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 2 & 3, 2022
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 two-day celebration full of fun for the entire family at The Lighting on Colony Square. On December 2, experience a holiday spectacular celebration showcasing jolly entertainment, festive photo ops, live music from A-Town A-List and more! Following the festivities, gather around The Plaza stage for the tree lighting countdown featuring Santa and the honorary tree lighter from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The celebration continues December 3, with breakfast with Santa, a Children’s Holly Jolly Celebration and other festivities on the square. For more information on The Lighting at Colony Square, visit www.ColonySquare.com.
December 9 – 26, 2022
The newest version of Atlanta Ballet’s Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker will be performed on the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre stage this season. 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 www.AtlantaBallet.com.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
November 12, 2022 – January 14, 2023
This dazzling light-fest is sure to please everyone in your group. The 12th Annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights presented by Invesco QQQ is one of Atlanta’s favorite holiday traditions! Timed tickets are currently available to purchase for Garden Members and the public. While plenty of the show’s fan-favorite features will return, guests can expect new twists, including an all-new exhibition in the Anne Cox Chambers Garden by French artist Cédric LeBorgne and three sculptures from the sring/summer exhibition, Origami in the Garden. For additional information, go to www.AtlantaBG.org.
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia
Select Days November 19, 2022 – January 1, 2023
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 www.SixFlags.com/OverGeorgia.
Stone Mountain Christmas
Select Days Now – January 1, 2023
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
Now – January 15, 2023
Zoo Atlanta is partnering with Hanart Culture to bring back the unique light experience, IllumiNights at the Zoo. The Chinese Lantern Festival is now open to the public 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. For additional information, visit www.ZooAtlanta.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
Now – January 16, 2023
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. For more information, visit www.ParkTavern.com.
Skate the Sky at Ponce City Market
Now – January 8, 2023
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. For additional information, visit www.PonceCityRoof.com.
Skate the Station
November 18, 2022 – January 16, 2023
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. For more information, visit www.AtlanticStation.com.
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