2021 CHRISTMAS IN ATLANTA: YOUR FESTIVE GUIDE TO ONLY THE VERY BEST CHRISTMAS EVENTS

Christmas in Atlanta is our family’s favorite time of year. We love every light show, the chilly temps in front of a fire with the Christmas tree glowing, photos with Santa, and working a holiday show (or three) into our schedule.

Below you will find dozens upon dozens of options when you’re looking for “the best Christmas events near me” for your Christmas in Atlanta celebrations.

2021 CHRISTMAS IN ATLANTA: YOUR FESTIVE GUIDE TO ONLY THE VERY BEST CHRISTMAS EVENTS

Unwrap the Holiday Magic in Alpharetta

There’s nothing more magical at Christmas than taking your kids to meet Santa, and Alpharetta is full of wonderful places to do that. Click to see these, plus festive can’t-miss events and unique locations to pick up your holiday gifts (Hey, if Santa shops here, shouldn’t you?)

Find a 3-day shopping itinerary (oh – how about grabbing a room at one of the new modern hotels here? Weekend shopping trip anyone??) Plus happenings around town that range from alfresco markets to indoor Santa sightings and holiday cooking classes. 2021 will be your best year yet for making the merriest of memories.

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Tis the Season to Shell-ebrate

We invite you to enjoy the holiday season with us in Gulf County, Florida.  Can you think of a better way to celebrate the holidays than at the beach?  You can make new traditions and even bring some of the old ones with you.   Check out the calendar full of holiday events. The entire family will be entertained with Christmas Parades, Christmas Light Tours, and more.

Plan your trip today to Gulf County, and start creating new holiday traditions.

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CHRISTMAS IN ATLANTA CLASSICS

Stone Mountain Christmas. Millions of lights, Christmas shows, and Rudolph create a night to remember at Stone Mountain Christmas. Don’t miss a five-mile excursion on the Singalong Christmas Train, featuring a track-side show about the first Christmas. Watch the nightly Christmas Parade featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, and end your night with the magic of the Snow Angel flying high to create snow and fireworks. DATES: November 13, 2021-January 2, 2022

Children's Christmas Parade. This year, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is reimaging a new holiday tradition to kick off the season. The annual Children’s Holiday Parade will be replaced by a full day of fun for the entire family at Colony’s Square’s, “The Lighting at Colony Square” celebration. Highlights of the parade, like bands and dance groups, will still play a role in the celebration with a 20-minute Street Extravaganza performance on Peachtree Street and the Main Stage at Colony Square. DATE: December 4, 2021

Festival of Trees. Held at the Georgia World Congress Center each holiday season, the Georgia Festival of Trees cannot be missed. See the beautiful trees, enjoy live entertainment, children’s games and crafts, and visits with Santa. With great local food, and fun shopping, you won’t want to miss out on this fun activity for the whole family. DATES: November 30-December 4, 2021

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. The lights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens are one of my favorite holiday light displays. While plenty of the show’s fan-favorite features will return, guests can expect new twists, including a colorful Glowing Grove along the Flower Walk, oversized flowers leading to Ice Goddess and several lighted sculptures from the 2021 summer exhibition SUPERnatural: Glass Art by Jason Gamrath. DATES: November 13, 2021-January 15, 2022

Macy’s Pink Pig. Macy's Pink Pig had been a holiday tradition in Atlanta for more than 50 years, but in 2021 they announced that 2019 was the Pink Pig's last year. After taking 2020 off because of the coronavirus, Priscilla -- the Pink Pig -- decided to retire. This Atlanta attraction will be missed! DATES: Closed.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at The Center for Puppetry Arts. Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, you won’t want to miss it! Rudolph and his friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius brave the Abominable Snow Monster and the even more daunting fear of not fitting in before discovering that it’s okay to be just the way they are!

