Calendar of Events

Scoop OTP’s calendar of events features the best happening around the northern suburbs of Atlanta from Acworth, Alpharetta, Canton, Cartersville, Cumming Marietta, Roswell, Woodstock and more. You can add your event for FREE – just go to the green post your event button below. All events are subject to Scoop OTP approval. OTP is the place to be with fun adult and family friendly events. What to do this weekend? Check on Scoop OTP’s calendar! Want to plan ahead? Check Scoop OTP’s calendar! Where to take the kids, the in-laws, a date? Check Scoop OTP’s calendar!  We also have a Forced Family Fun category that has useful Scoop too. Thank you for following Scoop OTP as we are the insider’s guide to living outside the perimeter.

Photos with Santa @ Phipps Plaza
Nov 1 – Dec 24 all-day
Photos with Santa @ Phipps Plaza | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

Children are invited to take pictures and share their wish lists with Ole’ Saint Nick this holiday season! Reservations for Santa photos are only available at

Photos with Santa @ Town Center at Cobb
Nov 2 – Dec 24 all-day

Say “sleigh bells” and smile with Santa! He will be stationed in Center Court for photo opportunities. Check for his schedule! Save time, avoid the line with Santa’s Fast Pass! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at This event is sponsored by National Guard and Peach Pass.

Photos with Santa at Lenox Square @ Lenox Square
Nov 2 – Dec 24 all-day

Families are invited to Macy’s Court to capture special holiday moments with the jolliest man in town – Santa Claus! For hours and Santa’s full schedule, please visit Save time, avoid the line with Santa’s Fast Pass! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at

Macy’s Pink Pig @ Lenox Square
Nov 3 2018 – Jan 6 2019 all-day

Atlanta’s most treasured holiday tradition is here! Children of all ages can once again hop aboard Priscilla the Pink Pig for a train ride through a life-sized storybook filled with friends and fun beneath the signature 170-foot, 1950’s themed Pink Pig tent. Tickets will be available at the Macy’s Pink Pig kiosk located between Abercrombie & Fitch and Godiva on the Upper Level. For the full schedule, visit

Mall of Georgia Ice Rink @ Mall of Georgia
Nov 6 2018 – Feb 7 2019 all-day

The Rink at Mall of Georgia is now open. Designed with faux-ice for a cool spin on the ultimate skating experience.

Hours of operation:
Monday – Thursday 10AM-9PM
Friday – Saturday 10AM-11PM
Sunday 12-8PM

General Admission $5

Children 12 and under $3

Pricing includes skate rental.

Upcoming events include: 

Ice, Ice Baby – Friday, Oct 5 from 6-8PM. Join us for a 90’s themed party in the Village as we celebrate the grand opening of The Rink. Enjoy DJ, photo booth, games, Family at Simon activity, social media photo contest, and more.

$2 Tuesdays – Every Tuesday, children and adults are invited to skate for only $2!

Family at Mall of Georgia Discount – Family at Mall of Georgia members (children 12 and under) receive a $1 off skate fee Monday through Thursday from 10AM – 2PM.   Not a member? Join for free at The Rink.

Located in the Village. Credit card will be the only form of payment accepted.

*The Rink will be temporarily closed from Monday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Nov. 2 for install of our 56′ Christmas Tree.



Photos with Santa @ Mall of Georgia
Nov 9 – Dec 24 all-day
Photos with Santa @ Mall of Georgia | Buford | Georgia | United States

Families can gather in Von Maur Court to capture the spirit of the holidays in a photo with Santa – perfect for holiday cards to send to friends and family! For Santa’s day-to-day schedule and to make an appointment, please Save time, avoid the line with Santa’s Fast Pass! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at

Photos with Santa @ North Georgia Premium Outlets
Nov 16 – Dec 24 all-day
Photos with Santa @ North Georgia Premium Outlets | Dawsonville | Georgia | United States

Families can get in the holiday spirit by having festive photos taken with Santa! Visit for the full Santa schedule. Save time, avoid the line with Santa’s Fast Pass! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at

Santa’s Fantastical @ Perimeter Pointe
Nov 16 – Dec 24 all-day

Inside Santa’s Fantastical, 12 Whimsical Worlds await. Go for a stroll down Main Street at the North Pole, drop into the Peppermint Palace, visit the land of Unicorn Dreams, be dazzled at the Infinity Ornaments, visit Santa at his chateau and so much more. The indoor pop-up offers a family-friendly interactive wonderland, merging timeless traditions with innovative technology. Producing unique visuals, larger-than-life installations, and fun photographic moments, the immersive digital and performance art exhibits provide a magical escape for all ages.

