Alpharetta plans Christmas party

Nov. 30 tree lighting, block party

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta’s Downtown Historic District will light up at the 35th annual Christmas Tree Lighting a little early this year — Friday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m. The annual celebration will be bigger than ever, filling the downtown streets with musical performances, Santa Claus, a Christmas Farmers Market and food trucks.

“We should have a good crowd,” said Mayor David Belle Isle. “I think everyone will have a really good time.”

The lighting of the town will occur at dusk when Alpharetta’s Christmas tree, a 45-foot live blue spruce, will come aglow along with over 10,000 twinkling lights.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will land in downtown when the community is filled with enough Christmas Cheer. To help the city achieve this soaring spirit, North Point Community Church will present their “Christmas Cheer” program on a large performance stage.

The children’s classic, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” will be read on stage by Belle Isle and his wife Candice. This year’s program will be full of music with the North Point Band, exciting dramas and fun for the whole family.

North Point Community Church, Jackson Healthcare and the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau supported the event.

Visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods to give to North Fulton Community Charities. They continue to see over 100 local families every day who need food and shelter. The greatest needs are canned meats, pasta sauce, breakfast cereal, peanut butter, jelly and meals in a can. NFCC will collect these items at Alpharetta’s Christmas Tree Lighting.

There will also be plenty of food, provided by Smokejack, A Southern Grill and visiting food trucks.

Christmas festivities do not end with the tree lighting. Shop with downtown merchants and on the streets at the Alpharetta Christmas Farmers Market. Participating Alpharetta merchants will allow Elfaretta and his friends to hide in their stores, now through Dec. 20. Customers will attempt to find the mischievous little sprites in order to qualify to win one of five exciting prizes to be drawn Dec. 21. For more information, go to Alpharetta Business Association at www.downtownalpharettatradeassociation.com.

The 35th annual Christmas Tree Lighting is free to the public. Location is across from Alpharetta City Hall at 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Ga. Parking is available at City Hall and Milton Center. More information is online at www.alpharetta.ga.us or call 678-297-6078.