This weekend, Atlanta families are getting festive. With Santa, carriage rides, drive-in Christmas plays, and drive-through light displays, we’re letting 2020 know that we’re here to party. Keep reading for details on all the fun, below.

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Hands-On Fun
Carriage Rides and Santa in Downtown Norcross
We hope you’ve been extra nice this year because Santa himself will be visiting downtown Norcross! Carriage rides will be dashing through the city early December every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in front of Taste of Britain. You can catch Santa at 45 South Cafe on South Peachtree Street as well! Here‘s what you need to know before you go.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, presented by Invesco QQQ, returns in 2020 with new safety protocols and spectacular lighted sculptures from the blockbuster exhibition, Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined. The exhibition runs nightly through Jan. 16, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, from 5 – 11 p.m. Tickets are extremely limited for this reduced-capacity event. All guests and members must have timed tickets. FInd out more here.

Holiday Drive-In Movie at Roswell City Hall
Reserve your spot to see Elf at Roswell City Hall from the cozy comfort of your own car. Tickets are free but reservations are required, and large vehicles are prohibited so that everyone gets a good view. Here‘s what you need to know.

Alliance Theatre’s A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play
Don’t miss the Alliance Theatre’s drive-in production of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play. Experience Atlanta’s Summerhill neighborhood and all the magic of a drive-in while live actors retell the beloved holiday story. Parking is first come, first served based on purchased section. The lot opens at 5 p.m. This drive-in performance of A Christmas Carol is rain or shine. Check website for daily showtimes. Here’s the scoop.

Festival of Lights at Atlantic Station
Head to Atlantic Station for a drive-through Festival of Lights. You only need one ticket per car, and plan for approximately 15 minutes to complete the route, depending on the pace of the drivers in front of you. Everyone in your vehicle must have a seatbelt on so you can bring as many people as you have seatbelts for. Keep an eye out for ‘bicycles / scooters only’ night which will be the only time you are permitted to ride your bike or scooter. No tickets will be sold on site so you must purchase your tickets online before you arrive. Check out the details here.

Worlds of Illumination Drive-Through in Marietta
Pay a visit to this delicious whimsical wonderland that kids’ fantasies are made of—candy land without the sugar crash. Spy sugar plum fairies, a gigantic gingerbread village, illuminated sweets as far as the eye can see. World of Illumination presents Candy Rush, the world’s largest holiday drive-through show, highlighting a 40-foot tall candy cane trio and animated Christmas characters. This mile-long drive-through show features nearly two million lights—a must-see treat for the entire family. Find out more here.

Drive-Through Lights of Life
Drive through this annual exhibit of thousands of holiday lights on display around the campus, plus purchase concessions, pony rides, train rides and visit the petting zoo. Here’s the scoop.

Virtual Adventures

San Francisco Ballet Online Nutcracker
Watch SF Ballet’s spectacular Nutcracker stream in HD, tour our virtual opera house full of fun activities, send downloadable holiday snaps to your friends and family, enjoy historical highlights of San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, and learn steps from the choreography. You can even check off items on your gift list with a visit to SF Ballet’s online Holiday Shop. Check It out here.

Christkindlmarket Chicago Is VIRTUAL
Christkindlmarkt brings the cherished German and European tradition of Germany’s famed market to Chicago and adds heaps of local charm. This year, you won’t see the market’s signature wooden cabins topped with festive red-and-white canopies, but you can shop the handmade gifts, food and drinks and kids can participate in Kinder Club activities from the comforts of home, anywhere in the world. For more info, check this out.

Chat with a Nordstrom Santa
When we told Santa he wouldn’t be able to take pictures with all the kids in person this year, he said, “But I need to speak to every one of them! Have them call me.” His words exactly. Schedule your kiddo’s one-on-one with Santa today. Find out more here.

Check out our incredible virtual adventure calendar here for more options!

—Shelley Massey

 

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