Free and Cheap Christmas Holiday Fun for Atlanta Families
Don’t break the bank this holiday season—here are our ideas for holiday fun for $10 or under.
Season of Celebration
See a flurry of snow, take photos with Santa, listen to carolers, and roast marshmallows. Dec. 9 and 16.
Christmas at Piedmont Church Arts and Crafts Show
More than 40 unique handmade arts and crafts booths, a children’s play area, interactive crafts, food, entertainment and free photos with Santa. Dec. 9-10.
Merry Little Christmas Experience in Lawrenceville
Celebrate the Christmas season with a holiday market, Santa, ice sculptures and more. Dec. 10.
Snow Day at Alpharetta Community Center
Play in the frosty snow, take a picture in front of the Christmas tree, listen to joyful tunes, make holiday crafts and visit with adorable llamas. Dec. 10.
Holiday Classics at Regal
Gather together with your loved ones to see your annual holiday favorite on the big screen. Dec. 10-11, 17-18 and 24.
Atlanta Concert Band at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church
Join the Atlanta Concert Band for holiday classics, modern favorites and sing-a-longs. Dec. 11.
Roswell Winter Puppet Series at Roswell Cultural Arts Center
See two puppet productions, “Trouble in Toyland” and “Holiday Punch!,” during the holiday season. Dec. 15-17 and 20-22.
Christmas Spectacular at Free Chapel Gainesville
This live production features Christmas musical favorites, live animals and stunning visual effects to view the story of Christ. Dec. 16-18.
The Mighty Mo & More at Fox Theatre
Celebrate the holidays with Santa, a special musical performance and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Dec. 20.
Carriage Rides in Downtown Norcross
On Tues., Wed. and Fri., ride through the charming downtown on a horse-drawn carriage and take in holiday lights. Through Dec. 21.
Emmanuel Christmas Cantata at Gas South District
Individuals and church choirs commemorate and celebrate the birth of Jesus with music. Dec. 22.
Atlanta Christkindl Market at Buckhead Village District
Enjoy authentic German food and beverages in a festive shopping atmosphere. Through Dec. 24.
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s locations
Experience the magic of Christmas with photos with Santa, play in Santa’s Toy Shop, mail your letter to Santa and more. Through Dec. 24.
The Lighting at Colony Square
Watch the tree come alive with lights and music each hour from 5-8 p.m. Through Dec. 25.
Festival of Trees at Town Center at Cobb
View beautifully decorated trees and support local nonprofits lining the Belk Wing. Through Dec. 26.
Lights of Life at Life University
Drive through tons of holiday lights on display around the campus. Through Dec. 30.
Holiday Lights at Brook Run Park
This themed “Brook Run Sweet Shoppe” light show includes 85,000 sugarcoated lights with a chocolate volcano, candy castle, ice cream land and more. Through Dec. 31.
Deck the Square in Roswell
See decorated six foot trees from different organizations. Through Jan. 2.
Celebration at the Station at Atlantic Station
Watch a light show with tree lights, an animated video and a soundtrack from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and play with snow. Through Jan. 3.
For more free fun, check out these Christmas parades. Find more festivities here.
Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting
See the lighting of the tree. Dec. 1.
Decatur Christmas Tree Lighting
Enjoy holiday carols, hot cocoa, “snow,” and Santa lighting the tree. Dec. 1.
Christmas Tree Lighting at North Point Community Church Lawn
Watch a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree lighting experience. Dec. 1-4.
Sparkle! A Celebration of Kids, Creativity and Magic in Norcross
Enjoy carols, a tree lighting, hot chocolate, s’mores, Santa and “The Grinch” on the big screen. Dec. 2.
A Sugarloaf Ballet Christmas at Gas South Theater
This celebration features new works performed by Gwinnett Ballet Theatre and The Nativity Ballet from Sugarloaf Youth Ballet. Dec. 2-3.
Christmas Traditions at Buford Community Center
Celebrate the holidays with photos with Santa, a hot chocolate bar, treats, crafts and a Christmas movie. Dec. 3.
Back to Nature Holiday Market at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Shop for unique handmade gifts by local artisans, including eco-friendly candles, bath products, food and more. Dec. 3.
Deck the Hall in Duluth
See the tree lighting, visit with Santa, and enjoy lots of kids’ activities. Dec. 3.
Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetery
Explore mausoleums decorated for the holidays, shop wreaths and the Pop-Up Shop, go on mini tours, and enjoy photo opportunities. Dec. 3-4.
Carols by Candlelight at First Baptist Church Marietta
Enjoy the spirit of the Christmas season with this concert. Dec. 4-5.
Noche De Velas at Aurora Theatre
Explore traditions and customs from other countries with food, music and more. Dec. 7.
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