2023 Christmas Events Near Me: Your Festive Guide to Only the Very Best Atlanta Christmas Events

Christmas season in Atlanta is our family’s favorite time of year, and with all the hustle and bustle of the season, you are probably asking yourself, “Where are the best Christmas events near me?”

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 looking for things to do this season in and around Atlanta, Georgia!

2023 Christmas Events Near Me: Your Festive Guide to Only the Very Best Atlanta Christmas Events

Celebrate Christmas in Milledgeville

There’s nothing quite like the magic of Christmas in 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 and open for tours November 11th- 18th and November 28th – December 22nd, 2023. Join an evening tour of the Mansion with candles lit and choirs singing in the rotunda. Candlelight tours are at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. on December 2nd and 16th, 2023. Normal admission rates apply and reservations are required for the candlelight tours.

Milledgeville, Georgia

Cirque de Soleil’s ECHO

The yellow and blue big top rising up at Atlantic Station can only mean one thing – Cirque de Soleil is back in town! This year’s show ECHO follows an inquisitive young woman named FUTURE as she wanders into a fantasy world that explores humans’ sacred bond with animals and nature. The show runs through January 21, 2024 and features incredible acrobats, dazzling costumes and is always a family favorite. If you want to book an extra special evening, try the behind the scenes tour, meet and greet with the performers or the VIP Experience. For information and tickets visit the link above.



DATES: November 11, 2023-January 2, 2024

Millions of lights, spectacular entertainment, festive music, and visits from your favorite holiday characters are just some of the things you'll find at Stone Mountain Christmas.

During the day, enjoy fun park attractions like the Singalong Christmas Train (the Scenic Railroad), the Summit Skyride, Jurassic Christmas, and The Polar Express 4D Show.

In the evening, become immersed in the holiday magic. Some of the entertainment you'll see include:

  • Christmas Drone Show. See larger-than-life festive aerial formations professionally choreographed with color-changing lights and synced to favorite holiday music in this 12-minute, must-see show!
  • World's Largest Christmas Light Show. Your favorite holiday songs are brought to life with state-of-the-art projection, new special effects and a fireworks finale.
  • Santa's Big Flight. Don't miss a special appearance from Santa himself as he flies overhead in his sleigh each night during the Enchanted Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony!
  • NEW! North Pole Immersive Walkthrough Experience. NEW THIS YEAR: Check out the North Pole Immersive Walkthrough Experience and meet Aurora, Princess of Light!

Read all about what you can expect: Stone Mountain Christmas: Your Complete Guide to All the Holiday Fun


DATES: December 2 and 3, 2023

Tickets are on sale now for Cookies with Santa at Zoo Atlanta – Santa’s annual stop in the home of more than 1,000 animals worldwide.

Santa will park his sleigh in the Zoo Atlanta Conservation Action Resource Center on Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, 2023. Each ticket holder will receive one printed photograph. Digital copies will be available after the event.

While you’re there, enjoy cookies with Frosty, hot chocolate with Rudolph, holiday crafts with the Elves, and of course, holly jolly photo opportunities for all! Tickets are required for ages 3 and up.

Read More: Where To Find the Best Breakfast, Brunch and Tea with Santa


DATES: November 18-26, 2023 (closed Nov 22-23 for Thanksgiving). 

Held at the Georgia World Congress Center each holiday season, the Georgia Festival of Trees cannot be missed. See the beautifully decorated trees, enjoy live entertainment and children’s games, gift shops, sugar cookie decorating, a Christmas gingerbread competition, and more. You can also schedule an appointment to have your picture taken with Santa!


DATES: November 18, 2023 – January 14, 2024

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite holiday light displays. While plenty of the show’s fan-favorite features will return, guests can expect new twists in 2023, including:

  • A 144-foot-long wintery white skynet by Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics, whose work was featured during 2021’s SUPERnatural exhibition.
  • A larger flock of illuminated metal birds and deer by Cédric Le Borgne in the Anne Cox Chambers Garden.
  • The return of White Rabbit to the Skyline Garden pond, the first glimpse of the Garden’s Alice’s Wonderland mosaiculture exhibition, which returns with new installations in 2024.

Read More: Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights: Brilliant Holiday Fun


DATES: Select dates November 8 - December 31, 2023

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 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 this fun experience at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

I took my kids to see this when they were toddlers, and they just loved it! They still talk about how awesome this show was. 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: Select dates November 22, 2023 - January 15, 2024

Visit Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular at Lake Lanier for a night of nostalgic wintry fun. The Lakeside Lights Spectacular, formerly the Magical Nights of Lights on Lake Lanier Islands, will take you on a magical walk through an amazing lighting extravaganza with festive seasonal music.

Make sure to visit License to Chill Snow Island! They have a 575-foot-long adrenaline-spiking snow tube slide, ice skating, carnival rides, snow play, holiday, and shopping.

