Atlanta’s Top Holiday Events
Celebrate the season with these top-notch attractions and events. Also check out our list of Top Holiday Events Beyond Atlanta.
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.
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.