It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and this weekend Atlanta families are in for a treat. You can sip on tea with Santa, show off your ice skating skills and take advantage of free museum admission, just to name a few. Scroll down to get the scoop on this weekend’s can’t-miss events.

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Avalon on Ice
‘Tis the season to lace up your skates and glide into the holiday spirit at Avalon on Ice. The monumental Rockefeller-inspired ice skating rink is back. Visit the Avalon website for hours of operation, pricing, specialty skating, special events and more. Fri.-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.

Santa’s Toy Factory
Embark on an exciting adventure at Santa’s Toy Factory. Put on your safety hat, test new toys and even digitally design your own, then stick around to get a picture with Santa. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Druid Hills

Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Show House
Celebrate the holiday season at The Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Show House, an Atlanta holiday tradition for 40 years. Your whole crew will enjoy touring the 27,000-square-foot historic mansion, professional holiday displays and an expansive artists’ market. By evening, see the 12-acre campus of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in a new light—every building on the grounds will shine with professional light displays. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Explore a Nativities Exhibit
A holiday tradition for 22 years, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of over 200 nativity scenes from around the world. Many of the nativities are accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Grant Park

Breakfast with Santa at Doc Chey’s
Chow down on breakfast with Santa in support of neighborhood fire stations. Families will enjoy a hearty pancake breakfast and have the chance to deliver their Christmas wish list to the big man personally. Santa will make a grand entrance atop a fire truck alongside neighborhood firemen. After breakfast, children can sit on Santa’s lap for a special photo (parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras). 100 percent of ticket sales will be donated to historic Grant Park Fire Station 10 for repairs and renovation. Sat. Event details.


Free Admission to The High
On the second Sunday of each month, The High offers free admission for all visitors and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m. Stop by for an afternoon of learning and fun. Sun. Event details.

Johns Creek

Christmas Cookies & Tea with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Spend the morning meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus and noshing on Christmas cookies and tea. This RSVP-required event includes a Christmas story, photos with Santa and gifts. The event might sell out, so reserve your spot ASAP! Sun. 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. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Pet Photos with Santa
Pets have Christmas wishes too! Bring your furry friends for an unforgettable picture with Santa Claus in the Macy’s Court at Lenox Square. Advance registration is recommended. Sun. Event details.

What’s on your family’s agenda this weekend? Tell us in a comment below! 

—Susie Foresman