December Festivals and Parades in Atlanta

Parades and festivals join the holiday happenings in Atlanta.
  • The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Children's Christmas Parade is a favorite local tradition.
    The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Children's Christmas Parade is a favorite local tradition.
  • The cuteness factor is over the moon at the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Reindog Parade.
    The cuteness factor is over the moon at the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Reindog Parade.

Even with all the holiday markets, ballets, plays and parties throughout the holiday season, there are still some terrific parades and festivals to amp up your holiday spirit in Atlanta.

  • Children’s Christmas Parade, Dec. 2
    The largest holiday parade in the Southeast, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade features enormous floats, giant helium-filled balloons, marching bands and lots of holiday spirit. The parade starts at Peachtree and 16th streets and ends at 5th Street.

  • Reindog Parade, Dec. 2
    Who needs Rudolph when you can bring Fido? Dress your pooch in her best holiday sweater and compete for prizes -- or just show off. Victoria Stilwell, star of "It’s Me or the Dog," and Vincent Martinez, publisher of Fashionado will be the parade hosts. St. Nick will be available for pictures, and you can shop for your pet at the Doggie Expo. In addition to the regular admission there is a $15 charge to register your dog’s participation in advance; $18 at the door.

  • Wrecking Bar Strong Beer Festival 2017, Dec. 2
    Every beer poured will be 8-percent alcohol by volume (ABV) or higher.

  • Winterfest, Dec. 9
    Join the Ormewood community at Ormewood Park Church to celebrate the holidays with more than 20 local artists, including wood carvers, jewelry makers, painters and candle makers. In addition, enjoy a kids' craft area and great food vendors including Smoking Mo’s BBQ, Pallookaville, Endulge cupcakes and Hodgepodge Coffee. Don’t miss Santa and four workshops including ornament making and learning how to pair wine and cheese.

  • V-103 Winterfest 2017, Dec. 16
    Here's your chance to see Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Yo Gotti.

  • Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade, Jan. 1
    Regarded as the official kickoff for game day, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade brings together floats, classic cars, cheerleaders, mascots and award-winning marching bands. Presented by the Lions Club, the parade takes place in downtown Atlanta and concludes at FanFest at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for national and local publications. 

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