Ultimate Guide of Fun Holiday Things to Do with Kids in Atlanta

Looking for ways to entertain the kids and create lasting memories as a family this holiday season? From musical performances to light installations, festivals, puppet shows, holiday markets and more, you’re sure to find some family fun. Here is the complete guide to festive events and things to do with kids in Atlanta for the holidays.

Celebrate the Holidays at Fun Atlanta Attractions

Experience the SEA-son at Georgia Aquarium

Even the critters are celebrating the holidays at Georgia Aquarium. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Aquarium)

Celebrate the  Holidays at Georgia Aquarium and enjoy a transformed atrium with festive music, winter-inspired projections and 40-foot live tree. Take photos with Santa, enjoy the daily tree lighting and holiday-themed dolphin presentations through Jan. 1, 2024.

Where: 225 Baker St. NW

Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions at Fernbank Museum

Fernbank Museum of Natural History offers a low-key but impactful cultural holiday experience. (Photo courtesy of Fernbank Museum of Natural History)

Winter Wonderland at Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a great way to introduce your kids to a variety of cultures through two floors of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees showcasing celebrations around the world and decorated with a variety of cultural objects. The exhibit is on display through Jan. 7, 2024.

Where: 767 Clifton Road

Stone Mountain Christmas

Lights, lights and more lights. Stone Mountain Park will dazzle and delight the entire family. (Photo courtesy of Stone Mountain Park)

This family favorite is back with plenty of festive holiday fun. Enjoy holiday music, dazzling shows, colorful light displays and a Christmas laser light show. In addition, several of Stone Mountain’s unique attractions offer special holiday themed events. Enjoy Stone Mountain Christmas through Jan. 2, 2024.

Where: 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, Ga.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden

See the Garden’s spectacular display. (Photo by Jason Getz)

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights and the spectacular display of Holiday Model Trains return to Atlanta Botanical Garden. Kids of all ages will delight in the magical walk though spectacularly lighted sculptures, and train lover’s will delight in the themed G Scale model trains running day and night through Jan. 14, 2024.

Enjoy all of the Holiday Lights

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is a festive feast for the eyes. (Photo by Joey Ivansco)

Atlanta knows how to bring the bling when it comes to magical holiday light displays. Bundle up and head to one of these places to see holiday lights in Atlanta.

Lace Up Your Skates for Ice Skating in Atlanta

Skate the day away with your kids or head to The Roof at Ponce City Market for an adults-only date night. (Photo courtesy of Jamestown)

Ice skating is a seasonal family favorite around the holidays and there are several locations in Atlanta. Each location is open for skating through winter break. Here’s where to go ice skating in Atlanta.

Take Pics with the Big Guy

Take time to write your wish list with a visit to Santa’s Post Office at The Battery. (Photo courtesy of The Battery)

What would Christmas be without a trip to see Old St. Nick? Santa can be sighted all over Atlanta for photos, cookies with Santa and other unique festive events. Here’s where to get photos with Santa in Atlanta.

Bring in the New Year with Noon Year’s Eve

Kids will have a blast at Ponce City Market without having to stay up until midnight. (Photo courtesy of Jamestown)

Why should grown-ups have all the fun?! Kids can celebrate the New Year with kid-friendly celebrations at The Battery Atlanta, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, The Roof at Ponce City Market and Stone Mountain Park. Here are all the deets.

For even more ideas of things to do this holiday season for all ages in Atlanta, check out our ultimate guide to the holidays. Also available en español.

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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