Christmas shows and events around Atlanta to waken your holiday spirit

Enjoying a magical holiday season is as easy as pointing the car in the right direction–so long as you know where you're headed. Living in Atlanta, the options are wide-ranging at holiday time. If you have a young family and want to share the magic of the season with your wee-ones, a visit to the tree lightings at both Decatur Square and Lenox Square are worth the waiting in line. Watch their eyes sparkle with excitement at the site of Rudolph at Center for Puppetry Arts or ride the Singalong Train at Stone Mountain Christmas.

If you don't mind an hour-and-a-half drive, your entire family (or just you and a date) can bask in the mesmerizing light display at Callaway Gardens. More than 8 million lights are draped across the lawns of these majestic gardens. Besides taking in the scene, you can enjoy shopping in the destination's Christmas Village and getting photos with Santa, too.

Two of Atlanta's newest holiday attractions are Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia and The Snow Queen at Serenbe Playhouse. While these both offer outdoor fun, indoor entertainment can be found throughout the city. It's tough to beat Alliance Theatre's A Christmas Carol and Atlanta Ballet's The Nutcracker for classic Christmas shows.



The lush acreage at Midtown's Atlanta Botanical Garden takes on a magical quality come winter time courtesy of the annual Garden Lights Holiday Nights. Pack up the kids or just bring your beloved, and explore the grounds draped millions lights....  Read More

The Snow Queen at Serenbe Playhouse
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The Snow Queen transforms the Hans Christian Anderson tale that inspired Disney's Frozen into a riveting performance of ethereal beauty. Returning for the second year, last year's extended performance debut sold out and is expected to sell out...  Read More

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags
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Holiday in the Park is celebrating its second year in Georgia with festive shows, a million lights and delicious food that will usher in the holiday spirit for the whole family. Select rides are open during the winter season including Batman:...  Read More



Santa at Phipps has been an Atlanta celebration for over 25 years. Don't expect to jump in line on a regular visit to Phipps Plaza. Because if its high regard and generational appeal, you'll have to plan ahead. Sign up for an appointment token...  Read More



Witness storytelling come to life in a special adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens' play about Scrooge, the three ghosts he meets and a little boy named Tiny Tim. Shakespeare Tavern is a hidden gem in the sphere of Atlanta performing arts,...  Read More



The renowned Southern destination at Callaway Gardens is a sight to behold all year long with its brilliant blooms and breathtaking property. But, come holiday time, the light display is beyond compare. An hour and a half south of Atlanta, the...  Read More



Rudolph at the Center for Puppetry Arts is one of the most anticipated events of the Christmas season. Each of the puppets take over six months to make, and they look identical to the Jon Ludwig/Tim Sweeney characters from the beloved TV...  Read More



There's an ageless appeal to The Nutcracker, and Atlanta Ballet's rendition of the winter classic does not disappoint. Set to Tchaikovsky's magical music, as performed live by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, the ballet centers around a little girl...  Read More



Every year, Atlanta's eastern landmark transforms into a snowy scene for Stone Mountain Christmas. Families come together for memory-making moments as the park is draped with two million lights and plays host to a range of holiday productions....  Read More



Celebrate the beloved Dickens classic and the all-Atlanta cast you've come to treasure. On Christmas Eve, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts- the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, who help him see his life more...  Read More


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