With fun holiday music, finely crafted puppets and an important prosocial message, Rudolph is sure to warm hearts even on the most blustery winter day. DATES: November 10, 2021-January 2, 2022

Lanier Lights Spectacular. Kick start your holidays with a visit to Margaritaville’s all-new Lakeside Lights Spectacular for a night of nostalgic wintry fun. The Lakeside Lights Spectacular will take you on a magical walk through an amazing lighting extravaganza with festive seasonal music. Great for the whole family! (Formerly the Magical Nights of Lights on Lake Lanier Islands.) DATES: Weekends beginning November 24, 2021

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens. Bundle up for a Jolly Trolley ride, or drive your own car through more than 8 million lights at Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Gardens. Named one of the "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights" by National Geographic Traveler, Callaway Gardens glistens with custom-built scenes. Inside the Christmas Village, shop for gifts from Georgia crafters and specialty treats. This year will feature a brand new scene -- Magical Field of Lights! Masks are required on the trolley. DATES: November 19, 2021 - January 3, 2022

Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights . This award-winning lighted display continues to be a favorite holiday tradition for tens of thousands of visitors every year. Guests can also enjoy the nightly concert series in the North Pole Lodge while sitting by the fire, drinking hot cocoa or apple cider. DATES: November 19, 2021 - January 2, 2022

The World of Coke. The most wonderful time of the year has begun at World of Coca-Cola! The World of Coke is showcasing its holiday best and welcoming guests into a true winter wonderland. The twinkling lights, larger-than-life decorations and seasonal beverages are all back as part of World of Coca-Cola’s annual celebration. DATES: Now through Jan. 7, 2022

Mighty Mo and More. NOTE: No word yet on 2021 plans. This cherished celebration at the Fox Theatre is full of singing and holiday cheer.  Tickets are FREE (all General Admission,) but there is a small processing fee for purchasing online. Snow will be falling… on Peachtree Street. The Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long is led the famous “Mighty Mo” organ, the largest working Mollër theatre organ in the world. Santa Claus will be on-site for family photo opportunities - doors open at 6:30pm.

Snow Mountain. Canceled for 2021-2022 season. Atlanta's official winter wonderland, just minutes from downtown at Stone Mountain Park. Here you'll find a snow-packed mountainside and action-packed excitement. Have a ball on five football fields of frosty joy, including 20 lanes of tubing. Snow Mountain runs November through February (weather permitting).

Macy’s Tree Lighting. Join local celebrities and musicians as they light the great tree in style with a visit from Santa at Lenox Mall! The official tree lighting ceremony is a holiday tradition in Atlanta. DATES: Nov. 13, 2021-Jan. 1, 2022

Other community tree lightings include:

  • The Battery - Nov. 27, 2021, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • The Avalon - Nov. 21, 2021, 1-8 p.m.
  • The Outlet Shoppes
  • Vinings Jubilee - Dec. 2, 2021, 6-8 p.m.
  • Mall of Georgia - Nov. 13, 2021
  • College Park
  • Milledgeville Tree Lighting
  • Light Up Dunwoody
  • Decatur - Dec. 2, 2021
  • Smyrna - Nov. 30, 2021
  • Duluth - Dec. 4, 2021

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2021 CHRISTMAS IN ATLANTA: YOUR FESTIVE GUIDE TO ONLY THE VERY BEST CHRISTMAS EVENTS
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HOLIDAY CONCERTS AND SHOWS

Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir. The Atlanta Holiday Tradition returns! Join all five levels of the Georgia Boy Choir as they offer an unforgettable holiday concert. You'll be captivated by the world-famous Georgia Boy Choir sound as they perform sacred classics, Christmas carols, and all your holiday favorites in the magnificent sanctuary of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Buckhead. A full orchestra and Mighty Mander organ accompany the Choir and raise the musical experience to a level you don’t want to miss! DATES: December 17-18, 2021

Southbound for the Holidays at Horizon Theatre. Celebrate the holiday season with Horizon Theatre Company with Southbound for the Holidays: The Merry, The Magic, The Madness. Join them LIVE (or on Zoom) for a night of Ho, Ho, Ho’s with real-life humorous holiday tales and tunes from the ATL told LIVE from their stage in Little Five Points.

Tickets are FREE - DONATE WHAT YOU WISH to support Horizon artists and programs. This one-of-a-kind and very Little Five Points holiday event moves Horizon’s hugely successful Southbound digital platform to live, in-person performances on the Horizon stage along with livestream through Zoom. DATE: December 13, 2021

Horizon Theatre Presents The Salvation of Ebby Scrooge. Also at Horizon -- a workshop concert version of the newly revised holiday musical, The Salvation of Ebby Scrooge. This female-led rock & roll reclamation and re-imagining of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, is an exciting, ethnically diverse revision of the original production by Larry Larson & Eddie Lee, the creators of Horizon's hit show Waffle Palace.  Join Ebby and her ghostly musical crew for a terrific cause and some hilarious holiday fun—just in time for Christmas 2021!

