December Festivals in Atlanta

It's December, when there are festivities everywhere.
  • Stone Mountain Christmas is one big holiday festival.
    Stone Mountain Christmas is one big holiday festival.

Looking for festivals in Atlanta this month? Holiday season is in full swing, and Atlanta's festival scene is bringing the holiday cheer. Here are some top picks for Atlanta festivals in the month of December. 

Stone Mountain Christmas, through Jan. 5, 2020

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Celebrate the holiday with a variety of events, festive music, millions of dazzling lights, the “Polar Express 4-D Experience” and the annual Snow Angel’s Christmas Parade (which starts at 6 p.m. nightly).

Chinese Lantern Festival, through Jan. 5, 2020

Enjoy the dazzling display of larger-than-life illuminated lanterns as well as breathtaking acrobatic performances. This year’s theme, entitled “Into the Wild,” features handcrafted lanterns of more than 25 different kinds of animals of both the land and sea, including depictions of endangered species, highlighting the importance of animal protection. In addition there are authentic Asian food selections.

Atlanta Christkindl Marketthrough Dec. 24

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The Atlanta Christkindl Market is an open-air German holiday market featuring handmade gifts, German food and beverages as well as entertainment. The market is sponsored by the GAC-Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the education of the German language and culture throughout the Southeast.

Children's Christmas Parade, Dec. 7

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Young and old alike look forward to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Children's Christmas Parade, which starts at  Peachtree and 16th streets and ends at 5th Street. Midtown Atlanta becomes holiday headquarters as floats, giant helium-filled balloons and marching bands as well as the Distinguished Clown Corps (a group of Atlanta’s leading business executives) delight spectators. Of course, the highlight is the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Reindog Parade, Dec. 7

The holidays have gone to the dogs at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual Reindog Parade. Join emcees Victoria Stilwell, star of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog,” and Vincent Martinez, founder of “Doggies on the Catwalk,” for the fun. Celebrity judges select the best costumes. Even if you don’t have a dog, go and cheer on the furry reindogs.

Atlanta Strong Beer Fest, Dec. 7

Come to the Little Five Points brewpub and enjoy tasting more than 100 strong beers from 35 Georgia breweries as well as a few from out of state. And, we do mean "strong." Every beer poured is 8% ABV or higher.

Pub Crawl on the BeltLine, Dec. 14

The Eastside Trail on the Atlanta BeltLine connects some of the city’s top restaurants and bars, and the pub crawl lets you experience them in one night. Enjoy up to five complimentary beverages along with food and drink specials at each location. There are three check-ins: Midtown, Ponce near Ponce City Market and Inman Park.

Celebration Bowl Fan Fest, Dec. 21

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The Celebration Bowl is a post-season college football game featuring the conference champions from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Southwestern Athletic Conference. There are several days of events surrounding the game, all designed to provide a first-class bowl experience while continuing to celebrate the heritage, legacy, pageantry and tradition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Fan Fest is open to all and features fun, music, corporate booths and tributes to the game and historically black colleges.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade, Dec. 28

Presented by the Lions Clubs International, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade is a fantastic way to start the excitement surrounding the Peach Bowl. The parade takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. if the kickoff is at 4 p.m., but if kickoff is at 8 p.m., the parade takes place between 1 and 2:30 p.m. The parade features floats, classic cars, cheerleaders, mascots, award-winning marching bands and lots of fun. It ends at the Georgia World Congress Center, just in time for FanFest.

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

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