Christmas Holiday Events Atlanta for Kids

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We are working hard to bring you this year’s updates for the following holiday events. Check back soon for new 2019 dates. 

Atlanta has so much to offer during the holidays from festive shows to Christmas events and Santa appearances. Also check out our lists of Best Christmas Light and Tree Displays, 20+ Places to Meet Santa Around Atlanta, Best Ice Skating Rinks Around AtlantaBest Things to Do for Hanukkah Fun in Atlanta, and Holiday Events Beyond AtlantaThese top-notch attractions and events are fun for the whole family:

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Holidays from Around the World

December brings Celebrations in Light to Children’s Museum of Atlanta. This month-long exploration of holidays from around the world features family activities focused on Las Posadas, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Join in on the winter fun at the Museum’s Sockefeller Plaza, complete with a sock-skating rink, decorated tree, and the coolest science show you’ll see in town! Don’t miss the “Curious George™: Let’s Get Curious!” exhibit while you are here. Send 2019 out in style at New Year’s Bubble Bash. This poppin’ good time features a family-friendly DJ, dance party, party favors, and bubbles.

Magical Moments Await

Experience the ultimate combination of art, technology and nostalgia at Santa’s Fantastical! This immersive family-friendly experience features live performers, costumed characters, games, graphics and animation in a high-energy setting. Journey through the Fantastical Forest, throw snowballs in SnowPalooza, visit the Candy Cane Vortex, ride a rocket sleigh and cross into Yondo’s Yeti Yard for games, entertainment and a visit with Santa. Find plenty of photo ops along the way to capture the memories. Guests of all ages will find surprises and magical moments around every corner.

Charming Holiday Puppet Shows

Don’t miss the delightful and charming Roswell Winter Puppet Series at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center this winter, and even meet Santa Claus in the lobby following each performance. Kids and parents alike will enjoy two shows; The North Pole Fa-la-la-la-la Follies follows a wisecracking fruitcake, a musical goose and the “not-so-abominable” snowman in an annual talent show. The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man is a whimsical adaptation of the classic story.

Snow Much Fun

A flurry of fun is coming to Margaritaville at Lanier Islands this winter! License to Chill Snow Island debuts Nov. 16, and features one of the fastest snow tubing hills in North America. Snow play areas will be set up around the park and will even include snowball targets. Don’t miss new winter themed carnival rides, an ice skating rink, a fire pit with s’mores, specialty winter drinks at LandShark Landing and photos with Santa under the Fin Dunker. Nov. 16-Feb. 24. Magical Nights of Lights also returns for the 26th year with colorful lights and decorations, this year with a Margaritaville twist.

Skate Through the Holidays!

Practice your jumps and twirls this season by visiting Ice Days Ice Skating Rink in Olde Town Conyers Pavilion. The family-owned and operated rink is made of real ice for an authentic ice skating experience. It’s covered, so ice will stay perfect and you’ll have fun even if it’s raining. Two-hour skating sessions are available for $10, with skate rental included. No wait times for sessions and no reservations required. Concessions including hot chocolate, hot dogs and more are available for purchase. Ask about birthday packages for your child’s celebration. Nov. 16-Feb. 24.

Winter Enchantment

This season, visit Winter Wonderlane at Atlantic Station, a streetscape with Atlanta’s only authentic German market, evening snow shows, and Santa’s Cottage. Re-discover Skate Atlantic Station in its new location adjacent to it all. Festivities begin Nov. 17 with Light the Station, complete with musical entertainment, kids’ activities, live reindeer, Santa’s Parade and lighting of the 50-foot Christmas tree. Santa’s Cottage opens for photos for kids of all ages. The Atlanta Christkindl Market features 30 stalls with an expanded array of genuine German arts, crafts, food and beverages offering a unique Bavarian experience. Nov. 17-Dec. 24; skating through Jan. 21.

