If you’ve only got two days in Atlanta and you want to experience some holiday events, check out this list! It will definitely get you into Atlanta’s holiday spirit.
See holiday-themed plays, performances, and shows. You might see A Christmas Carol at the Alliance Theatre, The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Center for Puppetry Arts, The Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre, Black Nativity at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, and Celtic Christmas at the Rialto Center for the Arts.
Visit the International Winter Wonderland. Centennial Olympic Park alights with holiday decorations, live entertainment, cultural food, and interactive activities.
Go ice skating. Temporary rinks arrive at several locations around Atlanta, like Atlantic Station and Park Tavern, ensuring that you can glide around gracefully, channelling your inner Michelle Kwan all you want. Warm up with a hot chocolate afterward!
See the pink pig. The Macy’s Pink Pig train ride has been an annual tradition at Lenox Square for more than 50 years, offering fun holiday rides for kiddos November through January.
Stroll among the lights. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights features 1 million colorful lights, costumed characters, attractions, and snacks at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Attend a Cirque du Soleil show. This amazing touring performance company comes to Atlanta every year with a new show, so be sure to see what’s playing in the giant tent behind Atlantic Station.
Get photos with Santa. Popular venues like Ponce City Market, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Lenox Square Mall, Phipps Plaza, Atlantic Station, and the College Football Hall of Fame’s Deck the Hall event invite you to bring your little ones to make memories with Santa on an elaborately-decorated set. Cottage at Avalon even invites you to bring your furry friends to experience Pet Nights with Santa!
View Christmas trees and decor. You’ll find a lot of holiday spirit at the big tree at Lenox Square Mall, as well as Atlantic Station, Zoo Atlanta, and Christmas at Callanwolde.
Experience snow in Atlanta. Stone Mountain Christmas features two million lights, holiday shows, a snow-angel palace, a parade with Santa, fireworks, and snowfall at Stone Mountain Park. Nearby Snow Mountain offers inner tube rides!
Get holiday thrills. Six Flags Over Georgia (yes, the theme park) transforms into a winter wonderland and features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit.
Sip Christmas-themed cocktails. Miracle on Monroe and Miracle on Highland are pop-up experiences that offer Christmas cocktails in venues decorated too saccharine to miss. Talk about getting into the holiday spirits — er, spirit! Act fast; this place usually has a looong line, and is open for a limited time.