Avalon, the 86-acre mixed-use development in Alpharetta, will light a 40-foot Christmas tree this weekend, and open its skating rink.
Photo: Ty Greenlees, Cox Media File
Photo: Ty Greenlees, Cox Media File

Avalon to open skating rink, light 40-foot tree in N. Fulton

The folks at Avalon are getting a jump on everyone else and getting the mixed-use development into the holiday spirit before Thanksgiving.

Beginning Sunday, the 86-acre development in Alpharetta is kicking off the holiday season with a bunch of events. First up is lighting a 40-foot tree.

“The Lighting of Avalon” is an all-day event on Nov. 19, beginning at 1 p.m. It will feature music and live performances, family activities, fireworks and more.

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From 1 to 5 p.m., folks at Avalon can make stops along “Activity Row” for face painting, balloon art, photo booths and more. A DJ will also be spinning holiday tunes at that time.

The Avalon Ice Rink also opens at 1 p.m. with a skating performance, and the rink will be open to the public at 2 p.m. The rink will stay open for public skating through Jan. 21, 2018.

The cost to glide on the ice is $18 for adults and $14 for children 9 and under. Those prices include skates. For information on group rates, hours and season passes, visit Avalon’s website.

Two bands — “Blair Crimmins” and “Bogey and the Viceroy” — will take the stage between 5 and 8 p.m. for live music. The tree will be lit at 7 p.m., but the party lasts until 9 p.m.

For more information, visit experienceavalon.com.

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The rink will open for its third year in Marietta Square’s Glover Park on Nov. 17 The rink is part of the city’s Winter Wonderland celebration Santa’s arrival ceremony and the tree lighting will be Nov. 30 Organizers said that the rink can be reserved for $500 at a maximum of 25 people, and it has to be before regular hours The rink will also be open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve

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