Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and in between making our game plan for the big day and dreaming about all the pie we’re going to eat, we’ve gathered up a bunch of exciting events coming up in Atlanta this weekend. For starters, you can donate food to families in need, join in on a football-watching fest and catch a festive tree lighting ceremony. Keep reading to get the scoop.

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Thanksgiving Food Drive
Help local families in need during LEGOLAND® Discovery Center’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Drop off non-perishable food items, which will be sent to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Guests who donate three or more food items will receive a Kids Go FREE voucher, valid for one child’s ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Snap Photos with Santa
Capture a special moment with Santa in the Macy’s Court at Lenox Square, then get some holiday shopping done. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Wander through a magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa, fun crafts and games. See rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves set amongst a dazzling backdrop of snow-covered hills and illuminated Christmas trees. Kids can play with remote control trucks, explore a laser/foam toy arcade, build with Lincoln Logs and write letters to Santa. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Toddler Jam Fridays
Rock and roll into the weekend with a high-energy, music-filled class guaranteed to shake out the wiggles and foster a love of music. Each week offers new songs, instrument play, circle time activities and, of course, dance breaks. Fri. Event details.

Tailgate Saturdays at College Football Hall of Fame
Watch college football games all day on the College Football Hall of Fame’s 36-foot, high-definition videoboard and enjoy cash bar and concessions. Fans can participate in The Home Depot scavenger hunt for the chance to win a special prize. Sat. Event details.

Ansley Park

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts
Soak up some holiday magic at a puppet show performance featuring everyone’s favorite reindeer. Based on the 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster) will keep the whole family entertained. Stick around after the show to make puppets of your own. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Sandy Springs

American Girl Club
This monthly program will let participants travel through time via the perspectives of the brave and spunky history characters of the American Girl® series, learning history in an interactive and fun way. Each Club event will include a hands-on activity, craft and snack. RSVPs requested and highly recommended. Don’t forget to bring your favorite doll with you! Sat. Event details.


Magical Nights of Lights
Go on a 7-mile-long driving tour through twinkling lights and dazzling displays, all leading to the Holiday Village inside LanierWorld. Once you’re there, you can visit with Santa, shop for ornaments to trim the tree, roast marshmallows over a roaring bonfire, ride classic carnival rides and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Buckhead Forest

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting
Kick off the holiday season at the Macy’s Great Tree Lighting, featuring holiday music and a fireworks display to accompany the main event. Sun. Event details.


Merry Go Zoo Structures at The High
The High Museum of Art just got a little funkier. Experience Merry Go Zoo, the second interactive installation by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon on the Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. Inspired to create a playful, 21st-century version of an outdoor public sculpture, Hayon has designed four large-scale, vibrantly colored structures that invite visitors to interact by spinning on the base or by rotating the sculpture. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

—Susie Foresman