7 Things to Do over Thanksgiving Weekend in Atlanta

We've got some great ideas for keeping your family and out-of-town guests entertained all Thanksgiving Weekend long.
  • It's fall. Time for Thanksgiving fun. (Joleen Pete Photography)
    It's fall. Time for Thanksgiving fun. (Joleen Pete Photography)
  • Take the kids to a performance of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
    Take the kids to a performance of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
  • Take in the festive beauty at Christmas at Callanwolde.
    Take in the festive beauty at Christmas at Callanwolde.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and that often means entertaining out-of-town friends and family. But once the football games are watched and the meal has been eaten, what do you do? Fortunately, Atlanta is full of cultural, physical and fun activities for the entire family. Here are our best ideas for things to do over Thanksgiving Weekend.

Volunteer as a family.
Thanksgiving marks a time of giving thanks, but it is also encourages “giving back.” Thanksgiving weekend is a great way to demonstrate to kids and family that helping is as important, if not better, than receiving. Check out these ongoing volunteer opportunities in the Atlanta area. Hands on Atlanta takes it a step further by offering matching services to help you find the perfect volunteer opportunities for you and your family.

Go hiking.
OK, so you ate too much and a the kids are stir crazy. Get some fresh air and enjoy the beautiful fall colors at one of these 7 family-friendly adventures near Atlanta. Feeling even more adventurous? Here are 7 Georgia hikes with amazing views, located within three hours of Atlanta. This awesome list includes drive time from Atlanta and difficulty rating. 

See a movie.
If your family is like ours, it’s tradition to see a good flick over the holiday weekend. The anticipated and family friendly Disney Pixar’s "Coco," accompanied by the short, "Olaf’s Frozen Adventure" opens Nov. 22, just in time for Thanksgiving viewing. Looking for a little more action? "Justice League" drops just a week prior, on Nov. 17, and the heartwarming "Wonder," opens the same day. Looking for a little escape for the girls? Grab your sister, mom, aunt, favorite cousin and head out for a Bad Moms Night out in Atlanta, sans kiddos.

Our suggestions for a movie theater and great holiday shopping? Catch a show at the AMC at Phipps Plaza after visiting favorites like Kate Spade New York, Janie and Jack, Lilly Pulitzer and Nordstrom. Phipps is also home to high-end shops like Versace, Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and more. For a Regal Stadium with IMAX, head to Atlantic Station. Make a day of it with ice skating and shopping at family favorites like GAP, H&M, Dillards, Belk, Old Navy and DSW.

Shop Black Friday.
And speaking of shopping, what’s Thanksgiving Weekend without Black Friday? Whether you plan your attack meticulously or go with the flow and enjoy the holiday madness, we’ve got you covered for your holiday shopping. Here are 4 tips for getting the best Black Friday deals in Atlanta.

Experience the arts.
If the grandparents are visiting, it might be a fun idea to visit the High Museum of Art for the family offering, “Day After Thanksgiving.” Enjoy a fun time of art making, story time and festivities. Admission is free.

Take the kids to see the Atlanta Symphony.
The whole family will love this limited engagement of Disney’s Broadway Hits performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Celebrating 20 years of Disney on Broadway, this event will feature world-class Broadway singers performing family favorite songs from nine Tony Award- and Academy Award-winning scores.

Get into the Christmas Spirit.

  • Check out the Atlanta Christkindl Market at Atlantic Station. It is part festival, part holiday shopping and all fun. Enjoy holiday treats while browsing the stalls of German wares ranging from glass art and teddy bears to truffles, beer and baked goods. Activities such as visiting Santa, ice skating, musical performances and more will make this memorable outing for the entire family.

  • Experience the opening weekend of Christmas at Callanwolde. The grounds will be decked out in their holiday finery, fully lit and decorated inside and out for the holiday season. Tour the historic mansion which will be elaborately decorated by top designers and florists, view professional holiday displays and then shop the expansive artists’ market and participate in themed events for the whole family.

  • Here are 21 fun holiday things to do with kids in Atlanta

For more ideas, visit the Thanksgiving page and check out our list of things to do in Atlanta on Thanksgiving Day.

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their 4-year-old son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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