December Festivals in Atlanta

Start off December at the annual Reindog Parade or the Children's Christmas Parade. Close it out at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl parade.
  • Celebrate all things German at Atlantic Station's Atlanta Christkindl Market.
    Celebrate all things German at Atlantic Station's Atlanta Christkindl Market.
  • A parade and dogs in costumes. Can anything be more fun?  It happens at Atlanta Botanical Garden.
    A parade and dogs in costumes. Can anything be more fun? It happens at Atlanta Botanical Garden.
  • There's always a lot to see and do at Stone Mountain Christmas.
    There's always a lot to see and do at Stone Mountain Christmas.

It's beginning to look a lot like – well, you know. Here are some of the festive things to do in Atlanta in December. 

  • Children’s Christmas Parade, Dec. 1
    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s annual parade is a fun event that starts at Peachtree and 16th streets and ends at Peachtree and 5th streets. Watch as Midtown Atlanta is transformed into Santa Claus Lane with the sights and sounds of the season. There are floats, giant helium-filled balloons and marching bands. This is the largest holiday parade in the Southeast.

  • Reindog Parade, Dec. 1
    Once again our favorite pooches compete in their holiday finery — or just enjoy showing off. There are pictures with Saint Nick as well as a Doggie Expo. Parade hosts are Victoria Stilwell, star of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog,” and Holly Firfer, CNN correspondent. Parade judges include Joanne Hayes, owner of “Atlanta Pet Life,” John Lemley, newscast anchor, Kimberly Lacy, co-host of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal,” Rodney Ho, AJC blogger and Vincent Martinez, Fashionado.

  • Atlanta Strong Beer Festival, Dec. 1
    Enjoy more than 80 beers from 40 Georgia breweries plus some out-of-state surprises. Double check the Wrecking Bar Brewpub website because tickets sell out fast.

  • Atlanta Christkindl Market, Nov. 30 through Dec. 23
    Sponsored by the German American Cultural Foundation, the Atlanta Christkindl Market is dedicated to supporting the  the German language and culture throughout the Southeast. The market offers a huge variety of  traditional German products, craftsmanship, seasonal food specialties and new gourmet street food.

  • Festival of the SEAson, Nov. 17 through Dec. 31
    The Festival of the SEAson transforms the Georgia Aquarium’s plaza, galleries and exhibits into a winter wonderland, including appearances by Santa and SCUBA Claus and tree-lighting ceremonies.

  • Stone Mountain Christmas, through Jan. 6, 2019
    Enjoy all the fun at Stone Mountain then celebrate the holiday season with the Polar Express 4-D Experience and be thrilled with the nightly Enchanted Tree Lighting ceremony and a Christmas parade. Children can meet a host of holiday characters such as Angelina the Snow Angel, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble and Clarice — and of course — Santa.

  • Atlanta Festival of Trees, Nov. 19 -- Jan 1, 2019
    Embassy Suites continues the city’s holiday tradition with more than 30 local nonprofit organizations participating in the Fourth Annual Festival of Trees hosted by Embassy Suites Centennial Olympic Park. Last year more than $18,000 was raised. Nonprofit organizations decorate the trees and invite everyone to view them and make donations to their favorite charity.

  • Candlelight Nights, Dec. 14 and 21
    Experience Christmas with a candlelight stroll through the Atlanta History Center's decorated gardens and historic houses. There are several special events such as Mama Koku’s Holiday Stories and a visit with Santa. Shop at the Holiday Market that is filled with local crafts, artist creations and vintage holiday decor. There is food for purchase and several cash bars.

  • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade, Dec. 29
    Presented by the Lions Club International, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade spreads football festivities through downtown Atlanta with floats, classic cars, cheerleaders, mascots and award-winning bands.

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

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