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!
December 1st – O Radiant Dawn
O Radiant Dawn features the Festival Singers of Atlanta performing 11 traditional songs in Buckhead.
December 1st – December 23rd – Christmas Canteen
Christmas Canteen is a variety show with sketch comedy, theatrical numbers, and singing galore at Aurora Theatre.
December 5th – Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting
Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting includes music, crafts, train rides, family activities, and Santa. Free entrance.
December 5th – Marietta Christmas Tree Lighting
Kick off the holiday season with a band, choruses, Santa (5:20 p.m.), and a tree-lighting ceremony (6 p.m.) at the Christmas Tree Lighting at Glover Park in Marietta. Free entrance.
December 5th – Hometown Holidays Parade
Hometown Holidays Parade is a small-town affair with Christmas lights on fire trucks, kids on homemade floats, marching bands, beauty queens, and Santa and Mrs. Claus in Forsyth. Free entrance.
December 6th – Powder Springs Christmas Tree Lighting
Beginning with a parade at 6:30 p.m., the Christmas Tree Lighting at 7:30 p.m. in Powder Springs features Santa, holiday music, the mayor, and hot chocolate with cookies in the Powder Springs Town Square. Free entrance.
December 6th – Tis the Season to be Merry
The Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble plays holiday songs with Celtic singer Chloe Agnew and a tenor at Tis the Season to be Merry in Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
December 6th – December 7th – A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols features choral music, scripture, and readings by special guests at Glenn Auditorium, Emory University.
December 6th – December 8th – Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is a story created by the legendary Robert Shaw and told by hundreds of musicians.
December 6th and December 14th – Holiday Bar Crawl
- Dec. 6 – Wear a holiday costume to the Midtown Santa Stumble for food and drink specials at 10 bars, plus free shots, for age 21+.
- Dec. 14 – Wear your tackiest holiday duds to Ugly Sweater Crawl for holiday music and drink specials in 5 bars, starting at Buckhead Saloon.
December 6th – December 21st – Holiday Play
- Dec. 5 to 28 – Invasion: Christmas Carol is adult humor at Dad’s Garage.
- Dec. 5 to 29 – Frosty is a very merry musical at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square.
- Dec. 6 to 21 – Santa After Hours is comedy for adults at Out of Box Theatre, Marietta.
- Dec. 6 to 22 – A Dickens Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty is a comedy in Alpharetta.
- Dec. 7 – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a comedy about unruly kids in Tyrone.
- Dec. 7 to 31 – Madeline’s Christmas is a musical play about 12 girls in Paris at Horizon Theatre.
December 7th – Children’s Christmas Parade
Peachtree Street fills with floats, giant balloons, costumed characters, and marching bands for the 90-minute Children’s Christmas Parade, which goes down Peachtree Street from 16th to 5th. Free.
December 7th – Reindog Parade
Register and dress up your dog for fun or to win an award at Reindog Parade at Atlanta Botanical Garden.
December 7th – Holiday Pops
Holiday Pops features the Georgia Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Santa, a sing-along, and special guests at Marietta Performing Arts Center.
December 7th – A Day with Santa in Kennesaw
A Day with Santa features a 2 p.m. parade of floats, marching bands, and vintage cars, followed by a 3 p.m. holiday market, stage entertainment, snow tubing, and visits with Santa in Kennesaw. Free.
December 8th – Gala Holiday Concert
Hear beloved holiday favorites with an international twist at the family friendly Gala Holiday Concert, performed by 200 members of the Georgia State University Symphony Orchestra, jazz band, choruses, and ensembles at Rialto Center for the Arts.
December 8th – Santa’s Coming to Cobb
Santa arrives in a helicopter, and then children line up for a photo with Santa and a gift at Santa’s Coming to Cobb, which has a petting zoo, bounce houses, games, music, and snow at Aviation Wing of Marietta. Free.
December 14th – City of Newnan Christmas Parade
City of Newnan Christmas Parade includes floats, walking groups, decorated cars and trucks, and marching bands. Free.
Which one you are more excited to go? Tell me in the comments!