Lake Lanier will also have plenty of holiday happenings going on throughout December, including some amazing holiday-inspired accommodation packages. Find out all the details here: Lake Lanier Lights: Lakeside Lights Spectacular Returns


DATES: November 17, 2023 – January 1, 2024

A beloved Christmas tradition shines even brighter at Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA!

This holiday season, discover the brand-new Tree of Traditions, a 40-foot Pixel Pine Tree, lighting up festive winter nights in Callaway Christmas Village. Step out of your car and into a real-life Winter Wonderland of twinkling lights, oversized ornaments and a forest of perfectly decorated trees.

Then climb aboard the Jolly Trolley for a dazzling journey along the classic seven-mile Fantasy In Lights drive-through experience, illuminated with 10 million twinkling lights and 17 dazzling Christmas scenes!

My kids and I attend Fantasy in Lights every year and it's a highlight of the holiday season for us! I guarantee you'll love it.

Read More: Callaway Gardens Lights: Everything You Need to Know about Fantasy in Lights


DATES: November 17, 2023 - January 6, 2024 (Closed Christmas Eve)

Warm your heart during this nighttime, family tradition as you walk through Rock City Gardens' winter wonderland, Enchanted Garden Of Lights.

Located a quick drive from downtown Chattanooga, this magical Christmas lights experience is one of Chattanooga's memorable winter events. Take a stroll down the lighted Grand Corridor in Yule Town, experience the twinkle of icy lights in the Arctic Kingdom, and the Magic Forest comes alive to reveal exciting enchantments!

Read More: Your Guide to Rock City Christmas: Enchanted Garden of Lights


When: Nov. 20, 2023 – Dec. 25, 2023

View 250,000 lights within an 8-block radius at Atlantic Station. This is a wonderful FREE light display, and I love that you can walk around to see them all up close!

Each night during the holiday season, gather around the Tree in Atlantic Green to experience a spectacular celebration that occurs every hour from 5-9pm! Feel the magic of the season with a fun holiday video, along with a light and snow show that is set to a heart-warming holiday video! Did we mention it’s free?

The best part of the Atlantic Station holiday lights (other than the lights and the snow) is there is a TON to do. Visit the ice skate rink, do a little shopping, or enjoy dinner at one of their many restaurants.

Read More: Atlantic Station Ice Skating Tips and Tricks


When: November 24-December 24, 2023

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at LEGO Discovery Center Atlanta during their Holiday Bricktacular event, November 24 – December 24. Enjoy seasonal LEGO build activities, holiday theming throughout the Center and much more.

Holiday activities are included in the price of admission. Pre-booking tickets online is recommended to guarantee admission to this popular event.


  • The Battery - Saturday, November 25 from 5:30-8pm
  • The Avalon - Sunday, November 19 from 2:00-7:30pm
  • The Outlet Shoppes - Saturday November 11 from 3-7pm
  • Mall of Georgia - Saturday, November 18 from 5-9pm
  • Milledgeville - Friday, December 1 from 6-8pm
  • Light Up Dunwoody - Sunday, November 19 from 2-6pm
  • Decatur - Tuesday, November 28 from 5-7pm
  • Duluth - Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 2-7pm
  • Atlantic Station: November 18 from 2-9:30pm
  • The Hamilton Alpharetta Hotel - November 17 from 5-7pm
  • Alpharetta - November 18 from 5-9pm
  • Omni Atlanta Hotel at Centennial Park Tree Lighting Event: Featuring live music, scrumptious concoctions, photo opportunities, and a special surprise from Santa - December 1, 2023


DATES: November 10 - December 26, 2023

North Atlanta Events is delighted to present the Festival of Trees at Town Center at Cobb!  Each tree represents a local nonprofit.  Enjoy beautifully decorated trees and find out how you can get involved and support their mission.

Trees will be displayed in the Belk wing from November 10 – December 26, 2023 during mall hours.  Each tree will have information displayed and flyers to let you know how to support them.


Dates: November 26, 2023 at 3pm; Saturday, December 9, 16; Sunday, December 3, 10, 17; Friday, December 22, 2023 with seatings at 12 and 3pm

Toys and Tea is a family-friendly tea service at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta that provides a magical landscape for children and their families to create lasting holiday memories. Santa himself will make a special appearance, ensuring all Christmas wishes are heard. Children can delight in hot chocolate crafted by their pastry team, a cookie decorating kit, seasonal treats and a keepsake from Mrs. Claus that will be treasured for years to come.

Boys and girls of all ages are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy, which will be donated to support children in Atlanta through a local charity, as Santa and Mrs. Claus prepare for the Christmas festivities. Reservations required.


2023 Christmas Events Near Me: Your Festive Guide to Only the Very Best Atlanta Christmas Events
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Two holiday shows are scheduled at the Fox Theatre and are sure to be iconic.

