Christmas Holiday Events Atlanta for Kids

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Atlanta has so many things to do during the holidays from festive shows to Holiday 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, 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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Meet the Most Famous Reindeer of All

The Center for Puppetry Arts rings in the holiday season with its annual production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™. This faithful adaptation of the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated television special brings Rudolph and his friends to life on stage. This beloved tale has become holiday tradition for families and a trip down memory lane for the young at heart. It is a celebration of friendship, self-discovery, and acceptance that speaks to the misfit in all of us. All-inclusive ticket includes the live performance, entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, and admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Nov. 5-Dec. 29.

The Most Sparkling Time of the Year

Enjoy “Sparkle! A Celebration of Kids, Creativity and Magic” in the City of Norcross. Activities include a tree lighting on December 6 with hot chocolate, s’mores and “The Polar Express” on the big screen. Kids can meet Santa, Disney Princesses and the Grinch. Afterward, enjoy a special holiday concert by jazz musician Joe Gransden. Throughout the month, carriage rides will dash through the sparkling streets of Norcross, and Santa himself will be on hand for photos, marshmallow roasting and cocoa on December 14.

Skate Through the Holidays!

Looking for a unique outdoor day of fun this winter season? Visit Ice Days Ice Skating Rinks and celebrate their 20th Anniversary in Olde Town Conyers or their Inaugural year at Nash Farm Park in Hampton, Georgia. The family-owned and operated rink is made of REAL ICE for an authentic ice skating experience. Both rinks are covered, so ice will stay perfect and you’ll have fun skating to music regardless of weather conditions. The two-hour skating session is available for $10 with skate rental included and parking is FREE. Priced the cheapest in the state with no wait times or reservations required for these sessions. On site concessions available including hot drinks, hot dogs, snacks and more are available for purchase. Checkout the birthday, holiday, or private party packages for your winter celebrations. Nov. 15-Feb. 23.

A Flurry of Fun

There’s “snow” much fun coming to Margaritaville at Lanier Islands this winter! License to Chill Snow Island debuts Nov. 22 and features one of the fastest snow tubing hills in North America, measuring 575 feet long and 8 stories high. Make a snow angel, have a snowball fight or take aim at one of our snowball targets in our snow play area. Don’t miss carnival rides, an ice skating rink, a fire pit with s’mores, specialty winter drinks at LandShark Landing, and photos with Santa. Magical Nights of Lights also returns for its 27th year with colorful lights, decorations and a Margaritaville twist.

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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. At Perimeter Pointe, 1155 Mount Vernon Hwy. #300, Atlanta. Open Tues.-Sun. Nov. 15-Dec. 8; daily Dec. 10-Jan. 5.

A Month of Celebration!

‘Tis the season at Atlantic Station! Join in on a month of holiday cheer at Celebration at the Station. The festivities begin Nov. 23 at Light the Station, with live music, Holiday Light Parade and the lighting of a fifty-foot tree. Enjoy Snow Shows and put on an ice show of your own at the outdoor skating rink, Skate the Station. Don’t miss a visit with the big guy himself at Santa’s Cottage all season. There’s no better place to be merry with friends and family than Atlantic Station. Nov. 23-Dec. 24; skating through Jan. 20.


Celebrate a ‘Country Christmas’

Create memories during Country Christmas Nights at The Rock Ranch, 6-10 p.m., Dec. 6-7, 13-14 and 19-21. 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. 7 and Dec. 14. New Breakfast with the Grinch is Dec. 21. Holiday events sell out and reservations must be made in advance. One hour south of Atlanta.

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, with holiday trimmings! Dec. 5-7; 19-21. 10 a.m. Additional shows Dec. 7 and 20, 1:30 p.m.

Holiday Overnight 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 bedtime 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 License to Chill Snow Island snow tube rides, are available through February.

Special Events

Magic Monday: Winter Wonderland at Atlanta History Center. Toddlers and preschoolers will learn about winter animals and listen to holiday music. Dec. 9.

Christmas at Callanwolde at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Eat breakfast with Santa, sip tea with teddy bears, ride on the Polar Express and more in the 27,000 square-foot historic mansion decorated for the holiday. Through Dec. 9.

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. 13 and 20.

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. 14.

Holiday PJ Party at Tellus Science Museum. Wear your favorite PJs to the Museum for hands-on activities, photos with Santa, science demos with elves and more. Dec. 14.

Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetery. Explore mausoleums decorated for the holidays on a walking tour led by a Victorian guide, hear a reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Dec. 14.

Grinchmas Party at Alpharetta Community Center. Party like the Grinch with good eats and crafts. Dec. 14.

