Party.
Details on this year’s festivities include:
MISFIT WRAPPING CO.:
Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 28 – Dec. 20 – Come one, come all and stop by Misfit Wrapping Co. to jazz up gifts for giving! From 11am-6pm on Saturdays and noon-6pm on Sundays, guests will be able to bring holiday gifts purchased at PCM to a jolly assembly line on the second floor of the Central Food Hall and watch as items make their merry way down a conveyor belt and are decorated by a team of Misfit gift wrappers with complimentary, cheery wrapping. During a final inspection, each gift will be given a stamp of approval before making its triumphant return to the rightful gift-giver.
Plus, Misfit Wrapping Co. is teaming up with Creating Connected Communities (CCC) – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring life-enhancing programs to children in need by empowering teens to become engaged community leads and volunteers – to gather and wrap holiday gifts for donation all season long. As part of the nonprofit’s annual holiday program, Amy’s Holiday Party, PCM shoppers can purchase items for donation around the property, have them gift wrapped at Misfit Wrapping Co. from noon-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and delivered by CCC to 40 different charities benefiting homeless, foster and refugee children.
FIRESIDE ROASTING & TOASTING PODS ON THE YARD:
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 27 – Dec. 20 – Get warm and cozy with your nearest and dearest outside on The Yard this holiday season! Guests will be able to gather ‘round toasty fires and enjoy s’mores at socially distanced fireside pods. The Firepods will accommodate small groups and can be booked by the hour, and s’more kits and reservations (available beginning in late November at www.poncecitymarket.com) are complimentary. The open-air firepods will be sanitized thoroughly between seatings and will be available from 5-9pm on Fridays, 2-9pm on Saturdays and noon-6pm on Sundays.
The Blitzen Room at Biltong Bar, Opening Tues., Nov. 24 – Biltong Bar at Ponce City Market is “Up to Snow Good” as they transform their space into their second annual holiday pop-up: The Blitzen Room. The restaurant will feature swanky, vintage Christmas decor and seasonally themed cocktails from Chartreuse Hot Chocolate to Frozen Egg Nog.
Holiday Social Bar on The Roof, Opening Fri., Nov. 27 – Just inside the tower lobby, the Holiday Social Bar will welcome Roof-goers with an over-the-top experience bursting with whimsical decor and holiday-inspired drinks. Check out the drink menu here.
MixMas at 12 Cocktail Bar, Opening Fri., Nov. 27 – 12 Cocktail Bar is celebrating the season with a Mixmas cocktail menu, including drinks like “Sleigh Fuel” with bourbon, cinnamon, eggnog and coffee, and the “This Christmas I Gave You a Daiquiri,” made with dark rum, lime, pineapple, allspice and cherry. Reservations here are highly recommended.
Modern Mystic Shop’s Local Makers Holiday Pop-Up Series, Sat. & Sun., Nov. 21 – Dec. 20 – The metaphysical goods shop is spotlighting favorite local makers and creators with pop-ups throughout the holiday season. Each weekend, the series will provide curated collections from local, small-batch makers who share the same values as Modern Mystic Shop, with an emphasis on goods from women-identified and POC-owned businesses. Shoppers can expect to find jewelry, bath products, candles and more from vendors including local jewelry makers Kalua Rae and Dragonstone Malas, among others.
SustainAble Home Goods Holiday Gift Box Bar, Now Open – Shoppers can stop by the store throughout the season to create a curated gift box of handmade products made by local and global makers! Each box is $60 and comes with three pick-your-own items, from wellness products and kitchen essentials to gardening kits and so much more. Additional items can be added for $8 each.
PCM GOES INSIDE OUT HOLIDAY MARKET:
Sat., Dec. 12, Beginning at Noon – Bringing the best of PCM outdoors, the Holiday Market will feature holiday shopping, festive food and drink like hot chocolate and mulled cider, holiday entertainment and more as guests safely relax and spend some time outside.
DRIVE-IN MENORAH LIGHTING CEREMONY & CHANUKAH FILM:
Sun., Dec. 13 – Join Ponce City Market and Chabad Intown for a traditional menorah lighting ceremony and screening of a short Chanukah Film! This year’s celebration will take place in the parking lot by West Elm (alongside Glen Iris Drive and Ponce de Leon Ave), and guests are invited to park their cars and enjoy a BYO car picnic starting at 4:30pm. The brief film will begin at 5:30pm, followed by the Menorah Lighting Ceremony and a feature presentation at 6pm.
SKATE THE SKY:
Opening Fri., Nov. 27 – Back for a fourth year, The Roof at Ponce City Market invites guests to “Skate the Sky.” Ten stories above Ponce de Leon Avenue and overlooking Old Fourth Ward, the Rooftop Terrace will feature a 3,500-square-foot ice skating rink for all ages to enjoy seven days a week. Family hours will be every Saturday and Sunday from noon-3pm, and during this time, visitors can skate and sing along with The Roof’s resident Ice Queen. Starting at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, visitors 21 and over will be able to dance the night away to music spun by local DJs. Before or after skating, skaters can warm up at outdoor fire pits at the woodland forest-themed Nine Mile Station or play mini golf at Skyline Park donning a faux fur coat provided by The Roof.