  • The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a unique and joyful holiday mash-up for the whole family, this is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. DATE: December 3, 2023
  • Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet gather friends and family to re-live your fondest childhood dreams, overflowing with larger-than-life puppets, breath-taking acrobatics, and dazzling costumes. Experience the exquisite artistry of the international cast, featuring stars of Ukraine ballet, performing at the highest level of classical technique. DATE: December 15-16, 2023


DATES: November 5, 2023 - January 21, 2024

Ok, so this one isn't necessarily a show about the holidays, but the Cirque tent has been rising above Atlantic Station and helping Atlantans celebrate the season for many years.

Cirque du Soleil ECHO allows the audience to join in a world of color, inspired by the youth's optimism, the inventive power, and the value of empathy.


DATES: December 8-9, 2023

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!


DATE: December 2-31, 2023

After a bout of the flu overtakes the old house in Paris, Madeline and her friends wonder if they will be able to go home for Christmas this year. A charming musical adaptation of Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic storybook Madeline’s Christmas featuring 24 local girls performing alongside professional actors.


DATES: November 24-December 23, 2023

Gwinnett’s longest-running theatrical holiday tradition returns to the lavish Clyde & Sandra Strickland Grand Stage Theatre at the Lawrenceville Arts Center

Each year this stunning revue is an explosion of Christmas magic brimming with songs and comic sketches in this heartwarming yuletide treat that is sure to delight all ages. This cup of eggnog for the holiday soul will be the highlight of the festive season!  


DATES: December 9-10, 2023

Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in an evening of holiday carols, hymns, and more. 

This timeless tradition begun by Robert Shaw is sure to inspire holiday cheer in listeners of all ages. Additional ensembles and special guests are to be announced.


DATES: December 8-26, 2023

The magical world of The Nutcracker returns to Cobb Energy Centre this December. Atlanta Ballet’s larger-than-life production is a winter wonderland where falling snowflakes, twirling flowers and spinning stars guide Marie and her Nutcracker Prince through a dream-like world of delights – amplified by traditional stage magic and state-of-the-art technology.


DATES: North Pole Fa-La-La-La Follies, Dec. 14-16; Trouble in Toyland, December 20-22, 2023

Roswell's favorite family holiday tradition returns in 2023 with two shows to delight the young and young at heart! Roswell's Winter Puppet Series features two family-friendly shows this year -- Trouble in Toyland and North Pole Fa-La-La-La Follies.

Tickets are required for everyone 2+, and advance purchase is recommended.


Dates: December 13 and 20, 2023

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations. At this special Candlelight Concert, you can discover holiday-inspired music at Guardian Works under the gentle glow of candlelight.

It's a great way to get truly immersed in the holiday experience. Get your Candlelight tickets here.


DATES: December 2-23, 2023

A Christmas Carol at Shakespeare Tavern has been a holiday tradition for over 20 years. Witness storytelling comes 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: Select days December 15-23, 2023

A Christmas Tradition will return to The Strand stage 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. 


DATE: December 2, 2023

Another cool event at the Strand Theatre is the Strand Ole Opry: Country Christmas. Enjoy your favorite Christmas hits with an extra dose of banjo and fiddle!

Following in the footsteps of great southern tradition, Opry's back porch style sing features a live band, local singers, and storytelling. 


2023 Christmas Events Near Me: Your Festive Guide to Only the Very Best Atlanta Christmas Events
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DATES: November 15 - December 31, 2023

Trek over land, sea and air to hear the jingle of the jungle at Enchanted Safari produced by World of Illumination at Six Flags White Water in Marietta.

A host of exotic animals will be there to great you from peacocks to piranhas. Soar among the clouds as you fly with reindeer then outrun a T-Rex whizzing past a land lost in time. Come face to face with the King of the Jungle and beware of the Tunnel of Tentacles where you'll fend off sharks and jellyfish trying to steal your holiday spirit. Your journey ends at Santa's Bazaar, where all your new animal friends will be decking the halls! Be sure to buckle up- it's a jungle out there.

Who knows, you may even catch Santa and his elves making your present this year…if you’ve been nice!

Read More: World of Illumination: World's Largest Drive-Through Animated Light Show Is Back in 2023


Dates: November 17 - December 31, 2023

Get in the holiday spirit with a trip through the Glow Light Show & Festival at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

The Glow Light Show is drive-through adventure that takes you through a wonderland of synchronized light displays with fun archways and illuminated installations that guests of all ages will love. We had a chance to drive through this new display last year to see it for ourselves -- and it’s amazing! You’ll definitely want to add a visit here to your holiday bucket list. You'll see over one million LED lights from the comfort of your own car. The Glow Light Show will take place 7 days a week from 6pm-10pm. Tickets for this adventure are per car.

Additionally, this year they're offering Jolly Trolley tickets! Take a ride in the trolley and enjoy hot chocolate and a holiday glow stick. Jolly Trolley tickets are offered Thursdays-Sundays from 5:30pm-10pm and are per person.

