Grab your santa hat and load up the sleigh, because the holiday spirit has arrived in Atlanta, and we have your weekend guide to all the seasonal spectaculars. Friday night even the family pooch can come along to enjoy Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights. Or, stroll the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s holiday display for a truly illuminating experience. Drop by the Center for Puppetry Arts to see old friends Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster. Enjoy a Fernbank Forrest bird walk for some fresh air, and make sure to listen in at The Little Shop of Stories Fodor’s Guide To Walt Disney World event. Happy merry making!


Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights Pet Night 
8 million lights. 15 dazzling scenes. 1 magical night. You and your favorite pet can enjoy the sparkle and music while keeping cozy in the warm comfort of your own car as you cruise through this amazing light display. Fri., 6. to 9 p.m., Callaway Gardens, $17-28 for adults, $8.50-14 for children (ages 6-12), children 5 and under are free. All ages. Event Details.

Garden Lights Holiday Nights
The fourth annual electrical extravaganza features magical light displays throughout the Garden. Come back to explore all new color schemes and the one-time-only appearance of giant Butterflies, a Unicorn, and Frogs from Imaginary Worlds. Annual favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains continue to make the exhibition a must-see on your holiday hit list. Fri. & Sat., 5 to 10 p.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, Ticket prices start at $17 for adults, $11 for children. Discounts for members and non-peak nights. Children under 3 are free. All ages. Event Details.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, but do you recall—the most famous reindeer of all? Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, this festive family classic rings in the most wonderful time of the year with an unforgettable holiday adventure! Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snow Monster and all the other merry misfits join Rudolph and Santa for this annual Atlanta tradition. Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 3 p.m., Center for Puppetry Arts, $9.25-$13.25 for members, $16.50-$20.50 for non-members. Children under 3 are free. Recommended for ages 4 & up. Event Details.

Fernbank Forest Bird Walk
Bring your binoculars and join Atlanta Audubon Society volunteers and discover more about the feathered inhabitants of Fernbank Forest, both permanent residents and visitors. This program is excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. Sat., 8 to 10:30 a.m., Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Included with admission. Free for museum members and Atlanta Audubon Society members. All ages. Event Details.

Fodor’s Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids
Do you have a visit to everyone’s favorite mouse house planned? Need to know the best way to navigate the Magic Kingdom with tots in tow? Come to this informative and kid-friendly event with WDW experts Kim Wright Wiley and Leslie C.W. Jenkins. Sat., 4 p.m., Little Shop of Stories, Included with admission. Free. All ages. Event Details.

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–Phebe Wahl

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