Terrific Thursdays
November 2, 9, 16, 30 and December 7, 14, 21
It’s time to get gifty! Shop in Decatur on Thursdays in November and December. Terrific Thursdays are back with special in-store events, discounts and treats at more than 20 shops, restaurants and service providers. Participating businesses will stay open late, offering beverages, snacks and special offers. For details at visit decaturgeorgia.com.

Root City Holiday Popup Shop
Open 7 days a week
November 25 – December 23
Finely curated local, artisan made gifts
1 West Court Square #110 Decatur GA 30030 – next to Souper Jenny

Opening Party
November 25
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Children’s Workshops on Saturdays
Weekly adult workshops
Giveaways each week
Details: hellorootcity.com
@hellorootcity / #rootcity

Decatur Holiday Marketplace and Cafe
Friday, December 1
5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 2
10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The marketplace is a long-standing Decatur tradition now in its 26th year featuring the work of more than 100 artists and craftspeople from all over the region. While you shop, be sure to treat yourself to some scrumptious desserts from the school’s dedicated team of volunteers as well as some of local food trucks for a bite to eat. This wonderful holiday event is hosted at Clairemont Elementary School. For more details on artists, directions and how to volunteer go to decaturholidaymarketplace.com.

Deck the Wylde Wreaths!
November 29 to December 2 and December 5 to 9
7 to 9 p.m.
Bring your friends and the fun creating festive wreaths. This fundraising event is a perfect way for adults to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion, or simply to get into the holiday spirit.  Gather the kids and make a beautiful wreath together during this Deck the Wylde Wreaths season.  A balsam fir wreath will be provided as well as flowers, herbs, pods, etc. to decorate.  Apple cider and cookies will also be provided. Participants are invited to bring their own beverage and snacks, including beer and wine. Cost is $55 for members, $65 for non-members and $45 for educators. Oakhurst Garden, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030. Find more details at Wyldecenter.org.

Holly Jolly Film Fest
Saturdays, November 18 and 25, December 2, 9 and 16
Check out Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Holly Jolly Film Festival in celebration of Winter Wonderland, featuring holiday favorites such as A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Additional special activities include cultural performances, hands-on activities and more. Cost is included with museum admission and members are free. See details at fernbankmuseum.org.

Decatur Christmas Tree Lighting
Thursday, November 30
7 p.m.
Kick off the season with local businesses celebrating the 8th annual Decatur Christmas Tree Lighting. Festivities will begin at the East Court Square in front of Little Shop of Stories. Enjoy hot chocolate, carols, snow and a visit from a jolly man in a red suit.

Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Homes and Holiday Market
Sunday, December 10
Holiday Market noon to 6 p.m.
Tour of Homes from 3 to 8 p.m.
Christmas is an amazing time in Avondale Estates and the Tour of Homes and Holiday Market add to the wonderful feeling of the holiday.  Check out the 25th  Annual Tour where a trolley takes you to get a peek inside homes that have been sensitively restored or renovated to preserve the character of this historic city. Take time to visit the fabulous Holiday Market & Café featuring great foods, unique gifts and fun finds.

Tickets for the tour may be purchased for $15 in advance at Avondale City Hall, Finders Keepers Furniture, REAL Salon and Garage Door Studio or for $20 on the day of the tour at the Avondale Community Club, 59 Lakeshore Drive.

Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast
Thursday, December 14
7 to 8 p.m.
What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a bonfire and marshmallow roast on the square in downtown Decatur? Join your friends and neighbors and roast marshmallows around the giant bonfire. Be sure to stop and visit Santa in the Community Bandstand too. Free. Sponsored by Decatur Business Association.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 16
8 to 10 a.m.
Decatur Courtyard Marriott Hotel
Santa makes his grand entrance, arriving on a City of Decatur fire truck, and then the fun begins. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and fill out those wish lists to share with Santa. Only 300 tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, so get yours soon.  Get details and tickets at Decaturdba.com, then show up for the big event at 130 Clairemont Avenue.

Grand Menorah Lighting
December 18th
6-8 pm
Come celebrate with us at Decatur Square for some of the city’s best Chanukah fun. We’ll have music, a live fire show, prizes & of course, we’ll eat some yummy latkes & Sufganiyot. Join us on December 18th at 6 PM with your friends, families, and neighbors to take part in lighting the oil of the grand menorah. We can’t wait to see you there!

Noon Year’s Eve
Saturday, December 31
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Avoid the late night and ring in the New Year a full twelve hours early with Atlanta’s biggest party animals. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is offering a special family celebration which will include a countdown to a balloon drop at noon. Noon Year’s Eve tickets (includes event and all exhibits) are $8 for members and $20 for non-members. Noon Year’s Eve tickets plus a Giant Screen Film are $14 for members and $26 for non-members. See details at fernbankmuseum.org.