NEW IN 2023! A new holiday festival will be available Thursdays-Sundays from 5:30pm-10pm. At the festival, you'll find food, rides, and activities. Admission to the festival is FREE. You'll find food and beverage vendors, photo installations, games, and fun rides for the kids.


If you're looking for great ways to get into the holiday spirit, a trip to Lenox Square might just be the answer. With everything from Photos with Santa to a Hot Chocolate Crawl, there's plenty to do at Lenox this holiday season.

  • Atlanta Ballet 2 Performance. Watch a special complimentary 30-minute performance of Atlanta Ballet 2 including excerpts from The Nutcracker – Mall Level. Date: Nov. 26, 2023 at 6pm
  • Story Time with Santa. Families can enjoy refreshments and children can jumpstart their holiday season with Santa reading holiday classics for kids. Date: Nov. 26, 2023 from 12-1pm
  • Live Reindeer with Santa’s Sleigh - Photo Opportunity. Snap a photo with Santa’s sleigh and two of his reindeer outside Lenox Square’s main entrance. Date: Nov. 26, 2023 from 1-3pm
  • Hot Chocolate Crawl. Fuel your shopping fun and join Lenox for Livable Buckhead’s free annual Hot Chocolate Crawl. The event kicks-off outside Lenox Square’s main entrance. Attendees can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and appetizers, a free memento and live music. Date: Dec. 9, 2023 from 5:30 to 8:30pm
  • Pet Photos with Santa. This event allows visitors to take photos with their beloved pets and Santa. Date: Dec. 10, 2023 from 6pm - 7:30pm
  • Caring Santa. Caring Santa events provide a private Santa visit and photo opportunity for children and adults with special needs – with their families. Date: Dec. 3 from 9am - 10:30am


Date: Saturday, November 25, 2023 from 2-7pm

Town at Trilith in Fayetteville is excited to announce the "Light Up Trilith" event, set to take place on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. This enchanting winter wonderland celebration promises a festive atmosphere filled with entertainment and activities for all ages.

  • Tree Lighting: Witness the illumination of a magnificent holiday tree to kick off the season.
  • Campfire S'mores: Savor the warmth and deliciousness of campfire s'mores. (Free while supplies last, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Hot Chocolate and Food Trucks: Delight in a variety of culinary delights from food trucks including Kettleworks, Little Miss Juicy, Lisa Creperie, and more.
  • Photo Op VW Bus: Capture memorable moments with a Christmas-themed VW bus.
  • Workshops: Register in advance for gingerbread and holiday ornament workshops.
  • Holiday Jazz Concert: Delight in the soulful sounds of the "Joe Gransden Big Band" (5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.) with a special performance by Orquesta MaCuba (3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.).
  • Curated Holiday Marketplace: Discover unique holiday gifts and crafts hosted by Southern Woman magazine.
  • Pet Pictures with Santa: Bring your pet for pictures with Santa from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Trilith’s own Pet Wants store.
  • Kids Zone: Children will be entertained with complimentary activities from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. including bouncy houses, balloon artists, a reindeer food-making station, face painters, watercolor Christmas card-making station, and more.
  • Pictures with Santa: Create cherished memories with Santa Claus (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Christmas Train Rides: Experience the magic of our Christmas train (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.)


Dates: Saturdays from November 25 to December 16, 2023

The Wren’s Nest, the historic home of author Joel Chandler Harris located in Atlanta’s West End, will host Home for the Holidays tours on Saturdays from November 25 to December 16. The museum’s iconic front porch and interior rooms will be adorned with decorations designed and installed by Old World Christmas Master Decorator Sarah Dyne to create a period-inspired and photo-worthy holiday experience. 

During guided tours, visitors will step back in time and discover how Atlanta’s oldest house museum, built over a century ago, transformed over the years to become the special place that the Harris family called home from 1881 to 1908. A family-friendly storytelling performance featuring tales that celebrate this season of light, joy, and generosity will take place each Saturday at 1:00. Guests can also enjoy museum store shopping and complimentary cookies and cocoa. 


Dates: Select dates November 18 - December 31, 2023

This year, the Christmas season will be even more exciting, as Georgia theme park, Wild Adventures, is debuting its all-new holidays attraction: Wild Adventures Christmas Wild & Bright. 

Promising fun for adults and kids alike, new features include an immersive experience based on the world of the beloved TV classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, roasted s’mores by an open fire shared with gingerbread men, hot chocolate and Christmas stories with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and a breathtaking musical Christmas light show. Additional activities include Foam Snowstorm Parties in Santa’s Outpost, Brunch with Santa and delightful character experiences with reindeer.


DATES: November 10, 2023 - January 2, 2024

The Winter Lantern Festival is making its Georgia debut in 2023 following three consecutive years of sell-out runs in New York City and Washington D.C. The Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville will be transformed into a spectacular world of light featuring more than 1,000 handmade Chinese lanterns and lights creating an unforgettable experience for all.

