Tree lighting ceremony marks start of holiday events at world’s busiest airport; monthlong celebration will entertain, assist passengers
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) officials will start a monthlong celebration of the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony in the Airport’s Domestic Terminal atrium on Tuesday, Nov. 29. ATL officials will be joined by diplomatic guests, holiday carolers, employees, volunteers and mascots of Atlanta-based teams and businesses to kick off one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. 

Immediately following the tree lighting ceremony, ATL’s monthlong holiday celebration will begin. The Airport and its partners have joined to offer live holiday music throughout the Airport. Post-security gift-wrapping will be provided at all centerpoints in the concourses, and small travel comfort packets will be distributed by various stakeholders.


Holiday decorations are up throughout the Airport with a unique display in the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal.  Twelve trees have been decorated by representatives of Consular Corps offices in Atlanta. The trees display ornaments specific to each participating nation (Argentina, Bahamas, Canada, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Lithuania, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Turkey, and the United Kingdom) and create a global holiday theme in the International Terminal.


On Wednesday, Dec. 7, more than 500 Airport-area first graders will participate in ATL Presents: Toyland. The annual program, now in its 20th year, is designed to spread holiday cheer among metro Atlanta’s youth while educating them about the role the Airport plays in the transportation industry. Airport partners and concessionaires will provide food and gifts to the students during the event which, having grown in popularity, will take place this year at the Delta Flight Museum adjacent to ATL. Santa is also expected to make an appearance.

WHAT:                       ATL’S 2016 Global Winter Wonderland Customer Appreciation Kick-Off


WHO:                         Michael Smith, Senior Deputy General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

                                    Alrene Barr, Director of International Business, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport


WHEN:                       Tuesday, Nov. 29

10 a.m.


WHERE:                     Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Domestic Terminal Atrium

6000 N. Terminal Parkway

Atlanta, GA 30320


NOTES TO MEDIA:  Visual celebration featuring countdown of tree lighting, live holiday music.


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