Holiday Happeneats in the ATL

It's how we come to terms with winter: we settle into the fact that we are going to be cold for many, many weeks to come. We stuff ourselves with a ton of awesome comfort food and think, "Hey, I have months until bathing suit season. Maybe this winter isn't so bad at all!" So here are some excellent ways to gorge your inner fat kid into loving the holidays!

Break out your tackiest attire & kick off the holiday season with BeetleCat's Tacky Sweater Brunch! On Sat, Dec. 14 from 10:30am to 2:30pm, head downstairs to The Den to enjoy a special selection of holiday donuts (think eggnog & peppermint) & festive punch specials while a DJ spins all your favorite holiday beats. All specials will be available in The Den only & alongside the regular brunch menu's selection of sweet & savory donuts, brunch classics & 70's-inspired boozy beverages. Reservations can be made by calling 678-732-0360 or booking via OpenTable. Tacky sweaters are not required but are highly recommended for anyone who's interested in winning FREE donuts for a year! Yes, you heard us right… one lucky guest who arrives in the tackiest sweater of the day will win free donuts for an entire year! Restrictions apply - limited to one per week & non-transferrable.

Santa is heading to Star Provisions Market & Café again this year on Saturday, December 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. to snap photos with your…DOGS! "Santa Paws" is back in town for holiday pet photos and more. No reservations required, stop on by and shop while you wait for everything from artisan chocolates and hand-made sweets to cookware, southern-crafted pottery, cookbooks and holiday gifts. Star Provisions is located at 1460 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, and photos are available upon request.

Cooks & Soldiers returns to its Basque roots this December, welcoming to its kitchen San Sebastian's lauded friend & chef Jessica Lorigo on Tuesday, December 17. A former culinary classmate of youngest Castellucci sibling & chef John Castellucci, Lorigo recently hosted the Castellucci Hospitality Group (& a few of the group's most devoted customers) for a special collaborative dinner at Gerald's Bar in San Sebastian, where Lorigo currently serves as head chef. Following Cooks + Soldiers' executive chef Matthew Ridgway's pop-up in Basque Country earlier this fall, Lorigo now heads to the states on 12/17 to join the Cooks & Soldiers team to prepare a selection of special dishes (in addition to the regular menu) celebrating both the rich cultural traditions of Basque country and Lorigo's homebase. Menu highlights for the evening will include cogote de merluza (for two), artichokes cooked with txakoli and light sofrito, cod confit, roasted local mushrooms with charred leaks & potato puree, and pork abanico with winter squash. Menu is subject to change based on seasonality.Chef Lorigo's dishes will be served all evening & a la carte alongside an abbreviated version of the Cooks & Soldiers menu, allowing guests to pick & choose dishes between the two to curate their own experience for the evening. Reservations are recommended & can be made through OpenTable.

Donetto'Tis the season at Donetto - the team is getting festive with a handful of happenings: Throughout the month of December, do not skip drinks or dessert. Sip on hot cider for $6 (spike it for an additional $4), then order the s'mores and get your marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate delivered - and head to the cowboy cauldron to roast. $6 for two sets. Beginning Tuesday, December 9, through Tuesday, December 24, Donetto's Christmas tree is back and decked with ornaments - full of prizes in the form of free appetizers + gift cards. Buy an ornament (or multiple) at your next visit for $5 - all proceeds from purchases are donated to the Atlanta Humane Society. On Sunday, December 22, Donetto's bringing back brunch - and adding booze + Santa. Enjoy a special brunch menu from chef Matthew Ryder and hangout with Santa (and grab a candy cane shot or two - first one's on Donetto) from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make a reservation by calling 404.445.6867 or here.

O-KuNothing like a holiday celebration on a rooftop - right? Luckily O-Ku's is enclosed to avoid any winter weather or frigid temperatures. Head to the rooftop on Saturday, December 21, from 8 to 11 p.m. for a tacky sweater party filled with mulled wine, hot toddies and of course, hot sake - along with other festive activations. The tackiest will win a prize and hot sake pairs well with O-Ku's late-night sushi menu.

Oak Steakhouse + CollettaPaying a visit to Santa at Avalon's Santa House this month? If it's during lunchtime, swing by Oak or Colletta while you're at it - Colletta is offering a kids slice of pizza and a soft drink for $8 all month long, while Oak will serve their kids burger and a soft drink for $10. If you're lucky, you may be around while the team is handing out 10 percent off cards to those in line, too.

