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12 Days of Holiday Activities Around Atlanta

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The joy of the holiday season abounds in Atlanta. Every year the city celebrates with magical events that the whole family is sure to love. Here are our family’s favorite holiday things to do in Atlanta!

Day 1: Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” is not your garden-variety holiday light show. Close to one million LED lights illuminate the 30-acre garden, and a massive Tunnel of Lights, Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition.

Christmas things to do in Atlanta GA - Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights Holiday Nights

The Orchestral Orbs at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights, Holiday Nights are a gorgeous site to see.

Read More>> Atlanta Botanical Garden – Perfect for Kids and Toddlers

Day 2: A Country Christmas at The Rock Ranch

Create unforgettable holiday memories at the Rock Ranch’s Country Christmas. Families can hop aboard The Rock Ranch Christmas Express Train ride featuring falling snow, snowflake tunnel and a dancing lights show. Other activities include a wagon ride through more than a mile of lights, Santa’s workshop, visits with Santa, dinner, hot chocolate, and shopping for gifts and Georgia-grown goodies!

Chirstmas things to do in Atlanta GA - A Country Christmas at The Rock Ranch

Stunning holiday lights greet you when you enter The Rock Ranch for a one-of-a-kind Country Christmas in Atlanta, GA.

Day 3: Festival of the SEAson

Georgia Aquarium’s annual Festival of the SEAson transforms the country’s largest and most popular aquarium into a veritable winter wonderland through daily special events, thousands of twinkling lights, music, extravagant holiday trees and appearances from Santa and SCUBA Claus.

Christmas things to do in Atlanta - Festival of the SEAson at Georgia Aquarium

SCUBA Claus swims by to say hello at the Georgia Aquarium.

Day 4: Stone Mountain Christmas

You are sure to have a very merry Christmas at Stone Mountain Park, where there is magic everywhere you turn. Enjoy over two million lights, festive music, fireworks, snowfall finale and your favorite holiday characters including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and of course, Santa.

Christmas things to do in Atlanta GA - Stone Mountain Christmas

The Snow Angel flies overhead at the Stone Mountain Christmas celebration finale.

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Day 5: Rudolph at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Your favorite holiday classic comes to life on the stage and speaks to the misfit in all of us. Join Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster) in this holly-jolly holiday adventure fit for the entire family at the Center for Puppetry Arts. You won’t want to miss it!

Day 6: Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Ring in the holiday season with more than one million lights, live shows, holiday themed attractions and of course a visit with Santa! Six Flags Holiday in the Park is a festive event that the whole family will enjoy.

Christmas things to do in Atlanta GA - Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags over Georgia is decked out for the holidays!

Day 7: Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker

Now in its 20th year at the Fox Theatre, the stunning Nutcracker ballet choreographed by Artistic Director John McFall is the hallmark of the Atlanta holiday season. Celebrate the holidays as you follow your favorite characters into a world where anything can happen.

Day 8: A Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetery

Experience a one-of-a-kind celebration at Oakland Cemetery that is sure to become a beloved holiday tradition! Indulge in the seasonal spirit by enjoying holiday festivities at Oakland’s Bell Tower. Warm up with a cookie and cup of hot cocoa while listening to holiday favorites performed by local musicians. Settle down for a reading of The Night Before Christmas or learn the art of the Victorian-era Dresden star ornament, and of course, don’t forget your photo opp with jolly Saint Nick!

Day 9: Macy’s Pink Pig

For more than 50 years, Atlantans have started their holiday traditions by riding the Macy’s Pink Pig. This iconic Atlanta tradition is now housed at Lennox Mall where visitors can ride Priscilla, the Pink Pig, on train tracks through a life-sized storybook featuring Priscilla and all her friends.

Day 10: Santa Express on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Take a holiday train ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway while listening to ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, singing Christmas carols and visiting with all your favorite friends from the North Pole, including Santa! Each child receives a traditional BRSR memento, BRSR Christmas Activity Book and a candy cane on this fun filled one-hour ride through the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.

Day 11: Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park, a legacy from the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, is a magical place to be during the holidays. Take a spin on the ice at Atlanta’s first outdoor ice skating rink, experience the holiday light display in the park and enjoy the daily light and water shows at the Fountain of Rings.

Day 12: Magical Night of Lights at Lake Lanier

Enjoy a slow ride with miles of illuminated characters and millions of twinkling lights through the Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier. Some of the highlights of this holiday adventure include the magnificent snowflake bridge, the dancing holiday house and Santa’s workshop! The fun doesn’t stop there, visit the Holiday Village where you can roast marshmallows over an open bonfire, enjoy pony rides and take advantage of great holiday shopping!

Christmas things to do in Atlanta GA - Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands

Kids will love the animated Carousel at the Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands.

Do you have a favorite Atlanta area holiday event that isn’t on this list? Please share it with us in the comments below!

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Jordyn is a full-time mom, homeschooler and blogger. She has been married for 17 years and has six adventurous kids (five girls and one boy) that love…

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