All proceeds will benefit Atlanta Artist Relief Fund (AARF), a nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate a vibrant community where no artist in Atlanta is left behind. DATES: Dec. 12, 14, and 15, 2021

Christmas Vacation at The Fox: An Evening with Chevy Chase. Light up your holidays with Chevy Chase live on stage plus an audience Q & A following a screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at the Fox Theatre.

After the showing of the holiday classic on the big screen, the celebration will continue with actor Chevy Chase (Clark Griswold) sharing stories from his career and the making of his classic movies and legendary television programs. DATE: November 28, 2021

Aurora Theatre. For the first time on the sparkling new 500-seat Grand Stage Theatre of the Lawrenceville Arts Center, Aurora Theatre presents Gwinnett’s longest-running theatrical holiday tradition, Christmas Canteen! This stunning revue is an explosion of Christmas magic brimming with songs, comic sketches and trips down memory lane making The Most Wonderful Time of the Year an unforgettable experience. This milestone production promises new surprises and will be the must-see event of the holiday!   DATES: November 26-December 23, 2021

Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Begun many years ago by the beloved Music Director Robert Shaw, this concert has become a staple for Atlanta families during the holiday season. The Orchestra, Chorus and special guests, will perform beloved Christmas carols and hymns to celebrate the season. (Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required.) DATES: December 9-11, 2021

Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker. One year past its intended Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre debut, Atlanta Ballet will make its long-anticipated return to the theatre stage to present Yuri Possokhov’s The Nutcracker. This innovative production features larger-than-life sets and bold costumes enhanced by striking video projections, created by a world-class creative team that includes Tony Award-winning and -nominated designers. DATES: December 4-29, 2021

How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Re-discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage at The Fox Theatre. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small”, decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday loving Whos. DATES: Dec. 7-12, 2021

Roswell's Winter Puppet Series. Roswell's favorite family holiday tradition returns in 2021 with two shows to delight the young and young at heart! Tickets required for everyone 2+, and advance purchase is recommended. DATES: Santa's Missing Mail: December 17-18, 2021; The North Pole Fa La La La Follies: December 21-22, 2021.

Elf On The Shelf. This holiday season at The Fox Theatre, the beloved tradition that has captured the hearts of families everywhere returns to the live stage!  The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical is the thrilling spectacle of music and dance that transports audiences to the North Pole to glimpse the magical lives of Santa’s Scout Elves. Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments that will bring the family together, this joyous and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by the splendor of the season. DATE: Dec. 5, 2021

White Christmas: The Musical. At the Act1 Theatre in Alpharetta, you'll find White Christmas: The Musical. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs including well known standards and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. DATES: Dec. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19: Fri/Sat: 8 p.m.; Sun: 2 p.m.

Madeline's Christmas at Horizon. A musical play adapted from Ludwig Bemelmans’ delightful book and a holiday treat for the whole family! Madeline’s Christmas runs 1 hour with no intermission. The play is recommended for children 3+.  DATES: Canceled for 2021, but plans to return in December 2022.

A Christmas Carol at Shakespeare Tavern. Witness storytelling come to life in a special adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens’ play about Ebenezer Scrooge, the three ghosts he meets and a little boy named Tiny Tim. The Alliance Theatre also puts on A Christmas Carol performance each year. DATES: December 4 - 23, 2021

The Strand Theatre Christmas Events. A Christmas Tradition will return to The Strand stage in Marietta for another unforgettable year of sharing the holiday spirit through sparkling song and dance! This hometown favorite holiday revue features costumed singers and dancers performing both traditional and funky Christmas favorites.  DATES: Select days December 10-23, 2021

2021 CHRISTMAS IN ATLANTA: YOUR FESTIVE GUIDE TO ONLY THE VERY BEST CHRISTMAS EVENTS
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CHRISTMAS EVENTS

World of Illumination.  I love Christmas lights, so this new addition to the Atlanta holiday season last year was my idea of perfect.  World of Illumination is the world's largest drive-through animated light show. NEW IN 2021 -- World of Illumination will be at two locations in Georgia -- in both Marietta and Hampton -- and each with a different theme!

In Marietta at Six Flags White Water, turn up the holiday spirit with World of Illumination’s Rockin’ Christmas. In this mile long symphony of sight and sound, you’ll see everything from life-sized musical notes to retro Santa spinning it old school. DATES: November 12, 2021-January 2, 2022 from 6-10 p.m.

