Atlanta has so many things to do during the holidays from festive shows to Holiday Christmas events and Santa appearances. Check out our lists of Best Christmas Light and Tree Displays, 30+ Places to Meet Santa Around Atlanta, Best Ice Skating Rinks Around AtlantaBest Things to Do for Hanukkah Fun in Atlanta, Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Farms, Favorite Holiday Craft Shows and Markets, and Holiday Events Beyond AtlantaThese top-notch attractions and events are fun for the whole family:

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The Magic of Winter

Celebrate the season at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s Winter WonderLights, presented by the UGA Office of the President. Follow a half-mile trail past shimmering snowflakes, through a tunnel of multicolored lights and a cone tree forest. Along the way, visitors can purchase marshmallows for roasting s’mores over an open fire, hot chocolate or cold refreshments. Come see why it was voted “Best Local Event” in Athens! Select nights Nov. 23-Jan. 8.

Clay Walker

Rare Puppets and the Return of Rudolph

The Center for Puppetry Arts is thrilled to announce the return of Rudolph the Red-Nosed  Reindeer™ live and in-person! This faithful adaptation of the beloved 1964 stop-motion special speaks to the misfit in all of us. Plus, see the rare Santa and Rudolph puppets from the original Rankin & Bass TV production on display in the Festive Features Special Exhibition! Your all-inclusive ticket includes the performance, museum admission, and a Create-A-Puppet Workshop™. Performances Nov. 9-Dec. 31. Special exhibition Nov. 15-Jan. 8.

Dazzling Holiday Trees

Kick off your holiday season with the Georgia Festival of Trees presented by Atlanta Gas Light! Sure to become a memorable family tradition for years to come, the Festival features a forest of dazzling Christmas trees available for auction, live music and entertainment, a gingerbread contest,  Christmas brick challenge, kids’ activities and games, boutique gift shops, food carts and more. All proceeds from the event and holiday tree sales will benefit Wellspring Living, a local nonprofit organization that supports and serves survivors of human trafficking in metro Atlanta. Nov. 19-27.

Kim Kenney

A Magical Fantasyland

Let Atlanta Ballet transport you and your family into a magical fantasyland full of warmth and wonder, where dreams come true. Imaginations will soar as dancing snowflakes, beautiful ballerinas, waltzing flowers, toy soldiers and more come to life in Atlanta Ballet’s reimagined production of The Nutcracker, set to the iconic Tchaikovsky score played live by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Travel with Marie and her handsome Nutcracker Prince into a magical winter wonderland that is nothing shy of extravagant. The magic of the holidays comes alive as Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker takes the stage this December at Cobb Energy Centre. Dec. 9-26.

Charming Holiday Puppet Shows

Don’t miss the delightful Winter Puppet Series at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center! In “Trouble in Toyland” by Lee Bryan, it’s Christmas Eve, but the toys aren’t finished, elves are on strike, Santa has lost his laugh, and Rudolph has a runny nose! Will Christmas be canceled? Of course not! This show delivers holiday hijinks and is fun for the whole family, Dec. 15-17. Frisch Marionettes’ “Holiday Punch” packs a punch! This fast-paced, fun-filled show features puppets performing tricks that will have you laughing and shouting for more! Dec. 20-22. These productions will delight audiences of all ages.

Light Up Your Imagination

Zoo Atlanta partners with Hanart Culture to bring IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival back to Atlanta! In this one-of-a-kind light experience, vistas of illuminated wildlife and awe-inspiring sights await in a nighttime wonderland celebrating the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Stroll the Zoo after dark to be inspired by more than 80 nature-inspired lanterns depicting some of Earth’s most amazing and charismatic flora and fauna, both real and imagined. Each lantern is made and hand-painted by Chinese artisans, representing thousands of hours of work. In keeping with Zoo Atlanta’s commitment to sustainability, each lantern features environmentally-friendly LED lights. Nov. 21-Jan. 15.

