Top 12 Holiday Things To Do in Atlanta

Bring on the hot chocolate. It's time for the holidays.
  • Charles Dickens returns to Alliance Theatre with his holiday classic.
    Charles Dickens returns to Alliance Theatre with his holiday classic.
  • Atlanta Ballet celebrates the 20th anniversary of 'Nutcracker.'
    Atlanta Ballet celebrates the 20th anniversary of 'Nutcracker.'
  • Get your holiday laughs with that crazy elf at Horizon Theatre.
    Get your holiday laughs with that crazy elf at Horizon Theatre.
  • Rudolph returns to Center of Puppetry Arts.
    Rudolph returns to Center of Puppetry Arts.

An avalanche of festivities will arrive in Atlanta this holiday season. From spectacular light shows to performances, you’ll find excitement for all. We have narrowed the massive list down to our top picks.

  1. Lenox Square: An Atlanta tradition for more than 50 years, the Macy’s Pink Pig train takes riders through a life-sized storybook under the tent outside in the Macy’s parking lot. Through Jan. 3, 2016.

  2. Zoo Atlanta: Meet Santa and other holiday characters at Cookies with Santa. Dec. 5 and 6.

  3. LEGOLAND Discovery Center: Holiday excitement builds with the return of Holiday Bricktacular. Every weekend in December, guests can participate in fun holiday activities. Kick off 2016 at noon Dec. 31 with a balloon drop and other festivities. 

  4. Stone Mountain Park: Celebrate Stone Mountain Christmas. Take in the glow of more than two million lights, and view the new “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D,” and a nightly Christmas parade. Visit with the Snow Angel and take in a live performance. Through Jan. 3, 2016.

  5. Children’s Christmas Parade: The largest holiday parade in the Southeast boasts floats, helium-filled balloons, high-energy marching bands and the arrival of Santa Claus. Dec. 5.

  6. Atlanta Botanical Garden: Garden Lights, Holiday Nights features two million lights to set the garden aglow. Experience the new 100-foot-long immersive Tunnel of Light and returning favorites such as the dancing Orchestral Orbs, the majestic Ice Goddess and Holiday Train Show. Through Jan. 9, 2016.

  7. Centennial Olympic Park: Light up the night during Holiday in Lights. Meander through the 21-acre park illuminated by thousands of sparkling lights and enjoy festive music, food and beverages. Through Jan. 3, 2016.

  8. Six Flags Over Georgia:  Holiday in the Park glows with millions of lights, festive shows, the Holiday Magic immersive light show, Gotham City Lights and the transformation of Monster Mansion into Mistletoe Mansion. Select dates through Jan. 3, 2016.

  9. Alliance Theatre and New American Shakespeare Tavern: The Alliance presents its 26th season of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.”  Nov. 19 – Dec. 24. Shakespeare Tavern brings a special adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” presented by a handful of actors.  Dec. 3 - 23.

  10. Horizon Theatre:The Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ outrageous tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint as a Macy’s elf will keep you laughing.  Through Dec. 31. “Madeline’s Christmas” delights families. Dec. 5 - 31.

  11. Atlanta Ballet: A timeless holiday tradition, the Atlanta Ballet’s “Nutcracker” marks its 20th anniversary at the Fox Theatre, This extravagant production brings more than 200 young Atlanta dancers, the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and the Georgia Youth Choir to the stage. Dec. 11 - 27.

  12. Center for Puppetry Arts: The most famous reindeer of all lights the way for the sixth annual performance of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” This adventure with Rudolph, the misfit toys and the Abominable Snow Monster captivates audiences. Through Dec. 27.

Karen Lopez is a guest blogger for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.




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