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There’s No Place Like Atlanta for the Holidays

12 outstanding ways to celebrate the holidays in Atlanta

The holidays in Atlanta offer a variety of unique and time-honored events, perfect for creating wonderful and lasting memories for the entire family. Whether it’s Atlanta Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” a Stone Mountain Christmas, the Chinese Lantern Festival at Centennial Olympic Park or Cirque du Soleil, you’ll want to check out these holiday offerings from our featured partners and fill your holiday season with festive things to do in Atlanta.

Atlanta Ballet reimagines “Nutcracker”

The Nutcracker returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre for its final year, this holiday season, from Dec. 7 through 24. See the Atlanta Ballet perform this reimagined version, which offers the delights of the original with a unique and thrilling twist sure to leave your family enchanted.


Atlanta Hilton Hotels offer special holiday packages

Tickets to “Garden Lights Holiday Nights” at Atlanta Botanical Garden, seasonal events at Centennial Olympic Park, treats for kids, free breakfast and lots more surprises are offered through Hilton Hotels in metro Atlanta. These include Downtown Atlanta’s American Hotel, Hilton Atlanta and Embassy Suites at Centennial Olympic Park with its Holiday Fun Trio Package. Buckhead’s Waldorf Astoria and Embassy Suites Buckhead both are offering unique holiday shopping packages. Special offers also are available from Hampton Inns in Buckhead and Kennesaw and the Hilton Atlanta Airport. Indulge in a winter weekend getaway with one of these special holiday packages offered by Atlanta Hilton Hotels


Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame decks the hall

Deck the Hall returns to the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame from Dec. 21 through 31. Football fans revel in the holiday decor and cheer. Younger visitors appreciate appearances by Fumbles the Elf. Fans can also meet and take photos with Santa and Fumbles the Elf on Dec. 21 and 22. 


Children’s Museum of Atlanta can’t stop celebrating

Holiday celebrations from global cultures and religions are among the holiday events at the  Children’s Museum of Atlanta, from Dec. 7 through 29. Here’s a glimpse at what’s in store for the holidays at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

Hanukkah. On Saturday, Dec. 7, visitors are invited to learn about and celebrate Hanukkah. The Imaginators  lead an interactive Hanukkah Reader’s Theater, Music & Movement and Storytime programs. Families have an opportunity to laugh, sing, dance and learn as they celebrate this joyful holiday. Hanukkah activities continue throughout the day with a special crafts event in the Art Studio.

Hanukkah with Michael Levine performing. Guests can join Michael Levine of The Learning Groove on Sunday, Dec. 8, as he leads interactive Hanukkah songs and stories for the entire family, in addition to the Children’s Museum’s other Hanukkah activities.

Las Posadas with Alma Mexicana performing.  See Alma Mexicana perform during a special celebration of Las Posadas on Saturday, Dec. 14. Las Posadas is a nine-day celebration observed primarily in Mexico. Celebrated in the evenings, families participate in nightly Christmas processions that recreate the Holy Pilgrimage of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus on their way to Bethlehem. Explore the traditions, costumes and music of Las Posadas. 

Las Posadas. Families are welcome to join a special celebration of Las Posadas on Sunday, Dec. 15. The Las Posadas celebration continues on stage all day with interactive Reader’s Theater, Music & Movement, and Storytime programs, as well as a Las Posadas crafts in the Art Studio.

Christmas with Piccadilly Puppets performing. Enjoy a Christmas performance of the Piccadilly Puppets on Saturday, Dec. 21. A tale of Christmas spirit and friendship, this endearing Christmas story is about a hungry fox and a lonely bunny who discover that the true meaning of Christmas is friendship. Santa Claus also makes an appearance. 

Christmas. Ring in the holiday season at Children’s Museum of Atlanta on Sunday, Dec. 22. Little ones and their families are invited to rock around the Christmas tree all day long with interactive fun and festivities, including a special performance by the Legacy Dance Centre and so much more.

Kwanzaa with Mama Koku performing.  Atlanta’s famed master storyteller and children’s writer, Mama Koku,  celebrates Kwanzaa at the Children’s Museum on Sunday, Dec. 29. 


High Museum Of Art highlights the holidays

Enjoy family-friendly holiday highlights at the High Museum of Art from Thanksgiving weekend through Dec. 31. Expect a wonderful series of special events for everyone in the family, including a Holiday Artisan Market over Thanksgiving weekend, December HIGH Frequency Friday and Friday Jazz, art-making classes and family tours.


CNN studio tours make great stocking stuffers

CNN is a favorite family destination. Now you can get exclusive, behind-the scenes access to the world headquarters of CNN, with  CNN Studio Tours. Tickets make for great stocking stuffers.


Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain bring the magic

Stone Mountain Christmas offers holiday magic with evenings full of festive music, millions of dazzling lights, spectacular shows, The Polar Express Experience and visits from some of your favorite holiday characters including Santa, now through Jan. 6, 2020. Each evening ends with Angelina the Snow Angel flying above the town, creating one last magical snowfall.Returning until Feb. 23, 2020, is Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park, a winter wonderland of snow-filled fun and adventures.


Centennial Olympic Park Becomes “International Winter Wonderland”

From Nov. 21 through Jan. 5, 2020, see Centennial Olympic Park transform into an “International Winter Wonderland.” Centennial Olympic Park is the perfect locale for Downtown Atlanta’s holiday festivities, as it showcases the Chinese Lantern Festival and the Atlanta Christkindl Market. Look for live entertainment, cultural food and interactive activities. 

Chinese Lantern Festival

This year’s festival theme, “INTO THE WILD,” features handcrafted lanterns of more than 25 different animals, including depictions of endangered species, to highlight the importance of animal protection. The festival offers nightly entertainment from Nov. 22 through Jan. 5, 2020, and includes acrobatics, dancers, theatrical performances and more. 

Atlanta Christkindl Market

With up to 80 charming Bavarian-style wooden chalets, this free event through Dec. 24, evokes an authentic German holiday experience with traditional German food, beverages and handcrafted products like ornaments, nutcrackers and toys. 


Fernbank Museum of Natural History creates winter wonderland

An Atlanta holiday favorite, Fernbank’s 10th Annual Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World is a terrific opportunity to expose kids to a variety of cultures. Open Nov. 22 through Jan. 12, 2020, this exhibition features holiday trees decorated by local cultural partners that recognize various holiday celebrations and cultural traditions.


Atlanta CityPASS makes a perfect holiday gift

Save up to 40% on admission to Atlanta’s must-see attractions this holiday season with Atlanta CityPASS. This wonderful package also makes the perfect stocking stuffer for your friends and visiting family during this special time of the year. It’s THE ticket for the holidays.


Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA somersaults into Atlantic Station

Energetic, urban and contemporary, Cirque du Soleil VOLTA is a captivating performance for all the senses. With dance, music, acrobatics and circus-inspired acts like you’ve never seen before, VOLTA is a tribute to the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports. Sure to be a memorable experience for the entire family. Cirque du Soleil VOLTA is playing through Jan. 5, 2020, under the Big Top at Atlantic Station.


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra delights during its 75th anniversary

The Grammy-Award winning  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 75th Anniversary holiday season by performing traditional favorites that have delighted audiences for decades. In his final season following a 20-year career, retiring maestro Robert Spano conducts Christmas classics and Handel’s “Messiah.”Atlanta offers a wide variety of festive holiday destinations and things to do for everyone in the family. From  Stay & Shop packages in Buckhead, with fantastic dining and shopping options for holiday gifting to fun-filled celebrations for everyone in the family, Atlanta offers opportunities to create magical memories to last a lifetime.


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