In Hampton at Atlanta Motor Speedway, you can explore World of Illumination’s Arctic Adventure, where you’ll meet Sunny, a 32-foot-tall snowman, and all of his tundra-bound friends. You’ll be delighted by your favorite holiday music and whimsical winter characters. DATES: November 17, 2021-January 2, 2022 from 6-10 p.m.

Holiday Road. NEW IN 2021! Experience thousands of lights and larger than life installations at Holiday Road at The Horse Mansion at Bouckaert Farm in Fairburn. This immersive walking trail is full of lights and holiday scenes. While you're there, you can get a bite to eat at the area's best food trucks, or enjoy a seasonal cocktail from their Holiday Bar. Expect to see some larger than life holiday displays, thousands of lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Elves, countless candy canes and all of your favorite holiday cheer! SELECT DATES: Nov. 26, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022

Virginia Highland Winterfest. Virginia Highland’s inaugural Winterfest will kick off with a Tour of Lights on Friday to show off the neighborhood’s most vibrant holiday decorations. On Saturday, they will start off with a Jingle Jog, followed by a Holiday Parade. The day will rev up with the biggest holiday market that the Highlands has ever seen, with live music to pair. DATES: December 3-4, 2021 

A Snowland Extravaganza at Great Wolf Lodge. Features dashing décor and fun activities for both kids and adults alike – from daily snow showers and a Frosty Fest Family Dance Party to a special visit with Santa and a customizable Hot Cocoa Bar. The festivities continue to the 84-degree indoor waterpark which will surely warm you up no matter how chilly it is outside!

Want to go all out?  Book one of the limited number of holiday themed Snowland Suites during the Snowland celebration. With giant snowflakes hanging from the ceiling, an in-room Christmas tree and other seasonal accents, these special suites bring to the life the magic of Snowland and immerse families in the spirit of the holidays. DATES: Nov. 28, 2021 - Jan. 5, 2022

Holiday PJ Party at Tellus. Wear your favorite PJs and join Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville for a PAJAMA PARTY! Enjoy family activities, photo ops, a visit with Santa and the Grinch, and complimentary cupcakes and treat bags. Your kids can make their own engineer hat, pickup giveaways from Operation Life Saver, watch The Polar Express, and take home a Christmas goodie bag. Included with regular admission. DATE: December 11, 2021

A Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetery. Indulge in the seasonal spirit by enjoying holiday festivities at Oakland’s Bell Tower. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa (or wassail for adults over 21) while listening to holiday carols. Settle down for a reading of The Night Before Christmas or join Oakland’s youngest visitors in learning the art of the Victorian ornament. Bring your dog for a holiday photo opportunity!  DATE: December 4-5, 2021

Festival of the SEAson at Georgia Aquarium. This winter season, gather the family and celebrate the holidays at the world's most magical Aquarium! 'Festival of the SEAson,’ Georgia Aquarium's month-long celebration of the holidays, transforms the Aquarium's galleries and exhibits into a winter wonderland. Festivities begin in late November with Wake Up Santa when you can help the Elves wake Santa from his slumber with snowballs! DATES: December 2021

Jolly Jingle Jam in Alpharetta. Get in the holiday spirit with the kiddos as you make amazing holiday crafts, play games, enjoy light refreshments, and take a photo with Santa at the Alpharetta Community Center. Register early as this event fill up fast! This event is for parent and child. Pre-registration is required. DATE: Dec. 10, 2021, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Celebrations in Light at the Children's Museum. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites families to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year through the merry month of December. The Museum’s famous Sockefeller Plaza will be returning and kiddos will have the chance to put their sock-skating skills to the test on the ice-like surface.

Children of all ages can ring in the holidays with Celebrations in Light which will include various traditions from around the world, such as Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa and Christmas. Kids can tap into the spirit of the season with a winter-themed storytime, a snowman challenge, a snowstorm in a jar and polymer snow to capture the chilly weather all month long. Dates: December 5, 11, 18, and 26, 2021

Grinchmas Party in Alpharetta. We got an idea, an awful idea, a wonderful, awful idea! We are having a very Grinchy Party. ‘Tis no better reason to celebrate the season than to decorate it red, white and Grinch. We will have good eats and make things that are neat. Come celebrate Grinchmas at the Alpharetta Community Center! Ticket admission required. DATE: Dec. 11, 2021, 5 – 8 p.m.

