Ultimate Guide to Winter in Atlanta

The first day of winter is Dec. 21, and while that doesn’t necessarily mean snow here in the South, it does mean lots of seasonal fun. Here is our guide to winter in Atlanta.

Festive Things to Do for the Holidays

An annual wintertime favorite is the Garden Lights, Holiday Nights exhibit at Atlanta Botanical Garden. (📷 Joey Ivansco)

Atlanta knows how to celebrate. Whether strolling through Garden Nights, Holiday Lights 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 in 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.

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 

The residents of Downton Abbey invite to to dinner (sort of).

There are a number of unique events happening this winter in the ATL. Don’t miss a rare glimpse into the world renowned artist Banksy at Underground Atlanta. If you’re a fan of the critically acclaimed television series “Downton Abbey,” you won’t want to miss the Downton Abbey Exhibition, where visitors can experience the iconic mansion, fashion and characters. These are just a couple of these top 12 things to do in Atlanta this winter

Best Cozy Restaurants for Winter Dining in Atlanta

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. 

Winter Festivals in Atlanta

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 February. Here is a complete list of winter festivals in the A.

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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