Holiday Fun and Twinkling Lights

Lakeside fun is year-round at Lanier Islands in Buford! This beautiful resort 45 minutes north of Atlanta hosts a myriad of lakeside holiday activities. The resort’s most popular overnight package, the Ultimate Santa Package, is available in December. This overnight holiday experience includes deluxe accommodations at Legacy Lodge, entry into Magical Nights of Lights (a 7-mile driving tour of millions of twinkling lights), a bed-time holiday story with cookies and milk while being tucked in by Santa’s elf, Breakfast with Santa, and a keepsake Christmas ornament. Other winter-themed packages, including packages with tickets to the new Snow Island snow tube rides, are available Nov. 16-Feb. 24.

Celebrate a ‘Country Christmas’

Create memories during Country Christmas Nights at The Rock Ranch, Thursdays through Saturdays, 6-10 p.m., Dec. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22. For only $8, ride a wagon through lights and bring your own camera for visits with Santa. Enjoy live music, dine at the Café, and shop in the Country Store. Add on a Christmas Express Train ride ($8) through its own choreographed light show and Santa’s workshop ($12) for a fun Christmas experience with making an ornament, decorating a cookie and more. Breakfast with Santa is Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Holiday events sell out and reservations must be made in advance. One hour south of Atlanta.


Marching Bands and Floats

Downtown Atlanta will be filled with festive floats and holiday cheer during the annual Children’s Christmas Parade benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Floats, giant helium-filled balloons and marching bands will flow down the street, and the arrival of Santa will announce the holiday season. Breakfast with Santa takes place at the Four Seasons Atlanta Hotel at 8:30 a.m. that morning, Dec. 1. Parade start: Peachtree Street at 16th Street. 10:30 a.m.

Special Events

Santa’s Fantastical at Perimeter Pointe. Experience this interactive wonderland with live performances, state-of-the-art technology and more. Nov. 15-Jan. 5.

Holiday Tea at American Girl. Bring your doll for a holiday menu of tea and treats, build-your-own hot chocolate and make a festive scarf for your doll. Nov. 25-27; 29 and Dec. 23-24, 26-27 and 30.

Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center. View MINILAND’s Winter Wonderland, meet and greet LEGO Santa, build a LEGO snowflake to take home and more. Dec. 1-31.

Winter Wonderlane at Atlantic Station. Authentic German market, skating rink, evening snow shows and Santa’s Cottage. Through Dec. 24; skating through Jan. 21.

Festival of the Season at the Georgia Aquarium. Galleries and exhibits turn into a winter wonderland, incorporating light and music shows, appearances by Santa and SCUBA Claus, holiday entertainment, daily tree lighting ceremonies and more. Through Dec. 31.

Snow Shows at Atlantic Station. Take a walk through Central Park and watch snow fall from above. Through Dec. 31.

Macy’s Pink Pig at Lenox Square Mall. Atlanta’s famous pig train takes families for a life-sized storybook ride. Through Jan. 6.

Stone Mountain Christmas at Stone Mountain Park. More than two million lights and an abundance of performances and activities. Through Jan. 6.

Winter Wonderland at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. An exhibit showcasing different holiday displays from cultures across the globe. Through Jan. 6.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags. More than one million LED lights, tons of Christmas trees and live shows with holiday themed attractions. Through Jan 6.

Holiday Model Trains at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Tracks of G-scale choo choos around the gardens. Through Jan. 6.

Illuminate Chinese Lantern Festival & Acrobat Show at Sugarloaf Mills. Experience a maze of illuminated sculptures scaling nearly 30 feet tall, watch performances of Beijing Acrobats and visit Santa in Christmas Village. Through Jan. 1.

A Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Show House at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Tour the historic mansion decorated for the holidays. Enjoy the artists’ market and themed events. Through Dec. 9.

Celebrations in Light at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. A showcase of different holidays from around the world each weekend with themed activities, cultural performances and more. Dec. 7-29.

Christkindl Market at Atlantic Station. Walk through and shop in a traditional German market. Music, live entertainment and more. Through Dec. 23.

Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetery. Explore mausoleums decorated for the holidays on a walking tour led by a Victorian guide and hear a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” Kids will enjoy ornament-making crafts and, of course, meeting Santa. Dec. 1.

Jungle Bells at Zoo Atlanta. Visit for a tree lighting celebration, crafts, festive snacks, live music, costumed characters and more. Dec. 1.

Holiday PJ Party at Tellus Science Museum. Wear your favorite PJs to the Museum for handson science activities, photos with Santa, elves and more. Dec. 1.

Christmas in Roswell. Enjoy a variety of holiday celebrations in various locations. Festivities include decorated historic homes, music, dance, art, theatre and more. Dec. 1-30.

Teddy Bear Tea at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Bring a special teddy bear (if you would like) for a festive children’s tea and hot chocolate with Santa. Includes admission to the home and a visit to the Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta booth. Dec. 2 and 9.

Santa’s Workshop at The Southern Museum. Come in PJs and watch the “Polar Express.” Santa and Mrs. Claus share holiday stories and conduct a holiday sing-along, and then stay for a meet and greet. Dec. 8.

Enchanted Woodland Wonders at Chattahoochee Nature Center. Nature at its finest with live reindeer, performances, winter crafts, campfire with hot cocoa and more. Dec. 9.

Magic Monday: Happy Holidays at Atlanta History Center. Enjoy sing-a-longs, ornament making and holiday stories. Dec. 10.

Christmas Royal Tea and Grand Yuletide Ball at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre. Princess Joy and Prince Goodtidings invite children to join them for a tea party, a performance from “The Nutcracker” and more. Dec. 14-15 and 21-23.

Deck the Hall at College Football Hall of Fame. Visit with Santa and Fumbles the Elf, and enjoy holiday decorations and cheer as you learn about college football. Dec. 21-31.

Candlelight Nights at Atlanta History Center. Holiday traditions of years past come alive with interpreters, music and special activities. See the grounds decorated for the holidays and enjoy a candlelit stroll. Dec. 14 and 21.

Supper with Santa at Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Enjoy an evening meal with Santa in the decorated Superior Court Ballroom. Make a craft, hear a story and visit with Santa. Dec. 15. 

Ugly Sweater Party at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Put on that Christmas sweater you never wear and show it off in all its glory at a festive party with cookie decorating, a seasonal craft and photo ops with Santasaurus. Dec. 16.

We Love a Parade

Hometown Holidays Parade in Downtown Forsyth. This year’s theme is “30 Years of Christmas Magic.” Dec. 5.

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in Powder Springs. Enjoy the decorations and lights of the parade before the annual tree lighting on Town Square. Dec. 6.

Christmas Parade in Covington. Celebrate the holidays with this parade presented by the Covington Lions Club. Dec. 7.

Christmas Parade in Lilburn. Watch the parade and stop by Lilburn City Hall for a photo with Santa. Dec. 7.

Santa Parade in Downtown Kennesaw. Marching bands, decorated floats, vintage cars, costumed characters and more. Dec. 7.

Winterfest and Christmas Parade in Conyers. Enjoy arts and craft vendors, kids’ activities and a Secret Santa Shop at Winterfest, and the themed “Christmas in the South” parade. Dec. 7.

Christmas Parade in Stone Mountain. This parade ends with fireworks. Dec. 7.

Christmas on Main Street in Fayetteville. Watch the parade and the lighting of the Christmas Tree, make ornaments and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at this annual event. Dec. 7.

Christmas Jubilee Parade of Lights in Woodstock. Watch the parade featuring lots of lights and Santa, and after the parade, visit with Santa, decorate cupcakes and more. Dec. 7.

City of McDonough Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Christmas.” Dec. 7.

Christmas Parade in Historic Downtown Newnan. Watch floats, walking groups, decorated cars, trucks and marching bands in “Christmas Movies.” Dec. 14.

