Atlanta is ready for Thanksgiving.

Get a jump on the December holidays at Stone Mountain Park.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights returns to Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Spend part of your Thanksgiving Day with this friendly critter at Georgia Aquarium.

Things to do in Atlanta on Thanksgiving Day

The long-range weather forecast for Thanksgiving Day in Atlanta looks perfect for getting out of the house. Luckily, several of the city’s most popular attractions are open on Turkey Day.

Atlanta Attractions open on Thanksgiving

Light Shows

Atlanta Botanical Garden is ready for the holidays. (Photo courtesy Atlanta Botanical Garden)

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. The annual light show at Atlanta Botanical Garden is back with all your favorites plus more. All will be reported here once Atlanta Botanical Garden announces this year’s surprises. In case you aren’t familiar with this attraction, note that the Atlanta Journal Constitution picked it as Atlanta’s Best Holiday Event; Martha Stewart/Better Homes & Gardens named it one of 10 Incredible Holiday Light Displays. Likewise, Forbes chose it as one of five Botanical Gardens with Stunning Cold-Weather Displays. Nov. 13 — Jan. 15.

Rockin’ Christmas and Arctic Adventure. World of Illumination’s Rockin’ Christmas lights up Six Flags White Water and Arctic Adventure at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Both shows operate nightly from 6 to 10 p.m.

Georgia Aquarium

Find this friendly swimmer on the Dolphin Coast. (📷 Georgia Aquarium)

Georgia Aquarium. Got family visiting for Thanksgiving? Before (or after) the turkey, visit the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere. Book a close encounter or just stroll the galleries. In Cold Water Quest say hello to beluga whales, African penguins and bat stars. We don’t need to tell you what you’ll find on Dolphin Coast. Head into the Ocean Voyager gallery to see whale sharks and manta rays. Speaking of sharks, don’t miss SHARKS! Predators of the Deep. In the River Scout gallery, look for the Eastern River Cooter. It’s a turtle, BTW.

Stone Mountain Christmas

Get a jump on the December holidays by heading to Stone Mountain Park for a holiday extravaganza. (📷 Stone Mountain Park)

Stone Mountain Christmas. Wrap up your Thanksgiving Day with a look forward to December with a visit to Stone Mountain Christmas. New this year is the “World’s Largest Christmas Light Show,” a 20-minute spectacular featuring songs, videos, special effects and fireworks. Returning events include Santa, flying overhead in his sleigh during the Enchanted Tree Lighting ceremony, and the Snow Angel’s Christmas Parade.

Atlanta Ice Skating Rinks Open on Thanksgiving

Avalon on Ice

Avalon on Ice. Patterned after the rink at New York’s Rockefeller Center, this suburban Atlanta rink opens Nov. 21 and remains open through Jan. 17, 2022. Plus, it will be open on Thanksgiving Day.

Skate the Station

Skate the Station at Atlantic Station is the largest outdoor skating rink in metro-Atlanta. Opening Nov. 19 and running through Jan. 17, 2022, this rink will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Tickets will be available online and at the door. Timed ticketing and other safety protocols will be adhered to.

The Rink at Park Tavern

Opening Thanksgiving Day and running through Feb. 21, 2022, The Rink at Park Tavern features firepits, kitchy decor, private cabanas and selfie stations. Hours include special times for skaters age 16 and older. Skating lessons are available.

Take a Hike or an Artsy Stroll

Pick from this list of 10 easy hikes in metropolitan Atlanta, put on your walking shoes and have fun.

Atlanta is known for its jaw-dropping street art. Armed with this handy street art map, you can plan your own artsy stroll through the A.

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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