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. — December 1st through 22nd.
You can board in front of Taste of Britain, located at 73 S. Peachtree St, Norcross, GA 30071.
You’re welcome to bring a blanket for your lap, if you think you’ll need one.
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Complete list of dates for free carriage rides (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
* Wednesday, Dec. 1st
* Friday, Dec. 3rd
* Tuesday, Dec. 7th
* Wednesday, Dec. 8th
* Friday, Dec. 10th
* Tuesday, Dec. 14th
* Wednesday, Dec. 15th
* Friday, Dec. 17th
* Tuesday, Dec. 21st
FREE photos with Santa
Every Wednesday and Friday through December 22, 2021
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.
Christmas Village & Winter Festival
The city of Norcross has a festive holiday line-up this weekend, centered around the annual Downtown Norcross Christmas Village — a cheerful winter street festival taking place from Friday, Dec. 3rd to Sunday, Dec. 5th, 2021.
During the event, the downtown merchants will run shopping and dining specials.
There will also be FREE holiday carriage rides around the historic town center, happening on select nights throughout December — details below.
Christmas Village Hours:
Friday, Dec. 3rd — 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 4th — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 5th — noon to 6 p.m.
Schedule of Events
Friday, Dec. 3rd
4 to 8 p.m.
The annual Sparkle Celebration takes place throughout the downtown area, with the Tree Lighting kicking off with choir performances at 5:30 p.m. in Thrasher Park.
You can also enjoy free carriage rides, hot cocoa and s’mores, Disney characters and The Grinch, and the holiday movie Jingle All the Way on the giant screen.
Santa will arrive at Thrasher Park after riding through town on his big red firetruck. He’ll then be available for photos in the Thrasher Park pavilion.
Downtown merchants will have plenty of specials and activities going on as well.
Saturday, Dec. 4th
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
All day long, the streets of downtown Norcross will be a merry sight.
The Christmas Village will include:
- Street vendors
- Food trucks
- Face painting
- Local artists market
- Bell ringers and carolers
- Costumed characters
- Live petting zoo
- Santa Claus cruising the streets
- Free holiday carriage rides
The petting zoo will be set up at the corner of Jones St. and Skin Alley from noon until 4 p.m.
Norcross Community Market will be serving hot chocolate and hot cider on Skin Alley from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Atlanta Youth Symphony will perform at 3 p.m.
From 3:15 to 4 p.m., kids can take a $5 Kids Christmas Yoga class at Studio 87 (come in holiday attire!)
In the evening, there’s a holiday concert.
The Chi-Town Transit Authority (a Chicago tribute band) will take the stage for an outdoor concert at 6 p.m., performing a holiday songs and favorite Chicago hits. The concert takes place in The Crossing parking lot (be sure to bring chair and a lap blanket!)
Carriage rides start at 6 p.m. and you can board in front of Taste of Britain.
Sunday, Dec. 5th
noon to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, the fun continues with local merchant specials, street vendors, food trucks, costumed characters, and of course, Jolly Ole’ St. Nick!
A $5 children’s activity takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at Studio 87 Yoga. It includes cocoa, cookies, and crafts.
Annual Holiday Concert
This year’s concert features Chi-Town Transit Authority, a Chicago tribute band. They’ll be performing holiday favorites, as well as Chicago’s greatest hits. You don’t need a ticket.
Bring your chairs, and don’t forget to dress very warmly!
When: December 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Crossing parking lot (outside)
You may also be interested in:
- NEW for 2021: World of Illumination drive-thru light shows
- NEW! Festival of Lights drive-thru light show at Atlantic Station
- FREE: Prism Winter Lights display at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta
- 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