Events may look a little different around town, but one thing remains the same. Atlanta families have a sleighful of creative options for having festive fun this holiday season. From a drive-in screening of The Nutcracker to a nightly live snowstorm, you have so many ways to get in the spirit. Keep reading for details on these events, and more, below.

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Hands-On Fun

Experience The Nutcracker Drive-In Movie Experience 
For five nights in December, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre’s surface lot will be transformed into a pop-up drive-in movie theatre, where audiences can enjoy a filmed version of Atlanta Ballet’s newest production of The Nutcracker from the comfort of their own cars. Viewers will be able to pre-order special Nutcracker-themed concessions and gift items. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre’s roundabout will be converted into a festive marketplace, featuring tents for concessions and an on-site souvenir boutique. Masks will be required, and the area will be monitored by designated “Social Distance Ambassadors” to keep guests safe and six feet apart. Here‘s what you need to know.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s invites families to visit Santa Claus in person this holiday season, with a reimagined free Santa’s Wonderland experience in Atlanta. The contactless visit with Santa includes free digital reservations, temperature screening, a magic Santa Shield, physical distancing, Santa’s sanitation squad, and face coverings. Be sure to make your reservations in advance. Here’s how to get on the nice list.

Snow in Downtown Alpharetta
A flurry of snow is coming to downtown Alpharetta’s Town Green from 6-7 p.m. on the first three Fridays in December. The snowy spectacle is free for the public to enjoy, along with the return of the handmade, life-size nutcrackers and beautiful winter décor lining the streets of boutique shops and restaurants. Check out the details here.

Attend Aurora Theatre’s Christmas Canteen in a New Outdoor Location
Aurora Theatre’s annual Christmas Canteen, which showcases a medley of festive tunes and vignettes that cover all the Christmas classics, will be held outdoors this year. Grab coats, hats and hot cocoa for an outdoor Christmas Canteen at The Bowl at Sugar Hill. Expect a full cabaret, featuring songs, comic sketches and trips down memory lane. There will be limited seating with advanced ticket purchase only. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Social distancing will be enforced; masks must be worn when not eating or drinking. Food and beverage will be available for purchase before and during the performance. Find out more 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.

Catch The Lorax Outdoors at The Battery
Since movie nights have become a regular family activity, The Battery Atlanta is queuing up feel-good comedies, action-packed adventures and more with the return of its popular Xfinity Movie Series. Guests of all ages are encouraged to spread out six feet apart with lawn chairs or thick blankets to set the scene for a casual and cozy – yet socially-distanced – night under the stars. Moviegoers can also order takeout at any of the one-of-a-kind dining options featured at The Battery Atlanta for the perfect dinner and a movie picnic. Here’s the scoop.

Virtual Adventures

Take a Polar Express Cooking Class
Hop aboard this magical Polar Express movie themed cooking class, where you’ll be making: Hot Chocolate Cupcakes, Polar Express Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and North Pole Hot Chocolate with homemade Marshmallow Dippers. Ingredients list will be provided so you can cook together, virtually but live. Join this class or schedule your own with 6 or more kids! 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.

Visit Macy’s Santaland from Home
Travel virtually through Macy’s Santaland at Herald Square in New York City, where kids can meet the Elves, engage with different areas of the magical space, play fun games and finally meet St. Nick himself via an interactive video that will bring the wonder of the season to life. And before it’s all over, kids will be able to take an interactive selfie with Santa Claus for a special keepsake.. Find out more here.

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

—Shelley Massey

 

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