(📷: Joleen Pete)

Ultimate Guide to Winter in Atlanta

The first day of winter is Dec. 21, which mean lots of seasonal fun. And who knows? We may even have snow this year. Here is our guide to winter in Atlanta.

Festive Things to Do for the Holidays

Visit Miracle on Peachtree in Buckhead for a season of festivities.

Atlanta knows how to celebrate. Whether strolling through Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Gardens or checking out the myriad of festive activities at the annual Miracle on Peachtree, visitors and residents can find plenty of activities to get them into the holiday spirit. Check out these festive things to do for the holidays in Atlanta.

Ice Skating in Atlanta

Ponce City Market is home to one of Atlanta’s ice skating rinks. (📷: Joleen Pete)

Even if it doesn’t snow this winter, you don’t have to miss out on all the icy fun. Who doesn’t love a winter-themed pop-up? Find out where to go ice skating in Atlanta.

Winter Hiking in Atlanta 

With mild winters, you can still get outdoors year around in Atlanta. Check out the Atlanta BeltLine, Westside Park and beyond. Chattahoochee Nature Center offers a selection of easy wooded nature hikes, or you can grab a map and hike around town to find some tiny doors, thanks to the local art installations provided by Tiny Doors ATL. Atlanta is home to a plethora of impressive street art, so grab your camera and take a self-guided photo safari.

Fun Experiences and Events this Winter in Atlanta 

No matter what house you’ve been sorted to, you’ll love Harry Potter: The Exhibition.

There are a number of unique events happening this winter in the ATL. Don’t miss Harry Potter: The Exhibition through the early 2023 or “Rodin in the United States” on display at the High Museum of Art through Jan. 15, 2023. These are just a couple of the 10 attractions to visit this winter in Atlanta

Best Cozy Restaurants for Winter Dining in Atlanta

The Blind Pig turns into The Blind Elf for the season. (📷: Heidi Harris Geldhauser)

Take a break from holiday shopping or plan a romantic date night at one of these cozy restaurants that are perfect for winter dining in Atlanta. Outdoor heaters, firepits and toasty fireplaces will keep you warm in even the coldest weather. Feeling festive? Check out the best Christmas pop-up bars in Atlanta.

Winter Festivals in Atlanta

Chinese New Year is Jan. 22, 2023.

Popular winter events and festivals every year in Atlanta include the Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances in January and the Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival in January. Here is a complete list of winter festivals in the A.

Rainy Day in Atlanta

Kermit the Frog at Center for Puppetry Arts
Visit Kermit and the rest of the Jim Hanson collection at Center for Puppetry Arts. (📷: Joleen Pete)

Don’t let the weather keep you from the fun. Whether there’s rain, sleet or snow this ultimate list of rainy day things to do in Atlanta is filled with indoor attractions and fun ideas for all ages.

For more things to do in Atlanta this winter, explore our events calendar.

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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