Upcoming Christmas and Holiday Events – Part I

Atlanta sparkles with traditional and delightful holiday events that fill the air with anticipation and excitement for the season to come.The possibilities are endless with so many things to do in Atlanta at Christmas time and the holidays. Start making your plans today!

November 15th – December 24th – Nutcracker Ballet

The Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl’s Christmas dream and includes music by Tchaikovsky.

November 16th – January 5th – Fantasy in Lights

It’s the most magical time of the year! Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA is one of National Geographic’s Top 10 Light Displays. Make merry in the Christmas Village, meet holiday characters, and ride through Callaway’s famous dazzling illuminated forest. Tickets start at $21.

November 16th – January 11th – Garden Lights Holiday Nights

Garden Lights Holiday Nights features illuminated attractions, synchronized light and sound, model trains, s’more roasting, and food for sale at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden. Open every day, but cheaper on “value nights.”.
November 16th – December 24th – A Christmas Carol
“A Christmas Carol” is Charles Dickens’ classic holiday play about Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and 3 Christmas ghosts.

November 16th – January 5th – Stone Mountain Christmas

A family-favorite tradition, Stone Mountain Christmas is Atlanta’s most heartwarming celebration filled with festive music, millions of dazzling lights, captivating shows and your favorite holiday characters. New in 2019, the Snow Angel’s Christmas Parade is all-new featuring seven new floats and a cast of 40 performers including 10-foot tall candy canes, walking snow globes, Christmas trees and more!

November 16th – January 5th – Ornament Class

The Ornament Class at Decatur Glassblowing includes safety instructions, a demonstration, and assistance making a glass ornament to take home after it cools for two days.

November 21st – January 5th – International Winter Wonderland

  • Nov. 21 – Dec. 24, 2019 – Atlanta Christkindl Market has German food, beverages, and gifts in a festive atmosphere at Ring Fountain Plaza.
  • Nov. 22, 2019 to Jan. 5, 2020 – Chinese Lantern Festival has displays depicting 25 kinds of animals, with Asian food and performers.

November 22nd – January 12th – Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holidays with twinkling lights and trees hung with ornaments and cultural objects at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Closed Dec. 25.

November 22nd –  December 22nd – Magical Nights of Lights

Touring the light displays, riding the carnival rides, making s’mores around a bonfire and visiting Santa make this event a great place to ramp up the holiday spirit with a Margaritaville state of mind at Lake Lanier.

November 23rd – Light the Station

Enjoy kids’ activities, hear live music, visit Santa’s reindeer, watch a parade (7 p.m.), and see the Christmas tree lighting (8 p.m.) during Light the Station at Atlantic Station. Free.

November 23rd – December 31st – Winter Waterland 

Winter Waterland features tree lightings (Nov. 29 & Dec. 7), photos with Santa, a Santa underwater show, a song & dance show with snowfall, and “The Polar Express” film at Georgia Aquarium.

November 24th – December 16th  – Santa at PCM

Santa will hold court for iPhone photos and wish lists, and a stage will host a rotating roster of choirs, musicians, and other festive weekend entertainers. Hot cocoa, peppermint bark, holiday popsicle flavors, cider, and more will be available from Williams Sonoma, King of Pops, and the Mercury to enjoy around cozy fire pits

November 24th – Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Show

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Show includes pre-show performances at 6:30 p.m., a visit from Santa, and the tree lighting. The tree stays lit through Jan. 1.

November 24th – Light Up Dunwoody

Light Up Dunwoody is a neighborhood Christmas village with vendors, Santa, live reindeer, and a tree-lighting + menorah ceremony at 5:30 p.m. outside Cheek-Spruill House in Dunwoody. Free entrance.

November 28th – December 31st  – Lights of Life 

Lights of Life is open every day with 1.5 miles of holiday lights, displays, pony rides, train rides, a petting zoo, and concessions at Life University.

November 29th – The Hip Hop Nutcracker

The Hip Hop Nutcracker gives Tchaikovsky’s score a modern twist with 12 hip-hop dancers (including “King of Rap” Kurtis Blow), an on-stage DJ, an electric violinist, and a digital background with an urban vibe at Fox Theatre.

November 30th – December 1st  – Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Cirque Dreams Holidaze has flying reindeer, jumping gingerbread men, rousing music, amazing costumes, and Santa Claus at Fox Theatre.

Which one you are more excited to go? Tell me in the comments!

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