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Downtown Alpharetta Kicks Off Holiday Season

ALPHARETTA, GA -- A weekend of festivities will ring in the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5 in downtown Alpharetta.

The fun kicks off with a Christmas Open House sponsored by the Downtown Alpharetta Trade Association on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Shoppers will enjoy refreshments, in-store specials and wonderful gift selections at all participating stores.

A special Christmas Farmer's Market will be open until 5:00 p.m. next to City Hall (2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, 30009), offering homemade jam, fudge and baked goods, as well as handmade gifts and decorations, and a visit from Santa himself.

On Sunday, the celebration continues as shops re-open at noon for more holiday gift-buying.

A visit to any store on either day will qualify shoppers to win a $100 gift certificate, a six month family membership at the Ed Isakson/Alpharetta YMCA or a year of services at Mammoth Car Wash. A list of participating stores is available at the Downtown Alpharetta Welcome Center (178 South Main Street, Alpharetta, 30009) or at the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau Web site.

The Alpharetta Historical Society will open the doors of the Milton Log Cabin from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday to allow visitors to experience Christmastime in a cabin in the early 1800s. Members in period dress will greet guests with candles and oil light lamps and a warm cheery fire, share old time holiday recipes, show examples of period toys and decorations, and offer refreshments and gifts for children.

Capping off the weekend is Alpharetta's 33rd annual Christmas Tree Lighting, beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. It will feature live music and caroling with James Casto, plus performances by the Rhythm 'n' Shoes Dance Program and the Alpharetta Christian Academy's Children's Chorus.

The tree will be lit at approximately 5:40 p.m., just before the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a City of Alpharetta fire truck, a tradition since the first event 32 years ago. Another tradition involves Alpharetta mayor Arthur Letchas and wife Sally reading "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" on the main stage.

Milton Square City Park, at Milton Avenue and Main Street, will offer lighted train rides, holiday crafts and face painting as strolling elves create free balloon sculptures. The shops will remain open until 7:00 p.m., and several area restaurants, including Smokejack, 52 Bistro and Pure Taqueria, will offer later hours for Sunday evening dinner.

The events are all free -- and so is the fun!

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