The tryptophan has settled over your brood, so it is time to bundle up those babes and enjoy the crisp air and the splendor of the season! Light up the night at Macy’s Great Tree Lighting at Lenox Square. Schedule Cookies with Santa at the zoo, or get off on the right track with the big man at the Southeastern Railway Museum. Pop in for a Holly Jolly Film Fest at the Fernbank. And be sure to let the littles stay up a bit late to enjoy Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Happy Holidays!


Macy’s Great Tree Lighting
For generations Atlantans have been kicking off the holiday season with this beloved tradition. Start your own custom and bring the kiddos to the 67th Lighting of Macy’s Department Store’s Great Tree! Pre-show festivities begin at 6 pm, and the ceremony starts at 7 pm. Kiddos will love the fireworks display set to Christmas tunes. Thurs., 5 p.m., Lenox Square, Free. All ages. Event Details.

Zoo-refic Cookies with Santa
Be there when Santa makes his first stop—Zoo Atlanta! Bring the little ones for a personal visit with Santa and a professional photo. Warm up with hot chocolate and cookies, and kick off the holiday season with costume characters, festive crafts, animal encounters, music, and games. Register online by Friday, November 28 to reserve your space. Sat., 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Zoo Atlanta, $10-18. All ages. Event Details.

A Day with Santa
Enjoy a craft, hayride to the train platform with Santa and a train ride. Choose between breakfast or lunch with Santa or enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with Santa on the Polar Express experience. Sat., Breakfast, 9 a.m.; Lunch, noon; Polar Express, 3:30 and 6 p.m., Southeastern Railway Museum, Breakfast and Lunch, $16 each. Polar Express, $20. Ages 2 and younger, free. All ages. Event Details.


Holly Jolly Film Fest
From classic holiday specials to a jamming Jurassic dance party, celebrate the holiday season like never before. Catch screenings of A Charlie Brown Christmas and enjoy Christmas craft stations before shaking your tail at the Dinosaur Dance Party led by Fernbank’s Santa-saurus. Fernbank’s Holly Jolly Film Fest is presented in conjunction with the festive special exhibition, Winter Wonderland. Sat., 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Sun., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Included with price of admission and free for members. All ages. Event Details.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
Bundle up the babes and head out for this don’t miss seasonal spectacular where nearly one million bulbs light up the garden with giant butterflies, a unicorn and frogs. Daily, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, $17-20 for adults, $11-14 for ages 3-12, under 3 are free. All ages. Event Details.

Tree shopping this weekend? Click here for our guide to local Christmas tree farms that are open this weekend!

–Phebe Wahl

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