Festive Holiday Things To Do in Atlanta
Favorite Atlanta traditions, even if they’re presented a bit differently this year, are sure to put you smack dab into the spirit of the season.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
There’s plenty of room to glow during the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s 10th annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, through Jan. 16, 2021. Reduced guest capacity allows visitors to spread out across 33 acres. Guests can look forward to timed ticketing, new LED light colors, a new Nature’s Wonders soundtrack and giant plant sculptures from “Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined” draped in lights.
“A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play”
Alliance Theatre presents a drive-in production of “A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play” with a stage for live actors and big screens for a concert-style performance. From Dec. 4-23, theater patrons can enjoy this holiday classic at the Summerhill Lots at Georgia State University’s Center Parc Credit Union Stadium.
“The Nutcracker” 2020 Experience
Atlanta Ballet ushers in the season with “The Nutcracker” 2020 Experience in the surface lot of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Dec. 2-6. Guests will view a filmed version from their cars while enjoying pre-ordered Nutcracker-themed concessions and gift items.
Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World
Enjoy a season of celebrations during this holiday-inspired exhibition of trees and other displays at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. On view through Jan. 8, 2021, the exhibition recognizes cultural celebrations including Hanukkah, Christmas and other traditions like origami and indigenous art. In addition, kids can enjoy a sock skating rink on the Terrace outdoors leading to Wildwoods, and also outdoor snow globes. The fun, holiday-themed globes will have scenes such as sledding, Christmas characters such as Santa and his reindeer, a winter scene and much more.
Stone Mountain Christmas
Get immersed in the magic of the holidays at Stone Mountain Christmas, through Jan. 3, 2021. This holiday family favorite boasts Snow Angel’s Christmas Parade, millions of sparkling lights, spectacular shows, The Polar Express outdoor movie experience and a new Christmas Lasershow. To ensure guest safety, the park will limit daily capacity.
Miracle on Peachtree
Throughout December, Miracle on Peachtree in Buckhead delivers a wealth of festive events. Over Dec. 1-13, lace up for the Virtual buckheadRUN! Holiday 5K where participants can complete the course of their choice while exploring Buckhead. On Dec. 12 and 13, guests can stroll through Loudermilk Park to view decorated trees. The Hot Chocolate Crawl on Dec. 12 is a socially distanced tour of Buckhead’s holiday lights with stops for cocktails and hot chocolate.
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia
Holiday in the Park will celebrate through Jan. 3, 2021 (select days). This popular annual event features more than one million LED lights, festive shows, Christmas trees, holiday treats and visits from Santa Claus.
Celebration at the Station
Holiday cheer fills the air at Atlantic Station’s Celebration at the Station. This year’s event kicks continues nightly with an all-new light, music, video and snow show. Other highlights include new art and holiday décor, festive pop-up activations and Skate the Station ice skating rink.
Hope for a Holiday Show
Hope for a Holiday Show spreads through the grounds of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Dec. 17, 19 and 20. This new performance searches for magic, heart and hope to make a holiday show while facing numerous obstacles. To ensure guest safety, Callanwolde has implemented physically distanced pod seating.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta Celebrations
The Downtown museum plans winter fun at the Science Bar, Dec. 1-20 (weekends only); a Hanukkah celebration, Dec. 5-6; Las Posadas celebration and programming, Dec. 12-13; an exploration of how Christmas is celebrated around the world, Dec. 19-20; and Kwanzaa programming, Dec. 26-27.
Atlanta History Center
Take in the splendor of the Atlanta History Center’s Swan House during History After Hours on Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. Guests can explore the festively decorated Swan House, roam the gardens and sip a holiday-themed cocktail on the lawn. Visit the Swan House during daytime hours as well.
Very Merry Holiday Celebration
The Center for Puppetry Arts spreads holiday cheer with its Very Merry Holiday Celebration that includes a heartwarming production of “Stan the Lovesick Snowman.” The center also presents Very Merry Puppetry: Puppets of Holidays, Past, Present and Future.
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