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Atlanta sparkles with traditional and delightful holiday events that fill the air with anticipation and excitement for the season to come. Enjoy iconic Atlanta Christmas events, Hanukkah celebrations and Kwanzaa traditions and discover what’s new this season. The possibilities are endless with so many things to do in Atlanta at Christmas time and the holidays. Start making your plans today!

Explore more Atlanta holiday fun and entertainment taking place throughout the season. And find great deals on hotel packages from Stone Mountain and Buckhead, as well as discounts on tickets to some of Atlanta’s most popular attractions. 

Things to Do on Christmas and for the holiday season in Atlanta

Magical Christmas Shows & Parade

Start your holiday season in Atlanta with the lighting of Macy’s Great Tree at Lenox Square, and while you’re there, take a ride on Macy’s Pink Pig. Add in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s series of holiday concerts and the Children’s Christmas Parade and your list is already spilling off the page.

Christmas Events Offer Fun for Everyone

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden features more than one million colorful lights. It joins other beloved Atlanta Christmas events such as the Atlanta Festival of Lights, Sounds of the SEAson at Georgia Aquarium and many more.

Holiday Lights Abound in Atlanta

Other holiday light extravaganzas include Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens, A Stone Mountain Christmas, Holiday in Lights at Centennial Olympic Park and Lakeside Lights Spectacular at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. Explore more places to see holiday lights this season in Atlanta!

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Editor’s pick

11/14/20 – 1/3/21

Stone Mountain Christmas

Each day of Stone Mountain Christmas, you can enjoy park attractions including Summit Skyride, Scenic…

Stone Mountain Park

Editor’s pick

Every day for 5 weeks until 01/08/2021

Winter Wonderland at Fernbank

Enjoy a season of celebrations during Fernbank’s annual Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the…

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Hot Event

Every day for 6 weeks until 01/18/2021

Atlanta Festival of Lights

The 1st annual Atlanta Festival of Lights is a great way to celebrate the season…

Atlantic Station- Pinnacle Site

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Every day for 0 weeks until 12/06/2020

The Nutcracker Drive-In Movie Experience

For five nights in December, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre’s surface lot will be transformed…

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Hot Event

12/5/20 – 12/31/20

Celebrations in Light Programs

We’re exploring this chilly season with some cool science, art, and stage programming complete with…

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

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12/5/20

Children’s Christmas Parade

As a true Atlanta holiday tradition, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade has grown…

Online

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12/5/20 – 12/31/20

Holiday Bricktacular LEGOLAND

Jump into a Winter Wonderland of LEGO Fun at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta! From December…

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta

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Every day for 8 weeks until 01/31/2021

PRISM: Winter Lights at Woodruff Park

Back for its second year, PRISM: Winter Lights at Woodruff Park, presented by the Atlanta…

Woodruff Park

Hot Event

12/10/20

History After Hours

Kick-off the holiday season with a signature cocktail and festive music at Swan House! See…

Atlanta History Center

Hot Event

12/12/20

Jungle Bells at Zoo Atlanta

Bring the whole family for Zoo Atlanta’s annual holiday tree lighting with festive activities, treat…

Zoo Atlanta

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Multiple weekdays for 2 weeks until 12/20/2020

Hope For A Holiday Show

Join us for a physically and safe disDANCED evening under the stars featuring members of…

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

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Every day for 4 weeks until 01/03/2021

Candy Rush presented by World of Illumination

The world’s largest holiday drive-through animated light show comes to Marietta! A delicious whimsical wonderland…

White Water Park – Six Flags Over Georgia White Water Park

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Every day for 6 weeks until 01/16/2021

Garden Lights Holiday Nights

Be among the first to experience the 10th annual holiday lights show before it opens…

Atlanta Botanical Garden, Inc.

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Every day for 3 weeks until 12/27/2020

The Nutcracker 2020 Experience!

We’re excited to announce The Nutcracker 2020 Experience! We will host The Nutcracker Drive-In movie…

Multiple Locations

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Multiple weekdays for 3 weeks until 12/27/2020

Atlanta Christkindl Market

Let yourself be enchanted by the special outdoor atmosphere of the ATLANTA CHRISTKINDL MARKET™ –…

Centennial Olympic Park

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Every day for 4 weeks until 01/04/2021

Fantasy In Lights

It’s the most magical time of the year! Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Resort &…

Callaway Gardens

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Every day for 11 weeks until 02/21/2021

Lakeside Lights Spectacular

Kick start your holidays with a visit to Margaritaville’s all-new Lakeside Lights Spectacular for a…

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

Hot Event

11/21/20 – 1/3/21

Holiday in the Park

Christmas trees and more than one million LED lights to create holiday magic select nights…

Six Flags Over Georgia Railroad

Every day for 4 weeks until 12/31/2020

Lights of LIFE at Life University

The Life University campus is being decorated for the annual Lights of LIFE seasonal celebration….