Reservations can be booked here. Ice skating is $15 for adults and $7 for kids ages 5-12 (plus admission to The Roof), and includes 50-minutes of skating, ice skate rentals and unlimited gameplay at Skyline Park. Skaters must be at least five years of age to skate, and individuals under 12 must be accompanied by an adult skater. Hours for the rink will be the same as The Roof’s regular operating hours.
IGLOOS ON THE ROOF:
Opening Fri., Nov. 27 – Cozy up this holiday season in life-size, private igloos on Ponce City Market’s Roof! Available by reservation only, igloos located alongside the ice skating rink and at 9 Mile Station seat up to six guests, allowing small groups to have an intimate and socially distanced experience with an amazing view. Family-friendly igloo experiences alongside the ice skating rink are available on Saturday and Sunday mornings from noon-3pm and include a special kid’s menu. Guests 21+ can also enjoy food and beverages – think hot cocktails, champagne and large format cocktails – in rink-side igloos until 8pm Monday through Friday, 9:30pm on Saturday and 7pm on Sunday. At 9 Mile Station, the restaurant will transform into a woodland forest with cozy igloos and outdoor seating areas overlooking views of Atlanta. Restaurant igloos will offer guests 21 and up full dining service.
Reservations for all igloo experiences are now available at www.poncecityroof.com and include general admission to The Roof, skate rentals, 50 minutes of skate time and unlimited games and rides at Skyline Park (when available). Rink-side igloos rentals are $175 for two hours, and 9 Mile Station igloos are $125 Sunday through Thursday and $175 on Fridays and Saturday for two-and-a-half hour reservations. All igloos will be sanitized manually and with fogging technology between occupants.
NOON YEAR’S EVE ON THE ROOF:
Thurs., Dec. 31, 10am-3pm – Save the date for The Roof’s fourth annual Noon Year’s Eve! Skyline Park and 9 Mile Station will host a family-friendly celebration for parents and children of all ages to ring in 2021 as guests count down to noon. Tickets are $15 for all ages (3 years and under are free) and will be sold day-of at the door; no advance tickets needed.
Ponce City Market will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 26, 2020) and Christmas Day (December 25, 2020).
The holidays might look a little different this year, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had! Masks, social distancing, pre-sale tickets, and limited crowds are part of almost every event’s holiday protocol, but please check each event’s procedures for this year as each has special precautions in place to ensure everyone’s safety while we have a fun but safe holiday season. So check out these fun north Alabama Christmas events and add them to your must-do list this holiday season!
Galaxy of Lights
The Galaxy of Lights at the Huntsville Botanical Garden is such a magical holiday event! You can walk the Galaxy of Lights from November 13-25 and then the driving nights begin November 27 through January 2. You can even take your dog on certain nights during the walking nights!
Skating in the Park
Skating in the Park at the Huntsville Museum of Art is a fun way to get some exercise, have fun, and be outdoors! Skating in the Park is from November 20 through January 15.
Ten Nights of Christmas
Santa’s Village looks a little different this year! This year it’s Ten Nights of Santa at the EarlyWorks Museum in downtown Huntsville. Due to an accidental spill of magic elf dust at the North Pole, Santa gets confined in a magic snow globe. However, the jolly old elf is determined that his confinement will not impact his ability and desire to meet with children and spread Christmas cheer. December 13-23 from 5-9pm.
Christmas at the Falls
Noccalula Falls Park is all lit up for Christmas at the Falls! Stroll through and see the park like you’ve never seen it before. November 26 through January 2 from 5-9pm. You must purchase tickets prior to going. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Christmas in the Park
Arab City Park is transformed into Christmas in the Park, a festive and over-the-top display of merriment and holiday splendor. More than two million lights will illuminate the night sky and decorations galore will line the sidewalks for four weeks, beginning November 27 through December 31. (photo by North Alabama Ambassador Robert Posey)
Shoals Tinsel Trail
Stroll through the Shoals Tinsel Trail at McFarland Park in Florence and see uniquely decorated trees…all for a great cause! Proceeds from this year’s Tinsel Trail are used to support Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a non-profit organization that builds and delivers beds to children who don’t have beds to sleep in. Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm through January 6 (photo by Johnny Raper)
Guntersville Museum Festival of Trees
The Guntersville Museum Festival of Trees is a delightful display of beautifully decorated trees. Through December 31.
Huntsville Tinsel Trail
The Tinsel Trail at Big Spring Park in Huntsville is going to be bigger than ever this year! It’s expanding across Church Street into Big Spring Park West. There will be pop up versions of the Downtown Craft Coffee Trail and other food trucks. November 27 through January 3.
