Christmas On Peachtree is Atlanta's newest holiday event. Located at 200 Peachtree in downtown Atlanta, the event is a one-stop Christmas attraction. Just driving by the building will put you in the Christmas spirit - from the street, enjoy the 8-foot snow globe and beautiful holiday window displays. My family and I had the opportunity to visit Christmas On Peachtree just last week. Upon arrival, we were ushered into a small foyer to have our picture taken in front of a standard wintery backdrop. After smiling for the camera, we moved on to the Grand Atrium, which is a fairly accurate description of what was waiting on the other side of the foyer.
The Grand Atrium was decked out with two 24-foot Christmas trees, a stage, and activity tables. I must admit, we initially rushed through this section to make it to Santa. You see, I am not a fan of waiting in long lines, and I was sure that if we waited til more people showed up at the event that we would have to wait in a very long line to see Santa. I was not the only person to do this, as it seemed that everyone else had the same idea.
When I met Santa, I was relieved. He was very kind and did not mind my scared toddler at all. He had a real white beard and such a nice smile. My daughter was very wary of him, as we don't do the "Santa" thing in our household. I'm sure she was just a little bit concerned that she was being forced to sit upon a stranger's lap... but of course, I sat on his other knee, which helped a bit.
After meeting Santa, we moved on to Santa's Snowbound Express. My daughter really enjoyed riding on the classic holiday-themed train, and my husband and I took turns accompanying her on her journey 'round the circle. The best thing about this activity? It was completely free, meaning we could ride it over and over again.
There were other activities available in the Children's Adventure Area, but I didn't think my daughter was old enough to participate. She would have probably had a good time riding the Snow Plows (which were simply Flying Turtle seated scooters) or climbing the Arctic Ice Wall, but I did not want to tempt fate in fears of a full-fledged toddler injury meltdown.
We strolled through the Vendor Village, which was a fairly small marketplace of odds and ends ranging from plush toys to gourmet popcorn and everything in between.
There is also a section of the building dedicated to providing simple yet delicious meals, much like a shopping mall's food court. I was disappointed (but not surprised) that Chick-fil-A was not open on Sunday. When I saw the Chick-fil-A booth, I was overcome with excitement. I had hoped that there would be an exception made to the every-day-but-Sunday rule because they were a sponsor of the event. Like I said, I was disappointed but not surprised.
We decided to hold off on eating lunch and do some more exploring, so we headed back to the Grand Atrium. On the way back into the main room, we took a minute to stop and look at the Coca-Cola exhibit "Discover Santa All Over Again." Looking at all the beautiful illustrations of Santa Claus by artist Haddon Sundblom really brought on a sense of comfort and nostalgia of Christmas' past. Although I was not alive between 1931-1964, I can still appreciate the beauty and wholesomeness of the classic Santa advertisements that my parents would have enjoyed as children.
Back in the Grand Atrium, we sat down at one of the many arts and crafts tables to make a handprint wreath with our daughter. While there were many crafts available to choose from (and for free) I do have one complaint: Those scissors are ridiculous! Ouch!
My daughter tried her very first candy cane, and when she finished up with her craft, we took another lap around the Grand Atrium. We admired the two gorgeous trees and danced around during the light show before it was time to go.
Christmas On Peachtree is open daily until December 29th. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. You can find more information about Christmas On Peachtree by visiting their website, twitter, and facebook pages.
While I enjoyed our time there, I do think I should inform you that you will be finished with everything there in about an hour. You could draw it out a little more by sitting down to eat at one of the North Pole Cafe options or by doing multiple crafts. As this was the first year for the event, I think that there is still a little bit of growing that needs to be done to justify the ticket prices. I'm sure that next year will be even bigger and better, and I look forward to seeing what they come up with.
I received free admission to the event in exchange for writing an honest review.