‘Terrific Thursdays’ in Decatur begins Nov. 7Maddox Matthews plays in a downpour of fake snow in the Decatur Square on Thursday at the annual Christmas tree lighting at Little Shop of Stories. File photo
People looking to shop local this Holiday season should visit local shops in Decatur every Thursday through Dec. 19.
“Terrific Thursdays” begins on Nov. 7, a city-sponsored push to get people to support Decatur businesses. Local shops will be offering deals to interested shoppers.
“Each Terrific Thursday in November and December you’ll find standout shopportunities (sales, specials, and more) and warm welcomes at our 20+ participating shops,” the city says. “Participating businesses will stay open late and offer beverages and snacks while you get gifty. Plus, pop-ups, in-store events, BIG doings on the square, and extra special weekend events.”
Here’s the full schedule of events, provided by the city of Decatur.
Nov. 7. • Ornament Unveiling – free!
6:30 p.m. • Wild Oats and Billy Goats, 112 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
There are six styles, crated by artist Rhonda Gilley, and each is uniquely hand painted – no two are alike. Pick out ornaments for your holiday décor – or to give! Buy them after the unveiling at Wild Oats and Billy Goats, the Decatur Visitors Center and most of our participating Terrific Thursdays shops. This is the eighth collection of handcrafted ornaments commissioned by the Decatur Tourism Bureau and the Decatur Arts Alliance. All proceeds go toward the 2020 ornament.
Nov. 14 • Wine & Chocolate Walk
6-9 p.m. • $10 per ticket
Purchase a ticket at freshtix.com and enjoy an evening of exclusive, decadent chocolate treats and wine tastings at participating retail shops while you get a head start on your holiday gifting. (Or create your own wish lists at your favorite shops!) Check in at the white tent on the square to pick up your bag (to save and later savor your treats – if you can resist), wine glass and map.
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.
Nov. 21 • Cookie Night – free!
Ginger snaps, chocolate chunk, sugar sprinkles – it’s a cookie-tasting extravaganza at participating Terrific Thursday shops. Sample the cookie creation at each shop and vote for your favorite on social media. Celebrity judges will go around incognito to sample the goods.
Dec. 5 • Tree Lighting – free!
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 fo the Decatur MARTA station.
Dec. 12 • Bonfire + Marshmallow Roast – free!
7-8 p.m. • On the Square
Roasta marshmallow (or two) around a roaring bonfire. Register for this free event at freshtix.com so we have plenty of marshmallows for everyone! Hosted by the Decatur Business Association and supervised by the Decatur Fire Department. [Editor’s note: registration for this event hasn’t opened yet.]
Dec. 19 • Shop, shop, shop!
To see a full list of participating businesses, click here.