Atlanta Kids Weekend Events: Dec. 20-22

You’ve got one last weekend to fit in a visit to Santa, work on your holiday bucket list, and generally make some magic for your minis. No pressure. But don’t worry! We’ve got it all mapped out for you, below. And if you’re really looking to make some memories, check out our staycation guide to Atlanta during the holidays, right here. Read on for ideas on how to make the most of this final weekend before Christmas.

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Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Fox
After last year’s successful premier, Atlanta Ballet’s reimagined production of The Nutcracker returns to the Fox Theatre this holiday season. This is its final year at The Fabulous Fox Theatre (beginning in 2020, you’ll find it at the Cobb Center for Performing Arts). Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights presented by Invesco QQQ returns this year with new features and crowd favorites, including all-new music and motion for Atlanta’s favorite holiday spectacle, Nature’s Wonders, the largest curtain of synchronized light and sound in the world. Enjoy music, s’mores by the fire, adult libations, and thousands of artfully wound lights at this new Atlanta classic. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Center for Puppetry Arts
Celebrate the holidays when Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ returns to the stage for its tenth consecutive year. The beloved tale is a faithful adaptation of the classic 1964 stop-motion animated television special. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Atlanta Christkindl Market
Let yourself be enchanted by the special outdoor atmosphere of the Atlanta Christkindl Market—the city’s first and largest winter holiday festival at Centennial Olympic Park, presented by the German American Cultural Foundation. Meet and mingle with your family & friends at the traditional German Christkindl Market, where you’ll find authentic German food and beverages in a festive atmosphere, along with unique holiday gifts for your beloved ones. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival
This holiday season, marvel at the fantasy of lights on display during the Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival’s Into the Wild spectacular, taking place at Centennial Olympic Park. This dazzling adventure will take you through an interactive land and sea experience while you play alongside larger-than-life illuminated lanterns and enjoy breathtaking acrobatic performances. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Atlantic Station

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA 
Watch amazing acrobatics as the Cirque performers tell the story of Waz, a gameshow contestant who must learn to be true to himself. But even if you don’t follow the plot, the performance is a visual feast. Fri.- Sun. Event details.


Candlelight Nights at Atlanta History Center
Experience Christmas past with a candlelit stroll through three historic houses to experience how Southerners celebrated Christmas during the pioneer days, the Civil War era, and the 1930s. Holiday traditions of years past come alive with interpreters, music, and special activities. Enjoy food for purchase and visit one of several cash bars for your favorite holiday libation. Fri. Event details.

Toys “R” Us Experience
Toys“R”Us and Candytopia present a new fill-up-your-photo-album super-experience in a vast indoor playland that celebrates all the whimsy, silly and FUN of toys. Explore over eight mind-blowing rooms and celebrate play with installations designed around brands you know and love. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


The Battery

Photos with Santa at The Battery
Times vary, so please visit batteryatl.com for more information. Friends and families are invited to capture the holiday spirit with free Santa Photos at SunTrust onUp Experience. Santa and his elves will set-up shop every Thursday through Sunday in December. Families can take home FREE digital and print copies as a holiday keepsake. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Winter Puppet Series at Roswell Cultural Arts Center
This beloved Roswell tradition is sure to delight audiences of all ages, with weekend productions (showtimes at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on select days; see website to purchase tickets in advance and for seating times and assignments) of The North Pole Fa-La-La Follies and The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Santa’s Fantastical at Perimeter Pointe
This spectacular indoor wonderland is back for a second year, with festive updates, including new installations and live performances by The Fantasticals. Some of last year’s favorites will return as well, but in a completely reimagined way. The Unicorn Dreams and Candy Cane Vortex photo spots, as well as Santa’s Meet–and-Greet in his Chateau, will all make reappearances this holiday season. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Lights of Life
Head to one of the most popular light shows in the Southeast, attracting nearly half a million spectators from the surrounding region for it’s incredible display of lights and low admission fees. Cars, vans and buses cruise through the spectacularly illuminated campus each year, often stopping along the 1.5-mile drive to enjoy an array of seasonal entertainments. Costs are $5 – $10 per car depending on the day (check website for details). Fri.-Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey


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. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.