Claire Stallman and Jonah Hooper as Snow Queen and King. (📷 Charlie McCullers, ATL Ballet)

Santa Claus can swim.

Garden Lights Holiday Nights is an annual event of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photo by Joey Ivansco.

14 Ways to Entertain Family During the Holidays

Needs idea to entertain your family after the holidays? We have you covered.

The Christmas season is full of hustle and bustle, from packing and airports to gifts and food. This (hopefully!) fun chaos is more than just one day; for most of us, family and friends stay in town through the weekend after Christmas. And that means you’ve got at least four days to catch up with loved ones: talk together, eat together, and make memories.

After the wrapping paper crunches underfoot and everyone heaves a deep sigh from gift giving, eyes may turn to you, as the resident Atlantan, to offer ideas of what you should all do next. So let’s plan ahead and get some ideas flowing, so that those days can be as fun and stress-free as possible.

If you want to stay in the house:

If you want to get out of the house and do free things:

If you want to get out of the house and visit attractions:

With a little planning ahead, this will be a super memorable Christmas season, even after the awesome gifts. Happy holidays!

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

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