An Insiders Guide to the CHOA Christmas Parade In Atlanta

The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade is one of our holiday traditions. We’ve been going with the Borden family since our kids were in strollers. Sometimes other folks join us, but sometimes, it’s just us. My friend Lisa and I have decided no matter what, we’re going. We may change our location a bit – opting for a hotel balcony with a mimosa instead of the street curb with a thermos full of hot chocolate and a gaggle of kids. But until then, we’ll pack the hand warmers, fill the thermos full of hot chocolate, grab the seat cushions and head out with whatever child is available.


The Christmas Parade Route

The Parade route goes through Midtown Atlanta. We usually set up in front of the High Museum of Art. It’s at the very beginning of the parade route. If you want to be sure to hear the bands, walk south on Peachtree a bit from the High, sometimes it takes them a little bit to get going. If you have other suggestions on the best viewing locations for the parade, please leave them in the comments section. Here’s a copy of the parade route.

Parking at the Christmas Parade

december-2010-xmas-parade-051Everyone always asks about parking. My suggestion would be to take MARTA to the Midtown or Arts Center station. Kids love riding the train and you’ll come out right near the parade route. If you’d rather drive, the Colony Square parking deck on 14th, the Campanile parking deck on Juniper, the Proscenium parking deck on Crescent and the Promenade II parking deck on 15th will be open. If you want to find street parking or rates for the decks, here’s a nifty site I found that has all the parking in Midtown. I can’t vouch for it’s accuracy, but it’s a good place to start.

If you can’t make the parade, or don’t want to fight the crowds, you can watch it on WSB-TV. They will be broadcasting live at 10:30 am.

What: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade
Where: Midtown Atlanta
When: Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 | 10:30 to 12 noon
Cost: Free, bleacher seats available for purchase

Additional ways to enjoy the 2017 CHOA Christmas Parade

Breakfast with Santa @ Four Seasons Atlanta Hotel

Enjoy breakfast with Santa at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of the CHOA parade! Guests are served a buffet breakfast, enjoy special Christmas crafts and a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus before they board their sleigh to ride down Peachtree Street. Breakfast with Santa guests will also receive bleacher tickets with their purchase. Bleacher tickets for the Breakfast with Santa event are located on Peachtree Street in the WSB TV zone between 11th and 12th Streets. Tickets are available for purchase at

The Smiles of the Season Breakfast with Santa.

Breakfast takes place at Colony Square at 8:30 a.m. on parade morning. Guests are served a buffet breakfast, enjoy special Christmas crafts and visits from characters. Characters include princesses, Christmas characters and more, as well as a special presentation from the Center for Puppetry Arts. The Smiles of the Season breakfast guests will also receive bleacher tickets to the CHOA Parade with their purchase. Bleacher tickets for the Smiles of the Season Breakfast event are located on Peachtree Street at 14th Street in front of Colony Square. The Smiles of the Season Breakfast does not include a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus. Tickets are available for purchase at



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Oh yeah, and we always go for the kids. The kids just love it. Yeah, it’s about the kids…

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The CHOA Christmas Parade is a holiday tradition in Atlanta, Georgia. This insider's guide will tell you everything you need to know about attending the event from a local's perspective. So whether you're home for the holidays or in town visiting, you're sure to have an enjoyable and memorable experience with your family. The music, trees, lights, and winter theme is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Your kids of all ages will enjoy it. Give them the gift of experience! #Christmas #events #Atlanta #Georgia #Kids #holidays #family #lights

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7 Comments on "An Insiders Guide to the CHOA Christmas Parade In Atlanta"

  1. Are we allowed to bring chairs for sitting along the CHOA parade route?

    • Lesli Peterson | 12/02/2016 at 12:26 pm | Reply

      yes – but get there early to be close enough to see the parade while sitting down…

  2. Margaret Weatherly | 09/18/2017 at 8:15 pm | Reply

    Where. Can I get bleacher tickets for the Christmas parade?

  3. Can we purchase breakfast with Santa tickets at one of these two breakfast without buying the bleachers seats?

  4. Hi! First-time to bring the grandkids to the parade. We are coming from Rome and have tickets to smiles of the season. I wonder what time you recommend getting there. I read streets will close for the parade.
    Recommendations on a clean hotel?
    Thank you!

  5. Fist year we will be attending, about what time should we arrive to have good viewing for 2 two year olds?

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