You’ve tanked the turkey and pillaged the pie. But before you get too comfortable, you might want to take a peek at these Thanksgiving weekend activities that are guaranteed crowd-pleasers for your little gobblers. From drive-through light displays to virtual holiday performances from around the country, we’ve got you covered in ways to make the long weekend fly by. Keep reading for details on these, and more, family events in Atlanta, below.

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Hands-On Fun

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.

Holiday Scavenger Hunt at Oakland Cemetery
Spend a day cemetery sleuthing on this self-guided scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery! Starting Nov. 21, purchase your printable Holiday Hunt packet online (one per team), download, print, and follow all-new cryptic clues to solve riddles. Oakland will post a link to the downloads on their website on Nov. 21. Choose from three different packets, organized by degree of cemetery riddle difficulty: Kid-friendly, Challenging, and Deadly. Here’s the scoop.

Holiday Celebration at The World of Coca-Cola
The holidays are in full swing at World of Coca-Cola. Guests can safely celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at one of Atlanta’s must-see holiday attractions – complete with dazzling lights and decorations, special exhibits and seasonal beverages. New and limited-time exhibits include “Scent Discovery,” “History of the Coca-Cola Santa” and “A Coca-Cola Christmas Celebration.” Fans can have a cup of cheer and sample the holiday beverages they have come to expect each season. Go here for more info.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights Light Display at Atlanta Botanical Garden
With extremely limited capacity, masks, and social distancing required, Garden Lights, Holiday Nights returns to the Garden with full brilliant splendor and smaller crowds. See the Alice in Wonderland installation twinkling with thousands of lights, and delight in the annual synchronized light show on the great lawn. Tickets are available only online. Here‘s what you need to know.

See My Dog Skip at The Battery
Movie nights have become a regular family activity, so The Battery Atlanta is queuing up My Dog Skip under the stars. Moviegoers can order takeout at any of the one-of-a-kind dining options featured at The Battery Atlanta for the perfect dinner and a movie picnic. Visitors are asked to follow public safety guidelines while on property. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free for the first three hours in the Red Deck. Find out more here.

Check Out Naturally Artistic at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Visit CNC and enjoy Naturally Artistic, a home grown exhibit that celebrates the connection between art and nature. Station-based activities will guide you through some of CNC’s most picturesque locations and encourage you to see the world around you with a fresh set of eyes. Pre-purchasing admission and creating a member reservation is required in advance. Check out more details, here.

Virtual Adventures

Chatbooks Free Virtual Santa Visits
Photo printing company Chatbooks understands the importance of making and preserving memories, and with the holidays looking quite different this year they’re providing an opportunity for families to make sure those memories aren’t missed! This year, meet Santa with Chatbooks’ Virtual Santa Visits, free 10-minute sessions with Santa Nov. 27-28. Check It out here.

Christkindlmarket Chicago Is VIRTUAL
Christkindlmarkt brings the cherished German and European tradition of Germany’s famed market to Chicago and adds heaps of local charm. This year, you won’t see the market’s signature wooden cabins topped with festive red-and-white canopies, but you can shop the handmade gifts, food and drinks and kids can participate in Kinder Club activities from the comforts of home, anywhere in the world. For more info, check this out.

Kids Yoga Dance Party
This fun and active yoga class focuses on music and movement. Kids will stretch, shake, shimmy and shuffle. This class is for kids 5+ and invites older kids, babysitters and parents to join as they dance into the weekend. Find out more here.

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

—Shelley Massey



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