21 Cool Things To Do In Atlanta In December

Bored? Don't be. Check out the many things to do in Atlanta during December.
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is tuned up for the holidays.
    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is tuned up for the holidays.
  • "A Christmas Carol" returns at the Alliance and other theaters.
    "A Christmas Carol" returns at the Alliance and other theaters.
  • Rudolph has hoofed it back to Center for Puppetry Arts. (Clay Walker)
    Rudolph has hoofed it back to Center for Puppetry Arts. (Clay Walker)

Looking for fun things to do in Atlanta during December? Check out this list.

  1. The Atlanta Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition of 100 artists, featuring live music, body painting, multimedia displays and, yes, pancakes. Dec. 1.

  2. Christmas at Callanwolde invites you to tour this Tudor Revival mansion extravagantly decorated for the holidays, including Christmas lights outdoors. Dec. 1-12.

  3. Atlanta Christkindl Market is an open-air German holiday market at Atlantic Station featuring handmade gifts, German food and beverages, and entertainment. Dec. 1-23.

  4. Myriad holiday plays, performances and concerts take place in December, including "A Christmas Story" at OnStage Atlanta; "The Santaland Diaries" at Horizon Theatre;  "A Christmas Carol" at Shakespeare Tavern and Alliance Theatre (The Alliance production will be performed at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre this year); "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" at the Center for Puppetry Arts; "Black Nativity" at Southwest Arts Center; "Urban Nutcracker" at Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College; "The First Noel" at Ferst Center for the Arts; and A Very Merry Holiday Pops and Handel’s Messiah at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

  5. Festival of the SEAson features a light and music show, tree-lighting ceremonies, Santa and SCUBA Claus, and live entertainment at Georgia Aquarium. Dec. 1-31.

  6. Stone Mountain Christmas has 2 million lights, holiday shows, a snow-angel palace and a nightly parade with Santa. Nearby Snow Mountain opens Nov. 18 with inner tube rides. Dec. 1-Jan. 3, 2018.

  7. Winter Wonderland celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays with twinkling lights and trees hung with ornaments and cultural objects at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Dec. 1-Jan. 6, 2018.

  8. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights features high-tech light displays, illuminated attractions, model trains and restaurants at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden. Dec. 1-Jan. 7, 2018.

  9. Children’s Christmas Parade fills Peachtree Street in Midtown with floats, giant balloons, costumed characters and marching bands. Dec. 2.

  10. Reindog Parade celebrates pups in costume at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Dec. 2.

  11. The All Star Challenge brings cheerleaders competing for prizes and a chance to go to the nationals to the Georgia International Convention Center. Dec. 9-10.

  12. Myriad pub crawls take place in December, including Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl, Pub Crawl on the BeltLine, the Atlanta Santa Pub Crawl and the Highlands Santa Stumble Bar Crawl.

  13. The Winter White Party invites attendees to dress up in white for drinks, entertainment and music to support charity at Georgian Terrace Hotel. Dec. 11.

  14. Chabad Intown hosts several free Chanukah celebrations, including workshops, menorah lightings, music and more. Dec. 13-18.

  15. Power 96.1 radio brings big-name music artists to Jingle Ball at Philips Arena. Dec. 15.

  16. Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir includes a full orchestra at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. Dec. 15-16.

  17. Candlelight Nights invites you to walk candlelit paths at Atlanta History Center to historic houses with holiday decorations and activities, plus food and drink for sale. Dec. 15 and 22.

  18. Christmas Jingle Mingle is a giant party for age 21+ with live entertainment, DJ music and a dance floor at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta to support charity. Dec. 16.

  19. Celtic Christmas features fiddlers, dancers, singers and harpists from the traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Appalachia at Rialto Center for the Arts. Dec. 16-17.

  20. Sips Under the Sea invites adults to wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails and appetizers. Dec. 31.

  21. Buckhead Ball has an open bar and entertainment in three event spaces at the remodeled Grand Hyatt. Dec. 31.

Beth Clark is a writer and foodie who loves to roam around Atlanta, uncovering the city's quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Curiosity is her compass, and you'll find her writing on www.thecitydweller.me.

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