Spread across 6 acres, guests will enter and wander through a wonderland of light inspired by Chinese myths, legends, and zodiacs. Handmade lanterns of hand painted silk cloth draped over a frame filled with LED lights will mesmerize guests of all ages as the Fairgrounds transform into a radiant oasis.

Attendees will traverse through dazzling displays of colorful, festive lights and lanterns, including an animal kingdom, a sea world, and a theme park. Majestic creatures, including mammoths, polar bears, penguins, and a 50-foot-tall lantern display of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, will shine in the night as guests journey through the Festival. Visitors will also be able to ride illuminated swings and seesaws, creating fun photo moments for friends and family, as well as enjoy refreshments on site. 

The visit will take approximately 1-2 hours. All ages are welcome.


Dates: Now through Dec. 9, 2023

Immerse yourself in a Christmas conundrum! Saving Christmas in Atlanta is a holiday-themed escape room mystery where you'll become Santa's last hope at bringing Christmas cheer this year. Test your problem-solving skills in this intense mystery where you'll only have 60 minutes to find the answer. Work alongside your team to try and save the holidays.

This holiday-themed escape room will be held at Time to Escape: The Escape Room Experience in Atlanta and all ages are welcome. Get your Saving Christmas Escape Room tickets here.


DATES: December 8-9, 2023

Virginia Highland’s Winterfest is back in 2023!

Virginia Highland Winterfest will begin 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 one of the biggest in-town holiday markets. 


DATES: November 17, 2023 - January 2, 2024

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 a Snowland Package at Great Wolf Lodge! Only available from Nov. 17, 2023 - January 2, 2024, choose from the regular package or the family package. Starting at $39.99, the package includes everything from ear muffs and blankets to cookie decorating sets and gingerbread houses!

Read More: Great Wolf Lodge, GA: We Answer Your Top 30 Most-Asked Questions


DATE: December 9 and 10, 2023

Wear your favorite PJs and join Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville for a PAJAMA PARTY and their Festival of Trains! Enjoy family activities, photo ops, model train layouts, holiday make and take activities, a visit with Santa and the Grinch, and complimentary cupcakes.

Door prizes will be randomly given out at check-in throughout the day. Included with regular admission.

Read More: Tellus Museum: 25 Fascinating Things You Don’t Want Your Kids To Miss


DATES: December 2-3, 2023

Indulge in the seasonal spirit at Oakland Cemetery! Holiday Spirit, a unique seasonal open house, will feature holiday activities for the whole family! And it's free!

Enjoy photos with Santa, decorated mausoleums, live holiday music, a wreath sale, a holiday gift market, a pop-up shop, photo ops, a family craft area, and snacks and hot drinks for purchase.

No tickets are required for this FREE event.

Read More: 6+ Sensational Reasons to Visit Oakland Cemetery Before You Die


DATES: November 10, 2023 - January 1, 2024

Beginning November 10, 2023, take in the sights and sounds of Holidays at Georgia Aquarium in their completely transformed atrium with festive music, winter inspired projections, and their 40-foot live tree.

They're bringing back some of your holiday favorites, including photos with Santa, daily lighting of the tree and holiday-themed dolphin presentations.

Read More: 7 Exciting Ways to Celebrate Christmas at Georgia Aquarium


DATES: (See below)

Join the Children's Museum of Atlanta throughout December as they explore several holidays, and be sure to bring your favorite pairs of fuzzy socks to skating in Sockefeller Plaza!

Explore the winter season with cool science, art, design, and stage programming. It's sure to be "snow" and much fun!

You'll love the celebrations of Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas, and Kwanzaa throughout the month!

2023 DATES:
Celebrate Winter Solstice: December 4, 2023
Celebrate Christmas: December 10 & 20, 2023
Celebrate Hanukkah: December 11, 2023
Celebrate Las Posadas: December 17, 2023
Celebrate Kwanzaa: December 28, 2023


DATE: December 2, 2023, 9am-4pm

Visitors will enjoy shopping for holiday gifts and products for everyone on your list at the Alpharetta Christmas Market at the Innovation Academy on Milton Ave.

Enjoy a variety of crafts, food, decor, jewelry, and more!

Read More: Your Comprehensive Atlanta Christmas Market Guide


DATES: December 5-9, 2023

Each holiday season, Serenbe celebrates by hosting the Holiday Market. This year, December 5-9, enjoy a day in the community, where you can find something truly unique for your family, friends and even yourself. They’ll have workshops, seasonal activities, a food truck, warm beverages and more while you shop the Holiday Market’s local artisans and makers during the season of giving.  

Special Events

  • Thursday 5-8pm: Sip & Shop: DJ, Food Truck, Cocktails
  • Friday 5-8pm: Food Truck, Music + Carolers
  • Saturday 4pm: Holiday Bubbles Tasting at the General Store

The holiday market hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am-6pm; Thursday and Friday 11am-8pm; and Saturday from 10am-4pm. The market will be held at Gainey Hall at Serenbe, 10640 Serenbe Lanes, Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268.


