Updated November 20, 2015
After you’ve finished your turkey-filled leftovers and traded your stretchy Thanksgiving pants for your favorite Christmas sweater, the holiday season has officially begun. To get into a festive mood, check out this handful of festive events around town to help you celebrate the joyous occasion.
And don't miss the other cheerful shows around the city this holiday season, including Atlanta’s twinkling lights or spirited ice skating rinks.
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- Dates: November 20, 2015-January 10, 2016
- Location: Fernbank Museum of Natural History
- Cost: Free for Museum Members; $18 per adult ticket; $17 for students/seniors tickets; $16 for children ages 3 to 12; free for children ages 2 and younger.
- Need to Know: Scana Energy, The Nissan Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities and Fernbank have joined forces to bring Winter Wonderland back to Atlanta for the fifth year. See how families from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, North America and South America deck their halls with the museum’s display of 30-plus Christmas trees—each have been decorated by consulate generals from countries spanning the globe.
- Don’t Miss: The “Winter Wonderland Celebration Days” (November 21- December 19, 2015), where you’ll find family-friendly holiday flicks, cultural crafts and performances, puppet crafts with the Center for Puppetry Arts, sneak peeks from Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker and the famed... Santa-saurus.
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Tinsel & Twine
- Dates: Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Location: Westside Provisions District
- Cost: Free admission; purchases priced separately.
- Need to Know: Westside Provisions’ annual holiday celebration is back, complete with complimentary hot chocolate and salted caramel corn from West Egg Café for your stroll through the trendy district. Expect a snow machine, carolers and retailers like JCT Kitchen & Bar and Cooks & Soldiers serving complimentary s’mores and other sweet treats alongside their goods.
- Don’t Miss: Santa Claus—you can find him at Seed Factory for family photo-ops with complimentary prints.
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Macy’s Pink Pig
- Dates: October 31, 2015 through January 3, 2016
- Location: The rooftop of Macy's at Lenox Mall
- Cost: $3 for 1 ride; 2 rides for $5.50, 3 rides for $7.50; proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
- Need to Know: For more than 50 years, families have celebrated the holidays with a ride on Atlanta’s favorite vintage train: Priscilla, the Pink Pig makes her way through a life-sized storybook filled beneath the legendary 170-foot, 1950’s themed Pink Pig Tent.
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Holiday Shopping Spectacular Market
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- Dates: November 21-22, 2015
- Location: The Georgia Freight Depot
- Cost: $5 admission fee, children 12 and under enter for free
- Need to Know: You may know the Indie Craft Experience (ICE) from their vintage and summer markets—founders Christy Petterson and Shannon Mulkey have built an empire on quarterly Southern-curated marketplaces. But this holiday season, ICE is hosting their largest Holiday Shopping Spectacular market ever at the oldest standing building in downtown Atlanta, complete with 175 vendors, DJ, festive cocktails and local food trucks.
- Don’t Miss: The first 250 attendees will score a sought-after swag bag designed by Maryink and Lucy Ricketts Illustration brimming with goodies from participating vendors.
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Children’s Christmas Parade
- Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
- Location: Begins at Peachtree St. and 16th St., ends at Peachtree St. and 5th St.
- Cost: Free to stand, bleacher seats $18 per person
- Need to Know: Midtown Atlanta will become Santa Claus Lane as the largest holiday parade in the southeast marches down Peachtree Street. Complete with floats, giant balloons and marching bands, the parade is sponsored by and benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Can’t make it? No worries—WSB-TV Channel 2 will broadcast the parade to an expected 500,000 viewers.
- Don’t Miss: A good view. If you did not purchase a bleacher seat, it is suggested to arrive by 8:30 a.m.
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A Victorian Holiday at Oakland
- Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
- Location: Oakland Cemetery
- Cost: Free for members; adults $12; students and seniors $6
- Need to Know: Visit Oakland Cemetery and experience the holidays in Victorian style with a tour through the seasonally decorated mausoleums, open for exploration and led by a costumed docent. Guests can also make their very own Victorian ornament and get a photo with Ole Saint Nick, all the while enjoying hot chocolate and holiday carols.
- Don’t Miss: A sit-down reading of The Night Before Christmas or a 10 percent discount off of holiday items at the Visitor’s Center and Museum Shop.