Looking for some holiday fun around Atlanta? Well, there is no shortage! Atlanta is bursting with fun events this holiday season, so make plans with friends and family to explore the city this year. Here’s a list highlighting just a few of the great seasonal events happening this December:
The Lighting at Colony Square
December 4, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
This year, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is reimagining a new holiday tradition to kick off the season. The annual Children’s Holiday Parade will be replaced by a full day of fun for the entire family at Colony’s Square’s Season on the Square. Highlights of the parade, like bands and dance groups, will still play a role in the celebration with a 20-minute Street Extravaganza performance on Peachtree Street and the Main Stage at Colony Square. In place of a Parade Grand Marshall, a Children’s patient will now have the honor of lighting the Christmas Tree at Colony Square to mark the official beginning of the holiday season on the evening of December 4. There are several events and sponsorships that will benefit Children’s, including Breakfast with Santa and proceeds from the Colony Square ice-skating rink ticket sales.
December 4 – 29, 2021
One year past its intended Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre debut, Atlanta Ballet will make its long-anticipated return to the theatre stage to present Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker. Described as “one of the most entertaining [Nutcrackers] out there” by The Washington Post following the Company’s 2019 Washington D.C. debut at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, this innovative production features larger-than-life sets and bold costumes enhanced by striking video projections, created by a world-class creative team that includes Tony Award-winning and -nominated designers. As one of the top major performing arts facilities in the metro Atlanta Area, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is the perfect fit for this ultra-high-tech production. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit atlantaballet.com.
Garden Lights, Holiday Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
November 13 , 2021 – January 15, 2022
This dazzling light-fest is sure to please everyone in your group. Timed tickets go on sale Sept. 24 to Garden members and Oct. 1 to the public for Garden Lights, Holiday Nights presented by Invesco QQQ. Reduced capacity for a safe, socially-distanced experience means tickets are expected to sell quickly. Approximately two-thirds of 2020’s dates sold out. While plenty of the show’s fan-favorite features will return, guests can expect new twists, including a colorful Glowing Grove along the Flower Walk, oversized flowers leading to Ice Goddess and several lighted sculptures from the 2021 summer exhibition SUPERnatural: Glass Art by Jason Gamrath. For more information, go to atlantabg.com.
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia
Select Days November 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022
For a more thrill-seeking crowd, check out Six Flags over Georgia’s Holiday in the Park! ‘Tis the season for glittering lights, festive performances, delicious hot chocolate…and s’more! Park goers can enjoy over 1 million LED lights, a variety of holiday shows, delicious treats and a visit from Santa Claus. For pricing information and specific dates, visit sixflags.com/overgeorgia.
Georgia Festival of Trees
November 30 – December 4, 2021
The Georgia Festival of Trees is a special five-day holiday event at the Georgia World Congress Center. This event is for all ages and includes a beautiful forest of dazzling holiday trees, unique gift shops, local treat vendors, and much more! The mission of the festival of trees is to strengthen the community through charitable engagement and holiday spirit. In partnership with Wellspring Living, this event is committed to serving survivors of sex trafficking and those at risk. For tickets and information, visit GaFestivalorTrees.org.
Ice Skating Around Atlanta — There are lots of fun places to skate in and around Atlanta. Here are some of our favorites:
The Rink at Park Tavern. This popular rink in Midtown’s Piedmont Park is set in a winter wonderland featuring an abundance of festive and kitschy decor, making for unforgettable experiences and Insta-grammable moments seven days a week. Holiday cheer promises to abound with an array of seasonal cocktails served in playful glassware, delicious fare, special events, all-day skate sessions, themed skate nights, cozy fire pits, and much more. Thursday, Nov. 25 through President’s Day Feb. 21, 2022. More information at www.ParkTavern.com
Skate the Sky at The Roof at Ponce City Market. Twirl across the ice skating rink, and on weekends, play Faux Fur Coat Mini Golf, and rent a family-friendly igloo! Skaters must be 5 or older. November 26, 2021 through January 9, 2022. More information at PonceCityRoof.com.
Skate the Station at Atlantic Station. Get into the holiday spirit by heading over to the largest ice-skating rink in Metro Atlanta! Skate the Station is back at Atlantic Station, and all are invited to skate under the stars. Skate the Station is weather-permitting and updates are available on Atlantic Station’s social media channels. Tickets are available online and at the door, and skate rentals are included with each ticket purchase. Timed ticketing and other safety protocols will be enforced. November 19, 2021 through Jan. 17, 2022. More information at AtlanticStation.com.
Skate On The Square at Colony Square. Colony Square has transformed The Plaza into an outdoor ice rink for the holiday season with a decorations. November 19, 2021 through Jan. 17, 2022. More information at ColonySquare.com.
Stone Mountain Christmas
Select Days Now – Jan. 2, 2022
Each day during Stone Mountain Christmas, you can enjoy park attractions including Summit Skyride, Scenic Railroad, and more! Then, become immersed in holiday magic with evenings full of festive music, millions of dazzling lights, spectacular shows and visits from some of your favorite holiday characters! See the Snow Angel’s Christmas Parade, enjoy the world’s largest Christmas light show, catch Santa’s Big Flight, meet classic holiday friends, and laugh out loud during Charles Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol. For more information, visit www.StoneMountainPark.com.
IllumiNights at the Zoo
November 22, 2021 – January 16, 2022
Zoo Atlanta’s all new Chinese Lantern Festival is open to the public Nov.22 through Jan. 16. This is the perfect way to explore the Zoo after dark! You’ll enjoy more than 80 lanterns on a magical walk through the zoo. Some lanterns are life sized and some larger than life! IllumiNights is presented by Georgia Power with additional support from Beacon Sponsor PNC. Tickets are limited and advance reservations are encouraged.
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