And we’re off! The turkey may not yet be officially tamed, but that’s not stopping Atlanta from getting serious about the season. From Christmas tree lightings and light displays, to festive performances and Santa sightings, this weekend packs a punch with some serious holiday cheer. Keep reading to find out where to point your sleigh, below.
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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.
A Christmas Carol at The Horizon Theatre
Celebrate the holidays with the beloved Dickens classic in this Broadway-scale production with beautiful live music and an all-star Atlanta cast. Fri.-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.
PJ Masks Live! at Atlanta Symphony Hall
PJ Masks Live!’ features preschoolers’ favorite super heros—Catboy, Owlette and Gekko—as they embark on action-packed capers, solve mysteries and save the day from the night time baddies,. PJ Masks Live will delight both children and parents alike with its world class production, audience interaction and toe taping tunes that will be sure to have the little ones out of their seats and dancing in the aisles. Sun. Event details.
Light the Station
You’ll kick off the holidays in style with ice skating, reindeer, an activities hut, and Santa’s arrival by sleigh at Light the Station. Free activities—including arts and crafts, live performances, a holiday light parade, more—culminate with a Santa-lead countdown to the lighting of a dazzling 50-foot tree. Sat. 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.
Elf on the Shelf Musical at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
The beloved tradition that continues to capture the hearts of children and their families everywhere comes to the live stage for the first time ever. Catch a glimpse into the magical lives of Scout Elves, featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and wondrous moments that make even the most cynical believe. Sat. Event details.
Free Santa photos (including some that you can get on his reindeer-drawn sleigh), live music, a tree lighting, beautifully decorated light show throughout the Plaza, and an outdoor screening of The Grinch is what you can expect at this annual tree lighting at The Battery. Sat. Event details.
Santa in Tucker
Don’t let long lines make you go Grinch. Instead, do the Santa thing while enjoying cookies, crafts, coffee (yessss), music, merrymaking, and miscellaneous Christmas magic in a Winter Wonderland in historic downtown Tucker. The best part? All of Santa’s proceeds go to benefit pediatric cancer research. Sat. & Sun. Event details.