An Evening with Charles Dickens at Isaac Adair House. Step back into the 19th century and enjoy a Victorian evening at Fezziwig’s Christmas party with Charles Dickens and characters from “A Christmas Carol.” Dec. 14.

Holidays at the HEARTh at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site. Experience holiday decorating and festivities of civilian life during the Civil War. Dec. 14.

A Haunted Holiday at Netherworld Haunted House. Time for holiday fear with Night of the Gorgon, test your skills in laser tag with Mutant Madness and more. Dec. 14.

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.

Toys and Tea at The Ritz-Carlton. Families can enjoy tea, hot chocolate, a cookie decorating station and more as storytellers and the Charles Dickens Carolers entertain and Santa drops by for a visit. Dec. 14-15 and 21-22.

Sparkle! A Celebration of Kids, Creativity and Magic in Norcross. Celebrate the holidays in Norcross with a tree lighting, Santa, holiday concert, carriage rides and more. Through Dec. 14.

Enchanted Woodland Wonders at Chattahoochee Nature Center. Pet live reindeer, and enjoy performances, winter crafts, face painting and more. Dec. 15.

12 Days of Christmas at Mable House Complex. Enjoy 12 Days of Christmas with artisan markets, Santa, a tree lighting ceremony, double feature movie nights, a princess party and sing-a-long and more. Through Dec. 15.

Mystery of the Christmas Star at Fernbank Science Center. Journey back to Bethlehem 2,000 years ago to discover the scientific explanation of the star in a modern retelling of the story. Through Dec. 20.

Cookies with Mrs. Claus at Barrington Hall. Help Mrs. Claus decorate cookies, listen to holiday stories, and write letters to Santa. Dec. 21 and 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.

Country Christmas Nights at The Rock Ranch. Travel the farm by wagon to see more than one mile of lights, ride a train through the snowflake light tunnel and more. Select dates through Dec. 21.

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. Dec. 23-24, 26-27 and 30.

Holidays in Roswell. Enjoy a variety of holiday celebrations in various locations, including music, dance, art, theater and more. Through Dec. 23.

Celebration at the Station at Atlantic Station. Authentic German market, skating rink, evening snow shows and Santa’s Cottage. Through Dec. 24; skating through Jan. 20.

Winter Waterland at the Georgia Aquarium. Have a festive time at the aquarium, with dance and music shows, appearances by Santa and SCUBA Claus, screenings of “The Polar Express,” tree-lighting ceremonies and more. Through Dec. 31.

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. Through Dec. 31.

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. Through Dec. 31.

Festival of the Trees at Southeastern Railway Museum. A lighted display of trees throughout the museum. Through Jan. 4.

The Toys”R”Us Adventure at Lenox Marketplace. Presented by Toys”R”Us and Candytopia, experience an immersive indoor playland that celebrates toys with eight different rooms and brand installations. Through Jan. 5.

Macy’s Pink Pig at Lenox Square Mall. Ride the pink train through a life-sized storybook that includes the original Pink Pig and other holiday friends. Through Jan. 5.

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

Stone Mountain Christmas at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy holiday magic with evenings full of festive music, dazzling lights, visits from your favorite holiday characters and more. Through Jan. 5.

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. 5.

Chinese Lantern Festival at Centennial Olympic Park. As part of International Winter Wonderland, view more than 25 handcrafted lanterns of land and sea animals as part of the themed “INTO THE WILD.” Through Jan. 5.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags. View more than one million LED lights and dozens of Christmas trees, visit with Santa Claus and ride the park’s popular attractions. Through Jan. 5.

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. 12.

We Love a Parade

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.

Fun Under $5

Holiday Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast in Decatur Square. Enjoy a festive evening of roasting marshmallows and listening to holiday music. Dec. 12.

Gingerbread Christmas at Smith Plantation. Decorate gingerbread cookies for baking over the open-hearth in the historic 1863 cookhouse and make an ornament. Dec. 14.

Candy Canes and Cocoa at Shorty Howell Park. Hunt for candy canes, enjoy hot cocoa, take “sleigh” rides and more. Dec. 14.

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. Through Dec. 16.

Roswell Winter Puppet Series Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Follow your favorite Christmas cookie with “The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man.” Dec. 19-21.

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. Through Dec. 20.

Holiday Extravaganza and Tree Lighting in South Fulton. Take a picture with Santa, ride the holiday train in winter wonderland, sip hot cocoa while listening to holiday-themed music performed by special guests and more. Dec. 21.

