There is nothing that lights up your little one like a splendidly spectacular celebration of the season. And maybe an excuse to stay up late. And drink hot chocolate. With holiday lights, trees dressed in decorations, live performances, fireworks and a visit from the big man himself, of course—don’t miss these Atlanta holiday tree lightings that are well worth staying up a bit past bedtime.

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Lighting of Atlantic Station
November 22, 2014, noon until 9 pm
Central Park, Atlantic Station
Atlantic Station turns their tree lighting into a marathon of holiday fun! You and the fam can expect live music, entertainment, and kids activities throughout the day. At 7:30, the Holiday Parade will begin and Santa will arrive to light the Tree. The day of merriment will end with a magical snowfall!

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Macy’s Great Tree Lighting
November 27, 2014, 6 pm
Lenox Square Mall
For generations Atlantans have been kicking off the holiday season with this beloved tradition. Start your own custom and bring the kiddos to the 67th Lighting of Macy’s Department Store’s Great Tree! Pre-show festivities begin at 6 pm, and the ceremony starts at 7 pm. Kiddos will love the fireworks display set to Christmas tunes and don’t forget to swing by another Atlanta Christmas institution while you’re there—The Pink Pig! 

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Marietta Square Christmas Tree Lighting
December 4, 2014, 5pm
Glover Park, Historic Marietta Square
Join Santa and the Mrs.  at 5 pm in Glover Park. Listen as local school choruses sing their hearts out and let the kiddos visit with Santa in the gazebo until 8 pm. Santa will light the giant Christmas tree at 6 pm.

Alpharetta 

Virginia-Highland Community Tree-Lighting Celebration
December 4, 2014, 7 pm
Murphy’s Restaurant
997 Virginia Ave NE Atlanta
Grab some hot chocolate and cookies and gather the kiddos outside Murphy’s Restaurant in the Highlands. The Atlanta Boy’s Choir will perform, and at 7:30, the tree atop this neighborhood land mark will be set aglow.

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Avalon Tree Lighting
November 23, 2014, 4 p.m.
2200 Avalon Blvd. Alpharetta
Alpharetta’s newest hotspot, Avalon, turns into a winter wonderland and is the place perfect for the family to kick off the Christmas season. After a day spent exploring the property, ice skating and watching carolers head over to Avalon’s Living Room at 7:30 to see Santa arrive by train. The beautiful 30ft tree is lit at 8 pm, and there will be plenty of free hot chocolate and s’mores for all!

What tree lightings will you attend this year? Tell us about it below!

—Phebe Wahl & Candice Rose

Photos courtesy of Atlantic Station, Macy’s Lenox Square, Roswell Park Cancer Institute via Facebook, Murphy’s Restaurant via FacebookCreative Commons via Flickr