Best Thanksgiving Week Atlanta Events & Things To Do

Wondering what to do on Thanksgiving weekend with kids? Choose from our top events and catch a ball game or do some Christmas shopping. Also, check out our list of over 250 fun things for families to do around Atlanta.


Planes and Trains Model Railroad at Museum of Aviation

View miniature train displays featuring a 1950’s drive-in theater, a Christmas Village, a Thomas the Tank Engine and more. Nov. 20-26. Closed Mon. and Thanksgiving Day.

License to Chill Snow Island at Margaritaville Lanier Islands

Go snow tubing, practice figure eights on the ice rink, hop on the carnival rides, enjoy sweet treats, meet Santa and more. Nov. 12-Feb. 26. Find more excellent places to skate here.

Into the Burrow: A Peter Rabbit Tale at Alliance Theatre

Journey down the rabbit hole for a musical adventure as the neighborly forest animals gather to throw a surprise party for Peter. Through Dec. 23.

Knock, Knock at Alliance Theatre

Enter The Apartment Building to see how residents are preparing for the holiday and staying warm from the cold of winter. Through Dec. 23.

Cirque Du Soleil Echo at Under the Big Top, Atlantic Station

This spectacular performance combines poetry, stagecraft, acrobatics and technology as heroine Future discovers her choices have the potential to change the world. Through Jan. 21.


Check out our list of Top Exhibits Around Atlanta for more entertainment with the kids, including  Naturally Artistic at Chattahoochee Nature Center,  Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out at Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Vikings: Warriors of the Sea at Fernbank Museum and Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at the High.


Watch a football game at home or at Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame.

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Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions

Holiday Shopping:

Favorite Holiday Crafts and Markets

Shop these local markets for unique crafts and treats.

Museum Store Sunday

Find locally-made and ec0-friendly gifts at a museum store, including the Center for Puppetry Arts, High Museum of Art, the King Center, Historic Oakland Foundation and more on Museum Store Sunday, November 26. Your purchase helps support these local organizations.

Atlanta Parent’s 2023 Holiday Toy Guide

Our picks for the coolest toys and games for your good girl or boy.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Check out these metro Atlanta farms to pick out your own tree and enjoy other family-friendly activities.

Tree Lightings and Light Displays in Atlanta and Beyond

Enjoy the brightest and best holiday displays, from local neighborhoods to Zoo Atlanta and more.

Other Ideas:

Explore the Outdoors

Step outside and experience nature—there are so many beautiful places for easy hikes near Atlanta. Try these nature walks and hikes, visit waterfalls, go hiking at Georgia State Parks and enjoy these less crowded State Parks.

75+ Best Playgrounds Around Atlanta

Our top playgrounds in Atlanta include everything from generational swings for both parent and child and large shaded areas to cushioned rubber matting and sculpture-like playscapes. We rounded up the top playgrounds and play places around metro Atlanta for every type of play.

Best Kid-Friendly Things to do on the Atlanta BeltLine

Along the trails currently in use, you will find families biking, rollerblading, skateboarding and jogging, as well as checking out restaurants, shops and attractions.

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