A Wonderland of Lights

Making its debut at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville this holiday season, Shine Light Show is a drive-thru holiday light experience running from Nov. 18-Jan. 1. Timed and ticketed guests are invited to stay in their cars, tune their radio to a designated station, and immerse themselves into a wonderland of synchronized light displays to music from the comfort of their car. The dazzling show is a leisurely drive through archways and illuminated installations for all ages. Nov. 18-Jan. 1.

Art and Holiday Cheer

Visit Callanwolde Fine Arts Center for 10 days of Winter House 2022! From Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, Callanwolde will be open to the public to celebrate a new winter tradition, one filled with art and holiday cheer. Inside the 27,000-square-foot historic mansion, you’ll find art workshops, Santa visits, board games to play, cozy spots to enjoy a beverage, and more. Santa will be making a special trip to Callanwolde for photo sessions and hot chocolate! Outside, gather by fire pits to roast s’mores. Nov. 25-Dec. 10.

A Flurry of Outdoor Fun

Trade in your flip-flops for snow boots this winter! License to Chill Snow Island and the Lakeside Lights Spectacular are open Nov. 19-Feb. 26. Take the crew snow tubing, get your skates on and practice figure eights at the ice rink, hop on the carnival rides, make snow angels, and warm up with s’mores and hot cocoa by the fire pits. Lakeside Lights Spectacular is a magical walk through an amazing lighting extravaganza with music, themed displays and light tunnels. Get outdoors for some fresh air and family-friendly fun at one of the best winter attractions in the southeast! Nov. 19-Feb. 26.

Captivating Stage Productions

Roswell Performing Arts presents a season of captivating stage productions for the entire family! Roswell Youth Theatre brings “Shrek the Musical JR.” to life! Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in this hilarious stage spectacle, based on the Oscar-winning hit film and Broadway musical, Dec. 2-3. Later in the month, Roswell Dance Starz dazzles with “The Grinch Remixed” on Dec. 17. Join The Grinch, Max, Cindy Lou Who and more, and discover the true meaning of Christmas. This family-friendly dance performance is sure to warm your heart and put you in the holiday spirit!

Deck the Hall This Holiday Season

The College Football Hall of Fame is the perfect destination to celebrate the holidays and bowl season. This year the Hall of Fame amplifies the lights, sounds and traditions of college football as the Hall is decked out with illuminating decorations and holiday cheer! Fans, be festive! Come out to the home of college football and one of the most sought-after tourist attractions in the nation. While visiting the Hall, make sure you and your team play like a legend on the 45-yard field, engage with exciting interactive exhibits, and go “caroling” with your alma mater fight song! Follow @cfbhall and plan your visit.

The Most Magical Time of the Year

The City of Norcross’ Annual Holiday Celebration returns with activities, lights, Santa and more on December 2! Enjoy carols performed by the local choir, hot chocolate, s’mores and “The Grinch” (2018) on the big screen. Santa himself will arrive to great fanfare and be on hand for photos! But the fun doesn’t stop there. Throughout the month, carriage rides will dash through the sparkling streets of Norcross, and Santa will continue to pop up downtown to hear your Christmas wishes and take pictures. Dec. 2-21.

Holiday Experiences

Winter House at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Celebrate the holidays with art activities, lights, decorations, s’mores, Santa, workshops and more. Through Dec. 10.

Christmas on the Farm at Southern Belle Farm. Sip on spiced apple cider, treat yourself to homemade cookies, listen to Christmas carols, and visit with Santa. Through Dec. 18.

Festival of Trees at Town Center at Cobb. View beautifully decorated trees and support local nonprofits lining the Belk Wing. Through Dec. 26.

Holiday Tours at Fox Theatre. Explore garland-lined hallways, holiday décor, Mighty Mo and more, and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa under the starry-skied auditorium. Through Dec. 31.

Santa’s Secret ‘Stache at Avalon. This seasonal pop-up immersive experience includes themed cocktails and delicious treats from the Milk Bar and local bakeries. Through Dec. 31.

