Things to do to celebrate the holidays around Atlanta!

by: Allie Goolrick Updated:

Friday, November 17 - Sunday, November 19

Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular

The 13th annual ICE Holiday Shopping Spectacular features 170+ craft & vintage vendors, a great selection of local food vendors, swag bags for the first 250 attendees, and DJ Zano! Support amazing crafters, artists, makers and vintage-sellers this holiday season, and have fun while you get your holiday shopping taken care of.

Light Up Dunwoody – Sunday, Nov. 19

Join the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, with Dunwoody Preservation Trust and the Dunwoody for this family-fun event. The Christmas Village opens at 3 p.m. and concludes with the lighting of the tree and menorah at 5:45 p.m. Santa will welcome children with his sleigh and reindeer. Please bring your own camera for photo opportunities. Vendors will offer wonderful holiday treasures and refreshments. The event will take place at the Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse.

Sunday, Nov. 19

The 70th Annual Macy's Great Tree Lighting

Join WSB-TV for the Macy's 70th Annual Great Tree Lighting ceremony with hosts Jovita Moore and Zach Klein, featuring performances by CeeLo Green, Casting Crowns, RaeLynn, Angelica Hale and The Macy's All-Star Choir as they light the great tree in style with a visit from Santa! You can watch it live from Lenox Square Mall or on Channel 2 starting at 7 p.m. 

Nov. 23 - Feb. 19

The Rink at Park Tavern

The Aquafina Rink is 85 feet long and 40 feet wide. The Rink is housed in our fully enclosed heated and air-conditioned tent and has all the modern amenities you need for a perfect day on the ice. Amenities include lighting for day & night skating, a heated tent or air-conditioned tent (depending on the weather), piped-in music with a mega sound system, and rink-side dining. Ice-skating is available "Rain or Shine!"

Nov. 24 - Dec. 23

Christkindl Market

Meet and mingle with your family & friends at the traditional German Christkindl Market. Come and enjoy authentic German food and beverages in a festive atmosphere. Also, find great holiday gifts for your beloved ones.

Nov. 26

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, on-stage DJ and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City. This evening-length show celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.

Dec. 8 - 28

Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker

Add some sparkle and a little dash of magic to your holiday season with an incredible adventure into a glittering world of wondrous delights. Perfect for young audiences and the young at heart, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker at The Fox Theatre is a must-see this December. It is your last year to experience this version of The Nutcracker before Atlanta Ballet unveils a brand new production in 2018, so get your tickets early! 

Through Sunday, Dec. 31

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph soars back to the Center for Puppetry Arts for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage.

Through Wednesday, Jan. 3

Stone Mountain Christmas:

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas at Stone Mountain Park, where the true magic of the season is in the air. Enjoy the glow of more than two million lights, festive music, and visits from some your favorite holiday characters. Featuring holiday shows, a snow-angel palace, a parade with Santa, fireworks, and snowfall at Stone Mountain Park. Nearby Snow Mountain offers inner tube rides.

Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Six Flags Over Georgia extends its season with the inclusion of Holiday in the Park. The holiday classic will include sparkling lights, festive shows, tasty culinary treats and of course, the Big Man: Santa Claus in all his glory. Guests can enjoy the park’s most popular rides including Goliath, as well as rides for the entire family to enjoy. Holiday in the Park will be topped off with its most iconic image at the historic Riverview Carousel, which will create a glowing light and walkthrough experience never before seen in Atlanta and the Southeast region.

Through Saturday, Jan. 6

Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights

Christmas at Callaway Fantasy in Lights showcases 8 million lights and 15 separate holiday scenes. Drive through to take in the spectacle, stop for dinner, visit the Christmas Village to shop for gifts and take a picture with Santa, enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus, see one of several breakfast & dinner shows or catch an organ concert. 

Through Sunday, Jan. 7

Garden Lights Holiday Nights

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is dressing up for the holidays! The seventh annual electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Garden, including the new high-tech Nature's Wonders, illuminating the world's natural phenomena through countless strands of synchronized dancing lights strung high over Storza Woods. Through Jan. 7, explore the Walk of Flames and Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition.



Winter Wonderland: 

Prepare to ooh and aah at Fernbank over two floors of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees showcasing celebrations around the world in the enchanting Winter Wonderland exhibition. Twinkling with lights, glimmering with color and shining with a variety of cultural objects, a variety of decorated trees and displays recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world.

Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier is all aglow for the holidays! You can sing holiday tunes with your family as you drive pass each sparkling light display. '12 Days of Christmas' joins the long list of much-loved displays as Santa's Elves at Work, 'the North Pole Express, Jack & the Bean Stalk, Wizard of Oz, 'the Poinsetta Candelabra, the Icicle Tunnel, the Carousel, and so many more! Be on the lookout for the massive 65-foot Christmas Tree at the clock tower roundabout

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