Publix Aprons Cooking School Gingerbread House Classes. Forgo the mess at home and bring the family to Publix Aprons Cooking School in Alpharetta to decorate a gingerbread house this year! Publix Aprons Cooking School provides the materials – attendees bring their creativity and holiday spirit! Class registration required. $75 for one adult and up to three children per registration. DATES: Nov. 26-28, Dec. 4-5, 12, 18-19, 2021.

Holiday Events at Buckhead Village. This holiday season, Buckhead Village will celebrate the merriest time of year as it transforms into an abstract winter wonderland decked with illuminated sparkling globes in trees, fresh eucalyptus garlands, oversized pastel ornaments and larger-than-life floral sculptures. Wonderland happenings will abound all season long, including:

  • Sugar Plum Fairy Forest. Perfect for taking pics all December long, and on Saturdays you can pose with the Sugar Plum Ballerinas.
  • Holiday Shop & Stroll. Every Saturday in December enjoy shopping, dining, crafts, activities, and performances.
  • Atlanta Ballet 2. Enjoy this free Atlanta Ballet 2 performance of selections from The Nutcracker and Snow White on Nov. 27, 2021.
  • Buckhead Holiday Market. Buckhead Art & Co. will be hosting its second annual Holiday Market, benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Nov. 11-14, 2021.
  • Hot Chocolate Crawl. Buckhead Village will be a part of Livable Buckhead’s Miracle on Peachtree Hot Chocolate Crawl this holiday season! On Dec. 11, 2021, participants can view the community hub’s beautiful light displays, explore retailers' festive window displays and stop by Saint-Germain Bakery for complimentary hot chocolate as well as other Buckhead Village restaurants to enjoy special holiday drinks, live music, beats from DJ Grace and entertainment throughout. Tickets required.
  • Biltong Bar at Ponce City Market and Buckhead Village are “Up to Snow Good” as they transform their spaces for the third annual holiday pop-up: The Blitzen Room. The restaurants will feature swanky, vintage Christmas decor and seasonally themed cocktails from Chartreuse Hot Chocolate to Frozen Egg Nog.

Holiday Events at The Point. The Point located in the Druid Hills area of Atlanta, comprises 120,000 square feet of unique restaurants and lifestyle offerings. This year, The Point is hosting a variety of FREE events to get you and your family in the holiday spirit.

  • Tree Celebration. Oh, Christmas Tree! The Point along with participating retailers and restaurants will pair up with local nonprofits and decorate holiday trees. Trees will be on display on The Lawn by The General Muir. The community is encouraged to vote for the favorite tree via text. The tree with the most votes will receive $1,000 donated on behalf of The Point to the participating nonprofit. Second – fourth place nonprofits will receive $500 donation each. DATES: Nov. 29-Dec. 27, 2021
  • Holiday Happenings. Celebrate the holidays at The Point! Enjoy DIY crafts, caroling and other festive fun! DATES: Dec. 4, 11, and 18, 2021. 1-4 p.m.
  • Holiday Artisan Market. Join local artisans from the Community Farmers Market for a Holiday market! Shop local and artisanal goods just in time for the Holiday season on The Lawn by The General Muir. DATES: Dec. 11-12, 2021. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Gingerbread House Kits. The Point is providing complimentary gingerbread decorating kits to the community. Kits can be picked up at participating retailers while supplies last. DATES: Dec. 3-24 (while supplies last).

Fireside Roasting and Toasting at Ponce City Market. Get warm and cozy with your nearest and dearest outside on The Yard this holiday season! Guests will be able to gather ‘round toasty fires and enjoy s’mores at socially distanced fireside pods. The Firepods will accommodate small groups and can be booked by the hour, and s’more kits and reservations (available beginning in late November) are complimentary. DATES: Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 27 - Dec. 19, 2021

Candlelight Nights at Atlanta History CenterNote: Candlelight Nights has been canceled for 2021. The Atlanta History Center invites guests to step back in time and experience Christmases past during Candlelight Nights. During these family-friendly events, visitors can stroll wooded trails illuminated by the sweet glow of candlelight, connecting to the spirit of simpler holiday pleasures.

Guests will be welcomed by Santa Claus and a lively Holiday Market filled with local crafts and artist creations.  Then they can visit each of the three historic houses to experience how Southerners celebrated Christmas during the Civil War era (Smith Family Farm), the 1930s (Swan House) and pioneer days (Wood Family Cabin). Dates: Canceled in 2021.

Enchanted Woodland Wonders. This winter Family Fun Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center includes reindeer games, story time, winter crafts to-go, and hot cocoa around a campfire with Camp Kingfisher.

Bring a picnic to enjoy at one of the many picnic tables and meadows on site, or they can purchase food from local food trucks that will be at the event. Date: December 12, 2021, 12-4 p.m.

Winter Wonderland at Fernbank. From November through January at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, twinkling with lights, glimmering with color and shining with a variety of cultural objects, more than 30 trees and other displays recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world. Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World, will be on view November 20, 2021-January 9, 2022.

Holiday at the High Artisan Market. Meet local artisans, and shop for handmade gifts including jewelry, textiles, home goods, accessories, and more. You’ll be sure to find the best gifts for your holiday list! The Holiday Artisan Market at the High Museum of Art is a two-day event that brings together 20 of Atlanta’s top artists, creatives and entrepreneurs all in one space. DATES: November 26-27, 2021

MORE HOLIDAY MARKETS: See our complete list of Atlanta-area Holiday Markets here.

Holiday Tours at Hills and Dales. While you're in town for the Callaway Gardens lights this year, make a stop at the Hills and Dales Estate for a Christmas-themed tour. Tour the first floor of the Callaway home in LaGrange, GA -- all decorated for Christmas both inside and out.  They use fresh plants and greenery to decorate -- and it's a great way to get in the spirit of the holidays. DATES: December 3-31, 2021

Callanwolde Winter House. Winter House is a new 16-day event where families can enjoy a welcoming, art-filled holiday experience that reflects our passion for arts education at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta. Imagine twinkling lights, laughter, and delicious treats all in one place in their 27,000 square-foot historic mansion filled with holiday magic, activities, and workshops for all.

Tickets for all performances, events, and workshops will be available for purchase through their WINTER HOUSE Eventbrite page. Workshops include flower arranging, glass etching, calligraphy, and pottery, all taught by Callanwolde instructors and partners like Faith Flowers. To highlight the work of their talented instructors and students, the entire gallery will become an Artist Market, filled with handcrafted jewelry, pottery and ceramics, woven scarves, and more. DATES: Nov. 26-Dec. 11, 2021

Christmas at the Mansion, Milledgeville. Take a step back in time and discover holiday traditions passed down from our city's earliest families as Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion is transformed with 19th-century era Holiday decor. The Mansion will be fully decorated for the holidays. DATES: Nov. 21-24 and Nov. 30-Dec. 22, 2021

Six Flags Holiday in the Park. Holiday in the Park is back! ‘Tis the season for glittering lights, festive performances, delicious hot chocolate…and s’more! See the lighting of the 25-foot tree, enjoy holiday-themed shows, listen to Christmas carolers, make s'mores around the fire, enjoy the Christmas lights, take your photo with Santa, and...ride roller coasters too! DATES: Select dates November 20, 2021-January 2, 2022.

ADULTS-ONLY CHRISTMAS FUN

Holiday Hangouts at Fernbank. Join Fernbank at Fernbank After Dark in December for its holiday party! Exclusively for those 21+, Fernbank After Dark is offered the 2nd Friday of each month. You'll enjoy a variety of unique and physically distanced after-hours experiences for grown-ups, including outdoor explorations in WildWoods, museum exhibits, live music, full bars, tapas menus,  and science demonstrations. DATE: December 10, 2021

MORE FUN: Check out these fun Christmas movies adults will love!

Naughty or Nice Holiday Tea. Santa is making a list, and checking it twice, to find out if you’ve been naughty or nice. The Naughty or Nice Tea at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta encourages guests to indulge in a little of both. For those looking to be nice, sip seasonal teas and apple cider paired with classic afternoon tea offerings like traditional Egg Salad and tea cookies with warmed scones. Indulge your naughty side with Perrier-Jouët, strawberries marinated in Grand Marnier and whipped cream. Reservations required. Priced at $50 per guest for the ‘Nice’ Tea and $70 per guest for the ‘Naughty’ Tea. Exclusive of tax and gratuity. Complimentary valet included. Dates: Nov. 27, 2021 and Dec. 3, 10, and 17, 2021.