Stone Mountain Christmas at Stone Mountain Park. Immerse yourself in holiday magic with a new 20-minute light show, festive music, dazzling lights, spectacular shows, holiday characters and more. Through Jan 1.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags. View more than one million LED lights and dozens of Christmas trees, and ride the park’s popular attractions. Through Jan. 1.

Holidays at World of Coca-Cola. Enjoy a winter wonderland with dazzling lights and larger-than-life decorations, taste seasonal beverages, take festive photos and more. Through Jan. 1.

Winter Waterland at Georgia Aquarium. Have a festive time at the aquarium with music, appearances by Santa and SCUBA Claus, screenings of “The Polar Express” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” tree-lighting ceremonies and more. Through Jan. 2.

The Holiday Hunt at Oakland Cemetery. Test your sleuthing skills and solve riddles on this scavenger hunt. Through Jan. 2.

Winter Wonderland at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. A season of celebrations from around the world, including trees and displays representing Christmas, Hanukkah and a variety of other cultures. Through Jan. 6.

Holiday Model Trains at Atlanta Botanical Garden. G scale choo-choo trains and a holiday trolley chug along seven tracks on this landscaped mountain layout with tunnels, a lake, bridges, a holiday workshop and more. Through Jan. 14.

Special Events

Gingerbread House Holiday at Covington Woman’s Club. Decorate your own gingerbread house while enjoying festive holiday music, hot chocolate and photos with The Grinch. Dec. 3.

Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetery. Explore mausoleums decorated for the holidays, shop the Pop-Up Shop, go on mini tours, and enjoy photo opportunities. Dec. 3-4.

Snowfest at Gwinnett Fairgrounds. Enjoy wintery fun with a snow play area, a tubing slide, a synthetic skating rink and more, along with festive activities. Dec. 3-4.

Holiday Classics at Regal. Gather together with your loved ones to see your annual holiday favorite on the big screen. Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 24.

Home for the Holidays at The Wren’s Nest. See the historic home of author Joel Chandler Harris decorated for the holidays to create a period-inspired and photo-worthy holiday experience. Dec. 3 and 17.

Celebrations in Light at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Celebrate winter holidays with special performances, storytimes and crafts. Dec. 4, 11, 17 and 28.

All Aboard for Holiday Fun at The Southern Museum. Come in PJs to watch the “Polar Express,” see a winter-themed model train layout and more holiday activities. Dec. 10.

Breakfast with the Grinch at Acworth Community Center. Enjoy breakfast with the Grinch, themed ornaments and crafts. 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.

Enchanted Woodland Wonders at Chattahoochee Nature Center. This Family Fun Day features live reindeer, seasonal festivities, crafts, lawn games, vendors and more. Dec. 11.

Holidays on the Home Front at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site. Experience holiday decorating and festivities of the past. Dec. 17.

City Celebrations

Coming Home for the Holidays in Smyrna. The Big Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony happens with Santa, and enjoy lots of festive activities. Nov. 29.

Sparkle! A Celebration of Kids, Creativity and Magic in Norcross. The City of Norcross celebrates Christmas with activities, including a tree lighting, carriage rides and photos with Santa. Dec. 2.

Historic Norcross Christmas Village in Norcross. Enjoy old-fashioned fun for everyone with costumed characters, street vendors, face-painters, a live animal petting zoo and holiday specials at your favorite businesses. Dec. 2-4.

Season of Celebration in Alpharetta. See a flurry of snow, carolers, Santa and more. Dec. 2, 9 and 16.

Deck the Hall in Duluth. See the tree lighting, visit with Santa, and enjoy tons of kids’ activities, including a crafts, a snow playground and more. Dec. 3.

Peachtree City Hometown Holiday at Drake Field. Meet with Santa, listen to holiday music, enjoy holiday treats, watch the tree lighting and more. Dec. 3.

Bonfire + Marshmallow Roast on the Square at Decatur Square. Roast a marshmallow around a roaring bonfire to warm up this season. Dec. 8.

