October 17, 2019

december 2019 events

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!

Tomi Adeyemi Author Event!

Saturday, December 7th  – 7 pm  – at Agnes Scott College’s Winter Theater

December can’t come soon enough! Little Shop is thrilled to host Tomi Adeyemi, the bestselling author of Children of Blood and Bone, on tour for the second book in the Legacy of Orïsha series, Children of Virtue and Vengence! Learn more about this incredible new book below. We are hosting Tomi at the Winter Theater, located inside the Dana Fine Arts Building at Agnes Scott College. A ticket is required for entry into this event. We have two ticket types available:

Book Ticket: this ticket comes with one seat at the event, one copy of CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE, and a place in the signing line.

Book Ticket + PARENT: this ticket comes with two seats at the event (one for a child and one for a parent chaperone), one copy of Children of Virtue and Vengence, and a place in the signing line.

Tickets are available here.

STAY TUNED FOR SIGNING AND PHOTO GUIDELINES!

More about Children of Virtue and Vengence:

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Children of Virtue and Vengenceis the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi’s New York Times bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first title in her Legacy of Orïsha trilogy.


Christmas Story Time with Special Guest Jennifer L. Meyer!

Sunday, December 8th   – 2 pm

Tis the season! Join us for a fun story time featuring some of our favorite books for the season and a very special guest: Jennifer L. Meyer, illustrator extraordinaire! She is on tour for her newest picture book If I Could Give You Christmas. Learn more about the book below, and mark your calendars for a fun afternoon of stories, drawing demos, and a signing.

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of If I Could Give You Christmas from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More about If I Could Give You Christmas:

Skating on a frozen pond, decorating the fanciest gingerbread house ever, re-reading a favorite story . . . these activities and more are brought to life through a variety of animal pairs. The tastes, smells, sights, and sounds of the holiday are evoked in universal scenes showing special moments being shared by parent and child. Adults will appreciate the theme of passing on traditions and the message that it doesn’t take a lot of stuff to celebrate Christmas. Kids will enjoy the playful, loving scenes. Sharing this book could become a brand new family tradition!


Horizon Theatre presents Madeline’s Christmas!

Sunday, 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!


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

LIMITED SPACE – COME IN OR CALL TO RESERVE


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

LIMITED SPACE – COME IN OR CALL TO RESERVE


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!

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


Polar Express Storytime!

Saturday, December 21st   – 11 am and 1 pm

LIMITED SPACE – COME IN OR CALL TO RESERVE


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

LIMITED SPACE – COME IN OR CALL TO RESERVE


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.