Winter Festivals

As the weather cools, festivals heat up

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As Atlantans bundle up for winter, the city still warms any visit with Southern hospitality. Get into the holiday spirit with the Alliance Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” and enjoy a wonderland in Centennial Olympic Park, complete with ice skating. View a complete list of Atlanta winter festivals below.

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December festivals

CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
Kick off bowl week in style during the pregame parade, then join your favorite team for a pregame pep rally at the Georgia World Congress Center. Dish up a little Southern hospitality at the MVP Tailgate Party, featuring live entertainment, food and beverages, and much more.
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CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARADE (scheduled as a virtual event)
Benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Children’s Christmas Parade is the largest holiday parade in the Southeast. With giant balloons, marching bands and floats, this beloved holiday tradition transforms Midtown Atlanta into a winter Christmas wonderland.
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January festivals

Atlanta King Center
Celebrate the birthday and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park. (📷: James Duckworth, AtlantaPhotos.com)

CALLANWOLDE ARTS FESTIVAL
For two days, the Callanwolde Arts Festival features nearly 100 artists including painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelers, glassblowers and more. In addition to enjoying the stunning handmade work, take part in artist demonstrations, listen to live music and taste food from gourmet food trucks.
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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION
A full week of festivities celebrate the birthday and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events include the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s annual tribute, “A King Celebration,” and the MLK March & Rally. Other events, as well as exhibits, children’s activities and concerts take place throughout the city.
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February festivals

ATLANTA CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with authentic cuisine, traditional folk songs, art exhibits and, of course, the beautifully performed Lion & Dragon Dance.
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ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Throughout the month of February, theaters citywide present more than 60 films. Featuring docudramas, romantic comedies, animated shorts, biographies and more, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is a treat for movie buffs and animation lovers alike. 
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ATLANTA WINTER BEER FESTIVAL
With more than 150 beers paired with live music, games and excellent company, warm up this January at the Atlanta Winter Beer Festival.
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GROUNDHOG DAY JUGGLERS FESTIVAL
Jugglers, unicyclists, hoopers and live music provide family-fun at the annual festival of the Atlanta Jugglers Association. Watch as jugglers compete for the PHIL Trophy or pick up the coordinated skill yourself during one of the festival’s workshops.
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MARDIS GRAS STREETCAR ADVENTURE
Hop on the Atlanta Streetcar as it transports more than a thousand Mardi Gras bar crawlers to participating Downtown bars and restaurants serving Cajun food and New Orleans-style drink specials. Dress up in festive Fat Tuesday attire and celebrate along with live music, complimentary shots and beads.
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OYSTERFEST
Being landlocked doesn’t stop this city from shell-ebrating its love for the pearl of all seafood. Flex your mussels at Park Tavern’s annual festival serving up fresh, raw, steamed and fried oysters. Please note this is an adult-swim event, so no kids.
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