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

Christkindl Market at Centennial Olympic Park. Experience a traditional German market and shop for ornaments, nutcrackers, household décor and more. Through Dec. 24.

Sparkle Sandy Springs at City Green. Walk through a wonderland of festively decorated wooden houses painted by local groups and organizations. Through Dec. 31.

Dance and Theater

Merry Little Holiday Shorts at OnStage Atlanta. Watch eight new one-act plays of seasonal fun. Dec. 11, 14-15, 18 and 21.

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.

In Bethlehem Inn at Lionheart Theatre. Enjoy a meal at Bethlehem Inn with the Innkeeper and his family and watch as the night of Jesus’ birth unfolds. Dec. 13-15.

The Bus Stops Here: A Children’s Christmas Musical at Merely Players Presents. A group of school children must help revive the spirit of Christmas after they learn the world’s supply of Christmas Spirit is so depleted Christmas is in danger of being permanently cancelled. 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.

Up on the Housetop! at OnStage Atlanta. This special event includes Santa’s favorites and maybe a special guest appearance from the jolly man himself! Dec. 16.

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.

The Nativity 2019 at The Grand Theatre. Steps of Faith presents a faith-based ballet about the true meaning of Christmas. Dec. 20-22.

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.

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.” Through Dec. 22.

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. Through Dec. 22.

Dickens Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts at ACT1 Theater. The Styckes-Upon-Thump Repertory Theatre Company from England, a stuffy old travelling troupe, must keep its final show going as everything that could possibly go wrong does. Through Dec. 22.

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

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. Through Dec. 23.

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

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

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

It’s a Wonderful Life at OnStage Atlanta. Based on the popular film and story, see the story of George Bailey live. 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. Through Dec. 24.

Courtenay’s Cabaret: Home for the Holidays. This holiday cabaret includes music, stories, interviews with mystery guests, humor and more. Through Dec. 24.

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

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

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.” Through Dec. 29.

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. Through Dec. 29.

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. Through Dec. 31.

Narnia at Serenbe Playhouse. Four English schoolchildren stumble upon a wardrobe, which is a portal to a magical kingdom, Narnia, under an evil spell that makes it winter but never Christmas. Through Jan. 5.

The Nutcracker

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.

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.

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.

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker at Blessed Trinity High School. See the exquisite performance of Tchaikovsky’s original. Special matinee event includes Sugarplum Storytime with the famous Fairy and characters from the Land of Sweets. Dec. 20-22.

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.

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker at Infinite Energy Center. Gwinnett Ballet Theatre performs the classic story for the 39th year. Through Dec. 22.

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

Music

Live from Nashville: Merry Country Christmas at The Nixon Centre for the Arts. Christmas songs are presented in authentic Nashville country style with exciting sets, colorful costuming, boot-scootin’ dancers and more. Dec. 9.

Christmas Pops at Infinite Energy Theater. Hear classical Christmas music performed live by the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Dec. 9.

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

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.

Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale at Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Journey to the hillside outside Bethlehem to sing along the songs of the season. Dec. 13-15.

Christmas Festival Concert at Roswell United Methodist Church. From traditional carols to popular Christmas songs, enjoy a concert filled with favorite holiday music. Dec. 13 and 15.

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, 20-22.

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.

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.

Santa’s Favorite Chamber Music 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.

A Crabapple Christmas at Crabapple First Baptist Church. Enjoy the performances of the Crabapple First Baptist Church Choir and the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra and sing along to your favorite carols. 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.

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

Hanukkah

Hanukkah Storytime at Little Shop of Stories. Enjoy hot drinks, latkes, music and photos with Mr. Dreidel. Dec. 15.

East Cobb Chanukah Celebration at Temple Kol Emeth. Celebrate Chanukah with lighting of the menorah, crafts, music and more. Dec. 18.

Hanukkah on Main Street. Prepare for Hanukkah with hot chocolate, donuts, songs and crafts. Dec. 19.

Menorah Lighting in Avalon. Traditional menorah lighting, refreshments, music and entertainment. Dec. 22.

Menorah Lightings Hosted by Chabad Intown. Enjoy the menorah lighting, balloons, doughnuts, latkes, music and more. Dec. 22, 23, 25 and 29.

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. Dec. 28.

The Nativity

Walk Through Bethlehem at Simpsonwood United Methodist Church. Walk through the candlelit outdoor nativity scene, complete with Roman guards, shopkeepers and live animals. Dec. 13-15.

Evening in Bethlehem at Roswell United Methodist Church. Indoor, dramatic re-enactment of the first Christmas with live characters and real stable animals. Dec. 14.

