You may be stuffed, but surely you saved a little room for a helping of fun this weekend. If you’re looking for things to do with kids in Atlanta, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for a dozen happenings around town that will make the effort of changing out of your pjs totally worth it!
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Ponce City Market
Naughty and Nice Parade and Pictures
Be there for the Grinch’s grand entrance on Friday at 11 a.m., where he will parade into his lair on the 2nd floor of the Food Hall, and remain until 6 p.m. for photos (bring your camera). He’ll be “grinching” each and every Saturday and Sunday through December 16th, and if you tire of his antics, head to the Tree Elves Lot on The Yard, where Santa will hold court amidst choirs, musicians, and other festive weekend entertainers. Hot cocoa, holiday popsicle flavors, and more will be available from King of Pops to enjoy around cozy fire pits at The Tree Elves Holiday Forest each and every Saturday and Sunday through December 24th. Sat. Event details.
Santa on the Square
Be there when Santa arrives on a Decatur fire truck on East Court Square. Then, enjoy a fresh baked cookie and your choice of milk or hot cocoa. Have your wish list ready to share with Santa, and get your digital picture taken! The event is free, but reservations are requested so that there can be enough cookies, milk and cocoa for all. Sat. Event details.
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.
Christmas at Callanwolde & Tea Party with Santa
Get in the spirit by visiting the beautifully decorated Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Show House and Holiday Market. Tour the 27,000 square-foot historic mansion, sit by the fire, and ring in the holidays with a holiday artist market and themed events within the historic home, including breakfast with Santa and a tea party with Santa on November 30, December 1, and December 7. Register in advance. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Home Alone with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family! Sat. & 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.
Christmas at the Farm Light Show
Take a hayride to a walk-through field of lights, enjoy a synchronized light show at the pavilion, and marvel at a barn bedazzled by light. Be sure to check the farm’s website for dates and times, as they vary and may experience weather-related closures. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Roswell Dance Theatre is excited to bring its production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker back to the Byers Theatre stage for six magical shows. Gorgeous costumes, magical scenery, beloved music and exquisite dancing will delight all who attend. Fri. 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.
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.