Merry Little Christmas Experience in Lawrenceville. Celebrate the season with holiday festivities. Dec. 10.

Family Snow Day at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center. Wear your holiday pajamas to participate in a snowball fight, play games, create crafts and more. Dec. 16.

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Dance and Theater

Black Nativity: A Gospel Christmas Musical Experience at Ferst Center for the Arts. See the journey of Mary and Joseph as they travel to Bethlehem set to a repertoire of old-fashioned spirituals. Dec. 1-11.

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.

A Christmas Carol at OnStage Atlanta. Enjoy a special performance of “A Christmas Carol from OnStage Atlanta with six actors. Dec. 2-18.

A Christmas Story, the Musical at ACT1 Theater. Based on the beloved and hilarious holiday film, 9-year-old Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desire for a BB gun for Christmas. Dec. 2-18.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at Stage Door Theatre. Santa skipped a house last year, and a ragtag team of a mouse, an elf and a little girl are determined to figure out why. Dec. 2-18.

A Christmas Carol at Woodstock Arts. Celebrate the holidays with this Dickens classic where a miser learns the error of his ways. Dec. 2-24.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at Aurora Theatre. Piccadilly Puppets presents the classic holiday poem through the eyes of a mouse who was an eyewitness to the whole affair. Dec. 3.

The Elves & the Shoemaker at Legacy Theatre. Elves Holly and Ivy save the holiday for the overworked Shoemaker in this sweet play. Dec. 3.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Shakespeare Tavern. On a fateful Christmas Eve, Scrooge will learn the meaning of Christmas spirit with song and holiday cheer. Dec. 3-23.

The Gift of the Magi 2.0 at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square. An Atlanta Streetcar driver struggling to make ends meet goes to great lengths to buy a Christmas gift for his wife in this adaptation of O. Henry’s holiday fable. Through Dec. 4.

Elma and the Top: The Musical at 7 Stages Theatre. Watch the tiniest elf in the North Pole this Christmas with award-winning musicians, actors and dancers. Dec. 6-9.

Noche De Velas at Aurora Theatre. Explore traditions and customs from other countries with food, music and more. Dec. 7.

A Christmas Carol: A One Man OSA Special Event at OnStage Atlanta. This one-man show was adapted by and stars Stuart W. Schleuse. Dec. 7-17.

Mother of God at Southwest Arts Center. View the story of Mary, an ordinary woman facing extraordinary circumstances in this musical. Dec. 7-23.

A Christmas Carol at Aurora Theatre. Be immersed in this holiday classic told as a one-man show. Dec. 8-23.

Marley Was Dead, To Begin With at Kennesaw State University’s Dance Theatre. This festive holiday ballet from Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre features an original score and amazing choreography. Dec. 9-10.

A Christmas Tradition at Strand Theatre. This holiday revue features costumed singers and dancers performing traditional and funky Christmas favorites. Dec. 9-22.

The North Pole Fa-La-La-La Follies at Aurora Theatre. Some talented residents of the North Pole perform in an annual talent show with a musical goose, tumbling teddy bears and more. Dec. 10.

Reindeer Games at Aurora Theatre. Cheery carols and holiday-themed improv from the talent AppCo and AppCo alumni. Dec. 13.

Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland at State Farm Arena. This all-new musical journey transports audiences to a magical land with acrobats, aerialists, hijinks and holiday cheer for a holiday-themed show experience. Dec. 13.

Roswell Winter Puppet Series at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. In “Trouble in Toyland,” the toys aren’t finished, the elves are on strike, Santa has lost his laugh, and Rudolph has a runny nose – how will Christmas be saved? In “Holiday Punch!,” fabulous puppets perform fantastic feats for the holiday. Dec. 15-17 and 20-22.

Club Babalú: Navidad at Aurora Theatre. Enjoy this one-night only celebration de Navidad. Dec. 16.

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.

Holiday Juggling Show at Aurora Theatre. This comic juggling show celebrates holiday traditions around the world. Dec. 17.

