If you’re planning on noshing on a little turkey leg this week, you’d better get out and shake a leg this weekend. Luckily for us, Atlanta is brimming with all the fixin’s for family fun. Read on for our favorite picks.


Photo: terren in Virginia via flickr


Magic Tree House at The Children’s Museum
Explore American history through this time-traveling feature exhibit, created by The Magic House® and based on the best-selling children’s book series written by Mary Pope Osborne. Learn about the first Thanksgiving, the Civil War and life on the prairie circa 1870 with book characters Jack and Annie, two ordinary siblings from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. Imaginations will work overtime during the interactive activities and simulations at this magical, time-traveling tree house! Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Wake Up Santa at Georgia Aquarium
Uh oh—it looks like Santa Claus has overslept, and it’s up to the guests of Georgia Aquarium to wake him up! On November 19th at 9:00 a.m., help wake up Santa and kick off the holidays by ringing in Georgia Aquarium’s Festival of the SEAson. Enjoy interactive activities, a hot chocolate bar and cookies with Santa, as well as a souvenir mug and a professional photograph to take home! Sat. Event details.

Druid Hills

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs at Fernbank
Take your pint sized paleontologists to explore the greatest, most massive dinosaurs ever discovered as they would have looked hundreds of millions of years ago. Examine life-sized bones, muscles, internal organs, and more to discover the staggering anatomy of some of the biggest creatures that ever lived. Be sure to check out the hands-on and computer interactive stations, touch fossils, and see the IMAX film Dinosaurs Alive! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Rudolph at Center for Puppetry Arts
This faithful adaptation of the 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster) takes the stage in what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution describes as a “holly-jolly holiday adventure for theater-goers of all ages.” But don’t wait to get your tickets because this Atlanta holiday tradition sells out quickly! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Holiday Model Train Show at Botanical Garden
This one’s going to knock their socks off. Don’t miss the G-scale model train display that runs through incredibly decorated town and countryscapes at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Atlantic Station

Tree Lighting
Kick off the holidays at the tree lighting at Atlantic Station. Come early for festive fun, including music, performances, and the ice rink. Sat. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Christmas
With more than two million lights, festive music and visits from some your favorite holiday characters, you’re certain to start a new holiday tradition at Stone Mountain Park. New this year is a Rudolph The Red-Nosed-Reindeer 4-D experience, and you’ll find classic performances of The Littlest Christmas Tree, Forever Christmas, Twas the Night Before…A Holiday Cabaret, and A Christmas Carol. Ride the Singalong Train, walk through a tunnel of lights, stay for the parade, and visit with Santa, too! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Tree Lighting at Avalon
Get in the holiday spirit with festive music and free activities for the whole family. From holiday show tunes to the annual opening of Avalon On Ice, there will be fun had by all. Events will include a Tree Lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. with the arrival of Santa Claus and a spectacular fireworks display afterwards. Sun. Event details.

How will you spend the weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey