With Thanksgiving in our rear-view mirror, it’s time to toss the turkey and get our holidays in gear. With visits with Santa, rides on the Pink Pig, and our city’s favorite puppet adaptation of Rudolph on deck, you won’t have time to hang the mistletoe. Keep reading for everything you need to put a little jingle in your bells this weekend.

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The Battery

Free Outdoor Screening of Captain America
Bundle up for the free outdoor movie series on Friday nights at The Battery, Atlanta, and bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Parking is free for the first four hours (non-event days) in the Red, Purple and Green decks at The Battery Atlanta. Fri. Event details.


Snap Photos with Santa
Capture a special moment with Santa in the Macy’s Court at Lenox Square, then get some holiday shopping done. 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.

The St. Regis Santa Tea
Feeling fancy? Take part in the special St. Regis tradition of the hotel’s Tea with Santa. Santa will roam through Astor Court and sit with children at their table. Menu highlights include Pistachio and Raspberry Financier, Double Chocolate and Peppermint Gateaux, and a s’mores station for children. See event details for pricing and seatings. Fri. Event details.

Atlantic Station

Skate the Station
Skate the Station returns to Atlantic Station, just in time for the holiday season! Skate beneath the stars at the largest outdoor ice rink in the Southeast.  Tickets will be available at the ice rink ticket window and online. See event details for hours and pricing. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Toddler Jam Fridays
Rock and roll into the weekend with a high-energy, music-filled class guaranteed to shake out the wiggles and foster a love of music. Each week offers new songs, instrument play, circle time activities and, of course, dance breaks. Fri. Event details.


Free Music Class
Enjoy 45 free minutes of singing, dancing, instrument-playing, and FUN for you and your baby, toddler, or preschooler! Space is limited, so you’ll want to check out the event details and reserve your spot. Fri. Event details.


Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration
Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration will feature classic Disney film footage with our own Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing the score live on stage. This compilation of treasured Disney cartoons is a perfect first symphonic film experience for children of all ages and a chance to reminisce for all of the children at heart. Sun. Event details.


Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights returns with new features and crowd favorites – including new music and motion for last year’s buzz-worthy spectacle, Nature’s Wonders. This year brings the debut of the Skylights Lounge in the Skyline Garden. Plus, several larger-than-life plant giants from Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time will be awash in holiday glow. See the Ice Goddess and Tunnel of Light along with the Orchestral Orbs, Radiant Rainforest, Model Trains and other favorites that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. Fri.-Sun. 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.

—Shelley Massey