Christmas Lights at Palisades Park
See the beautiful Christmas Lights at Palisades Park in Oneonta through December 31 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
Wonderland Under Warrior
Rickwood Caverns State Park transforms the cave into Wonderland Under Warrior with thousands of beautiful Christmas lights throughout the cave! Wonderland Under Warrior is a whimsical journey underground, transforming the already magnificent cave into a special holiday experience. Visitors come to see over 100,000 twinkling lights and to walk the lighted path among the stalactite, stalagmites and other unique geological formations. November 21-29 (closed Thanksgiving Day), December 2-6, December 9-13 and December 16-30 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person for ages 3 and up.
Blow Your Own Ornament at Orbix Hot Glass
Blowing Your Own Ornament at Orbix Hot Glass is such a fun event! You can choose your favorite color for your ornament, and Cal Breed will help you blow your ornament! Check their website for classes on the weekends.
North Pole Stroll
The North Pole Stroll in Downtown Athens is a celebration of beautifully decorated trees all around Big Spring Park. This year there will be horse-drawn carriage rides around the historic downtown area. December 3-31.
Kris Kringle’s Candlelight Christmas
Kris Kringle’s Candlelight Christmas at Burritt on the Mountain – December 4-6
Sippin’ Cider Festival
Sip and shop in downtown Athens at the Sippin’ Cider Festival on December 12 from 5-8pm. Now in its tenth year, the Sippin’ Cider Festival offers an evening of shopping, singing and other fun holiday activities while sipping on winter’s favorite drink. During the festival, participating merchants will prepare and offer sample tastings of their favorite hot cider recipe. Cider enthusiasts will vote by ballot for their favorite, and the cider receiving the most votes wins the coveted Cider Cup and bragging rights for the year.
Historic Decatur Tour of Homes
The Historic Decatur Tour of Homes will be virtual this year so you don’t have to worry about missing a thing! The 2020 Christmas Tour will feature a virtual showing of fabulous historic homes on our website, decaturchristmastour.com. You can enjoy tours of homes from the comfort of your own home. Then drive through Old Decatur and Albany to take in parks and green spaces illuminated just for your enjoyment on the evening of December 12.
Magical outdoor spaces and festively adorned homes and businesses throughout Historic Old Decatur, Historic Albany and the two downtown districts of Second Avenue and Bank Street will be available for your driving and strolling pleasure.
Christmas at Ave Maria Grotto
Experience Christmas at the Grotto and the beauty of Br. Joseph’s work at night surrounded by lights and music! And on December 19, there will be a Christmas Crafts Fair in the parking lot plus live musical performances throughout the park Coffee and cookies will be available each night.
Dates:December 3, 4, 5 – 4pm-9pmDecember 10, 11, 12 – 4pm-9pmDecember 17, 18 – 4pm-9pmDecember 19 – 12pm-9pmDecember 26 – 4pm-9pmDecember 30, 31 – 4pm-9pm
Admission: adults $6, students $3, children under 3 – free
Have a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/15/20
Iconic Christmas-Themed Pop-Up Partners for Time Ticketed Experience +First Public Event at Venue Since MarchTickets on Sale THIS Friday, October 23, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Get excited Atlanta – there is another Miracle location and its right in the heart of the city. Miracle at the Fox Theatre’s Marquee Club presented by Lexus arrives just after Miracle Atlanta recently announced its return for the 2020 holiday season. Apparently, we have all been very good this year! The exciting addition complements the other locations (Miracle at Wonderkid + Miracle on Highland) and two Sippin’ Santa sites (Sippin’ Santa at Bon Ton + Sippin’ Santa at Golden Eagle). The Miracle team, working with the Fox Theatre, is excited to safely offer this one-of-a-kind experience despite COVID-19 (the real grinch of 2020).
“Talk about a Christmas miracle,” said Eric Simpkins, co-founder of Big Citizen along with partner Darren Carr who head up Miracle Atlanta. “The Fox Theatre’s Marquee Club is a dream venue and the perfect location for Miracle to expand with a new type of experience, especially in today’s health climate. This ticketed offering allows us to social distance, limit capacity, create unique holiday moments paired with all the signature Christmas cocktails and cheer while prioritizing the safety of everyone. We’re beyond excited to offer this to Atlanta.”
Staying in true Miracle fashion, Miracle at the Fox Theatre’s Marquee Club presented by Lexus will transport guests right into the center of Christmas. Safe, Santa-approved festivities will take place every Thursday-Sunday night beginning Nov. 20 and running through Jan.1, 2021. For $50 per person, patrons can reserve their own socially-distanced table (for up to 8 guests) and 90-minute experience that includes more holiday décor and Miracle kitsch that one can wrap their head around, multiple photo opportunities (think rooftop selfie station holiday style), live entertainment components (maybe even a Santa sighting), complimentary Christmas snack-mix and cookies at each table, and a signature Miracle Santa cocktail mug. Miracle’s famous, holiday-themed cocktail and food menu will also be available for purchase along with fun, Christmas-themed merchandise in multiple retail nooks. It is a perfect way to get all the perks of a regular Miracle experience kicked up a notch. Think multi-level fun house meets North Pole.