Life University

Multiple weekdays for 2 weeks until 12/22/2020

Dashing Through The Snow

Directed by Cathe Hall Payne November 27 – December 22, 2020 Fridays and Saturdays at…

OnStage Atlanta

Every day for 3 weeks until 12/24/2020

Visit Santa at Lenox Square

Simon® is pleased to announce a safe and socially distanced Santa visit for families as…

Lenox Square

Every weekend for 3 weeks until 12/27/2020

Christmas at Creekwater Alpaca Farm

Come enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas with all our Alpaca buddies, Prince the Magical Pony, four…

Creekwater Alpaca Farm

Every weekend for 2 weeks until 12/19/2020

Santa at Rhodes Hall

Skip the malls, avoid the long lines and have a memorable Santa experience for the…

Rhodes Hall

Every day for 3 weeks until 12/25/2020

25 Days of Christmas

The Atlanta Concert Band will be performing our annual Christmas Concert beginning December first. Each…

Online

Every day for 1 weeks until 12/13/2020

buckheadRUN! Virtual Holiday 5K

buckheadRUN!, Livable Buckhead’s 2nd annual 5K race, returns with a holiday flair and in a…

Online

12/4/20

11Alive Holiday Can-A-Thon

Nearly 800,000 people in metro Atlanta are food insecure and simply don’t have regular access…

Multiple Locations

Every day for 2 weeks until 12/23/2020

A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play

Don’t miss the Alliance Theatre’s drive-in production of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol: The…

Summerhill Neighborhood Parking Lot

Multiple weekdays for 1 weeks until 12/13/2020

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker

Nutcracker seating is limited this year due to social distancing requirements of the Infinite Energy…

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre

Every day for 0 weeks until 12/05/2020

Roswell UMC Christmas Gift & Craft Show

Roswell United Methodist Church Youth Ministry presents our 3rd annual Christmas Gift & Craft Show….

Roswell United Methodist Church

Every Friday for 2 weeks until 12/18/2020

Snow in Downtown Alpharetta

A flurry of snow is coming to downtown Alpharetta’s Town Green from 6-7pm on the…

Village Green by Alpharetta City Hall

12/5/20

Back to Nature Holiday Market

Shop Local this holiday season! Explore local artisans who have unique handmade and/or eco-friendly gifts…

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Every day for 0 weeks until 12/06/2020

Cookies with Santa

Be here when Santa makes his first stop– Zoo Atlanta! Bring the little ones for…

Zoo Atlanta

12/5/20

Refuge Holiday Market

The purpose of our Holiday Market is to create a place where refugee, and local…

Refuge Coffee Co.

Every Saturday for 2 weeks until 12/19/2020

Shop the Mart Saturday

Shop AmericasMart Building 3, Floors 6 & 7. Take advantage of Atlanta’s most exclusive shopping…

Amsterdam Atlanta

Every day for 0 weeks until 12/07/2020

Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetery

Indulge in the seasonal spirit at Oakland Cemetery! Returning for its sixth year, Victorian Holiday…

Oakland Cemetery

12/6/20

NIA Holiday Event

We understand the holidays can be difficult for the families of incarcerated individuals. That is…

Buckhead Space

Every day for 1 weeks until 12/12/2020

A Sugarloaf Ballet Christmas

Join the Sugarloaf Youth Ballet at their annual Christmas celebration at the Infinite Energy Center….

Infinite Energy Arena

Every day for 1 weeks until 12/13/2020

Christmas Trees in Loudermilk Park

Nearly 40 Christmas trees will add a festive spirit to Charlie Loudermilk Park from Friday,…

Charlie Loudermouth Park

Every day for 1 weeks until 12/13/2020

Sleigh-in Movies

On the second full weekend in December, Livable Buckhead in partnership with the Buckhead Village…

309 Buckhead Ave. NE

12/12/20

Hot Chocolate Crawl

On Saturday, December 12th Livable Buckhead invites visitors to stroll along Peachtree Road between Lenox…

Lenox Square

Every day for 3 weeks until 12/24/2020

Santa arrived IN PERSON

Santa’s on his way to Greenbriar Mall! The magic of the holidays is here, and…

Greenbriar Mall

Multiple weekdays for 3 weeks until 12/27/2020

Virtual Ugly Sweater Party

End 2020 with a Virtual Ugly Sweater Party with laughs, fun, and gourmet treats. You…

Online

12/25/20

Christmas Celebration

It’s a celebration every time we link up! Christmas Party at Josephine Lounge will be…

Josephine Lounge

11/30/21 – 12/4/21

Georgia Festival of Trees

Georgia Festival of Trees is a community event that seeks to unite residents of Atlanta…

Georgia World Congress Center

Every day for 3 weeks until 12/24/2020

Santa at Avalon

Ho, ho, ho! Beginning Nov. 23, the jolly man in red will take up residence…

Avalon

Multiple weekdays for 4 weeks until 01/03/2021

Holiday Tree Trail

Discover holiday-themed trees nestled throughout the Garden created by artists, businesses and staff. Restrictions: *…

Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville

Multiple weekdays for 4 weeks until 01/03/2021

Stan the Lovesick Snowman

See How Loves Wins in the End Based on the Hans Christian Andersen short story…

Center For Puppetry Arts

Every day for 3 weeks until 12/24/2020

Visit with Santa Online

Santa’s elves launched a petition to start celebrating the holidays a little earlier this year,…

Online

11/6/20 – 2/21/21

License to Chill Snow Island

Take the crew snow tubing, get your skates on and practice your figure eights at…

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

Multiple weekdays for 6 weeks until 01/16/2021

Holiday Model Trains

Join kids and the kids at heart for this holiday favorite.

Atlanta Botanical Garden, Inc.

11/16/20

Skate the Station

It’s back! Skate under the stars at the largest outdoor skating rink in metro-Atlanta, Skate…

Atlantic Station Event Space

Every day for 8 weeks until 01/30/2021

Holiday Social Bar

Joining the Atlanta holiday bar scene, The Rooftop at Ponce City Market introduces Holiday Social…

The Roof at Ponce City Market

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