Hometown Christmas Parade in Lawrenceville. This parade features Santa, live reindeer, community floats, fun activities and more. Dec. 14.

Christmas Parade in Loganville. Welcome the holiday season with this annual Christmas parade featuring local businesses, school groups and organizations. Dec. 14.

Children’s Christmas Parade in Downtown Atlanta. Floats, giant helium-filled balloons and marching bands will move down the street, and the arrival of Santa will announce the holiday season. Dec. 1.

City of College Park Annual Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays. Marching bands, entertainment, floats and more. Dec. 8.

Holiday Parade on Buford Highway. Celebrate the holidays with this festive parade along Buford Highway. Dec. 9.

Fun Under $5

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops. Families can make Christmas memories including free pictures with Santa, crafts and activities. Nov. 17-Dec. 24.

Christmas in the Country Celebrations Southern Belle Farm. Sip on spiced apple cider, treat yourself to homemade cookies, and listen to Christmas carols. On the weekends, Santa comes to visit. Nov. 19-Dec. 16.

Christmas Traditions at Buford Community Center. Celebrate the holidays with photos with Santa, a hot chocolate bar, treats, crafts and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” showings. Nov. 30.

Carriage Rides in Downtown Norcross. Ride through the charming downtown on a horse-drawn carriage and take in holiday lights. Take photos with Santa afterwards. Dec. 3-20.

Roswell Winter Puppet Series Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Watch characters perform in the North Pole’s annual talent show with “The North Pole Fa-La-La-La Follies.” Follow your favorite Christmas cookie with “The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man.” Dec. 5-21.

Yule Log Celebration at Reynolds Nature Preserve. Enjoy storytelling, performances by the Morrow High School choir and refreshments over a bonfire. Dec. 6.

Olde Town Christmas Party in Conyers. Celebrate the holidays with carriage rides and train rides, visits and photos with Santa, sweet treats, marshmallow-roasting, ice skating and more. Dec. 6.

Season of Celebration in Alpharetta. Watch the annual tree lighting, musical performances, snow, photos with Santa and more. Dec. 6.

Peachtree City Hometown Holiday in Peachtree City. Meet with Santa, and participate in Christmas cookie decorating, face painting, tree lighting and more. Dec. 7.

Back to Nature Holiday Market at Chattahoochee Nature Center. Explore over 40 vendors with hand-made and/or eco-friendly gifts for the holiday season. Dec. 1.

Christmas at the Cabin at Red Top Mountain State Park.  1800s-style Christmas with music, tree decorating, toys and games. Bring a camera for free pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Dec. 1.

PJ Party with Santa Town Center at Cobb-Upper Level, JCPenney WingMeet Santa and hear him read a story, plus games and giveaways. Dec. 8.

Gingerbread Christmas at Smith Plantation. Gingerbread baking over an open hearth and holiday ornament making. Reservations required. Dec. 8.

Grits with the Grinch Heritage Park, Conference Room B Wear PJs and have breakfast with the Grinch and other characters from Whoville. Dec. 8. The Grinch will also be at Ponce City Market Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 16.

Holiday Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast in Decatur Square. Roast marshmallows on the Square. Marshmallows provided; registration required. Dec. 13.

Dance and Theater

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Center for Puppetry Arts. Rudolph is back with this faithful adaptation of the holiday story. Nov. 5-Dec. 29.

Star of Wonder at Infinite Energy Center. Presented by Buford School of Ballet, this performance mixes Tchaikovsky’s music, festive dance and the story of the first Christmas. Nov. 8-9.

Christmas Canteen at Aurora Theatre. This musical production of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” contains songs, comic sketches, trips down memory lane and Christmas magic. Nov. 14-Dec. 23.

Gift of the Magi 2.0 at Marietta 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. Nov. 15-24.

A Christmas Carol at Alliance Theatre. Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by ghosts on Christmas Eve who offer him a chance at a better future. Nov. 16-Dec. 24.