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.

Don't miss these at Buckhead Village:

  • German Christkindl Market. This holiday market will be located on the corner of East Paces Ferry and Peachtree Road and feature over 50 vendors offering food and beverage treats and items to shop, plus live music and entertainment on the weekends. DATES: November 24-December 24, 2023
  • Fire Pits: Buckhead Village will invite guests to stop by and cozy up beside complimentary fire pits next to The Veranda all season long. There will also be s’mores served during the Holidays in Technicolor events each Saturday. DATES: All season long.


DATES: December 9 (adults) and December 10, 2023 (kids), 1-4pm

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 hosts various FREE events to get you and your family in the holiday spirit.

During the Holiday Weekend Celebration at The Point, enjoy the hot cocoa or apple cider bar, wreath making, cookie decorating, crafts, letters to Santa, dreidel crafting, cocktails, and even an appearance from Santa on Sunday from 1-2:30pm.


Ponce City Market will celebrate the most wonderful time of year with merry happenings for everyone. The lineup will include a Winter Solstice Celebration featuring Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir & Callanwolde School of Dance, Misfit DIY Wrapping Co., Saturdays with Santa Activations, Festive Pop-Ups, The Roof’s Skate the Sky, Igloos & Noon Year’s Eve Party, and more.

  • Igloos on the Roof. Cozy up this holiday season in private, six-person igloos on Ponce City Market’s Roof, located alongside the ice-skating rink and at 9 Mile Station! Skate the Sky’s rink-side igloos will be available for all ages and 21+ parties (based on time and day). Dates: Opening Friday, Nov. 24, 2023
  • Skate the Sky. Back for a seventh year, The Roof at Ponce City Market invites guests to “Skate the Sky.” Ten stories above Ponce de Leon Avenue, the Rooftop Terrace will feature a 3,500-square-foot ice skating rink open seven days a week. Dates: Nov. 24, 2023 - Jan. 7, 2024
  • Winter Solstice Celebration. In celebration of the Winter Solstice on December 21, Ponce City Market will host a festive evening with a dance performance from Callanwolde School of Dance’s Pro Prime Movers, under the direction of Jerylann Warner, with music from the Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir & Band, under the direction of Dr. Patrice E. Turner. The performances will be located on the second floor of the Central Food Hall. Date: Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023
  • Fireside Roasting & Toasting Pods On The Yard. 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 complimentary marshmallows for toasting at fireside pods accommodating groups of up to four, plus magical falling snow and lawn games. Tickets will be available here. DATES: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays Nov. 24-Dec. 22, Noon-4pm
  • Selfie Saturdays with Santa. Dash over to The Yard at Ponce City Market for a selfie with the jolly man in the red suit! Guests are invited to bring their own cameras to snap a photo with Santa. If the weather is frightful, Santa will be spreading holiday cheer on the second floor of the Central Food Hall next to The Village Retail and Bar Vegan. DATES: Saturdays, Dec. 2-16, Noon-3pm


DATE: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 7pm

Join the Atlanta History Center in Veteran’s Park for a special tree lighting ceremony with their new 50 ft. Christmas tree followed by music, children’s activities, a cash bar, pictures with Santa, and more in the museum.


DATE: December 10, 2023, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Create magical memories with family and get into the holiday spirit at Chattahoochee Nature Center’s most popular Family Fun Day, Enchanted Woodland Wonders!

This family favorite is bound to delight with live reindeer, seasonal festivities, partner booths, crafts, lawn games, and more.

Read More: Chattahoochee Nature Center: 20+ Reasons Why You're Going to Love It


DATES: November 18, 2023 - January 7, 2024

Enjoy a season of celebrations during Fernbank’s annual Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World. This holiday-inspired exhibit features trees and other displays decorated by local cultural partners that recognize celebrations including Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as traditions and practices like indigenous art and national symbols, located on Entry and Upper Levels.

Winter Wonderland is included in the price of admission. Members are free. Winter Wonderland is also available after-hours with WildWoods: AGLOW tickets.

Read More: Why Fernbank Museum is the Best Museum in Atlanta for Kids


DATES: Select nights Nov. 10, 2023 - Feb. 25, 2024

While you're visiting Fernbank during their Winter Wonderland events, make plans to see their all-new, limited-run nighttime experience -- WildWoods: AGLOW.

Transformative illuminations, large-scale projections and original music compositions beckon guests into a nighttime wonderland of biodiversity. Inspired by native flora and fauna – and unlike anything else in Atlanta – this multi-sensory experience reveals the wonder of nature through a range of glowing, interactive and panoramic scenes across five distinct zones.

 WildWoods: AGLOW now includes admission to the Giant Screen Theater, showing Fungi: Web of Life, and more museum discoveries, such as special exhibits!


DATE: December 2, 2023 from 5-9pm (Members Only)

It’s the season to spend quality time with family and friends at the High Museum of Art! Join in for a jolly evening of art making, live music, festive gallery tours, and more! Members of all ages are welcome. 

