Your Guide to Holiday Events in Atlanta

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It’s the most pun-derful time of the year! Hold on for deer life because the holidays are fast approaching and we could not be more excited! Atlanta has every holiday event you could want so you are not going to be disappointed. 

Take a look at some of Atlanta’s best holiday events and make sure to check back for any new events coming up this season! Here is your guide to holiday events in Atlanta.

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Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

Light up the night with Garden Lights, Holiday Nights! Even if you’ve been to the Atlanta Botanical Garden before, you haven’t seen it like this. This is an Atlanta favorite and it’s also the world’s largest curtain of synchronized light and sound!

Experience the larger than life plants all lit up this holiday season. This event is taking place through January 15th, and is even open on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

There are new and exciting features at this year’s event, but there will be timed entries associated with your tickets. Tickets are only available online, so act fast! These coveted tickets are expected to sell out FAST!

Event Details
🗓 Nov 13–Jan 15 | Times vary
📍 Atlanta Botanical Garden
🎟 Tickets starting at $24.95

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A Christmas Carol

This Christmas classic is a broadway-scale production at Alliance Theatre! Experience this story come to life on stage with an amazing cast and incredible live music. This is one magical event that you and your family and friends won’t want to miss.

Interested in other musical productions? Take an elfie before heading to Elf on the Shelf or feel like you’re getting lost in New York City at Home Alone in Concert!

Event Details
🗓 Various dates now through Dec 24
📍 Alliance Theatre 
🎟 Tickets starting at $135

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Atlanta Christkindl Market

Explore Atlanta’s Christkindl Market at Buckhead Village District! This is the city’s largest winter Holiday festival. Enjoy authentic German food and beverages, shop around for gifts for loved ones, take family photos by the giant tree, and sip on some hot cocoa. You’ll be able to shop all season long, with the exception of Christmas Day.

Event Details
🗓 Nov 26–Jan 2
🗓 Sunday–Thursday | 11:30am–9:30pm
🗓 Friday & Saturday | 11:30am–10:30pm
🗓 Closed Christmas Day
📍 Buckhead Village District
🎟 Free entry

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The Nutcracker

Watch the magical story of the Nutcracker come to life with the help of incredible music, beautiful dancing, and a big imagination. Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker is at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre from December 4th through the 29th. 

If you’re looking for something a little different than this classic, there is also the Hip Hop Nutcracker as well as Cirque Dreams Holidaze! The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is also coming to town.

Event Details
🗓 Dec 4–29 | Days and times vary
📍 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Theatre
🎟 Tickets starting at $62.00

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Pub Crawl on the Beltline: Winter Edition

It’s the most wonderful time of the beer. Wait…we mean it’s the most wine-derful time of the year. We just can’t get it right. Anyway, the Pub Crawl on the BeltLine is happening again but this time, it’s the Winter Edition!

With the purchase of a ticket, you will receive up to five complimentary drinks as well as food and drink specials at all participating locations! There are three check-in location options: Guac y Margys, City Winery, or Apres Diem!

One bar crawl a day not enough for ya? Well, then you’re in the right city. Starting at 5:00pm is the 7th Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl in Buckhead.  This one will carry on all night long!

Event Details
🗓 Dec 11 | 12:00pm–4:00pm
📍 Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail
🎟 $40.00

Atlanta Christmas 5K

Believe in your elf and run (or walk) the Atlanta Christmas 5K with over 1000 fellow Atlantans!

This is an Atlanta tradition that you are not going to want to miss. The Atlanta Christmas 5K is the city’s oldest holiday race and is loved by all. Social distancing and sanitizing protocols will be in place!

Don’t forget your Santa hat on your way out the door!

Event Details
🗓 Dec 11 | 9:00am–11:00am
📍 Piedmont Park
🎟 Registration starting at $45.00

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Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Yule be sorry if you miss out on Six Flag’s Holiday in the Park! It’s LIT. There are over 1 million LED lights to light up the park and tons of Christmas trees! There will also be festive shows, yummy seasonal food, and even a special guest…Santa Claus!

You can still enjoy all of the rides in the park while you’re there. It is going to be so much fun! Don’t miss this special event.

Event Details
🗓 Nov 13–Jan 2 | Select nights
📍 Six Flags Over Georgia
🎟 $24.99

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Skate the Station

Looking for something fun to do with friends and family? Why not grab your ice skates and go ice skating at Atlantic Station! This ice skating rink is the largest outdoor ice skate rink in the Southeast.  You can buy tickets ahead of time to skip the line. This is sure to be fun for the whole family!

Event Details
🗓 Nov 17–Jan 17
📍 Atlantic Station
🎟 $15.00

Stone Mountain is a family favorite, and it’s that much more magical during the holidays. There is going to be holiday music, tons of pretty lights, fun shows for the whole family, holiday characters, a parade, and so much more! There are even going to be meet and greet opportunities with Santa, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and others. Don’t miss out on this festive fun event!

Event Details
🗓 Nov 13–Jan 2 | Select dates
📍 Stone Mountain
🎟 $34.95

For more festive things to do in Atlanta this holiday season, be sure to check out our Weekend Guide so you don’t miss a thing! We ho-ho-hope to see you at all of these wonderful holiday events!

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Giovanna Bovero

Giovanna Bovero

Giovanna is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Atlanta City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Atlanta area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinAtlanta on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.