Atlanta Kids Weekend Events: Jan. 1-3

Y’all, we made it. Welcome 2021 with as much enthusiasm as your kiddos did Christmas morning and hit the trails, ride the rails, or just cuddle up at home in a puddle of happiness, because 2020 is officially in our rear-view mirror. Keep reading for our favorite ways to ring in the new year, below.

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Hands-On Fun

Take a Hike
Atlanta is known as the city in the trees for good reason, so it’s no surprise that there are miles and miles of pristine nature preserves and more rugged hikes nearby. Hiking with kids near Atlanta is easy when we’ve got waterfalls, nature preserves, and state parks at our doorstep. Find our favorite hikes for families here.

Go Ice Skating
When you need some fresh air this winter, frozen fun can be found at one of Atlanta’s nearby outdoor ice skating rinks. From Rockefeller-inspired to sweetly small town, you’ll find just the right scene for your skaters to slice the ice. Here‘s where we like to lace up our blades.

Holiday Ride-On Train at Atlanta Botanical
All aboard the Botanical Express for a trip around the Great Lawn—but hurry! This is the last weekend! Check out the info, here.

Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights
Take a trip to Callaway for a spectacular light display at Callaway Gardens. With your ticket, you have access to the Christmas Village to enjoy Santa, children’s playland, shopping, dining and more (open daily at 4 p.m.), one trip through the Fantasy In Lights show with the option to ride the Jolly Trolley, and one complimentary day admission per ticket to visit Callaway Gardens during the Fantasy In Lights season (a $25 per adult value). This year, access is limited and Covid precautions are in place, so purchase tickets in advance. Masks are required. Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Here‘s the scoop.

Magical Night at Lanier Island Resorts
Enjoy the longest driving display of dazzling lights in Georgia at Lanier Island Resort’s Magical Night of Lights, and check out the country’s fastest snow tubing along the 575 feet long, 8-story high Parrot Mountain slide at License to Chill, where you can also take a spin around the ice rink, bounce in the inflatables at LandShark Landing, or play in the snow! Select festivities continue through February 21 on select dates! Here‘s what you need to know before you go.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, presented by Invesco QQQ, returns in 2020 with new safety protocols and spectacular lighted sculptures from the blockbuster exhibition, Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined. The exhibition runs nightly through Jan. 16, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, from 5 – 11 p.m. Tickets are extremely limited for this reduced-capacity event. All guests and members must have timed tickets. FInd out more here.

Festival of Lights at Atlantic Station
Head to Atlantic Station for a drive-through Festival of Lights. You only need one ticket per car, and plan for approximately 15 minutes to complete the route, depending on the pace of the drivers in front of you. Everyone in your vehicle must have a seatbelt on so you can bring as many people as you have seatbelts for. Keep an eye out for ‘bicycles / scooters only’ night which will be the only time you are permitted to ride your bike or scooter. No tickets will be sold on site so you must purchase your tickets online before you arrive. Check out the details 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.

Drive-Through Lights of Life
Drive through this annual exhibit of thousands of holiday lights on display around the campus, plus purchase concessions, pony rides, train rides and visit the petting zoo. Here’s the scoop.

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

—Shelley Massey



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