Merry, merry! Santa’s arrived early to Atlanta parents, bringing us this spectacular weekend of festivity to share with our little elves. Skate in a Rockefeller Center-inspired rink in Alpharetta, visit with a Botanical Santa in Midtown, or go for a tractor-pulled, covered wagon ride through an over-the-top light display in Barnesville (it’s not that far). Check out the rest of our fun weekend picks below.

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Avalon on Ice
Ice skate on Avalon’s Rockefeller Center-inspired ice-skating rink in The Plaza. Watch for theme nights and enjoy warm tasty treats rink side. Ticket admission required. Hours vary by day of the week and school holidays.Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Enchanted Woodland Wonders at Chattahoochee Nature Center
If you enjoyed Reindeer Day at CNC, mark your calendar for CNC’s new holiday event that brings you and your family live reindeer, performances, winter crafts, face painting, and more—all under the twilight sky. Let CNC help you get in the holiday spirit, bring a picnic, and bundle up for some serious fun.  Sun. Event details


Botanical St. Nick at Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Meet Botanical Saint Nick, clad in his dark green robe and botanical head wreath. Bring a camera to take your own photos with Saint Nick, and while you wait, enjoy fun holiday themed activities. Sat. Event details.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
This faithful adaptation of the classic Rudolph is a not-to-miss holiday event for Atlanta families. Don’t forget to book in advance and be sure to make a puppet character before you go! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Candlelight Nights with Santa at Atlanta History Museum
Share your holiday wish list with Santa Claus and shop in the lively Holiday Market filled with local crafts, artist creations, and vintage holiday decor. Explore each of the three historic houses to experience holiday traditions from the Civil War era, 1930s, and pioneer days. Timeless holiday music fills the air and interpreters bring characters from the pages of history to life at these historic homes. Enjoy food for purchase and visit one of several cash bars for your favorite libation. Fri. Event details. 

Holiday Brictacular at LEGOLAND
Head to Legoland to build holiday memories in a Lego-designed winter wonderland. Your little LEGO® lovers will love trimming a tree made entirely of Legos, creating a holiday puppy, snapping selfies with Rudolph, and finding Santa’s elves during a scavenger hunt. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Ride the Pink Pig
The holidays haven’t officially arrived until you’ve taken yourself and yours for a ride on the Pink Pig. This Atlanta tradition is not to be missed. The ride will be closed November 18, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Santa, Carols, and Treats at The Michael C. Carlos Museum
Santa Claus himself will be on hand to introduce and some of his favorite classical works, and lead a sing-a-long with guests. He’ll also bring along some early holiday treats for good listeners. Sun. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Christmas and Tubing on Snow Mountain
Don’t miss the festive holiday fun at Stone Mountain, complete with lights, Christmas programs, a snow play area, and snow tubing (separate ticketing required)! Be sure and check the daily calendar for event listings, and tickets purchased online come with a discount. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Barnesville

Christmas Nights at The Rock Ranch
Enjoy Christmas lights on tractor-pulled, covered wagons, a Christmas Café where you can purchase dinner from a variety of home-cooked options, shopping at The Christmas Country Store, and a visit with Santa, where visitors may take photos with their own cameras. A limited number of general admission/wagon ride tickets are sold per hour time slot. Time slots do sell out and should be purchased online in advance. Fri. & Sat. Event details. 

—Shelley Massey