Christmas in Atlanta: 7 Amazing Things to Do This Holiday Season
Looking for a fun filled holiday activity with your family? Or maybe a romantic date night in lights? Atlanta lacks for nothing this holiday season!
With the twinkling lights and Christmas tree lots all around, it is indeed beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Luckily there are several Christmas treats lying around Atlanta and its metro area, and no matter how busy holiday shopping has kept you and the family, time stolen away for a Christmas activity is sure to get everyone in the mood. Between theme parks, theatrical events, and ice skating, take in the Winter Wonderlands that have transformed Atlanta into a Christmas miracle of its own. Whether you prefer the melodious music of a Christmas themed symphony orchestra or the chills and thrills that come with a theme park holiday, there is something waiting for you this Christmas in Atlanta.
1. Take in a Holiday Favorite Show at the Fabulous Fox Theatre
An Atlanta tradition like no other, Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns to the Fox Theatre stage for its 20th anniversary performance. Marvel at the city’s best ballerinas while enjoying their in-house orchestra, and get lost in the timeless story of the Nutcracker. This event is a wonderful, inexpensive way to get the whole family in a yuletide mood right in time for the holidays! If you have a moment, make sure to check out this Atlanta spectacular between December 11th and 27th.
2. Spend Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Even if you missed their first Christmas show this past weekend, fear not, because the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has another extravagant holiday show called A Very Merry Holiday Pops. Showing Thursday, December 17th through Saturday the 19th with a special performance at Kennesaw State University on Friday night, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra offers another wonderful weekend of holiday music. Michael Krajewski leads the ASO musicians along with Morris Robinson and the All City High School Chorus to wish you a Merry Christmas with all of the holiday musical favorites. And according to their website, “if you’re on the nice list, Santa is sure to make an appearance!” Don’t miss out on this classic family event to really get that Christmas spirit in full swing!
3. Let Celtic Women Serenade You with Holiday Favorites
Spend an evening with Celtic Women as they join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for one night only to bring Christmas to Atlanta. See everyone’s favorite Irish singers as they perform the music from their second Christmas album, Home for Christmas, and enjoy a fun filled evening of holiday cheer as you and your family are immersed in the hauntingly beautiful sounds of Celtic Women. The Home for Christmas Symphony Tour promises a joyful experience for the whole family this Christmas season.
4. Enjoy a Magical Night of Lights at Lake Lanier
Lake Lanier’s annual light show is perhaps my favorite Christmas tradition. Running all the way through January 3rd, families have a tremendous opportunity to dazzle at the miles of lights decorating Lake Lanier Islands. Each section of the route tells a different holiday tale, so set your radio to play the Christmas music and enjoy a magical evening on Lake Lanier. Sing along to the 12 Days of Christmas as you watch it come to life in lights, and watch out for reindeer jumping over the road, or elves who enjoy downhill skiing over cars!
If you get weary from your travels, you can take a break to watch the live nativity play just off the middle of the route, and there is plenty of hot cocoa to go around once you reach Santa’s Workshop. Watch the children light up when they finally get a glimpse of the North Pole, with all of the rides and reindeer games. Beware of Chewy the Goat who lives in the petting zoo. He’ll try to eat your scarf when you’re not looking! Get a snack, roast marshmallows, and shop around the Christmas shop before reminding Santa exactly what you want for Christmas. Finally, you can head home with a heart full of warmth and childlike wonder and a stomach full of treats, and drift off to sleep in a true Christmas spirit. For a holiday like no other, check out Lake Lanier this Christmas!
5. A Stone Mountain Christmas
Stone Mountain is holiday must see for nearly any holiday, but Christmas at Stone Mountain is truly spectacular. There are countless activities to get the whole family in the Christmas Spirit among the twinkling lights and festive songs of Stone Mountain Park. Take the kids to meet Rudolph and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster who stopped in from the North Pole to meet all of the good Georgia boys and girls. Enjoy four wonderful holiday plays, and hop aboard the Singalong Train to carol all of the best Christmas tunes as you traverse the bottom of Stone Mountain. During the ride, you can relax and enjoy the story of The Gift to show the true meaning of Christmas.
Make sure to visit the Snow Angel in her castle before catching the nightly Christmas Parade where whimsical floats will bring Santa Claus sweeping into Atlanta. Plus, the Snow Angel uses her magic to end the parade with a snowfall and a fireworks show! Once Santa’s in town, be sure to sit on his knee and tell him all of your family’s Christmas wishes.
For the older crowd, make sure to visit the Antebellum Plantation to enjoy the romantic décor of yuletide in yesteryear, and listen to old time carolers in the old fashioned houses.
6. Ice Skate in Centennial Olympic Park
It’s just not Christmas in Atlanta without the annual ice skating in the park. Every year, in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, an ice rink pops up for the Christmas season. Enjoy a hot chocolate before hitting the ice in Centennial Olympic Park. Listen to favorite holiday and top 20 pop songs while twirling around the rink as red and green lights flash overhead. When you are through skating, take a stroll through the park and enjoy the decorative light displays and magnificent Christmas tree in the center of the park!
For any seasonal couples, or those just looking for a nice, holiday date night, the ice rink in Centennial Olympic Park is definitely the place you want to go.
7. Have a Holly, Jolly, Adrenaline-filled Adventure at Six Flags.
Not all Christmas activities have to be peaceful, at least not according to Six Flags. Join the Six Flags crew for their second annual Holiday in the Park to celebrate Christmas with the Loony Tunes in an evening filled with Christmas cheer. See Six Flags in a new light as much of the park, including rides and roller-coasters, has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland. Do some holiday shopping on Main Street while enjoying the thousands of twinkling lights overtaking the promenade in A Main Street Christmas.
To your left, you will smell peppermint wafting from Peppermint Plaza by the Georgia Scorcher. With the smell of peppermint candies abound and the glowing candy cane décor everywhere in sight, it feels as if you’ve left that mundane world outside of Holiday in the Park behind and been transported to the sugar plum dreams of those children in old-time Christmas stories! This is but one of the ten magical worlds at Six Flags this season.
When you are ready to move on, immerse yourself in the “tunnel of wonders” leading to Retro Christmas USA. A seemingly endless stream of lights will surround you as they twinkle and dance along to the holiday music playing in the tunnel. This is perhaps my favorite section of the park. It is very easy to get lost in the lights as you are transported again to a new, magical world.
In Retro Christmas, you can feel the American spirit as it mingles with Christmas festivities with all of the red, white and blue string lights. The Dare Devil Dive is decked head to toe in a 130 foot tall Christmas tree made of colored lights!
Journey through Gotham City as it is transformed into Holiday City, or travel further into the Christmas attraction to experience A Georgia Christmas, Mistletoe Mansion, and the North Pole. Watch out overhead while walking through the North Pole, sometimes Santa and his reindeer will swoop in unexpectedly to spread cheer throughout the park.
As if all of the dazzling lights and thrilling coasters were not enough, Six Flags has several seasonal shows set to show at various times around the park. Enjoy a musical at the Crystal Pistol Music Hall or take in the tunes of the carolers at the Carousel. Don’t forget to stop by S’mores Village for a delightful treat before the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Main Street at dusk each night.
With the beautiful lights all around, there is something festive for the whole family at Holiday in the Park.
Regardless of your busy schedule this holiday season, there is a festive activity waiting just for you somewhere around Atlanta. With the affordability and flexibility of schedule, the only question that remains is which one? Which magnificent activity will become your family’s newest Christmas tradition?
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