An Interactive Wonderland

Nov 16th – Dec 24th in Atlanta, GA

Santa’s Fantastical is a family-friendly interactive wonderland of immersive worlds where the spirit of the season comes alive through live performances, state-of-the-art technology, and Instagram-worthy moments. Be the first to experience a Fantastical World. Get your tickets today!

As you stroll down Main Street, drop into Peppermint Palace, Unicorn Dreams, Retro Christmas, and Future Christmas. Live performances featuring our “Dancing Ornaments” will dazzle you with the magic of synchronized light, sound, and energetic dancers.

Want a more chill vibe? Head over to Winter Dreams and get lost in a sensory experience, curated to the coolest seasonal soundtrack by one of the world’s top concert lighting designers – Atlanta’s own Michael Smalley. The Frosted Foyer, Laser Trees, and Infinity Ornaments are sure to take your breath away.

Along Whimsical Way you’ll find Santa’s Chateau where it’s FREE to see Santa. Watch your kids’ animation dreams come true with Sketch-Tastic. Color in a character, scan it, and watch it come to life in Santa’s virtual toy workshop. A slide down Ice Alive will delight the kid in all of us. And finally, Tacky Yard – our tribute to the great American overly-decorated suburban plot. You know that house…


Perimeter Pointe
1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy. Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30338
(Near The Sandy Springs Marta Station)


Nov 16th – Dec 11th: Open Tu-Su
Dec 12th – Dec 24th: Open Daily
(Closed Thanksgiving)

Experience takes about 2 hours

Schedule a time slot

Holiday Celebration at World of Coca-Cola @ World of Coca-Cola
Nov 19 2018 – Jan 1 2019 all-day
Holiday Celebration at World of Coca-Cola @ World of Coca-Cola | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year at World of Coca-Cola, where guests can get into the holiday spirit with special exhibits, seasonal beverages, sparkling lights and larger-than-life decorations – including a new, 28-foot-tall, walk-through ornament of lights. Limited-time exhibits include “History of the Coca-Cola Santa” and “A Coca-Cola Christmas Celebration.” Fans can also sip on the season with holiday drinks: Apple Pie Sprite, Gingerbread Coke, Coca-Cola Jolly Cherry Vanilla, Seagram’s Ginger Ale Cheery Cherry Vanilla and Sprite Merry Berry.

Illuminate – A Chinese Lantern Festival & More @ Sugarloaf Mills Mall
Nov 21 2018 – Jan 1 2019 all-day

Sugarloaf Mills Mall out of Lawrenceville is excited to host a brand new, spectacular holiday festival of lights, food, dazzling performers, themed villages and so much more. Illuminate, a Chinese Lantern Festival and Acrobat Show produced by Firefly Productions, will be lighting up the season beginning November 21st.

Along with three themed lantern sculpture exhibits (which scale upwards of 20 and 30 feet tall!), there will be a Beijing Acrobat Show, cultural performers and even a Global Pavilion with food and artisan vendors. The event will run through January 1st, and encompasses nearly 4 acres of the mall parking lot.


Lawrenceville (Gwinnett County), GA (November 5, 2018) – Sugarloaf Mills is excited to host a new spectacular festival of lights, food, dazzling performers, themed villages and so much more. Illuminate, a Chinese Lantern Festival and Acrobat Show produced by Firefly Productions, will be lighting up the season beginning November 21st.

Lanterns symbolize joy, merit, good luck, and brightness in the upcoming year, and this “light” is well-evident as you wander through Illuminate’s maze of beautifully-lit sculptures, scaling more than 20 feet tall. The walk-through encompasses 3 themed exhibits, all custom-designed and handcrafted in Chengdu, China then shipped by truck, train and boat for a voyage of 35 days to our corner of the world. Visitors can experience the rich culture of Ancient China with a stroll through the Forbidden City, where they will be greeted by the emperor and his Terracotta Warriors, and pass through the belly of a whale for a glistening look at life Under the Sea. The last stop en route is one that certainly couldn’t be left out of a holiday light show: Christmas Village!

But that’s not all! Prepare to be awed by the dazzling performances of the Beijing Acrobats. In addition to the lantern walk-through, a ticket to Illuminate will gain visitors access to the Beijing Acrobat Show, an authentic showcase of traditional acts. The enclosed performance tent seats over 500 guests on a first-come, first-serve basis, but with 4 shows nightly and two entirely different performances to see, no matter what time of night you attend you are sure to see something special.

International food and artisan vendors will be available to offer some of the best cultural fare and gifts at the covered Global Pavilion. Come hungry, and make a dent in your holiday shopping list!

