A Guide to Atlanta’s Merriest Holiday Events

With Christmas tree lightings, Hanukkah celebrations, Kwanzaa traditions, holiday parades, classic musical productions and fun ways to give back, it’s quite a fun month in Atlanta, and you won’t want to miss a single thing. Here’s your ultimate guide to enjoying the holiday season in the city!

ATLANTA’S BALLET’S NUTCRACKER | Dec. 11-27

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker is an iconic Atlanta holiday tradition, and this year is the 20th anniversary at the Fox Theatre. Dance the night away in celebration with the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tickets start as low as $20.

Get tickets here: http://www.atlantaballet.com/tickets-performances/nutcracker

HANUKKAH ON THE LINE | Dec. 6

Grab your flashlight, or better yet, some glow sticks and meet at the Irwin Street entrance to the Atlanta Beltline near the Krog Street Market for a fun moving Hanukkah celebration walking on the Eastside Trail. And the best part, it’s free!

More information here: congregationbethaverim.org

JINGLE BALL | PHILIPS ARENA | Dec. 17

Ring in the holidays with artists like Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, and more.

Visit the event website here: http://www.power961.com/main.html

 UGLY SWEATER RUN | Dec. 19

Scour your closet to its deepest crevasse, pull out the tackiest holiday sweater you can muster and join thousands at Piedmont Park for the Ugly Sweater Run. It’s only a 5k and it benefits Save the Children, you can totes handle it. Plus, good ol’ fashioned hot chocolate will be stationed on course for refreshment.

You can register here: http://theuglysweaterrun.com/locations/atlanta-georgia/

 HOLIDAY FUN AT THE WORLD OF COCA-COLA | Now – Jan. 3

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and you can experience fun holiday festivities at the World of Coca-Cola. Snap a holiday photo with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, savor the season with special beverages such as Gingerbread Coke and Chocolate Cherry Coke, and view timeless artifacts in the holiday exhibit, A Coca-Cola Christmas Celebration.

More information here: http://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/explore/holiday-festivities/

 GARDEN LIGHTS | ATLANTA BOTANTICAL GARDEN | Nov. 14 – Jan. 9

Atlanta’s Garden Lights is an annual electrical extravaganza featuring spectacular light displays at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Explore favorite features like Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest and Model Trains. Don’t miss this must-see holiday tradition.

Get tickets here: http://atlantabg.org/events-classes/events/garden-lights

 FESTIVAL OF THE SEASON | GEORGIA AQUARIUM | Nov. 21 – Dec. 25

Join the Georgia Aquarium in celebrating the holidays with a spectacular light and music show, appearances by Santa and SCUBA Claus and a new ocean-themed 3D projection mapping video.

More information here: http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/experience/explore/events/festival-of-the-season/

HOLIDAY IN THE PARK | SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA | Nov. 21 – Jan. 3

Tis’ the season to be jolly with thrilling rides, heartwarming shows, a million dazzling lights and of course, Santa! See the park transformed into a winter wonderland at Holiday in the Park, select days through Jan. 3rd.

More information here: https://holiday.sixflags.com/overgeorgia

CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK’S ICE SKATING RINK | Nov. 21 – Jan. 10

Back again, the Centennial Olympic Park’s Ice Skating Rink is great for family, friends or even first dates! (You may just slip into one another’s arms; wink, wink!)

More information here: http://www.centennialpark.com/index.php/plan-your-visit/event-calendar/winter-events/ice-rink

HOME ALONE WITH THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY HALL | Jan. 2-3

Join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a holiday film favorite, Home Alone, as they screen the film and perform the score live.

Get tickets here: https://www.atlantasymphony.org/ConcertsAndTickets/Calendar/2015-2016/Home-Alone

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