Top Holiday Events Beyond Atlanta
Celebrate the holidays with a family trip to one of these top destinations.
For more holiday events and activities, read our list of 175+ Atlanta’s Top Holiday Events.
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Snow Much Fun
Slide into winter at License to Chill Snow Island at Margaritaville Lanier Islands. Enjoy a day of snow tubing, amusement rides, ice skating, and a large snow play area perfect for snowball fights. Then stroll through the Lakeside Lights Spectacular in the evening. Select days Nov. 24 – Feb. 27.
Splash into Fun
Family fun begins at Wilderness at the Smokies, the Smoky Mountains’ biggest waterpark resort, with over 250,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor splashes, included with your stay. Dry off and experience 25,000 square-feet of year-round dry fun at the family entertainment center inside Wilderness at the Smokies. Three-story ropes course, climbing wall, multilevel laser tag, black light mini-golf, mega arcade and more!
A Holiday Celebration
Visit Villa Rica for holiday fun at Christmas on Main at The MILL Amphitheater December 4. Join the Reindeer Run 5K and One Mile Fun Run, shop at Mistletoe Market, enjoy the Christmas parade, tree lighting and pictures with Santa! Afterward, visit Pine Mountain Gold Museum for the Winter Wonderland Train, Christmas lights, carolers and more.
Experience Nature’s Beauty
Unwrap the beach this season at The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a unique destination on the Alabama Gulf Coast with nature at its doorstep. Located within beautiful Gulf State Park, The Lodge offers direct beach access, delicious dining outlets and miles of white sand beaches. Connect with the outdoors on a whole new level. While enjoying the 28 miles of trails in the park, experience the hotel’s conservation efforts to restore and maintain the beauty of this truly distinctive property.
Family Adventures on the Farm
A short drive from Atlanta, Lane Southern Orchards is packed with fun! Visit the café, shop for farm-fresh treats and gifts at the market, and explore the farm-themed playground. Special holiday events include Christmas at the Farm on Nov. 6, Grits With the Grinch on Dec. 4, and Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 11.
A Country Christmas
There is no better way to celebrate the holiday season in Nashville than gathering your family for holiday fun during A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland. Explore acres of twinkling lights and decorations, as well as exciting holiday activities, shows and events, including ice tubing and ice skating. Nov. 12-Jan. 2.
Lakeside fun is year-round at Lanier Islands in Buford! This beautiful resort, located 45 minutes north of Atlanta, hosts a myriad of lakeside holiday activities. Join them this year for an ultimate overnight stay with the Ultimate Santa Package which includes your room, an Elf Tuck In with a bedtime story, cookies and milk, and a holiday breakfast buffet with a visit with Santa included. For those looking for some adventure, the Winter Family Fun package is full of high speed, frozen fun with tickets to Snow Island included for a day full of snow tubing and carnival rides.