It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter in Atlanta. Leaves have turned, and the temperatures are getting a little colder day by day. The holiday season is in full-swing.
Although it is unlikely that Atlanta will get a “white Christmas” this year (as it is every year), there are plenty of wintry activities to enjoy in the metro Atlanta area.
Go On A Christmas Lights Tour
Exploring Christmas lights has become a popular holiday pastime, and there are plenty light shows in the area. Atlanta Botanical Garden will transform into a Christmas lights tour every night until Jan. 7, 2018. In Marietta, Life University will have a lights display stretching across a mile of the campus every night until New Year’s Eve. If you’re up for a longer drive from the city, you can see Christmas lights at Callaway Gardens or Lake Lanier.
Go Ice Skating
Ice skating is another pick for fun Atlanta winter activities that doesn’t expire when the holidays are over. Outdoor and Indoor ice rinks can be found all over metro Atlanta. Part of the Marietta Square has transformed into an ice rink for “Marietta Winter Wonderland.” “Skate the Station” at Atlantic Station has already begun and will continue until mid-February. There’s also an indoor rink at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park.
Visit Local Attractions
You can also stay warm indoors. Local attractions are drawing visitors through holiday-themed events. Go see SCUBA Claus at the Georgia Aquarium, visit the Holiday Artisans Market at the High Museum or watch “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Center for Puppetry Arts. At Six Flags, you can attend a tacky sweater party, watch a Christmas tree lighting and more.
Watch The Children’s Christmas Parade
On Dec. 2, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will host a parade in Midtown Atlanta. The parade will begin at Peachtree Street and 16th Street at 10:20 a.m. and end at Peachtree Street and 5th Street. Reportedly, it’s the largest holiday parade in the Southeast and will feature floats, giant balloons and marching bands.
Enjoy A Christmas Movie Or Performance
You can curl up with a blanket to watch a holiday movie at home, or you can go see a Christmas performance. You can see Atlanta Ballet’s “Nutcracker” at the Fox Theatre Dec. 8 through 28, and the Georgia Ballet’s “Nutcracker” at the Cobb County Civic Center from Dec. 1 through 3. Watch “A Christmas Carol” at the New Shakespeare Tavern Dec. 1 through 23. And in Lawrenceville, Aurora Theatre is putting on a plethora of Christmas performances including “A Christmas Carol,” “The 12 Dates of Christmas” and “The Christmas Canteen.”