From 5 to 7 p.m., enjoy family-friendly activities including art making, festive in-gallery activities, and sweet treats. From 7:30 to 9 p.m., enjoy music, seasonal cocktails, and winter merriment inspired by their collection and special exhibitions.  

Capacity is limited and preregistration is required.

Read More: 11 Reasons Why a High Museum Membership is a Great Value


DATES: December 5-30, 2023 from 10am - 5pm

This December, the Callaway family home in LaGrange, GA, known as the Hills and Dales Estate, will be decorated for Christmas both inside and out, using fresh plants and greenery complete with a grand vintage style, tinsel-laden Christmas tree.

Those who tour the house will enjoy the fragrance of real Fraser fir decorations and the sound of classic Christmas melodies like I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. Specialty tour prices apply.

Read More: Fantastic Things To Do in LaGrange GA that Your Family Will Adore


  • Hapeville for the Holidays: Tuesday, November 21, 2023, Hapeville will host a family-friendly holiday extravaganza in Jesse Lucas Y-Teen Park. Starting at 5:30pm, guests of all ages can zip down the snow slides, play themed games and visit Santa Claus. Locals and visitors can cozy up and sip hot chocolate while watching the countdown at 7:15 p.m. for the tree lighting.
  • Light Up the City: Monday, November 27, 2023, the City of College Park Recreation and Cultural Arts and the College Park Main Street Association will illuminate the streets to bring in the holiday season. In the holiday spirit, locals have pre-ordered and decorated the trees being presented in the Tinsel Trail scattered from the front lawns of the Jack P. Longino City Hall to the city auditorium. Time: 6-8pm.


  • Winter Wonderlights. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia will be transformed into an array of twinkling lights and light displays for the third annual Winter Wonderlights. The winter light show follows a half-mile fully accessible trail through a Winter Wondercave, along Jingle Bell Lane, into the Northern Lights and through a Cone Tree Forest, among other dazzling features. Along the way, visitors can roast marshmallows for s’mores over an open fire and enjoy rich hot chocolate or other refreshments. DATES: Select nights November 22, 2023 - December 30, 2024
  • Athens on Ice. Public ice skating will be back in Athens beginning Dec. 2, 2023! Located at the Foundry Pavilion at The Classic Center, bring the whole family and enjoy ice skating in the south. Skate sessions are 75 minutes of fun at only $15 per ticket. All tickets include skate rental for the session. Dates: Begins Dec. 2, 2023
  • Downtown Athens Parade of Lights. This fun holiday parade will take place at 7pm on Dec. 7, 2023, in Downtown Athens to start off the holiday season. Spectators will line the streets and watch homemade floats as drive through the streets. These uniquely creative floats will be competing for various awards including “Most Original Float,” “Best Use of Theme,” and the ultimate prize for the best overall float, the “Mayor’s Award.” We love this parade! Date: Dec. 7, 2023 at 7pm
  • Holiday Markets. The holiday markets in Athens, Georgia are a favorite for locals and visitors every year. Each unique one hosts multiple vendors’ and artists’ works, creating the perfect opportunity for everyone, including kids, to find a special gift for everyone on their list. At each market, visitors can participate in the spirit of giving and enjoy the festive atmosphere all while supporting the local community. Dates: Various


DATES: Select days from Nov. 25-Dec. 10, 2023

Callanwolde Winter House is a 9-day event where families can enjoy a welcoming, art-filled holiday experience that reflects their 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, Santa, live music, activities, and workshops for all. Admission is free.

Ticketed performances during Winter House are held in the beautiful indoor Courtyard of the Mansion. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks are available for sale before and during each performance.


DATES: Select days November 11- December 22, 2023

Take a step back in time and discover holiday traditions passed down from Milledgeville'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 and open for tours November 11- 21 and November 28 - December 22, 2023.

Join an evening tour of the Mansion with candles lit and choirs singing in the rotunda. Candlelight tours are at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. on December 2nd and 16th, 2023. Normal admission rates apply and reservations are required for the candlelight tours.

Read More: 17+ Undeniable Reasons Your Family Should Visit Blissful Milledgeville, Ga


DATES: Select dates November 18, 2023 - January 3, 2024

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia is an exciting way to get into the holidays! ‘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!

Read More: Six Flags Over Georgia: Beat the Lines, Discounts, and More Tips


DATE: November 19, 2023 from 2-7:30pm

The Lighting of Avalon in Alpharetta is a celebration for the season you won’t want to miss! Get in the holiday spirit with festive music and free activities for the whole family. From the annual opening of Avalon on Ice to the magnificent tree lighting and an appearance from Jolly Old Saint Nick himself, something is exciting for all to enjoy.


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 DATE: Cocktails and Candy Canes: December 8, 2023

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.

