Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas on Peachtree

Christmas on Peachtree is the largest indoor Christmas festival in the Southeast. Located at 200 Peachtree Street (the former Macy’s building) in downtown Atlanta,Christmas on Peachtree is a 70,000 square foot mix of family-friendly festivities, food and shopping.

Christmas on Peachtree provides a place for kids and their families to share in the wonder of the holiday season and the magic of Santa Claus. The attractions and activities provide plenty for kids to do and see, while providing parents and grandparents with a nostalgic reminder of the holidays of their own youth — with a few modern twists!

Come see the stunning Symphony of Lights™ music and light show, let the kids play in the Cartoon Network Children's Adventure Area™ (which includes a life size toy train!), enjoy a meal in the North Pole CafĂ© and shop in our retail village. Get your child's photo made with Santa with a number of affordable packages available for purchase.

Perhaps the most distinct attraction at Christmas on Peachtree is the giant, 8-foot snow globe positioned right out front! This working snow globe features the Christmas on Peachtree logo and serves as an attention-grabber among passers-by, as well as an example of what can be found inside. 

Don't forget to check ou tthe decorated windows along Peachtree Street too! Reminiscent of the days when Department Store Holiday Windows graced Peachtree Street Downtown, Christmas on Peachtree's Holiday Windows feature nostalgic themes and settings, as well as some new holiday traditions. Local designers and volunteers have transformed these windows into magical settings from movies such as "It's a Wonderful Life," "Auntie Mame," and the upcoming holiday release, "We Bought a Zoo."

We were invited to check out Christmas on Peachtree and were super excited to be able to go and celebrate the beginning of a new Atlanta tradition. The boys had a blast playing all the games in the Cartoon Network section and getting their picture taken with Santa. They rode the train at least ten times, they did some crafts and enjoyed the light show. From their perspective, this event was a great find!

I do have to be honest with you though, my mother and I were left a little lackluster. There just wasn't much going on. I think I expected the shopping area to be bigger and more homemade crafty type stuff. There were only a very few carts of items available and while they were all very cool, it wasn't the shopping extravaganza I feel like they had advertised. With tickets at $12 for adults and $8 for children (3-12), it did seem pricey for what they had available but this IS the first year so I am assuming once it gathers steam it will be much bigger in terms of things to do and such. Plus, a portion of every ticket sold benefits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. It has a ton of potential, they just need to go there with it instead of holding back.

Overall, I would still recommend this event to people with young children. Like I said before, my boys had a blast so it was still worth the trip.

Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the door and are $12 for adults and $8 for children (3-12). 

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