The holiday season is operating on full cylinders this weekend in Atlanta, with the Children’s Christmas Parade Downtown, Rudolph in Midtown, and a Christmas light show spectacular on an OTP farm. So after you get the most out of your cozy weekend mornings, go on and lace up those boots because you’ve got places to be. Keep reading for details on these events, and more, throughout the 404 (and 678, and 770)!
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Children’s Christmas Parade
Join Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Santa Claus and thousands of spectators along the streets of Midtown Atlanta for the largest Christmas parade in the Southeast. The parade will start at Peachtree Street and 16th Street and continue for one mile, ending at Peachtree Street and 5th Street. Santa and Mrs. Claus, award-winning high school marching bands, floats, dance groups and giant helium balloons will fill the parade route. Other options for enjoying the parade include Breakfast with Santa, The Smiles for the Season Breakfast, and reserved bleacher seating, when purchased in advance (the parade is free). Sat. 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.
Madeline’s Christmas at The Horizon Theatre
Madeline’s Christmas is returning to once again make the season merry and bright! Families are invited to join Madeline and the rest of the “twelve little girls in two straight lines” for a magical musical adaption of Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic children’s tale. Sat. 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.
Christmas at Callanwolde & Tea Party with Santa
Get in the spirit by visiting the beautifully decorated Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Show House and Holiday Market. Tour the 27,000 square-foot historic mansion, sit by the fire, and ring in the holidays with a holiday artist market and themed events within the historic home, including breakfast with Santa and a tea party with Santa on November 30, December 1, and December 7. Register in advance. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Design Club at MODA
The second Sunday of every month is Design Club Day at the Museum of Design Atlanta, when they open their doors to the public for a free day of design for all. MODA will focus on coding this Sunday. 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.
Deck the Hall at Duluth Town Green
Ring in the holiday season in Duluth with live music, beautiful decorations, a tree lighting ceremony, kids’ activities such as inflatables, face painting, games, ornament making, a snow playground, snow slide and more on Duluth Town Green. Food will be available for purchase from local food vendors. Don’t forget to stop by and say hi to Santa. Sat. Event details.
Christmas at the Farm Light Show
Take a hayride to a walk-through field of lights, enjoy a synchronized light show at the pavilion, and marvel at a barn bedazzled by light. Be sure to check the farm’s website for dates and times, as they vary and may experience weather-related closures. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Roswell Dance Theatre is excited to bring its production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker back to the Byers Theatre stage for six magical shows. Gorgeous costumes, magical scenery, beloved music and exquisite dancing will delight all who attend. Fri. Event details.
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.
Ice Rink at Sugar Hill
One of the longest running ice rinks (from Halloween until roughly Valentine’s Day), this one is a tried-and-true spot to get your skate on. And for a mere $13 admission ($11 for ages 8 & under)—which incudes your skate rental—you can’t beat the price. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Marietta Square First Friday Art Walk
Check out local art, live music, and other performances, then shop and dine your way around this self-guided walking tours of Historic Marietta Square. Enjoy the holiday decorations, and maybe even score a few gifts, along the way. Fri. Event details.