Illuminate is a true holiday delight for the whole family. Open almost nightly from November 21 through January 1, the big white tent and soaring lantern sculptures can already be seen altering the Sugarloaf Mills skyline from its parking lot location near Neiman Marcus and Ross. Tickets are on sale now at

So what are you waiting for? Experience the Season of Lights at Illuminate!

Holiday Lights at Veteran’s Park Cherokee @ Veteran's Park
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm

This Event will be a 2 mile drive thru light show featuring 2 drive thru tunnels, amazing animated Christmas displays, and over 1 millions lights!

Admissions for this event is $20 per car  with a portion of the proceeds going to five different charities including the Anna Crawford children’s center, Veterans of Cherokee County, Papa’s Pantry, Skills USA, and CRPA Play it Forward.

Vickery Village Farmers Market: Every Thursday now through Dec. 20 (except Thanksgiving Day) 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon @ Vickery Village
Nov 29 2018 – Feb 28 2019 all-day

Vickery Village Farmers Market
5920 Post Road, Cumming, GA 30040

The Farmers Market is every Thursday now 9 am – 12 noon (used to be 10 to 1)

It will run through December 20th except for Thanksgiving Day.

During the market, Pinspiration has a story hour for preschoolers at 10 am followed by a craft for a small fee.

Products include:

grass fed beef
fruits and vegetables
cookies and pies
quiches and pot pies
chicken salad

You can link to the Facebook page: 

Marietta Square Food Tour @ Marietta Food Tours
Dec 1 2018 @ 11:00 am – Mar 2 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Update: They are offering Wed evening tours too now!

The Marietta Square Food Tour takes participants on a 3 hour guided tour of 7 locally owned and operated eateries. Our walking tour allows you the unique ability to explore Marietta, all while gaining knowledge Marietta Food Tourabout its history, culture and architecture, at the same time savoring the appetizing culinary selections available on the bustling square.

Go to or call 866-736-6343 for tickets.

Tell them Scoop OTP sent you!



Holiday Lights of Hope @ Hobgood Park
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 23 @ 10:00 pm

The Holiday Lights of Hope is a Christmas family light show that benefits the Anna Crawford Children’s Center.

The Holiday Lights of Hope is a Christmas celebration benefiting the Anna Crawford Children’s Center.  
The Event is open at 6:00 pm we hope to see you there! 

The annual event at Hobgood Park in Woodstock, GA features a huge walk-through Christmas light display with more than 2,000,000 lights, concessions, vendors, Santa and so much more! It’s the New Christmas Tradition for kids of ALL ages! Holiday Lights of Hope begins DECEMBER 7TH-23RD STARTING AT 6:00 PM Buy Tickets!

Santa’s Toy Factory at Santa’s Workshop
Dec 13 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Experience the magic of the holidays by entering Santa’s workshop and becoming an official toy tester! Come and test and design one-of-a-kind toys with Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, and Thomas & Friends™! Visit North Point Mall this holiday season to become one of Santa’s helpers at Santa’s Toy Factory.
Skip the line by making reservations to see Santa. Reserve Monday – Wednesday through December 5 and save $5 on your photo package. Plus, receive a FREE personalized video with any purchase of a premium photo package.
Regular Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 AM-8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM
Special Hours:
Monday – Saturday (12/14-12/22): 9:00 AM-9:00 PM
Sunday (12/16): 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Sunday (12/23): 9:00 AM-9:00 PM
Christmas Eve (12/24): 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Take Twenty
Dec 13 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Take Twenty is a Thursday event where we encourage you to take 20 minutes to refocus, reflect, and rejoice in the small moments that matter. 20% off draft beers for you, your family, and friends! Every Thursday!

Santa at Avalon
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Up on the rooftop click, click, click! Visit jolly Old Saint Nick in his cozy North Pole-inspired cottage and make sure you’re on the nice list. Santa will be at Avalon throughout the season spreading holiday magic and taking photos with families to cherish for a lifetime. Both reservation and walk-up appointments will be available.
All photos will be taken at Santa’s House on Palmer Plaza.
Santa’s Hours

Avalon on Ice
Dec 13 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tis’ the season to lace up your skates and glide into the holiday spirit at Avalon on Ice. Our monumental Rockefeller-inspired ice skating rink is back starting November 18th, 2018 through January 21st, 2019. Below please find details on hours of operation, pricing, specialty skating, special events and more!
Monday- Friday: 3PM to 10PM
Saturday: 10AM to 10PM
Sunday: 12PM to 7PM
Holidays (November 19-November 23 & December 21-January 4, January 21): 10AM to 10PM
General Admission: $18/person includes skates
Children (Under 9 years old): $14/child includes skates
Group Rate (valid for 10 or more skaters): $15/person includes skates
Season Pass: $175/person includes skates

Burger & Brew @ WR Social House
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm


Brewery Tours & Tasting @ Red Hare Brewing
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Red Hare Brewery Tours & Tasting

Stop by this independent microbrewery located in the heart of Marietta, GA for tours & tastings.

