It’s the last weekend of the year, and we’re determined to make it the best one yet. Keep reading to find out what everybody will be up to, from kid-friendly New Year’s bashes to ice skating and LEGO building.

photo: Children’s Museum of Atlanta


Ring in the New Year with a Bubble Bash
Ring in 2018 in style! Families can join in on the Bubble Bash from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for extra festive New Year’s fun. The celebration will include a family-friendly DJ, dancing, party favors and lots of bubbles. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Sun. Event details.

Sockefeller Plaza at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
File this under coolest idea ever: kids can perfect their sock-skating skills on an ice-like surface at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Stick around to meet Professor Labcoat at the rink during the Super Spectacular Science Show and learn more about the forces, angles and science behind skating. Fri.-Sat. Event details.


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.

Ansley Park

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts
Soak up some holiday magic at a puppet show performance featuring everyone’s favorite reindeer. Based on the 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster) will keep the whole family entertained. Stick around after the show to make puppets of your own. Fri.-Sun. 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.


Go on an Ice Skating Adventure
Glide over to The Rink at Park Tavern, a can’t-miss seasonal spot where you can take in the views of Piedmont Park and Midtown while showing off your ice skating skills. After you’re done skating, hunker down on the covered patio with tasty hot chocolate, cocktails and s’mores. Fri.-Sat. Event details.


Celebrate Noon Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND Discovery Center
You don’t have to stay up late to ring in the New Year—just head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center, where the celebrations go down at noon. Complimentary noisemakers and hats will be provided while supplies last, and throughout the day, LEGO fans can also take part in the large 2018 group build, enter to win great prizes and receive special offers to use in 2018. Sun. 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.

Little Five Points

Madeline’s Christmas
A festive treat for parents and littles alike, join Madeline and friends for a magical musical adaption of Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic tale. The one-hour show is performed by 24 local girls alongside professional actors in collaboration with The Atlanta Children’s Theatre Company. Fri.-Sun. 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.

What do you have planned for the final days of 2017? Let us know in the Comments below!

—Susie Foresman