The Grinch Remixed at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Max, Cindy Lu Who and other dancing characters help The Grinch find the true meaning of Christmas. Dec. 17.

A Christmas Carol at Gas South Theater. Presented by Storybook Theater, this play recounts the story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by ghosts. Dec. 20-21.

Christmas Canteen at Lawrenceville Arts Center. This holiday tradition shows the magic of Christmas with songs, comic sketches and trips down memory lane. Through Dec. 23.

A Christmas Carol at Alliance Theatre. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by ghosts on Christmas Eve who offer him a chance at a better future in this experience with a reimagined set design and stunning new costumes. Through Dec. 24.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Center for Puppetry Arts. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion special, see Rudolph and his misfit friends learn that it’s okay for them to be exactly who they are. Through Dec. 31.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. The classic story presented by The Georgia Ballet and their live orchestra. Dec. 1-4.

The Nutcracker at Blessed Trinity Performing Arts Theater. The Fleetwood Dance Theater returns to the stage for a magical experience. Dec. 2-4.

The Nutcracker at Henry Co. Performing Arts Center. Giselle DiBlasi School of Ballet brings you an acclaimed ballet adaptation of “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King.” Dec. 3-4.

Nutcracker at Gas South Theater. This performance features a cast of more than 100 professional and student dancers from the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre and Sugarloaf Youth Ballet. Dec. 3-18.

Roswell Dance Theatre Presents: The Nutcracker at Byers Theatre. Students from the Roswell Dance Theatre present the story of Clara falling into a dream world. Through Dec. 4.

The Nutcracker at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Watch the Atlanta Dance Theatre perform “The Nutcracker.” Dec. 9-11.

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. This fantastic production features larger-than-life sets, bold costumes, video projections and more. Dec. 9-26.

Terminus Ballet School: The Nutcracker Suite. This immersive holiday ballet features snowflakes, dancing bonbons and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Dec. 11, 17 and 18.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker at Fox Theatre. This contemporary dance spectacle is set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. Dec. 13.

Southern Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker at Aurora Theatre. View this timeless tale of Clara’s journey to a magical land. Dec. 15-18.

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet at Fox Theatre. This holiday tradition features larger-than-life puppets, breathtaking acrobatics and dazzling costumes and features the stars of Ukraine ballet. Dec. 23.

Music and Concerts

Joy to the World Starring Emmet Cahill at Atlanta Symphony Hall. This Christmas music celebration features acclaimed Irish Tenor Emmet Cahill, Amy Little, Georgia State University singers and the Edgewood String Quartet. Dec. 2.

One Christmas Night in Memphis at Sylvia Beard Theatre. Get ready for a holiday night of rockabilly, country, gospel and 1950s’ rock and roll. Dec. 2.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Glenn Memorial Auditorium. This candlelit choral concert heralds the Christmas season with the Emory Concert Choir and University Chorus. Dec. 2-3.

Georgia Symphony Orchestra Presents Holiday Pops at Marietta Performing Arts Center. Sing along to holiday favorites, and a special guest in a red suit may appear! Dec. 3.

Carols in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Enjoy festive holiday music sung by carolers The Tinseltones. Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

25th Annual Gala Holiday Concert at Rialto Center for the Arts. Presented by Georgia State University School of Music, this concert brings together talented student and faculty performers in a joyful holiday celebration. Dec. 4.

One Christmas Night in Memphis at The Nixon Centre for the Arts. This tribute to Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley includes rockabilly, country, gospel and rock and roll music. Dec. 4.

Carols by Candlelight at First Baptist Church Marietta. Kick off the Christmas season with this concert. Dec. 4-5.

Mike Farris Sings! The Soul of Christmas at Buford Community Center. This Christmas show features high-energy soul, classic ballads and surprises. Dec. 8.

Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Holiday Concert at Clayton State University. This children’s choir joyfully welcomes the holiday season featuring sing-a-longs. Dec. 9-11.

Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale at Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Enjoy music of joy, peace, light and love. Dec. 9-11.

Marietta Pops Holiday Concert at First Baptist Church Marietta. Hear traditional holiday classics from a full symphonic orchestra. Dec. 10.

Atlanta Concert Band at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church. Join the Atlanta Concert Band for holiday classics, modern favorites and sing-a-longs. Dec. 11.

Holiday Pops at Gas South Theater. The Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present a concert of winter and holiday music, including a family sing-a-long. Dec. 12.

Winter Concert at Stage Door Theatre. A musical evening featuring the talented Performing Arts Academy students. Dec. 12-13.

3 Redneck Tenors Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR at Strand Theatre. These singing angels have packed their festive mullets to share a magical, musical Christmas journey. Dec. 13.

Mac Powell Christmas Concert at The Church of The Apostles. Mac Powell, former lead vocalist of Third Day, will be performing in a concert with classic songs and new favorites to benefit GRACEPOINT School. Dec. 15.

Christmas with the ASO at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Join the Orchestra and Chorus for Christmas carols and hymns. Dec. 15-16 and 18.

Christmas Pops at Johns Creek United Methodist Church. Local folk group, Banks & Shane, and the Johns Creek Chorale perform classic holiday songs. Dec. 17.

Christmas with The Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble Featuring Chloë Agnew at Sylvia Beard Theatre. Enjoy the music of a classical orchestra with Chloe Agnew, one of the original members of Celtic Woman. Dec. 17.

Celtic Woman with the ASO: A Christmas Symphony at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Experience the magical sound of Celtic Woman with classic and fun holiday songs. Dec. 17.

Jazz at the Ballroom’s Holiday In at Woodruff Arts Center. This musical revue is a twist on classic holiday tunes from Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and other singing greats. Dec. 17-18.

The Annual Christmas Festival Concerts at Gainesville First United Methodist Church. Experience the joy and beauty of Advent and Christmas with the Chancel Choir and Festival Orchestra. Dec. 18.

Holly Dolly Christmas Featuring Katie Deal at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Enjoy the music of Dolly Parton with songs from her Christmas albums, famous duets and more. Dec. 18.

The Mighty Mo & More at Fox Theatre. Ring in the holidays with Santa, a special musical performance and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Dec. 20.

Joy to the World! with Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four at Byers Theatre. Enjoy beloved Christmas carols, dancing by The Ballet Conservatory of Atlanta and The Carpenter Academy of Irish dance and more to celebrate the Christmas season. Dec. 21.

Handel’s Messiah at Atlanta Symphony Hall. This special performance will feature the Orchestra and the Chamber Chorus with Handel’s celebrated “Messiah.” Dec. 22.

Emmanuel Christmas Cantata at Gas South District. Individuals and church choirs commemorate and celebrate the birth of Jesus with music. Dec. 22.

Strand Ole Opry’s Country Christmas at Strand Theatre. A bluegrass concert of holiday music featuring merry singers and traditional southern storytellers. Dec. 23.

The Nativity

Bethlehem Walk at Mountain View United Methodist Church. Walk through the streets of Bethlehem to haggle with shopkeepers, sign the census, sample hot cider, and find God’s most precious gift. Dec. 3-5.

Walk Through Bethlehem at Simpsonwood Park. Walk through this outdoor nativity scene with Roman guards, shopkeepers and live animals. Dec. 9-11.

RUMC Kids Christmas Celebration at Roswell United Methodist Church. A Christmas party for kids and their families and features a live nativity. Dec. 11.

Drive-Thru Christmas Pageant at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Watch the Christmas story come to life as children recreate familiar scenes from Bethlehem. Dec. 11.

Live Nativity & Bethlehem Village at Redeemer Green. See the story of Jesus’ birth and visit with artisans and citizens of first-century Bethlehem. Dec. 11.

Beyond Atlanta

Also, check out these Top Holiday Events Beyond Atlanta.

Victorian Christmas at Hardman Farm Historic Site. See the mansion dressed in period holiday décor, and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from the 1870s. Dec. 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17.

