With the holiday season in full swing, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate this weekend. Take advantage of all the exciting events happening around town, like a breakfast with Santa, a festive puppet show and an ugly sweater celebration. Keep reading to find out what’s in store for your crew.

photo: Children’s Museum of Atlanta


Festival of Trees
Ooh and ahh at pretty trees at the Southeastern Railway Museum, sponsored and decorated by members of the local community. You can vote for your favorite tree to receive the People’s Choice award at the end of the season. Fri.-Sat. Event details.


Parents’ Night Out Art Camp
Enjoy a night out or finish up your holiday shopping while your kids spend the evening making fun art projects. They’ll get to take a break to munch on cheese pizza and popcorn. Be sure to book your spot online in advance. Fri. Event details.

Market at Matilda’s
Browse an eclectic collective indoor and outdoor pop-up show at Matilda’s, featuring vendors of contemporary folk art, contemporary art, farmhouse style antiques and vintage goods, mid-century modern, industrial chic, architectural salvage, yard art, vintage and repurposed items, Edison lighting, jewelry, gifts, upcycled clothing and recycled textiles. Sat. Event details.


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Enjoy a funny twist on the classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. In this version, performed with hand puppets, you’ll get the real story of that night from a mouse who was an eyewitness to the whole affair. It’s a merry tale with lots of silly twists and turns to entertain kids of all ages. Sat. Event details.


Celebrate Las Posadas
Join the Children’s Museum of Atlanta to celebrate Las Posadas, a nine-day religious celebration observed primarily in Mexico and by Mexican Americans. Celebrated in the evenings, families participate in nightly Christmas processions that recreate the Holy Pilgrimage of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus on their way to Bethlehem. Embrace the music, movements and costumes of Las Posadas with Alma Mexicana Danza Folklorica, an Atlanta-based dance group that presents traditional Mexican dances. Stick around to listen to stories, make crafts and watch a science show. Sat. Event details.

Breakfast with Santa
Enjoy breakfast with Santa while taking in an underwater view of whale sharks, manta rays and Tank the sea turtle. Write a letter to Santa and hand-deliver it, make a holiday craft and spend some quality time with jolly ol’ St. Nick. Make sure to bring your camera so you can take a photo with him! A delicious breakfast will be provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering. Advance registration is required. Sat. Event details.


Build and Play at a Holiday Bricktacular
Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s holiday bash to experience the LEGO Big Tree Build, learn to build LEGO presents and enjoy the MINILAND Santa takeover. Kiddos will love looking for mischievous elves and snapping selfies with Rudolph, too. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

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Explore a Nativities Exhibit
A holiday tradition for 22 years, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of over 200 nativity scenes from around the world. Many of the nativities are accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Get Decked Out for National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
Wear your ugliest Christmas sweaters to the Mall of Georgia to visit with Santa, nosh on tasty holiday treats and make crafts. Stop by Guest Services to receive a complimentary Savings Passport that includes discounts from over 30 retailers. Fri. Event details.

Magical Nights of Lights
Go on a 7-mile-long driving tour through twinkling lights and dazzling displays, all leading to the Holiday Village inside LanierWorld. Once you’re there, you can visit with Santa, shop for ornaments to trim the tree, roast marshmallows over a roaring bonfire, ride classic carnival rides and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

What are you planning to do this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

—Susie Foresman