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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 finally here 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.

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 11th, and is even open on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

If you’re looking for other similar events similar, Candlelight Nights and the Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival are other great options! With Candlelight Nights, walkthrough the lit-up gardens and admire the decorations at the Atlanta History Center. The Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival will show you holiday lights like you have never seen them before at Centennial Olympic Park.

Event Details
🗓 NOV 16–JAN 11 | 6PM–11PM
📍 Atlanta Botanical Garden

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
🗓 NOV 16–DEC 24
📍 Alliance Theatre 

Explore Atlanta’s Christkindl Market at Centennial Olympic Park! This is the city’s first and 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.

If you’re looking for more holiday shopping opportunities, the Marietta Square Christmas MarketJLCM Mistletoe Market, and Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular will not disappoint!

Event Details
🗓 NOV 21–DEC 24
📍 Centennial Olympic Park 

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 Fox Theatre from December 7th through the 24th.

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 7–24
📍 Fox Theatre

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 five complimentary drinks as well as food and drink specials at all participating locations! You will also receive a souvenir pub crawl cup. 

Another fun bar crawl this holiday season is the Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl happening right after the beltline pub crawl at Buckhead Saloon! 

Event Details
🗓 DEC 14 | 12PM–4PM
📍 Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail

Believe in your elf and run (or walk) the Atlanta Christmas 5K & 1K Elf Run with over 2000 fellow Atlantans!

This is an Atlanta tradition that you are not going to want to miss. A portion of the proceeds from this run are going to YMCA, local churches, and other local charities.

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

Event Details
🗓 DEC 21 | 8AM–10AM
📍 Piedmont 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 food, and even be a special guest…Santa Clause!

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 24–JAN 5
📍 Six Flags Over Georgia

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!

If you’re looking for another fun outdoor event, Ponce City Roof is hosting Skate the Sky. There is also going to be an opportunity to have dinner in an Igloo!

Event Details
🗓 NOV 15-JAN 20
📍 Atlantic Station

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 great opportunities with Santa, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and others. Don’t miss out on this festive fun event!

Event Details
🗓 NOV 16-JAN 5
📍 Stone Mountain

Don't miss out on these other fun holiday events happening around Atlanta, too!

More Things to Do in Atlanta

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  • Head to the UNATION App for even more great events and start planning your holiday fun!
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Giovanna Bovero

Giovanna Bovero

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

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