Cocktails and Candy Canes will be held December 8, 2023. Bring your holiday cheer for a night of festive fun featuring after-hour access to Fernbank’s exhibits, the captivating lights of WildWoods: AGLOW, holiday-themed activities, music and more! 

Music provided by Lola Cole Music. Lola Cole is considered to be a hybrid artist; singing and writing with a conscious/Activist mindset from a spiritual viewpoint. She combines her Mississippi Blues roots with her Native Georgia Soul to give voice to Freedom.

Read More: Fernbank After Dark: A Fun & Unique Way to "Date Night" Museum-Style


DATE: December 16, 2023

Hosted by DJ Xperience, Hampton + Hudson’s SIPPIN with Santa night will feature favorite Atlanta hits mixed in with holiday favorites all night for a holiday-themed DJ set. Alongside the festive beats, guests can enjoy the Saucy Santa beverage special: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire and Bailey’s shots for $8.


DATES: November 24, December 8 and 15, 2023, from 2-4pm

How about a Hot Chocolate Pop-Up? Guests at Brassica at Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead can stop by for a seasonal specialty such as the Waldorf Astoria Hot Chocolate, with recommended additions of Peppermint Schnapps, Aged Rum or Rye Whiskey, and the Spiced Gingerbread Eggnog featuring Brown Butter Bourbon and Ginger Spiced Syrup to sip on during this magical time of year. Light fare like Chocolate Hazelnut Tarts, Vanilla Puffs, Cinnamon Madeline and more will be available alongside these drinks.

Feeling extra festive? Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite over-the-top holiday sweater for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the hotel’s fabulous Black-Tie New Year’s Eve Gala. 


DATES: December 1, 2023 at 3pm; December 8 and 15, 2023 at Noon and 3pm

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 paired with classic afternoon offerings including Egg Salad Sandwiches and Tea Pastries with homemade Warm Scones. Indulge your ‘Naughty' side by adding a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, and strawberries marinated in Grand Marnier and whipped cream. Reservations required.


DATES: Various

'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 17+ Festive Christmas Bars Atlanta Loves to Imbibe In for Holiday 'Spirit' in 2023!


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DATES: November 24-December 24, 2023

Climb on board the Holiday 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, Blue Ridge is a Southern mountain town that will charm guests as they chug along to lasting Christmas memories.

Join the BRSR for a festive 1-hour or 4-hour train ride, where you will get to listen to holiday music and “The Night Before Christmas” story. Children will receive a Blue Ridge Scenic Railway jingle bell, candy cane, activity packet, and a chance to see Santa Claus! You can also enjoy delicious hot chocolate and other snacks available for purchase inside the concession car.

Read More: 23 Spectacular Christmas Train Rides in Georgia & the Southeast


DATES: December 1, 2, and 7, 2023

Enjoy the popular Candy Cane Express train ride excursion on the SAM Shortline Train in middle Georgia with a layover in Plains. The town will be dressed in its Christmas wrapping and ready for your visit.

Free candy canes for every passenger. Santa will be aboard for the ride!


DATES: November 18, 2023 – January 14, 2024

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.


DATES: Select days Nov. 11, 2023 - Jan. 2, 2024

For me, the highlight of the Stone Mountain Park Christmas annual holiday 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.


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DATES: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 24 until December 24, 2023

At A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville, you can tour their 10-acre event field and see displays set 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, with $5 parking.


DATE: December 9 and 16, 2023 from 4-8pm

Join guests at Victoria Bryant State Park in Royston for an afternoon full of Christmas cheer! Bring the little ones out to see Santa and have their picture taken, along with a fun Christmas craft, sweet treats and hot chocolate, Christmas lights, campsite decorating contest, campfire, a Christmas movie and a caroling hayride around the park! 

Admission $2, parking $5.


DATES: Fridays & Saturdays from December 1-16, 2023, 4-7pm

Step back in time to Christmas of 1877! Come see the Mansion at West End decked in gorgeous period holiday decor, and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from reenactors in period dress. This open house on Friday and Saturday nights in December is highlighted by twinkling candle lights, live music, smores around the campfire and more!

Pre-registration required. Tickets available here.


DATE: Dec. 16, 2023, 10am-3pm

Visit Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site in Dallas, GA, for Holidays on the 1860s Home Front.

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 crafts, games, and decorating activities for all to enjoy. Of course, Santa will be there too!


Date: December 9, 2023 from 3-5pm

Enjoy the holidays on top of Black Rock Mountain State Park with live music, holiday nature crafts, a visit from Santa, and hayrides. Activities will take place in the campground and Mellinger Center. $5 parking.


Date: December 9, 2023 from 10-11:30am

Join the naturalist at Smithgall Woods State park on a Festive Hike up Laurel Ridge Trail. Learn about the origins of our favorite Christmas traditions and how they're still practiced and celebrated today. The hike is a moderate 1.6 miles. Bring your water, and dress for the weather. $5 parking.


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2023 Christmas Events Near Me: Your Festive Guide to Only the Very Best Atlanta Christmas Events