Downtown Decatur is making the 2019 holiday season a little more special, with a series of Thursday night events — beginning on November 7th and continuing through December 19th.
Terrific Thursdays will feature shopping deals and discounts, plus treats and holiday fun.
The “shopportunities” will be available at 20+ participating shops in the downtown Decatur business district. Plus, these businesses will stay open later and offer beverages and snacks while you shop.
You’ll also find pop-up shopping events and holiday happenings on the Square.
Below is a basic schedule of events. You can download an 8-page PDF guide with all the details on Terrific Thursdays.
Get there with a $10 Lyft discount
During every Terrific Thursday event, plus the Small Business Saturday event, you can call a Lyft for drop-off in Downtown Decatur and get $10 off.
NOTE that this offer is limited to the first 50 riders each day — so go early!
Terrific Thursdays special event schedule
Note that shopping and special sales are available every Thursday, all day — the events below are extras that take place in the evening.
Ornament Unveiling – free to attend
Wild Oats and Billy Goats, 112 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
There are six styles of holiday ornaments for you to collect or to give. This is the eighth collection of handcrafted ornaments commissioned by the Decatur Tourism Bureau and the Decatur Arts Alliance. Even if you don’t attend the unveiling, you can purchase the ornaments at participating downtown shops
Wine & Chocolate Walk — $10 per ticket
Purchase a ticket through Fresthtix and enjoy an evening of chocolate treats and wine tastings at participating shops. Check in at the white tent on the square to pick up your bag, wine glass and map. NOTE: Freshtix adds a $3 fee to your ticket.
Bonus Alert: Get a coupon for $1 off the 2019 City of Decatur ornament, and register to win one of several $50 gift cards from local restaurants or shops.
Cookie Night — free to attend
You’ll find a cookie-tasting extravaganza at participating Terrific Thursday shops. Sample the cookie creation at each shop and vote for your favorite on social media.
Tree Lighting – free to attend
7 p.m. on the Square
Enjoy holiday carols, warm cookies, hot cocoa, and “snow” on the square.
At 7 p.m. sharp, Santa himself flips the switch to light the tree above the east entrance to the Decatur MARTA station.
Bonfire + Marshmallow Roast – free to attend
7 to 8 p.m. on the Square
Roast marshmallows around a roaring bonfire!
Please RSVP for this free event through Freshtix, so the organizers know how many marshmallows to buy.
Hosted by the Decatur Business Association and supervised by the Decatur Fire Department.
Shop, shop, shop!
Expect plenty of special sales at participating retailers.
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Saturday, November 30th is Small Business Saturday in downtown Decatur — featuring Santa on the Square, along with FREE cocoa and cookies.
This event is FREE to attend, but please RSVP through Freshtix.
Sunday, December 29th is the Grand Menorah Lighting. The event is free to attend. Get more info.