The city of Norcross has a festive holiday line-up planned for the 2023 season.
It kicks off with a holiday open house in the historic downtown area, and is then largely centered around activities in the Downtown Norcross Christmas Village — a cheerful winter street festival that takes place on the first weekend in December.
You’ll also find a holiday concert, FREE winter carriage rides, and several opportunities for FREE photos with Santa.
Downtown Norcross Holiday Open House
Saturday, November 11, 2023
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The shops of downtown Norcross kick off the holiday shopping season with sales, door prizes, refreshments, and special surprises. Come to shop and stay to dine at one of the local eateries.
Annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebration
Friday, December 1, 2023
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Thrasher Park in downtown Norcross
The majestic tree that the city always used for the lighting ceremony was damaged in a storm and had to be removed earlier in 2022. So we’re not sure what this year’s tree lighting has in store — but according to the event web page, you can expect music, caroling, the Grinch, Santa’s arrival, and more.
Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck and will be available for photos in the Thrasher Park bandstand.
There will be free carriage rides (details below).
In past years, there has been an outdoor holiday movie after dark. We will update if more details become available. On this Friday evening, the downtown merchants and eateries will be open for dinner and shopping.
Christmas Village & Winter Festival
Saturday, December 2, 2023
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The 2023 Downtown Norcross Christmas Village is a cheerful winter street festival. During the event, the downtown merchants will run shopping and dining specials.
The downtown streets will be very merry!
You can expect:
- costumed characters (including Santa)
- live music, bell ringers, and carolers
- street vendors
- food trucks
- petting zoo
- kids craft table
Holiday Carriage Rides
Head to charming, historic downtown Norcross this holiday season for a FREE carriage ride — then stay to do some shopping or have a cocktail in the historic Norcross town center. There are also lots of opportunities for a FREE photo with Santa Claus this month.
The carriage rides will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — from December 1st to 22nd in 2023.
You can board in front of 45 South Cafe, located at 45 S. Peachtree St. in Norcross.
You’re welcome to bring a blanket for your lap, if you think you’ll need one.
View event page here
Complete list of 2023 dates for free carriage rides (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
* Friday, Dec. 1
* Tuesday, Dec. 5
* Wednesday, Dec. 6
* Friday, Dec. 8
* Tuesday, Dec. 12
* Wednesday, Dec. 13
* Friday, Dec. 15
* Tuesday, Dec. 19
* Wednesday, Dec. 20
* Friday, Dec. 22
FREE photos with Santa in downtown Norcross
Every Wednesday and Friday from Dec. 6th to 22nd, 2023
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In front of 45 South Cafe, located at 45 South Peachtree St.
Free photos with Santa!
Santa will also be in town on Tuesdays, but a photographer will not be present. You are welcome to take your photos with the jolly man.
Complete list of dates:
- Wednesday, Dec. 6
- Friday, Dec. 8
- Wednesday, Dec. 13
- Friday, Dec. 15
- Wednesday, Dec. 20
- Friday, Dec. 22
You may also be interested in:
- Lights of Life drive-thru holiday attraction in Marietta
- Discounts for Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens
- Discounts for Stone Mountain Christmas
- Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden