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    This month’s lineup of Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio Around Atlanta segments have provided listeners with plenty to do during the holiday season. This is timely, especially now that the kids are about to be out of school! Keep them from running around the house while you’re trying to get your shopping, wrapping and cleaning done and entertain them by checking out several local attractions and Atlanta holiday traditions.

    Ponce City Market

    Aside from being a place to scavenge for Christmas gifts at Ponce City Market’s unique collection of shops, the venue’s rooftop hosts holiday adventures that continue through the new year until Valentine’s Day. “Skate the Sky” on the Roof’s Skyline Park is the perfect place to enjoy a favorite winter activity while taking in one of the best panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline. After skating, enjoy carnival games and delicious food for all tastes.

    Atlantic Station

    If skating closer to the ground sounds better to you, then head to Atlantic Station. Not only can you enjoy ice skating through a dazzling display of Christmas lights, but you can also enjoy skate shop snacks, hot chocolate, shopping at the family’s favorite stores for gifts, enjoying a meal together at one of the plentiful restaurants or learning about German Christmas traditions at the authentic Christkindl market, hosted by the German American Cultural Foundation.

    Lanier Island’s Magical Nights of Lights

    This Atlanta holiday tradition speaks for itself. Thousands of Atlanta families treasure a visit to the Lake Lanier Island Resort and its seven-mile display of brilliant lights as a classic holiday ritual. Load the car up with the whole family and watch their jaws drop as you cruise along the twinkling parade. When you reach the end, visit the resort for dinner or the Christmas carnival and grab some hot chocolate or pay a visit to Santa.

    Stone Mountain Park’s Snow Mountain

    Snow in Atlanta doesn’t happen often (unless you count the recent second “snowpocalypse” that melted away). Luckily, Stone Mountain Park has tons of snow every day until February 25 for the rowdiest of kids to play and have endless snow tubing adventures in. If they grow tired of the snow, then take the family at night to view the two million Christmas lights or catch a show, including a musical, an inspirational kid’s show and an improvised version of “A Christmas Carol.” While you’re there, stick around for a visit from a snow angel or pay a visit to Santa!

    The Georgia Aquarium

    Last, but certainly not least, head to the Georgia Aquarium. Surely, you must be thinking, my family and I can’t celebrate Christmas with a bunch of fish, right? Think again! The Festival of the SEAson brings together the excitement and wonder of visiting the aquarium with the holiday season. The kids will love seeing SCUBA Claus, a scuba-diving Santa Claus, in action, seeing A Symphony of Snow, a caroling sing-along, or getting to view The Polar Express in all its holiday glory in a $D experience.

    Atlanta, an exciting city of diverse interests, truly has something for everyone. Whether your kids love the lights, shopping, food, music or anything else you can think of, Atlanta has something for them to enjoy your holiday season.