10 Free and Cheap Things To Do This Holiday Season

Save money. Enjoy free and cheap holiday events in Atlanta.
  • Release holiday stress at "Skate the Sky" at Rooftop Terrace. (Laura Rispin/The Wilbert Group)
    Release holiday stress at "Skate the Sky" at Rooftop Terrace. (Laura Rispin/The Wilbert Group)
  • The Pink Pig is an Atlanta tradition.
    The Pink Pig is an Atlanta tradition.
  • Kick off the holiday season with the Christmas Tree Lighting at Atlantic Station. (2017, Gene Phillips)
    Kick off the holiday season with the Christmas Tree Lighting at Atlantic Station. (2017, Gene Phillips)

Updated Nov. 1, 2017

They don’t call it “hustle and bustle” for nothing. The holidays can get a little crazy, not to mention expensive. But not to worry -- we’ve got some great ideas of things to do this holiday season, things that won’t cost you much if anything at all. Ho, ho, hope to see you there. 


  • Visit Atlantic Station for their kick off to the holidays and many special events with their Annual Tree Lighting on Nov. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will mark the transformation of Atlantic Station’s transformation into a Winter Wonderland.

  • Deck the Hall – Visit Duluth Town Green on Dec. 2 from 2 to 7 p.m. Enjoy festive decorations, live music, ornament making, a snow playground and more. Santa will be there to say hello.

  • Watch Midtown Atlanta transformed into Santa Claus Lane for the Children's Christmas Parade, benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Here are some of our best insider tips and 5 reasons not to miss it.

  • Lighting of the Menorah – On Dec. 18, join the celebration of the 3rd Annual Menorah Lighting on Memorial Square, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with photo booth fun, hot chocolate and donuts.

  • Jeff Galloway Fit Kids Fun Run – It's the 3rd Annual Fit Kid's Run/Walk in conjunction with the Jeff Galloway Half Marathon Weekend. Kids run free but pre-registration is required. The length of the run will be determined by age and children as young as 2 years old are encouraged to participate. At the finish line, enjoy cookie decorating, hot chocolate, entertainment and participants will receive a medal. 


  • Macy’s Pink Pig – Macy's Pink Pig has been a beloved tradition in Atlanta for more than 50 years. Bring your kiddos to experience this seasonal holiday ride at Lenox Square through Dec. 31. The cost is $3 per ride, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

  • Ice Skating is a special and fun way to celebrate the holidays, and “Skate the Sky” at Rooftop Terrace at Ponce City Market will be offering this fun activity during the festive season. Enjoy views of the Atlanta BeltLine and the Old Fourth Ward Park while perched high above Ponce de Leon avenue. Spin and twirl in the winter wonderland while making memories to last a lifetime. Open Nov. 20 through Feb. 14, 2018

  • Nothing says holiday time like a special tea out and when accompanied by your favorite teddy bear, it’s even more fun! Attend Callanwolde Fine Arts Center’s Teddy Bear Tea on Dec. 3. Dine on tea, hot cocoa, sandwiches and charming desserts, tour the decorated home, visit with Santa and receive a special LEGO gift. Tickets are available online for $25 each. 

  • Enchanted Woodland Wonders – A new twist on Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Popular Reindeer Day, this reboot offers reindeer visit plus lots of other family activities including performances, face painting, crafts and more. Bring a picnic and dine under the stars, join the campfire and enjoy hot cocoa and memories. This event is from 3 to 7 p.m. and is $10 per person. 

  • Don your “ugliest” Holiday sweater and head out to Buckhead Saloon on Dec. 16 to start the 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl. Your $15 registration fee entitles you to discounts at participating pubs and bars, an official koozy and a commemorative t-shirt upon completion of the crawl. Toss in a lot of fun and new friends, giveaways and music. This is sure to be a holiday winner!

Looking for more ideas? Check out these 21 fun holiday activities for kids in Atlanta. Also, be sure to keep visiting the Thanksgiving and Christmas pages for updates on holiday events and festivities.

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their young 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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