Disney Junior Holiday Party! at Fox Theatre. Sing along to favorite Disney Junior songs and holiday classics with your favorite Disney characters. Nov. 19.

Sanders Family Christmas at The Legacy Theatre. In 1941, Dennis Sanders is headed to war, and the family sends him off with hilarious stories and Southern gospel favorites in this sequel to “Smoke on the Mountains.” Nov. 22-Dec. 22.

Waffle Palace Christmas at Horizon Theatre. Enjoy heartfelt southern humor, charming characters, fun, laughter and Christmas cheer. Nov. 22-Dec. 29.

Elf on the Shelf at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. This all-new musical invites the audience to the North Pole for a glimpse into the magical lives of Scout Elves. Nov. 23.

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley at Theatrical Outfit. This Christmas-themed play is a sequel to “Pride and Prejudice” and a companion to the theatre’s production last year “Miss Bennet.” Nov. 27-Dec. 29.

Puddles Pity Party & Friends Holiday Jubilee at Fox Theatre. Enjoy holiday cheer and festive songs as Puddles sings all your favorite holiday classics. Nov. 29.

This Wonderful Life at Aurora Theatre. Watch this adaptation of “It’s a Wonderful Life” as performed by one actor. Nov. 29-Dec. 23.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Fox Theatre. Celebrate the holidays with costumed actors and singers, original music and acrobatics. Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

Elf the Musical at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Presented by Mt. Bethel Christian Academy Upper School, follow Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Dec. 4-5.

A Magical Cirque Christmas at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world accompanied by live holiday music. Dec. 5.

Frosty! A Very Merry Musical! at Marietta Theatre in the Square. Paddy Moran, a homeless man, and an orphan named Billy will discover the magic of Christmas in this musical. Dec. 5-29.

A Christmas Carol at Buford Community Center. Presented by Theatre Buford, follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he goes on a journey through the past, present and future. Dec. 6-22.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. On a fateful Christmas Eve, Scrooge will learn the meaning of Christmas spirit. Dec. 6-23.

A Christmas Carol at Bulloch Hall. Kudzu Playhouse presents “A Christmas Carol” in this intimate setting. Dec. 6-23.

‘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. 7.

A Christmas Carol at Aurora Theatre. This traditional tale of Mr. Scrooge is presented as a one-man show. Dec. 7-22.

Madeline’s Christmas at Horizon Theatre. Join Madeline and her friends as a mysterious stranger takes them on a holiday adventure beyond their wildest dreams. Dec. 7-31.

Forever Yours at Agnes Scott College. Celebrate the wonder and spirit of the season with this original production based on Tolkien’s “Letters from Father Christmas.” Dec. 8.

Black Nativity at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. This one-act musical opens in a modern day African American church and takes the audience on a journey back to the Bethlehem of Mary and Joseph. Dec. 13-15.

Holiday Inn at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs. Based on the classic film, this musical features dance numbers, comedy and Irving Berlin’s hit songs. Dec. 13-15, 18-22.

A Christmas Carol the Musical at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. Celebrate the holidays with this Dickens classic reimagined as a musical. Dec. 13-24.

Holiday Juggling Show at Aurora Theatre. This comic juggling show celebrates holiday traditions around the world. Dec. 14.

Frozen Jr. at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. When faced with danger, Princesses Anna and Elsa discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. Dec. 20-21.

Trouble in Toyland at Aurora Theatre. On Christmas Eve, the toys aren’t finished, the elves are on strike, Santa’s lost his laugh and Rudolph has a runny nose. How will Christmas be saved? Dec. 21.

The Nutcracker

North Atlanta Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker at Infinite Energy Center. Enjoy this beautiful production with on-stage snowfall, elegant costumes and holiday magic. Nov. 15-17.

Roswell Dance Starz Presents: Land of Sweets at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Join the Sugar Plum Fairy as she hosts a dessert party for Clara and her friends with jazz and modern entertainment. Nov. 23.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Contemporary dance is choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s classical music in this performance featuring dancers, a DJ, a violinist and MC Kurtis Blow. Nov. 29.