Wednesday-Friday, 5:30pm-7:30pm; Saturdays, 2pm-6pm

Tour Options include:

The Pint Glass Tour for $12: 36 ounces of beer samples and a souvenir pint glass to take home.
*We can no longer offer To Go tours at this time. 

Brewery tours run frequently throughout each tasting, so be sure to keep your eye out for the guide walking around with a sign and join us for a walk through the brewing process!

We accept all major credit cards, but be sure to bring some cash to tip your bartenders (we also offer cash back).

We love dogs, so feel free to bring you pooches, but be sure to keep them leashed!

Our brewery is family friendly & we offer Root Beer for under-aged guests and designated drivers.


Wine Tasting
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Classroom style wine tasting featuring different themes. Join us we explore the vast world of wine.
Classes start at 6:00pm; 6:30pm; 7:00pm and 7:30pm and last approximately 30 minutes. Each have a maximum capacity of 12 people. Reservations are recommended.

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Chinese Restaurant Favorites
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Resolved to kick the takeout habit? Learn to make Chinese restaurant favorites at home. Join us to explore Chinese ingredients and get the 411 on wok cooking and maintenance. Plus, try your hand at stir-frying chicken, amp up fried rice with BBQ pork, and learn tricks for one of the best ways to cook green beans.

Winter Gourmet Soups & Sandwiches
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The winter season begs us to slow down and enjoy simple meals that nourish. Comforting, full-bodied, and hearty is exactly what you want right now. In this class, we’ll demonstrate a few of our favorite soups and sandwiches (plus a delightful winter salad) to take you through the cooler months and infuse your culinary repertoire with fantastic flavor.

Cookies with a Twist
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tired of the same old holiday cookies? This class will teach you some new and interesting cookie recipes that your friends and family will be sure to love.

Guitar Legend Larry Carlton
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Nineteen-time Grammy nominee, Four-time Grammy winner and all-time guitar great, Larry Carlton, heads to The Velvet Note on Saturday, December 3rd! Larry established himself from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends. His studio credits include musicians and groups like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and literally dozens of others. He went on to perform with the Crusaders and then with the multi platinum jazz super group Fourplay. With 30 albums to his credit and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans three decades.

Lumiere Lounge @ Earl Smith Strand Theatre
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

As you sink into a plush couch or join a friend at a café table, the modern world seems to drift away as classic silent films quietly flicker in the background while a live pianist plays. The Lumière Lounge features specialty cocktails made with local Hometown Honey in addition to a full bar.

2018 Chardonnay Jude
Dec 14 – Dec 23 all-day

Bottle conditioned. Super limited. Very complex. Notes of white grape & oak. Sweet with a dry finish, & subtle hint of warm spice. Effervescent. Limit one case per person.
Reserve yours in advance on and we’ll hold it through pickup deadline (Sunday, Dec. 23). Limited inventory available for purchase on site.
CraftCellr offers must be claimed using your mobile device during regular hours (show to beertender on site). Any offers not claimed by pickup deadline will be returned to inventory. No refunds. Must be 21+ with valid ID.

Holiday Tea with American Girl
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Create an unforgettable experience at American Girl’s 2018 Holiday Tea! We’ll serve a selection of delectable treats and delicious drinks for both kids and adults. Children will enjoy a festive “silly sweaters” craft, plus a build-your-own hot chocolate station where they can create a concoction that they can take home as a gift. Please make a reservation anytime between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
$22 per person (Please note, prepaid event reservations are non-exchangeable and non-refundable), (gratuity not included), Reservations required, For girls ages 8 and up

$1 Oyster Happy Hour @ WR Social House
Dec 14 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Red Hare Tacky Christmas Sweater Party @ Red Hare Brewing
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Red Hare Tacky Christmas Sweater Party @ Red Hare Brewing | Marietta | Georgia | United States

Do you have a tacky sweater? Put it’s tackiness to the test at our Annual Tacky Holiday Sweater Party! Food for purchase by The Royal Pig BBQ and music by DJ Stephanie!

$20 gets you a complimentary beer tasting, a commemorative glass, stocking decoration station and complimentary holiday King of Pops served by Santa’s Tree Elves! First come, first serve. First 100 folks will receive a glass. Additional beer can be purchased as well as any beer-to-go!

Let’s get elfed up!