Merry and Bright: Spend Your Holidays in the Heart of it All
BY ELLIE HENSLEY, MIDTOWN ALLIANCE EDITOR + PRODUCER
‘Tis the season for hot cocoa, holiday lights and gatherings with friends and family. No matter how you feel like celebrating and who you want to celebrate with this year, Midtown has something for you in the heart of it all.
We’ve heard the arguments about how early is too early to decorate for the holidays. Right after the Thanksgiving turkey hits the table seems like the perfect time for us to switch on the lights for Midtown Bright, our holiday lighting installation that stretches two miles down Peachtree Street from the north end of the district near SCAD’s Atlanta campus to the south end by Emory Midtown Hospital.
Midtown Bright includes about 100 trees wrapped in single-tone LED strands in 10 different colors. These kaleidoscopic hues were introduced several years ago to mimic the bright color scheme of the Midtown neighborhood’s brand identity.
This project is funded by the Midtown Improvement District and has several tie-ins with property owners that partner with Midtown Alliance to host the lighting installations. Walk around the district and look for about 25 three-dimensional Moravian stars that range in height from three to 23 feet. You can find them scattered throughout Midtown in notable locations such as on top of The Fox Theatre and on the lawn of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Take a stroll down Peachtree between Thanksgiving and mid-January, when the stars are scheduled to be removed. The trees will remain decorated through the end of next January, and are illuminated beginning at 4:30 p.m.
If you’re interested in building professional relationships this month among the colorful lighting displays, sign up for our holiday edition of Mix-It-Up Midtown happening December 1 at Livingston Restaurant and Bar, inside the Georgian Terrace. This historic street corner in Midtown is decked out with holiday lights and stars on three of its four corners, including at Ponce Triangle Park. Snap some photos, meet others who spend time in thedistrict and enjoy a cocktail, light bites and holiday music. All of the ticket sales from the event benefit Atlanta Children’s Shelter, and there will also be a toy drive at the event to benefit their Holiday House.
For younger Midtowners, as well as the young at heart, we’re also hosting Holidays With the Honeybees, a free outdoor caroling performance by SCAD’s premier singing ensemble. The musical stylings of the SCAD HoneyBees include songs by legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Nina Simone, John Legend, Adele and Beyonce. Join us the evening of December 7 at Arts District Plaza, on the corner of 15th and Peachtree Streets, for a special holiday concert that will be fun for the whole family. We’ll have a free hot chocolate bar to keep us all warm and a visit from Santa Claus.
From pop-up bars to special performances and Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, there’s a plethora of holiday events taking place in Midtown this year. Bring the family, book a girls’ or guys’ night or a date night, and spend some time with us this season.