As you recover from the hullabaloo of Thanksgiving (and eat a leftover turkey sandwich or two), check out what’s coming up in Atlanta this weekend. Between visits with Santa (yes, it’s that time again!) and hands-on museum exhibits, there are enough events to keep busy all weekend long. Keep reading to get all the details.

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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 elaborately decorated by Atlanta’s top designers, as well as professional holiday displays, an expansive artists’ market and themed events for all ages. 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.

Garden Hills

The St. Regis Atlanta’s Astor Holiday Ice Rink
Bundle up in coats and scarves to go ice skating to festive holiday tunes. The hotel will serve delicious hot cocoa, s’mores, and a full food and beverage menu for skaters to enjoy as they warm up after a turn on the ice. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


A Christmas Carol at Aurora Theatre
Watch an incredible one-man production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Aurora Theatre. Follow cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys through his past, present and future, and witness his transformation as he embraces the joy of Christmas. Fri.-Sat. 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.

Thanksgiving Food Drive
Help local families in need during LEGOLAND® Discovery Center’s Atlanta 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.


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.

Sid the Science Kid at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Don’t miss the museum’s new traveling exhibit that brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. Kids will be able to step into Sid’s world and become “science kids” themselves as they discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, at school in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Through fun, hands-on activities, kids will use scientific tools to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power and the five senses. Fri.-Sun. 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.


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.

Green Market at Piedmont Park
Don’t miss the weekly Green Market, a local farmers market serving Midtown’s population with fresh, clean, local food. Local farmers, bakers, sauce makers, and craftsmen are on site and have weekly offerings of cooking demonstrations and entertainment while you shop. Pick up lunch from the vast array of prepared foods and drinks for a picnic in the nearby playground. Sat. Event details.

—Susie Foresman