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 Dance and Music Academy. Nov. 29-30.

The Nutcracker at Infinite Energy Center. The Northeast Atlanta Ballet performs this holiday favorite following Clara and her Nutcracker prince through a magical land. Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

The Nutcracker at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs. Students from the Roswell Dance Theatre and Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance presents the story of Clara falling into a dream world. Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1 and 6-8.

The Nutcracker at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. The classic story presented by The Georgia Ballet. Dec. 6-8.

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker at Fox Theatre. Everyday objects become extraordinary in this beloved story. Dec. 7-24.

The Nutcracker at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Watch the Atlanta Dance Theatre perform “The Nutcracker.” Dec. 13-15.

Southern Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker at The Venue at Friendship Springs. See this timeless tale performed by the Southern Ballet Theatre. Dec. 14

Urban Nutcracker at Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College. Step into the 1940s to enjoy a different take on the classic production of the Nutcracker presented by Ballethnic Dance Company. Dec. 14-15.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Ferst Center. Ring in the holiday with dazzling costumes, stunning sets, creative puppets and soaring birds. Dec. 14.

The Children’s Nutcracker at St. Pius X High School Theatre. The classic story presented by the Academy of Ballet of Norcross. Dec. 21- 22.


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Fox Theatre. Enjoy the original classic Christmas hits from the first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas along with multimedia effects. Nov. 24.

Sounds of the Season at Town Center at Cobb. Local organizations and schools will share holiday performances throughout the season. Nov. 29-Dec. 23.

Home Alone in Concert at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Watch this comedic holiday classic as Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ score live. Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

Carols by Candlelight at First Baptist Church Marietta. Kick off the Christmas season with this two-night concert. Dec. 1-2.

Sounds of the Season at Mall of Georgia. Local community, church and school groups will perform festive holiday performances in the Dining Pavilion. Dec. 5-6.

‘Tis the Season to Be Merry at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Join former and original Celtic Woman, Chloë Agnew and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble for fan favorites and holiday tunes. Dec. 6.

A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. This candlelit evening service of choral music and scripture will feature readings by special guests from the Emory community. Dec. 6-7.

Holiday Pops! at Marietta Performing Arts Center. This festive Georgia Symphony Orchestra concert features Santa and a sing-a-long. Dec. 7.

The Sounds of Christmastime at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. The Atlanta Vocal Project will spread musical Christmas cheer with songs from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and other holiday favorites. Dec. 8.

Gala Holiday Concert at Rialto Center for the Arts. Georgia State University School of Music’s concert brings together student and faculty performers in a joyful holiday celebration. Dec. 8.

Spivey Hall Children’s Choir at Clayton State University. Hear music of various nationalities and styles, and join in audience sing-alongs. Dec. 13-15.

Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Celebrate Christmas like they do in Ireland with traditional Irish carols, uplifting anthems and classic songs. Dec. 14.

Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Join the Orchestra, Chorus and special guests for Christmas carols and hymns. Dec. 6-8.

Handel’s Messiah at Atlanta Symphony Hall. This special performance will feature the Orchestra and the Chamber Chorus. Dec. 12-13.

A Christmas Tradition at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre. This holiday revue features costumed singers and dancers performing traditional and funky Christmas favorites. Dec. 13-15 and 20-22.

A Flicker of Light on a Winter’s Night at Atlanta Symphony Hall. With the help of music, a mysterious stranger helps three disgruntled children discover the true spirit of the holidays by sharing beloved traditions. Dec. 15.

Family Concert: Old St. Nick at Michael C. Carlos Museum. St. Nick will introduce some of his favorite classical works and give treats to good boys and girls. Dec. 15.

The Cirque de la Symphonie at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Enjoy the performances of cirque artists accompanied by the full symphony orchestra. Dec. 17-18.

