The 10 Best Things About the Holidays in Atlanta


On any given day in Atlanta, it’s pretty easy to find something to do, whether it’s attending one of the many festivals going on, exploring the Beltline or spending a little too much money and eating just a little too much food at Ponce City Market. Despite our 55-degree winters and “Brown Christmas,” there’s something extra special about Atlanta during the holiday season. We have included some of our all time favorites below.

  1. Garden Lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden: Every year, the Atlanta Botanical Garden sets up elaborate light displays all throughout the gardens including the Tunnel of Light, glowing orbs of light and twinkly lights in every tree and bush you come across. Even more, they add new features every year so you have an excuse to keep coming back. Plus, our client Arborguard does all the lighting work for Atlanta Botanical Garden.
  2. Lighting of the Atlantic Station Christmas Tree: There are several Christmas tree lightings around Atlanta throughout the holidays, but we are partial to this one as it’s on our side of town and it comes with a spectacular fireworks show. It’s also one of the first tree lightings we know of each season. We may be biased, but we think it’s the most impressive. Add in the skating rink and you’re set!
  3. Piedmont Park Ice Skating Rink: The Rink at Park Tavern is open from November 24 to February 20 and is in a fully enclosed and heated tent so you can come and skate rain or shine. Once you’ve had your fill of trying to skate and falling down (is that just us?), grab some rink-side food and drink from Park Tavern.
  4. The Ugly Sweater Run at Park Tavern: Let’s admit it – everyone loves a good ugly sweater party and we all have a couple of reindeer or Santa covered sweaters lying around our house. There is no better excuse to break them out than this – get in the holiday spirit, burn some calories and sip on a hot chocolate and Kahlua cocktail after. Buy tickets here to benefit One Warm Coat.
  5. Atlanta Santa Speedo Run: If you miss registration for the Ugly Sweater Run and still want to get your cardio on, Atlanta also hosts the Atlanta Speedo Run. Come dressed in your wildest get up and prepare to freeze. Register here if you dare to bare.
  6. Endless Holiday Shopping Options: This one can be dangerous, but in a really great way. During the holidays, Lenox Mall features the famous Macy’s Pink Pig so even the kids have something to keep them entertained! Not only does Atlanta offer Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza, but also the relatively new Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, Atlantic Station and Westside Provisions also boast great shopping options themselves with stores like Alex and Ani, Lululemon and Little Barn Apothecary. With options like these, it’s impossible to not find a gift someone will love.
  7. The Nutcracker at the Fox: Chances are you’ve seen the Nutcracker before, but if you’ve never seen it at the Fox, you’re missing out on a beautiful Atlanta tradition. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Fox so grab your tickets and get ready to have the Nutcracker soundtrack stuck in your head for at least 2 days.
  8. A Christmas Carol at Alliance Theatre: Another long-standing Atlanta tradition is Alliance Theatre’s, A Christmas Carol. The show runs from November 25 to December 24 so you have plenty of time to stop in and visit one of our old clients and enjoy a holiday tradition.
  9. Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain: While our winter weather is pretty perfect, sometimes you still need a little snow. Take a quick drive outside of downtown to get your fix – build snowmen, tube down the “fresh snow” or just relax and enjoy s’mores and après ski drinks. It isn’t Aspen, but it’ll do in a pinch.
  10. Westside Provision’s Annual Tinsel and Twine: Because you know we have to promote our neighborhood – on December 3, Westside Provisions completely transforms for the holidays with holiday lights, photo booths, seasonal treats and a craft market. Admission is free, but you can bring a book to donate to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to get into the holiday spirit.
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