It's fall–time for Thanksgiving fun. (📷 Joleen Pete Photography)

7 Things to Do over Thanksgiving Weekend in Atlanta

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and that often means entertaining out-of-town friends and family. But once the football games are watched and the meal has been eaten, what do you do? Fortunately, Atlanta is full of cultural, outdoor and fun activities for the entire family. Here are seven things to do over Thanksgiving Weekend in Atlanta.

Volunteer as a Family

Volunteering brings joy to all involved. (📷 Priscilla Du Preez)

Thanksgiving marks a time of giving thanks, and it also encourages giving back. Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to demonstrate to kids and family that helping is as important, if not better than receiving. Hands On Atlanta takes it a step further by offering matching services to help you find the perfect volunteer opportunities for you and your family. Nov. 20 is Family Volunteer Day – “a global day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods.”

Get Outdoors

Stone Mountain Park offers views of Atlanta. (📷 Benjamin A. Pete)

Want to take the family for a hike? Here are the 10 best easy hikes in Atlanta metro area. Explore the Atlanta BeltLine or visit Atlanta’s newest and largest green spaces, Westside Park.

Shop Black Friday

Ponce City Market has good eats and great stores for holiday shopping. (📷 Joleen Pete)

And speaking of shopping, what’s Thanksgiving weekend without Black Friday? Whether you plan your attack meticulously or go with the flow and enjoy the holiday madness, we’ve got you covered for your holiday shopping in Atlanta.

Take your Annual Family Photos

The “City in the Trees” is the perfect natural backdrop for family photos. (📷 Joleen Pete)

Hire your favorite Atlanta family photographer or DIY it with your tripod and DSLR. Either way, you won’t regret capturing your family in fall photos, showcasing your smiles and all the natural beauty that Atlanta has to offer. Here is where to see fall colors in Atlanta.

Go Ice Skating

The Roof at Ponce City Market is home to one of several ice skating rinks in Atlanta.

Find ice skating rinks in Atlanta at Ponce City Market, Atlantic Station, Colony Square, Park Tavern and Avalon, just north of the city.

Visit Atlanta’s Top Attractions

These cousins loved a chance to visit the Georgia Aquarium over the holidays. (📷 Joleen Pete)

Experience Atlanta like a tourist. Take your out-of-town guests to visit Atlanta’s top must-see attractions. Save up to 40-percent off on combined admission prices to Atlanta’s top five attractions with an Atlanta CityPASS. An Atlanta CityPASS includes tickets to Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, World of Coca-Cola and your choice two from among Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. CityPASS ticket booklets are valid for nine days, beginning with the first day of use. 

Get into the Christmas Spirit 

Get into the Christmas spirit with a live performance. See The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra perform “Home Alone” In Concert at Atlanta Symphony Hall at Woodruff Arts Center. 

See Chevy Chase live on stage with a Q&A at the Fabulous Fox Theatre following a screening of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” December at the Fox will bring family favorites like “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical,” Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stone Christmas” and the “Hip Hop Nutcracker.”

For more ideas, visit our Thanksgiving page.

Originally published Nov. 2017 

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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