Now that the bird’s behind us, it’s time to channel our energy to the happily hectic holiday weeks ahead. From spectacular light displays to festive performances, this weekend’s more stuffed than our waistlines are now or our stockings will be. Read on for the scoop on what to do!


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Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Botanical Garden
Don’t miss the 6th annual dazzling display of twinkling lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. In addition to the millions of lights, there will be s’mores, hot cocoa, and adult beverages for purchase. 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.


Cirque Dreams Holidaze at The Fox
With over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries, this new holiday tradition has returned to Atlanta for its second year at The Fox. Expect gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief. Fri. Event details.

Hip Hop Nutcracker at The Fox
The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary re-imagining of the classic ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, but with the help of a cast of all-star dancers, a DJ and a violinist. The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a holiday mash-up for the entire family. Sun. Event details


Festival of the SEAson at Georgia Aquarium
Grab your Santa hat and get ready to experience an underwater winter wonderland at Georgia Aquarium’s Festival of the SEAson! Opening November 19, 2016 and running through January 1, 2017, Festival of the SEAson includes family favorites like Wake Up Santa, Scuba Claus, and our Holidazzle light show. With multiple events running each week, it’s impossible to miss this spectacular holiday celebration. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Atlantic Station

SKATE Atlantic Station
Lace up for Atlanta’s largest outdoor ice rink at Atlantic Station, situated near the great lawn. With holiday music, twinkling lights, and plenty of places to pick up hot cocoa (or get your holiday shopping done), we guarantee it’ll be holiday highlight. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Snow Tubing and Snow Village at Stone Mountain Park
Spend a fun-filled day playing across five football fields of frosty joy. Zoom down the 400-foot hill all together in our family-sized tubes, or go it alone as a single rider. From snowman building to snowball shooting, tubing to togetherness, enjoy all the moments that will make for the perfect snow day. Capacity is limited so make your reservations in advance to guarantee your space! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Santa at Avalon
Ho! Ho! Ho! Join jolly Old Saint Nick in his cozy cottage at Avalon for a dose of Christmas magic this holiday season, and he’ll be around for the holiday season to spread Christmas cheer, and take photos with children and families. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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

—Shelley Massey