My favorite time of year has to be the holidays. There is a chill in the air, we’re wrapped up in sweaters and scarves and it seems like everything is glowing with white lights and holiday cheer. Here’s my list of cool stuff to experience in Atlanta to make your season bright.
Happy Holidays to all of you!
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights - Atlanta Botanical Gardens. 11/16- 1/4/2014 5-10pm. $14+. Over 1 million lights and 200 show-stopping color changing topiaries - along with the ‘Orchestral Orbs’ that perform for you. Enjoy making s’mores and the Glow Bar for late night libations. One of my favorite holiday events of the year, check out my pics from previous visits here.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Center for Puppetry Arts. Now thru 12/29. $16.50. The classic holiday show gets a puppetry make-over! They sold out every performance of this show last year, so do not wait to get your tickets! Great show!
The Pink Pig - Macy’s Lenox Mall. Now thru 1/5/2014. $3 a ride, purchase tickets on-site! An Atlanta family tradition and a portion of the ticket sales goes to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Read important tips from ATL Mommy Blogger Sue Rodman here to prepare for your trip!
Skate at Atlantic Station - 11/15-2/14/2014. $10+. right in the heart of Midtown - enjoy a new ice skating destination this year at Atlantic Station! Unlimited skating and skate rental included. Text ‘Skate’ to 34763 for a $3 discount!
Stone Mountain Christmas Now thru 1/1/2014. $28+pp (Christmas Adventure Pass). Christmas parade, Santa, Sleigh Ride Musical Revue, Snow Mountain shopping & more!
Winter Wonderland - Fernbank Museum. 11/22-1/5/2014. Free for members/$18+. New addition this year is the Holly Jolly Film Fest, which hosts classic holiday films starting 11/30. Faves like A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be shown. Also enjoy decorated trees that reflect traditions and cultures from around the world.
Magical Night of Lights - Lake Lanier. 11/15-12/31/2013. $60+ per car. 7 miles of lights, holiday village, Santa, Petting Zoo, Carnival Rides, skating rink, live nativity show (11/30-12/25), and more! Coupons available at Publix, Chik-fil-A, McDonalds, QT, Audi & Lenny’s Sub Shop, which are doubled if you go in November.
Fantasy in Lights - Callaway Gardens. 11/22 - 12/30. $8+ child/$17+ adult (value shows). Holiday tradition, amazing light and sound show! Christmas Village with kids activities, Storytime with Mrs. Claus, shopping, and cocoa!
Centennial Olympic Park Ice Skating - 11/23-1/20/2014.! $10 admission & rental for 90 mins of skate time. $7 with valid college ID (check dates). Buy tix at the rink, group tix at the park office. Hours are subject to weather, so be sure to check before you go.
The Santaland Diaries - Horizon Theatre. 11/22 - 12/31. $25+. Hilarious David Sedaris holiday play about the life of a department store elf. Cool VIP Experience offered!
Gifts of the Magi - Theatrical Outfit. 11/27 - 12/22. $20+. Classic O. Henry holiday story about love in the face of adversity.
The Rink at Park Tavern. 11/28 - 2/17/2014. $15+ and you can skate all day!! Southwest Airlines presents a modern take on a holiday classic with great music and rink-side dining! They are now offering classes as well for those who always wanted to learn.
A Christmas Carol - Alliance Theatre. 11/29 - 12/29. $17.50+. A classic Christmas tale wonderfully performed! Create a new tradition for your family.
Invasion: Christmas Carol - Dad’s Garage. 11/29 - 12/23. $15+. The classic tale gets a crazy Dad’s twist every night as a new ‘character’ invades the story and the actors have to improv around them. This year the show will be at Fabrefaction, with two special shows at the Alliance Theatre!! Do not miss this, it’s a great time!!
Cookies with Santa - Zoo Atlanta. 11/29. 8:30am-2:30. $10+. Tix sell out fast, 4 time slots during the day. Kids can meet Santa, enjoy cookies and hot cocoa!
Teddy Bear Tea - The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. 12/1, 1, 8, 15, 21, 22 and 23. Two seatings: 11:30am/2:30pm. $47 per adult, $52 for kids. Storytellers and the Dickens Singers entertain, and Santa makes his annual appearance, of course! Children enjoy hot chocolate and seasonal treats, and take home a keepsake holiday teddy bear.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting - Vinings Jubilee. 12/5 6-8pm. FREE! Train and pony rides for kids, sleigh rides, treats, photos with Santa ($10), shopping, and more!
Holiday Tours at The Fox Theatre - 12/6-29. $30 for kids, $40 for adults. Magic show, meet and greet with the star of The Nutcracker, milk & cookies, treats and The Mighty Mo organ!
Tinsel & Twine - Westside Provisions District. 12/7 11-4pm. FREE! Holiday pop-up event with decor retailers, photos with Santa, old time candy counter with hot cocoa and gingerbread, holiday shopping, carolers, and more!
Photo by Charlie McCullers, Courtesy of Atlanta Ballet.
The Nutcracker by The Atlanta Ballet - The Fox Theatre. 12/6 -12/29. $20+. Classic holiday ballet that is a must see every season!
Madeline’s Christmas - Horizon Theatre. 12/7- 12/31. $12+. The little girl from Paris embarks on a holiday adventure! Family friendly.
Larry, Carols & Mo! - The Fox Theatre. 12/9 7p. Free tix at box office/$2.50 if secured online. Mighty Mo Sing-A-Long, Apple Cider, movie screening: A Christmas Story. Great night for all ages!
Have a holiday event to add to the list? Drop me a note and Happy Holidays in advance!