Bundle up and brave the winter weather, because this weekend in Atlanta is exceptionally festive. Animals lovers, head to Roswell for some fun at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, or perhaps take your fur baby to Rhodes Hall in Midtown for photos with Santa. With parades, performances, and plenty of lights, this weekend is bound to be jolly. Read on for the details!

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Enchanted Woodland Wonders at Chattahoochee Nature Center
If you enjoyed Reindeer Day at CNC, mark your calendar for CNC’s new holiday event that brings you and your family live reindeer, performances, winter crafts, face painting, and more—all under the twilight sky. Let CNC help you get in the holiday spirit, bring a picnic, and bundle up for some serious fun.  Sun. Event details


Celebrations in Light at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
December brings Celebrations in Light to Children’s Museum of Atlanta, for a month-long exploration of holidays from around the world. Enjoy family activities focused on Las Posadas, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, winter fun at the Museum’s Sockefeller Plaza—including a sock-skating rink— a decorated tree, and the coolest science show you’ll see in town! Don’t miss “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit” while you are there. Fri-Sun. Event details.


Santa at Rhodes Hall All Weekend and Pet Night on Friday
Make a reservation for crafts, cookies, and a relaxed family visit with the Big Guy at one of Atlanta’s most historic homes in midtown. And, this Friday, enjoy Pet Night—a one-night only personal appointment with Santa at Rhodes Hall for your people and your pets. As long as your pets are friendly and well behaved, they’re invited! Both children and pets are allowed in pictures. This is a pets-required event, so guests without pets should reserve a regular Santa appointment. Pet Night is $35 per family and does NOT have crafts or food.. Fri. Event details.

A Year with Frog and Toad at Synchronicity Theater
This all-ages musical (best for ages Pre-k to 5th grade) based on the books by Arnold Lobel lets Frog and Toad “hop from the page to the stage” when in a family favorite. The Tony-nominated musical follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons.  Part vaudeville, part make-believe — all charm — A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of friendship that endures, weathering all seasons. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights returns with new features and crowd favorites – including new music and motion for last year’s buzz-worthy spectacle, Nature’s Wonders. This year brings the debut of the Skylights Lounge in the Skyline Garden. Plus, several larger-than-life plant giants from Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time will be awash in holiday glow. See the Ice Goddess and Tunnel of Light along with the Orchestral Orbs, Radiant Rainforest, Model Trains and other favorites that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
This faithful adaptation of the classic Rudolph is a not-to-miss holiday event for Atlanta families. Don’t forget to book in advance and be sure to make a puppet character before you go! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Holiday Brictacular at LEGOLAND
Head to Legoland to build holiday memories in a Lego-designed winter wonderland. Your little LEGO® lovers will love trimming a tree made entirely of Legos, creating a holiday puppy, snapping selfies with Rudolph, and finding Santa’s elves during a scavenger hunt. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Ride the Pink Pig
The holidays haven’t officially arrived until you’ve taken yourself and yours for a ride on the Pink Pig. This Atlanta tradition is not to be missed. The ride will be closed November 18, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

The St. Regis Santa Tea
Feeling fancy? Take part in the special St. Regis tradition of the hotel’s Tea with Santa. Santa will roam through Astor Court and sit with children at their table. Menu highlights include Pistachio and Raspberry Financier, Double Chocolate and Peppermint Gateaux, and a s’mores station for children. See event details for pricing and seatings. Fri. Event details.


Hanukkah Festival at Epstein School
JLight it up with Epstein & PJ Library Atlanta is a family-friendly Hanukkah festival for preschoolers thru 3rd grade and their families. Friends and family in the community are invited to enjoy a free and fun morning filled with celebrating, dancing, latkes, art projects, candle rolling, Hanukkah stories, balloon animals, Circus Camp performers and more! Please RSVPSun. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Christmas and Tubing on Snow Mountain
Don’t miss the festive holiday fun at Stone Mountain, complete with lights, Christmas programs, a snow play area, and snow tubing (separate ticketing required)! Be sure and check the daily calendar for event listings, and tickets purchased online come with a discount. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey