Celebrating the Holidays in Atlanta & Beyond

One great thing about living in the metro Atlanta area is there are several magical holiday events going on. You can literally fill up the entire holiday season with an event each night if you wanted. Whether you are looking to celebrate Christmas or not, there is so much to choose from. Just take a look at our listing below. Be sure to follow up with their website and social media pages for the most current information. There may be COVID-related requirements that you need to be aware of when going.

Alliance Theatre A Christmas Carol

The Alliance Theatre’s beloved production A CHRISTMAS CAROL will return to the Coca-Cola Stage this year with an exciting new adaption, including a completely reimagined set design and stunning new costumes. Audiences will be transported to the streets of London to revisit the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to redemption, told with beautiful live music and an all-star cast. Join the Alliance Theatre for one of Atlanta’s most treasured holiday traditions.

November 12 through Decemeber 24. Get tickets here.

Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker

One year past its intended Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre debut, Atlanta Ballet will make its long-anticipated return to the theatre stage to present Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker. Described as “one of the most entertaining [Nutcrackers] out there” by The Washington Post following the Company’s 2019 Washington D.C. debut at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, this innovative production features larger-than-life sets and bold costumes enhanced by striking video projections, created by a world-class creative team that includes Tony Award-winning and -nominated designers. As one of the top major performing arts facilities in the metro Atlanta Area, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is the perfect fit for this ultra-high-tech production.

December 4 through 29.

Get tickets here.

Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights

The Atlanta Botanical Garden dazzles each year with its light display Garden Lights Holiday Nights. Wander through the 30-acre Midtown attraction to orchestral orbs, a glittering galaxy, the radiant rainforest and massive Tunnel of Light while sipping hot drinks. The 2021 show offers extremely limited capacity and masks/social distancing are required. November 13, 2021 – January 15, 2022.

Get tickets here.

Atlanta’s Holiday Road in Fairburn

Get ready for the holiday fun as Holiday Road opens as a walking trail at The Horse Mansion at Bouckaert Farm in Fairburn from November 26 to January 2. It’s a night full of bright lights, hot drinks, holiday activities, and heartwarming memories. Immerse yourself in a holiday wonderland filled with thousands of lights, larger-than-life holiday installations, and tons of festive fun. You’ll be transported into a winter wonderland as they visit the North Pole to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, Elf Village, Gingerbread Lane, light tunnels, and more. There will also be treats available from the area’s best food trucks and special holiday cocktails for the adults.

Tickets are $24.99 and up depending on when you purchase your tickets and day of attendance. Your ticket is valid for 1 person each. Children 2 years and under are free. Please be sure to purchase a ticket for each individual you are attending the show with. In addition to your Admission Ticket, be sure to purchase your Parking Pass to access the parking lot.

Get tickets here.

Callaway Garden’s Fantasy in Lights

Surround your family with Christmas cheer when you walk, drive and celebrate the bigger and brighter Fantasy In Lights, one of National Geographic’s Top 10 Light Displays in the World! This holiday season, they invite you to step out of your car and into the All-New Callaway Christmas Village! Wander through an immersive Winter Wonderland where you’ll explore a forest of twinkling lights and larger-than-life Christmas scenes featuring towering nutcrackers and gigantic snowflakes! Next, stroll through a forest of perfectly decorated trees on Christmas Tree Lane and stop for seasonal snacks and character meet-and-greets at the Christmas Market! The fun continues with our classic drive-through experience, now featuring an enchanting Tunnel of Lights! Journey through the beloved seven-mile Fantasy In Lights Enchanted Forest, where festive music fills the air and the mesmerizing Magical Field of Lights returns to delight your family for another year. Get tickets here.

Nov. 19, 2021 – Jan. 3, 2022

Center for Puppetry Arts

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer November 10 through January 2

Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, you won’t want to miss it! Rudolph and his friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius brave the Abominable Snow Monster and the even more daunting fear of not fitting in before discovering that it’s okay to be just the way they are! With fun holiday music, finely crafted puppets and an important prosocial message, Rudolph is sure to warm hearts even on the most blustery winter day.

In addition, this year the Center for Puppetry Arts is thrilled to announce a very special exhibition featuring Rudolph and Santa puppets from the original film production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™.  These extremely rare puppets went up for auction last year and are on long-term loan to the Center. Learn about the history behind the iconic poem-turned-song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and the classic 1964 stop motion television special of the same name. You will need to purchase the museum tickets in order to see this.

Get tickets here.

College Football Hall of Fame

The Hall lights up with holiday cheer! On December 3, Santa will visit with gifts for all, and families can take holiday photos at the photo booth. Play like a legend on the 45-yard field, and go “caroling” with your school’s fight song!

Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas

The spirit of the season shines brightest during Smoky Mountain Christmas, America’s best Christmas tradition. Here, the skies dance with the glimmer of more than 5 million twinkling lights and the sounds of our award-winning rides fill the air with Christmas cheer. Family memories are made when you take in a heartwarming holiday show, catch a festive ride on the Dollywood Express, or enjoy seasonal treats packed with classic flavor. The night ends with a celebratory crescendo of returning guest favorite Merry & Bright—a seasonal fireworks spectacular sure to inspire family memories to treasure for a lifetime.

Now through January 2. Get tickets here.