Candy Cane Express at Historic SAM Shortline. Take a scenic trip from Georgia Veterans State Park over Lake Blackshear and the rolling farm lands of south Georgia as Santa stops by to check his list. Dec. 3 and 7.

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. This fairground transforms into a spectacular, magical holiday light show with Christmas music, arts and crafts, food, fun, entertainment, photo opportunities and a visit with Santa. Through Dec. 23.

Holiday Express at Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Ride the train to enjoy a storytime, songs and holiday festivities. Through Dec. 23.

The Polar Express Train Ride at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Journey through the wilderness for a special visit to the North Pole while enjoying warm cocoa and listening to the story. Through Dec. 31.

Tennessee Valley Railroad. Themed holiday rides include “Christmas Tea,” “Holiday Christmas Lights Train” and “Santa’s Hiwassee Holiday.” Through Dec. 31.

Enchanted Garden of Lights at Rock City. Guests can walk through four themed areas of holiday lights and activities, including Yule Town and North Pole Village. Through Jan. 1.

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens. Drive through more than eight million twinkling lights and a garden decorated for the season. Through Jan. 1.

Christmas at Biltmore at Biltmore Estate. Holiday décor, more than 55 Christmas trees, thousands of ornaments, holiday blooms and an evening illumination display. Through Jan. 8.

Winter WonderLights at State Botanical Garden of Georgia. This walk-thru light show extravaganza features 11 illuminated displays, including a multi-colored light tunnel. Through Jan. 8.


Past events:

Holiday Kids Fair at Town Center at Cobb. Enjoy pretty Christmas trees, vendors, music, performances, giveaways and crafts for kids. Nov. 12.

Atlanta Ballet 2 Performance at Buckhead Village. Enjoy selections from “The Nutcracker,” “Snow White” and more. Nov. 26.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Snellville Towne Green. Watch the Lighted Christmas Parade from Wisteria Plaza to the Towne Green, along with a tree lighting, cookie decorating, s’mores and more. Nov. 26.

North Atlanta Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker. Watch this beautiful production of Clara, the Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Nov. 11-13.

Jingle Mingle in Gainesville. Celebrate the holiday spirit with shopping, live music, carriage rides, train rides, Santa, the grand lighting of the chicken and more. Nov. 19.

A Charlie Brown Christmas at Alpharetta Arts Center. The City of Alpharetta’s Youth Musical Theater presents this play with the City Center Players. Nov. 17-18.

A Very Grinchy Christmas at Gas South Theater. Southern Ballet Theatre performs this production inspired by Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s story about the ultimate holiday hater. Nov. 19-20.

Once Upon a Holiday at The Hotel at Avalon. SIDEWAYS’ irreverent take on an Alice-in-Wonderland turned Nutcracker story for a fun twist on a holiday classic. Nov. 19-20.

Baby Shark Live! The Christmas Show at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Splash along with Baby Shark and Pinkfong as they journey into the sea to sing and dance to holiday songs and kids’ favorites. Nov. 20.

The Nutcracker: Land of the Sweets at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Follow Clara as she dreams of a dance battle between mice and soldiers in the Land of Sweets presented by the Dance & Music Academy. Nov. 18-20.

Georgia Festival of Trees at Georgia World Congress Center. This holiday event features dazzling holiday trees, a gingerbread house competition, photos with Santa, games, cookie decorating and more. Through Nov. 27.

Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. See visions of sugar plums, waltzing flowers and dancing snowflakes in this classic ballet. Nov. 25-27.

The Nutcracker at Gas South Theater. The Northeast Atlanta Ballet performs this holiday favorite following Clara and her Nutcracker prince through a magical land. Nov. 25-27.

The Polar Express in Concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Watch “The Polar Express” as it’s accompanied by a live orchestra. Nov. 26-27.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Fox Theatre. Experience the spirit of the season with Christmas music and dazzling multimedia effects. Nov. 27.

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