Cool Things To Do in Atlanta in December

What is there to do this month in Atlanta? December brings oh-so-many chances for your coolest self to celebrate the season.
  • It's beginning to look a lot like... well, you know. Atlanta's getting festive this holiday season. (📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    It's beginning to look a lot like... well, you know. Atlanta's getting festive this holiday season. (📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)

The last month of 2019 is upon us, so close out this decade with a bang at the best holiday events in Atlanta.

  1. Cirque Dreams Holidaze brings reindeer, gingerbread men, music, costumes and Santa Claus to the Fox Theatre. Dec. 1.  
  2. Historic Jewish Atlanta Tours invites you to explore some of the city's most significant sites, including The Temple (founded in 1867), Atlanta's oldest synagogue. Dec. 1.
  3. Skate the Station sets up a cozy ice skating rink in the middle of Atlantic Station. Dec. 1-Jan. 20, 2020. 
  4. Christmas at Callanwolde features a tour of the 27,000 square-foot Tudor Revival mansion decorated to the hilt, plus an artists’ market to shop in. Dec. 1-7.  
  5. See Christmas-themed plays, performances and shows, like "A Christmas Carol" at the Alliance Theatre (Dec. 1-24); Shakespeare Tavern (Dec. 6-23) and Dad's Garage (Nov. 30-Dec. 29); "The Nightmare Before Christmas" at the Center for Puppetry Arts (Dec. 6); the "Nutcracker" by the Atlanta Ballet at the Fox Theatre (Dec. 7-24); "Madeline’s Christmas" at Horizon Theatre (Dec. 7-31); Gala Holiday Concert at the Rialto Center for the Arts (Dec. 8); "Black Nativity" at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (Dec. 13-15); Holiday Hootenanny at Variety Playhouse (Dec. 18); Jingle Ball at State Farm Arena (Dec. 20); and Celtic Christmas at the Rialto Center for the Arts (Dec. 21 and 22).
  6. 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 12, 2020. 
  7. Atlanta Christkindl Market celebrates the German holiday spirit with a market featuring handmade gifts, German food and beverages, and entertainment near the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park. Free. Dec. 1-24. 
  8. Check out holiday bar crawls, including Midtown Santa Stumble (Dec. 6) and Ugly Sweater Crawl (Dec. 14).
  9. Naughty Elf Pub Crawl at Diesel Filling Station celebrates the last “off day” for Santa’s elves to go enjoy themselves before they are forced to work long hours to fulfill toy requests from around the world. Party with them. Dec. 6.
  10. The Rocky Horror Picture Show indulges in fishnets and Translyvanian shenanigans every Friday night at midnight at the Plaza Theater. Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27. 
  11. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary, the Atlanta International Pop Festival pays tribute to Atlanta’s first epic music festival held back in 1969. Dec. 6. 
  12. The Children’s Christmas Parade brings floats, giant balloons, costumed characters and marching bands to Peachtree Street in Midtown. Dec. 7. 
  13. The Reindog Parade wants you to dress up your dog and show him or her off at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Dec. 7. 
  14. Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K invites you to explore different trail segments while burning a few calories. Runners, walkers, strollers and dogs are welcome. Dec. 7. 
  15. "Unforgettable" celebrates the life and times of Nat King Cole and his daughter, Natalie, bringing their legendary music to the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center. Dec. 7.  
  16. The Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes showcases the architecture and interior design of eight homes, plus free samples of local restaurant food. Dec. 7 and 8. 
  17. The Magic Mike Experience: Holiday Edition brings body-rolling dance moves, skimpy outfits and a lot of high-energy hip gyrations to the Buckhead Saloon. Dec. 14 .
  18. Indie Craft Experience Holiday Market invites you to get some last-minute holiday shopping done in this curated craft and vintage shopping experience. Dec. 15.
  19. Snoop Dogg’s “I Wanna Thank Me Tour” is coming to The Tabernacle, featuring Warren G and RJ. Dec. 20. 
  20. The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame invites you to Deck the Hall for holiday decorations, photos with Santa Claus and Fumbles the Elf, and a can't-miss college football experience. Dec. 21-31.
  21. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl brings an exciting college football playoff to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Dec. 28.
  22. The Comedy Laugh Fest brings Cedric The Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Nephew Tommy, Bruce Bruce and Deon Cole to State Farm Arena. Dec. 29. 
  23. Ring in 2020 on Dec. 31 at one of these New Year’s Eve events, including Atlanta NYElectric at the Westin Peachtree PlazaSplashing '20s at the Georgia Aquarium; Atlanta Wine Festival’s New Years Eve at City WineryNew Year’s Eve at New Realm Brewing; and New Beer’s Eve at Front Page News.

Atlanta's attractions that are great for the holidays:

  • No snow? No problem. Stone Mountain makes its own during the winter Snow Mountain event.
  • When the weather is cold and wet, there are plenty of things to do indoors.

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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