October 17, 2019

december 2019 events

Horizon Theatre presents Madeline’s Christmas!

Saturday, December 7th through Tuesday, December 31st

A merry treat for parents and children alike, families are invited to join Madeline and friends for an enchanting musical adaption of Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic children’s tale.  Featuring 24 local girls performing alongside professional actors in collaboration with The Atlanta Children’s Theatre Company, this beloved Atlanta tradition is a holiday must-see!

You can purchase tickets to the Horizon Theatre here.

After you see the play, come to Little Shop of Stories and show us your Madeline program. We’ll give you 15% off on your purchase!

Polar Express Storytime!

Saturday, December 21st   – 11 am and 1 pm


Join us for some delicious hot chocolate and a reading of the beloved classic, THE POLAR EXPRESS! There may also be a special visitor…you can probably guess who! $5 fee per child to attend.

Storytime and Sufganiyotrand!

Sunday, December 22nd   – 4:30 pm

Join us for a free Chanukah story time and menorah lighting with Chabad Decatur! This event is free and open to all and will include a story time and delicious jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot), a traditional Chanukah treat.

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas!

Monday, December 23rd   – 4 pm and 6 pm


Come meet SANTA and hear him read THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS! We know it’s the night BEFORE the night before…but it’s just as magical. $5 fee per child to attend.

Special Holiday Hours

Tuesday, December 24th   – 10 to 2 pm

Wednesday, December 25th   – closed

Thursday, December 26th   – closed

Grand Menorah Lighting!

Sunday, December 29th   – 3 to 6 pm

Join in the Chanukah celebration on the square 3-6 p.m. Enjoy hot drinks, latkes, music, and photos with Mr. Dreidel! Chabadintown.org has the details.

Click here to visit the city’s holiday guide!

Special Holiday Hours

Tuesday, December 31th   – closed

Wednesday, January 1st   – closed

Thursday, January 2nd   – closed

Earlier This Month

Vashti Harrison Author Event!

Sunday, December 1st   – 2 pm

Little Shop of Stories is delighted to welcome back acclaimed author and illustrator Vashti Harrison to the shop as she celebrates the release of her newest nonfiction masterpiece Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History. Learn more about the book (which features our representative JOHN LEWIS!) below. Join us for a very special story time with her on Sunday, December 1 at 2:00! Stick around after for a signing.This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of Little Legends from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Little Legends:

New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men throughout history.

An important book for readers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated and engagingly written volume brings to life true stories of black men in history.

Among these biographies, readers will find aviators and artists, politicians and pop stars, athletes and activists. The exceptional men featured include artist Aaron Douglas, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, musician Prince, photographer Gordon Parks, tennis champion Arthur Ashe, and writer James Baldwin.The legends in this book span centuries and continents, but what they have in common is that each one has blazed a trail for generations to come.

It’s the Decatur Christmas Tree Lighting!

Thursday, December 5th

Little Shop of Stories and the City of Decatur again bring you the annual Decatur Christmas Tree Lighting! 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 of the Decatur MARTA station. Come join thousands of your neighbors and help to make your season bright!

The Christmas Tree Lighting is sponsored by Butter & Cream, Chick-fil-A, City of Decatur, Decatur Downtown Development Authority, Folk Art Restaurant, Kelly’s Market, Little Shop of Stories, Mudhouse Design, and The White Bull.

At Little Shop, purchase $100 in merchandise on this day and we’ll give you a $10 gift card that you can use in 2020!


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Thursday, December 12th  – 6pm to 8pm

Just like the Star Wars Christmas Special, we’re excited to mix the holidays with a galaxy far, far away! Join us as we make a Star Wars ornament (a certain Baby Yoda!), are visited by Star Wars characters, and are joined by Star Wars comics writer Jon Waterhouse, who will be here signing his comic Star Wars Adventures and, at 7pm, discuss how to write for comics!

It’s Terrific Thursday with a Bonfire and a Marshmallow Roast!

Thursday, December 12th

Roast a marshmallow (or two) around a roaring bonfire, 7-8 p.m. 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.

At Little Shop, purchase $100 in merchandise on this day and we’ll give you a $10 gift card that you can use in 2020!

Click here to visit the city’s Terrific Thursday guide!

Gingerbread Storytime and Decorating!

Saturday, December 14th  – 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm


Children of all ages are welcome to a fun and delicious story time featuring our favorite gingerbread stories and then cookie decorating! $5 fee per child to attend.

Hanukkah Storytime!

Sunday, December 15th  – 2 pm


Friend of the shop Elizabeth Lenhard will be our guest reader for this year’s Hanukkah storytime! Whether you celebrate the holiday yourself or just want to learn more, this is a story time designed for ALL children. There is no fee to attend this event.

It’s Terrific Thursday!

Thursday, December 19th

At Little Shop, purchase $100 in merchandise on this day and we’ll give you a $10 gift card that you can use in 2020!