Strand Ole Opry’s Country Christmas at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre. A bluegrass concert of holiday music featuring merry singers and traditional southern storytellers. Dec. 19.

Celtic Christmas at Rialto Center for the Arts. International and regionally renowned artists perform Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian music and dance. Dec. 21-22.

Emmanuel Christmas Cantata at Infinite Energy Center. Churches from diverse backgrounds will perform to celebrate the season. Dec. 23.


Bethlehem Walk at Mountain View United Methodist Church. storytelling and Santa. Walk through the streets of Bethlehem, depicted as it was the first Christmas, complete with shopkeepers. Dec. 7-9.

Walk Through Bethlehem at Simpsonwood United Methodist Church. Walk through the candlelit outdoor nativity scene, complete with Roman guards, shopkeepers and live animals. Dec. 7-9.

Live Nativity at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. Experience the town of Bethlehem 2000 years ago, told by current day witnesses, musicians and choirs. Dec. 8.

Live Nativity at Sardis United Methodist Church. Performances run on the front lawn and feature live animals. After the performance, Christmas carols and refreshments. Dec. 15-16.

Walk Through Bethlehem at St. John United Methodist Church. Live nativity, live animals, music, refreshments and crafts. Dec. 8-9.

Nativities Exhibit at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. Nativity scenes from around the world made of everything from wood to volcanic ash. Dec. 8-10, 12, 14-16.

Evening in Bethlehem at Roswell United Methodist Church. Indoor, dramatic re-enactment of the first Christmas with live characters and real stable animals. Dec. 15.

Live Nativity at Chamblee First United Methodist Church. Live nativity scene to re-create the glory of Christmas. Dec. 16.


Menorah Lightings Hosted by Chabad Intown. Menorah lighting, balloons, doughnuts, latkes, music and more. Dec. 2 at Decatur Square; Dec. 3 in Virginia Highland; Dec. 4 at Atlantic Station; Dec. 5, at Ponce City Market.

Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Celebration MJCCA, Zaban Park. Hanukkah songs with Rabbi Glusman, lighting of the menorah and a performance. Jelly doughnuts and hot chocolate served. Dec. 3-5.

Chanukah Party at Temple Kehillat Chaim. Celebrate Chanukah with lighting of the menorah, crafts, music and more. Dec. 5.

Menorah Lighting at Marietta Square. Meet at the Glover Park stage for a Chanukah celebration including holiday music and children’s games presented by Congregation Ner Tamid. Free hot chocolate and jelly doughnuts. Dec. 8.

Celebrate Hanukkah: A Cultural Exploration at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Celebrate Hanukkah with storytime, music and dance. Dec. 9.

Hanukkah Storytime at Little Shop of Stories. Listen to stories about the Festival of Lights. Dec. 9.

Beyond Atlanta

Also check out these Top Holiday Events Beyond Atlanta 

Holiday Celebration & Live Nativity at North Georgia Zoo. A live nativity, Starry Night Tours, hayrides, wool jump, kids’ activities and more. Nov. 22-23.

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. Nov. 8-Dec. 31.

A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort. Celebrate the holidays with a trip to Nashville to enjoy the SoundWaves Water Experience, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” Rockin’ Christmas on Ice!, ice skating, tubing and more. Nov. 8-Jan. 1.

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens. Drive through more than eight million twinkling lights and a garden decorated for the season. Nov. 15-Jan. 4.

North Pole Limited at Tennessee Valley Railroad. This road-trip journey to the North Pole features refreshments, storytelling and sing-a-longs. Advance purchase suggested. Nov. 16-Dec. 28.

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. Nov. 22-Jan. 4.

Mountain Country Christmas In Lights at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Enjoy caroling, arts and crafts, food, lights, decorations and entertainment throughout the event. Nov. 28-Dec. 28.

Christmas at Biltmore at the Biltmore EstateHoliday décor, over 55 Christmas trees, thousands of ornaments and evening candlelight tours. Through Jan. 6


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