True Food Kitchen - Let True cater to you this holiday season! Receive a $25 gift card when you purchase $250 or more in catering during the month of December. *Gift cards will be given at time of purchase in-store and will not be valid for online ordering purchases.

Southern ArtA favorite among local residents, the Ninth Annual Children's Holiday Party is returning Sunday, December 8, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. This year, the family-friendly event will feature face painting, cookie decorating, photo ops with Santa and of course, brunch. Kiddos will be able to catch a ride on a live children's train and a local choir will perform traditional carols throughout the day. Guests are able to choose from two seatings and can arrive any time during their slot: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1 - 3 p.m. Purchase tickets via Eventbrite here. $59 per adults, $39 for children and complimentary under age three.

Eclipse di Luna - Celebrate a "San Sebastian Christmas" this season at Eclipse di Luna. Both the Buckhead and Dunwoody locations will be bringing the Christmas cheer with a special three-course menu from December 21, through December 29, for $19.95 per person. Make your reservations at the Buckhead or Dunwoody location to celebrate, Eclipse di Luna will be closed on Christmas Day.

Hotel Clermont and Tiny Lou's - Don't miss the igloos on the rooftop of Hotel Clermont this holiday season! First come, first served - and paired perfectly with new warm cocktails on the roof.

Joella's Hot Chicken - Give the gift of hot chicken merch this holiday season! You can now order your favorite t-shirts, hats and more online at, with free shipping on all orders until December 31. Plus, if you need a stocking stuffer, all guests who purchase a $25 gift card (in-store) from now through December 24 will also receive a $5 bonus card valid during January 2020. Lastly - for the food - Joella's offers catering and online ordering. Order before Monday, December 23, and pick up by 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve for your holiday gathering.

Fifth Group Restaurants - Stock up on Fifth Group favorites this holiday season during the 20% More Gift Card Sale, now through Tuesday, December 31. Purchase a traditional gift card or egift card worth $100 or more, and receive a 20% bonus gift card in your inbox! Gift cards can be purchased in-store or online here.

Kimpton Overland HotelEvery Friday night through the month of December, the rooftop at the Kimpton Overland Hotel transforms into a winter wonderland. Guests are invited to cozy up outside on The Rooftop at The Overland and enjoy the panoramic views of the action taking place at the Porsche Experience Center and captivating runways of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport while sipping on warm holiday inspired cocktails and bites.

City of College Park - Get in the holiday spirit at College Park's 44th Annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Watch the city streets transform into a winter wonderland with festive floats and wagons. Following the parade, Hotel Indigo Atlanta Airport will host Brunch with Santa from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tickets are required and can be purchased at the Tracey Wyatt Recreation Center (2300 Godby Road, College Park, GA 30349).

City of East Point - Kick off the holiday season in East Point at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 6, starting at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy local performers, hot cocoa and cider, photos with Santa and more. The Annual Points of Light Lantern Parade will begin at 6:45 p.m.

This Christmas Eve, Atlantans and holiday visitors alike are invited to a special Christmas Eve dinner at TWO urban licks from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Located conveniently on the Atlanta BeltLine, holiday diners can enjoy fiery creations by acclaimed Executive Chef Michael Bertozzi including a festive holiday menu and classic favorites, such as Salmon Chips, Baked Oysters, BBQ Pork Belly, Bronzed Scallops, Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta and much more. Imbibers can toast to the night before Christmas craft cocktails, frosty beers and a wide selection of wine on tap while enjoying live music. TWO will be closed on Christmas Day. To make a reservation or for more information, visit or call 404.522.4622.

The Shed at Glenwood, a chef-driven bistro nestled at the intersection of the Atlanta BeltLine's Eastside and Southside trails invite diners to don their favorite holiday pajamas for an unforgettably cozy and jolly Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 22, 2019. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., breakfast goers can nosh on mouthwatering brunch staples created by Executive Chef Zane Myrick including French Toast & Peaches, Southern Chicken Omelette, The Shed BLT and holiday specials, along with classic mimosas, Bellinis, Bloody Marys and much more. Guests are encouraged to bring their little ones along with their last-minute Christmas lists for a special meet and greet with Father Christmas himself, Santa Claus. For more information or to make reservations, visit or call 404-835-4363.

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