Atlantic Station kicks off the holiday season by illuminating more than 250,000 lights during “The Lighting of Atlantic Station” in Central Park on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The lighting of the 50-foot-tall Christmas tree as well as a performance by Atlanta’s own Diana DeGarmo and appearances by 11Alive personalities, local celebrities and more are all part of weeks of events and celebrations at Atlantic Station.

“The Lighting of Atlantic Station” officially kicks off weeks of holiday events in Atlantic Station. From Nov. 17 – Dec. 24, the public can gather in Central Park around the tree every day at 7:30 p.m. (7:30 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays) for “It’s Snowing in the Station.” Atlantic Station will be transformed into a winter wonderland of holiday lights and snow. With the concept of conserving Georgia’s water in mind, the snow used to create the magical experience consists entirely of out-of-state water.

Atlantic Station is also unveiling its first department-store Santa. Santa will arrive in Atlantic Station on Nov. 17 for “The Lighting of Atlantic Station” before taking up his permanent station on the third floor of Dillard’s. From Nov. 23 – Dec. 24, children can give Santa their holiday wish lists, photo opportunities will be available, and all children who visit Santa will receive a special treat, compliments of Dillard’s.