Holiday Pop-Up Bars. 'Tis the season for a bevy of Christmas-inspired cocktails and tons of decorations! Expect over-the-top decorations, seasonal cocktails, festive food specials, and plenty of photo opportunities at holiday-themed bars all around the city. And don’t dawdle — most of the pageantry disappear after the new year. We've got 9+ Festive Pop-Ups to Imbibe Your Holiday 'Spirit!' DATES: Various

2021 CHRISTMAS IN ATLANTA: YOUR FESTIVE GUIDE TO ONLY THE VERY BEST CHRISTMAS EVENTS
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POLAR EXPRESS TRAINS AND MORE

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Climb on board the Santa Express Train and be whisked away to the winter wonderland that is the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Just 90 minutes north of Atlanta, off of 575, this Southern mountain town will charm guests as they chug along to lasting Christmas memories. While on board, hear "Twas' The Night Before Christmas," sing Christmas carols and, of course, enjoy a meet and greet with Jolly Ol' St. Nick! The train takes off in November and rides throughout December.

Candy Cane Express Train Ride on the SAM Shortline Train. Enjoy a popular excursion with layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrapping and ready for your visit. Free candy canes for every passenger. Santa will be aboard for the ride! DATES: December 4 and 5, 2021

Garden Nights, Holiday Lights. Holiday cheer continues in the daytime at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, even when the lights are taking a rest. Enjoy a G-scale train and trolley winding through a mountain village town. The miniature metropolis is not the only train show; kids can enjoy a turn on The Botanical Express on select days at the gardens.

MORE HOLIDAY TRAINS: 23 Spectacular Christmas Train Rides in Georgia & the Southeast

Stone Mountain Christmas Train. For me, the highlight of the Stone Mountain Park Christmas event is a ride on the Singalong Train. Carol with the other passengers along this five-mile route around the mountain. There is no extra charge; it’s included with admission to Stone Mountain Christmas.

Southeastern Railway Museum. When Santa’s reindeer are taking a breather, you’ll find him at the Southeastern Railway Museum where he can pick from more than 90 pieces of railway equipment, all perfect for delivering presents. Mingle with Santa and his elves, make holiday crafts and take a ride with Santa at the museum. On select days in December, families can dine with Santa for breakfast or lunch and watch a unique showing of Polar Express. NOTE: No word yet on if this is happening in 2021.

GEORGIA STATE PARKS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS

Christmas Lights - A.H. Stephens State Park. Come out to see Christmas light displays every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 26, 2021. Tour their 10-acre event field and see displays have been setup up by a host of site partners, volunteers and area businesses. There will also be refreshments, a movie, and weather permitting a campfire. Admission is free, $5 parking. DATES: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 26 - Dec. 25, 2021

Christmas at Liberty Hall - A.H. Stephens State Park. Also at A.H. Stephens State Park, see Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens' home, Liberty Hall, decorated with styles of the Victorian Christmas past. Enjoy a tour of the house, create a craft, and listen to the sounds of the Victorian Era. Refreshments will be served by the Friends of A.H. Stephens State Park. $4 - $8. DATE: December 4, 2021

Caroling in the Park - Victoria Bryant State Park. Join us at shelter #1 as we make Christmas crafts take pictures with Santa, and go on a caroling hayride. $5 plus $5 parking. DATE: December 4, 2021, 2-3 p.m.

Victorian Christmas - Hardman Farm. Come see the Mansion at West End in period holiday decor and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from docents dressed in their finest 1870's garb. This open house on Friday and Saturday nights in December is highlighted by twinkling candle lights, and live music. Adults: $12, Youth (6-17): $7, Children 5 and under: Free Family Rate (2 adults + their children) $40. DATES: Friday and Saturdays in December 2021

Christmas at the Gorge - Tallulah Gorge. Come and see Santa, make crafts, enjoy Christmas music and have a snack here at the park. If you have a camera you can take your own photos with Santa. $5 parking. DATE: December 4, 2021.

Sunset Candy Cane Hunt - Tallulah Gorge. Get into the holiday spirit at Tallulah Gorge! Hunt candy canes, enjoy a holiday movie, s'mores, and hot chocolate. Space in limited and pre-registration is required. Please call the office to sign up. Meet at the interpretive Center. $5 parking. DATE: December 11, 2021

Holidays on the 1860's Home Front - Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site. Their expert volunteers will conduct an annual celebration of the holiday spirit at the cabin to demonstrate the traditions of decorating for the holidays during the 1860's. There will be toys and games for all! $3 - $6. DATE: December 18, 2021

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