Fernbank Museum Winter Wonderland

Fernbank’s annual holiday experience, Winter Wonderland, returns Saturday, November 20! Twinkling with lights, glimmering with color and shining with a variety of cultural objects, this holiday-inspired exhibit features trees and other displays highlighting celebrations and traditions from around the world.

Enjoy more wintery WOW with new outdoor additions, including a sock skating rink and oversized snow globes.

Enjoy a season of celebrations during Fernbank’s annual Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World. This holiday-inspired exhibit features trees and other displays decorated by local cultural partners that recognize celebrations including Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as traditions and practices like indigenous art and national symbols, located on Entry and Upper Levels.

November 20 through January 9. Get tickets here.

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

Celebrate winter at Margaritaville for a wonderful time to embrace the spirit of the season and create special memories for the whole family – snow tubing, amusement rides, ice skating, a visit with Santa, and playing in the snow. Make sure to visit the Lakeside Lights Spectacular!

License to Chill Snow Island

Take the crew snow tubing, get your skates on and practice your figure eights at the ice rink, hop on
the carnival rides, make snow angels and warm up with s’ mores and hot cocoa by the fire pits.
Get outdoors for some fresh air and family-friendly fun at one of the best winter attractions in the southeast!

Blizzard Snow Mountain (Parrot Mountain)

Parrot Mountain is one of North America’s longest snow rides. Get outdoors and active with adrenaline-boosting tubing on the 575-foot-long, eight-story snow slide.

Find out more here.

Oakland Cemetery Holiday Hunt Scavenger Hunt

Gather a small group of friends or family for a day of cemetery sleuthing on this self-guided scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery!

November 20 through January 2, purchase your printable Holiday Hunt packet online (one per team), download, print, and follow all-new cryptic clues to solve riddles. No reservations are required to participate.

Choose from three different packets, organized by degree of cemetery riddle difficulty:

Easy: Kid-friendly riddles and perfect for families (expected hunt time:1 hour)
Medium: Challenging, but not impossible to solve, riddles (Expected hunt time: 1.5-2 hours)
Deadly: Try it if you dare (Expected hunt time: 2-3 hours)
Each team that purchases a packet will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Prizes include tour tickets, memberships, Museum Store gift cards, and more. There will be weekly prize drawings, and winners will be notified by email.

The Holiday Hunt packet ($25 plus tax) includes one self-guided tour map (a $5 value) that can be used on return visits.

All proceeds from the Holiday Hunt benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery.

Find out more here.

Victorian Holiday

Indulge in the seasonal spirit at Oakland Cemetery! Head to Oakland Cemetery December 4 and 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Victorian Holiday, a unique seasonal open house that features holiday activities for the whole family! No tickets are required for this free event.

Several mausoleums around Oakland’s Bell Tower will be decorated for the season by local garden clubs and designers. Strike a pose and vote for your favorite holiday decor.

Wreath Sale
Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the holiday season. Shop for seasonally embellished wreaths, garlands, specialty Christmas trees, and assorted greenery. Our team of professional designers will be glad to customize your wreaths or other purchases for that one-of-a-kind showstopper!

Pick up your preordered wreath and decorate it with greenery sourced from Oakland.

No cash. Card only. Face coverings required. Please maintain social distancing while shopping.

Pop-Up Shop at the Bell Tower
Stop by Oakland’s Pop-Up Shop for all your holiday shopping and find gifts unique to Oakland Cemetery, seasonal novelties, books, and much more. No cash. Card only. Face coverings required. Please maintain social distancing while shopping.

Holiday Artist Market
Shop handmade holiday goods at our Victorian Holiday Artist Market.

Mini Tours
After you’ve shopped for gifts and greenery, continue your day at Oakland by joining a mini-tour of the cemetery!

Holiday Pet Photos
Bring fido (and her best seasonal outfit) for a holiday photo opportunity!

Okefenokee Swamp

Bring a blanket and snuggle on the trains as they make their way along a 1.25-mile rail at the Okefenokee Swamp Park Annual Light Show in Waycross, filled with thousands of lights. Walkthrough the park and enjoy.
Starts at 6:00 pm with trains running on the hour and half hour. Get tickets here.

Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Holiday in the Park is returning to Six Flags Over Georgia! Join us on select days from November​ 20 – January​ 2.

This dazzling winter celebration features millions of glittering lights, classic live entertainment, scrumptious holiday treats, visits with Santa, and the star of the show—a brand new holiday light spectacular!

Stop by to continue the holiday tradition (or make a new one!) with your friends, family, or friends who have become family.

Get tickets here.

Stone Mountain Christmas

Select Days Now – Jan. 2, 2022

Each day during Stone Mountain Christmas, you can enjoy park attractions including Summit Skyride, Scenic Railroad, and more! Then, become immersed in holiday magic with evenings full of festive music, millions of dazzling lights, spectacular shows and visits from some of your favorite holiday characters!

Get tickets here.

Zoo Atlanta’s IllumiNights

Zoo Atlanta partners with Hanart Culture to bring an incredible new experience to the city, with vistas of illuminated wildlife and awe-inspiring sights.

A nighttime lantern wonderland celebrating the beauty of the natural world. Stroll the Zoo after dark to be inspired by more than 80 animal lanterns – some up to 20 feet tall – depicting some of Earth’s most charismatic creatures. Each lantern is made and hand-painted by Chinese artisans, therefore representing thousands of hours of work. In keeping with Zoo Atlanta’s commitment to sustainability, each lantern also features environmentally-friendly LED lights.

Get tickets here.

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