Atlanta's Top Winter Festivals

From November to February there's plenty to do and see

Fountain And Illuminated Ferris Wheel At Centennial Olympic Park
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As the fall foliage begins to fade and cooler temperatures bring cheerful decorations and celebrations, Atlanta comes to life with festivals galore, whatever your interest may be. From the Children's Christmas Parade to the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, there's plenty going on in Georgia's capital during the winter months. 

 

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    The Children's Christmas Parade

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    ••• Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the parade. Photo Credit: Faith Swift Photography

    The Children's Christmas Parade

    Queue up with more than 300,000 Atlantans for the largest Christmas parade in the Southeast and watch as the streets of Midtown are transformed into the North Pole. Featuring floats, marching bands, and Santa himself, the proceeds of this annual parade, started in 1981, help fund Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

  • 02 of 09

    The Atlanta Boat Show

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    ••• Photo Credit: National Marine Manufacturers Association.

    The Atlanta Boat Show

    This ​premier boating event attracts upwards of 25,000 marine enthusiasts every year. It features hundreds of new boats from schooners to luxury yachts. Marine accessories and gear are put on display, alongside expanded family-friendly, hands-on seminars. 

     

  • 03 of 09

    Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse

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    ••• Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse. Photo credit: Jeff Roffman

    Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse

    Proceeds from this annual event go to the Southeastern Horticultural Society’s Children’s Learning Gardens and Farms. A different house is highlighted each year. 

  • 04 of 09

    Atlanta Winter Beer Fest

    Atlanta Winter Beer Fest

    Location: The Masquerade 

    After the success of the 2010 Atlanta Summer Beer Festival, Atlanta Beer Festivals introduced the Winter Beer Fest in 2011. Today, the event features more than 150 beers with a focus on southeast brews, live music across five stages, a DJ dance party and a variety of southern cooking.

     

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  • 05 of 09

    The Atlanta Community Choral Festival

    The Atlanta Community Choral Festival

    Location: Emory University’s Schwartz Center of Performing Arts

    This music lovers festival includes performances by choirs from around the Atlanta area, who combine as one choir on stage. 

  • 06 of 09

    Callanwolde Arts Festival

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     Callanwolde Arts Festival

    Location: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

    Held at the former home of Asa Griggs Candler, the founder of The Coca-Cola Company, this two-day indoor festival showcases work from artists in the southern United States, from painters and photographers to sculptors, metal and glass artists and jewelers. It also features live music, dance performances and gourmet food trucks.

  • 07 of 09

    Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

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    ••• 2013 Premiere at AJFF. Photo Credit: Duane Stork

    Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

    Location: Theaters throughout Atlanta

    Billed as the largest film festival in Atlanta, and second-largest Jewish film festival in the country, this festival founded in 2000 features 23 days of films highlighting the Jewish community, and includes a variety of movies for screening, including dramas, comedies and, documentaries.

    The festival was founded in 2000 by the Atlanta Regional Office of American Jewish Committee, and in its first year attracted more than 1,900 visitors. 

    The event boasts guest appearances with filmmakers, actors, authors, academics and other expert speakers.

     

  • 08 of 09

    TechArts Festival

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    ••• Bit Dome from the 2013 TechArts Festival.

    TechArts Festival

    Location: Various venues throughout Georgia Tech's campus

    This annual arts-meets-technology festival showcases the creative spirit through performances, events and exhibitions in music, dance, theater, digital, literary and visual arts, including student art competitions. This event is sponsored by Georgia Tech's provost and its arts community.

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  • 09 of 09

    Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

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    ••• BBQ at the Festival.

    Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

    Location: Atlantic Station 

    This annual event (dubbed the Pork-Opolis) starts in Manhattan and winds its way down the East Coast, with stops in Virginia, Florida, North Carolina as well as Atlanta. Featuring master distillers, brewers and pitmasters, whole hogs and dozens of local bourbons and beers, this carnivore's dream offers a down-home, all-you-can-eat party a true Southerner can appreciate.