Find Festivals and Festivities this December in Atlanta

Get festive or act like Scrooge. Either way, just come out and enjoy Atlanta's December festivals.
  • Even if you don't have a reindog in the parade, the Atlanta Botanical Garden's pup party is a holiday favorite.
    Even if you don't have a reindog in the parade, the Atlanta Botanical Garden's pup party is a holiday favorite.
  • Enjoy a traditional German Christmas market at the Atlanta International School.
    Enjoy a traditional German Christmas market at the Atlanta International School.
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's annual parade is the largest in the Southeast.
    Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's annual parade is the largest in the Southeast.

Yes, there is so much to do during the holidays, which is exactly why you should take a break and relax at a festival or parade in Atlanta during December. 

  • Atlanta Christkindl Market, Dec. 2 - 14
    Enjoy an open-air German holiday market at Atlantic Station that will feature homemade gifts, German food and beverages, and entertainment. There is a snow show at 7 p.m. nightly (plus 6, 8 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).

  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade, Dec. 3
    The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade is the largest holiday parade in the Southeast with floats, balloons, marching bands and lots of holiday spirit. The route begins at Peachtree and 16th streets and ends at Peachtree and 5th streets. The parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. and runs until noon. There are several events such as breakfasts and restaurant deals. You can also reserve your parade bleacher seats.

    Back to Nature Holiday Market and Festival, Dec. 3
    Admission to Chattahoochee Nature Center is free for this market full of nature-themed gifts galore. Sneak a peek at the new beavers while you're there.  

  • AIS German Christmas Market, Dec. 3
    Join the Atlanta International School as it celebrates the holiday with the German Christmas Market, complete with delicious food and drink, live entertainment, Christmas craft activities and a photo opportunity with Christkindl and St. Nikolaus. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Westside Provisions District’s Annual Tinsel & Twine, Dec. 3
    Get festive on the Westside with Santa, holiday caroling, a photo booth, fine retail and a crafts market. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Ugly Sweater Run, Dec. 3
    Wear your ugliest sweater for the Ugly Sweater Run 5K and after party. Piedmont Park.

  • Dog Costume Parade, Dec. 3
    Register and dress your dog for fun or to win an award at the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Reindog Parade. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Strong Beer Festival, Dec. 3
    Taste 40 high-alcohol beers from 25 local breweries and enjoy the fun at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub. Noon to 4 p.m. $55. 

  • Candlelight Nights, Dec. 9
    Atlanta History Center offers a candlelit stroll through its gardens and grounds. The night includes a Christmas market filled with local crafts and artisanal creations. The center's three historic houses will show off the way Southerners celebrated Christmas during the pioneer days, the Civil War era and the 1930s. And that's just for starters.

  • Chinese Lantern Festival, Dec. 9 - Jan. 15
    Centennial Olympic Park will be decorated with 25 handcrafted lanterns, a three-story pagoda and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. And that's only the beginning of this unique festival. 

  • Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl, Dec. 10
    Enjoy the second annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl and visit at least five bars in five hours. Buckhead Saloon.

  • Celebrations in Light: Hanukkah, Dec. 13 - 16
    Take the kiddos to the Children's Museum where they can learn all about Hanukkah. 

  • Highlands Santa Stumble 6, Dec. 17
    Join more than 500 people who ring in the holiday season at several of Virginia-Highland’s favorite bars, including Moe’s & Joe’s, Neighbor’s Pub and Diesel. 6 to 11 p.m.

  • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Dec. 31
    There’s more to the Peach Bowl than college football. Among the things to do are tailgating, parade watching and a celebration of fans  at the Georgia Aquarium. 

Bonus:

  • The Giant Panda Twins' 100 Day Naming Celebration, Dec. 12
    Don't miss the big day at Zoo Atlanta for the soon-to-be-named Cub A and Cub B, the baby panda twins born this year. Be on the Grand Patio when it's announced and be part of Zoo Atlanta history.

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

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