Walk Through Bethlehem at St. John United Methodist Church. Live nativity, live animals, music, refreshments and crafts. Dec. 14-15.

Live Nativity at Chamblee First United Methodist Church. Live nativity scene to re-create the glory of Christmas. Dec. 15.

Beyond Atlanta

Also check out these Top Holiday Events Beyond Atlanta

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

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. Through Dec. 28.

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.

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. 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. 4.

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. 4.

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. 5.

Past Events:

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.

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.

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

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.

A Very Grinchy Christmas at Infinite Energy Center. Southern Ballet Theatre performs this production where the Grinch meets “The Nutcracker”. Nov. 23-24.

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. Through Nov. 24.

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.

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

Family Holiday Craft Event at Zone of Light Studio. Have a festive afternoon of creating holiday gifts and decorations while enjoying hot cider and gingerbread cookies. Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

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.

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.

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

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.

Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. Watch the beloved and magical story. Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

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.

Holiday Celebration & Live Nativity at North Georgia Zoo. A live nativity, Starry Night Tours, hayrides, wool jump, kids’ activities and more. Nov. 30.

Jungle Bells at Zoo Atlanta. Enjoy festive activities and the third annual tree lighting. Dec. 7.

Winter Wonderland at Brook Run Park. Enjoy ice skating, holiday music performances, food trucks, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and more. Dec. 7.

Homes for the Holidays at The Southern Trilogy Historic House Museums. Enjoy a 19th century holiday celebrations, including twinkling lights, seasonal greenery, carols, refreshments and more. Dec. 8.

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.

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. 7.

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.

Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. Enjoy live entertainment, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, s’more stations, carnival rides and an indoor ice skating rink. 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.

Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting at Merle Manders Conference Center and Clark Park. Take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, see Santa’s reindeer, enjoy live entertainment, watch Crystalline the Snow Princess light the tree and more. Dec. 5.

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.

Jolly Holly Day at Town Center Park. Watch festive performances by local schools, see the tree lighting, get a photo with Santa, make crafts and s’mores and more. Dec. 6.

Reindeer Run & Santa Village at Wildhorse Trail. Become an honorary member of Santa’s Crew and travel through Santa’s Village to help find all nine of the missing reindeer before Christmas Eve. Dec. 7.

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. Shop for unique handmade gifts by local artisans, including eco-friendly candles, bath products, food and more. Dec. 7.

Christmas at the Cabin at Red Top Mountain State Park. Pioneer-style Christmas celebration with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday crafts, toys, games, music and more. Dec. 7.

PJ Party with Santa Town Center at Cobb-Upper Level, JCPenney WingMeet Santa and hear him read a story, plus games and giveaways. Dec. 7.

Annual Holiday Party. Celebrate the season and Joel Chandler Harris’s birthday with music, entertainment, refreshments, dancing, storytelling and a holly, jolly couple. Dec. 8.

Caroling on Canton in Roswell. Listen to your favorite holiday tunes while sipping hot chocolate and strolling along the street. Dec. 8.

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.

‘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.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! at Legacy Theatre. A couple struggles to put on a Christmas pageant as the awful Herdman kids cause mayhem. Dec. 7.

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.

The Nutcracker at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. The classic story presented by The Georgia Ballet. Dec. 5-8.

Cartersville City Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Grand Theatre. Cartersville City Ballet presents their annual tradition of dance. Dec. 6-8.

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. Dec. 6-8.

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.

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.

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.

Alpharetta Community Chorus and AlphaSO Holiday Concert at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. This joint concert features familiar holiday sounds and will fill you with holiday cheer. Dec. 8.

Holiday Concert at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church. Join the Atlanta Concert Band for hot cocoa, sing-a-longs, bell ringing to Sleigh Ride and holiday cheer. Dec. 8.

Light Up Brookhaven Holiday Celebration. Hanukkah songs with Rabbi Glusman, lighting of the menorah, crafts, hot chocolate, refreshments, food trucks and a performance. Dec. 4.

Celebrate Hanukkah: A Cultural Exploration at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Celebrate Hanukkah with storytime, music and dance. Dec. 8.

Family LEGO Menorah Workshop. Build a menorah out of LEGO bricks in the art studio. 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. 7-8.

The Village of Bethlehem at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Walk through the village and see Bethlehem as it was the night Jesus was born, including live animals. Dec. 7-8.

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

Nativities Exhibit at Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. Nativity scenes from around the world made of everything from wood to volcanic ash. Dec. 7-9.

Bethlehem Village and Live Nativity. Experience the town of Bethlehem 2000 years ago, told by witnesses, musicians and choirs. Dec. 8.

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