The Best Thanksgiving Weekend Events To Entertain Out-of-Town Guests

The High Museum's special "Day After Thanksgiving" event features hands-on workshops and live performances. Photo courtesy of High Museum of Art.
The High Museum’s special “Day After Thanksgiving” event features hands-on workshops and live performances. Photo courtesy of High Museum of Art.

Thanksgiving weekend is a time for family and friends to visit from near and far. But what happens when the turkey dinner is done and you still have a house full of out-of-town guests who need entertaining?

Check out these Thanksgiving weekend events for ideas of what to do with your out-of-town guests.

For the enthusiastic kids

The High Museum is celebrating art and family with hands-on activities, live performances and story time on Friday. The event, coined “Day After Thanksgiving at the High,” is a chance to experience the museum in a fun, activity-filled way. And for the parents looking for a quiet moment, you can step inside any of the exhibits for a more calming atmosphere after the activities.

for those looking for a moment to relax

If you have a crowd that likes, or needs, to sit back and relax, check out Fernbank Museum’s IMAX films. Their giant screen theater has 4K laser projection and can do both 2D and 3D films. Now playing is the film “Incredible Predators 3D,” which is about some of the world’s most ferocious animals and their challenges to survive. There’s also the film “Tiny Giants,” which looks at the world’s smallest animals and the superhero powers they use to survive.

"Incredible Predators 3D" is just one of the films currently showing at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Image courtesy of Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
“Incredible Predators 3D” is just one of the films currently showing at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Image courtesy of Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

For those Who Love A Traditional Christmas

Friends and family who are interested in historical tours or love an impressive Christmas display might enjoy Christmas at Callanwolde. The 27-thousand square foot mansion gets decorated every year for Christmas by a interior and floral designers. This weekend is the first opportunity to tour the display.

The Callanwolde mansion is covered in outdoor light displays this year. Photo courtesy of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.
The Callanwolde mansion is decorated both inside and outside this holiday season. Photo courtesy of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

For The Youngsters and Young at Heart

This one’s for all the young kids. You can get them out of the house by attending a performance of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Center for Puppetry Arts. The show is a lively puppet version of the classic TV special, plus each ticket includes a make-your-own puppet from the show!

Young kids, and kids at heart, may enjoy the live puppet version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Photo courtesy of Center for Puppetry Arts.
Young kids, and kids at heart, may enjoy the live puppet version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Photo courtesy of Center for Puppetry Arts.

For The Holiday Shopper

And if you have a guest who can’t escape Black Friday, consider taking them to one of the holiday artisan markets in town. The High Museum has a holiday artisan market accessible without admission to the museum. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center also has a market you can view while exploring “Christmas at Callanwolde.” Other options include the Christkindl Market at Atlantic Station and Holiday Artists Market at Spruill Center for the Arts.

The Art Station - Big Shanty presents "Gift Box Holiday Market."
Metro Atlanta has several holiday gift markets that offer handmade crafts and decor, including the “Gift Box Holiday Market” in Kennesaw. Photo courtesy of The Art Station – Big Shanty.

Related Story: Shop These 10 Atlanta Holiday Markets For Handmade Gifts, Decor >

For more Atlanta holiday events and things to do, check out Atlanta PlanIt’s special holiday section.

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