Itching to break out your favorite fabulously tacky holiday sweater? This weekend is your chance to show it off at the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl in East Atlanta! Hop from bar to bar and enjoy exclusive pub crawl drink specials. Don't miss a chance to memorialize your sweet look in the holiday photo booth, and warm up your vocal chords for caroling along the crawl. Yes, there is a prize for ugliest sweater - plus another contest for most creative!
Participation is $20, or $10 if you bring an unwrapped toy to donate (collected at will call). Bars in the pub crawl include Glenwood Pub, Graveyard Tavern, The Earl, 529 and Midway Pub.
Spend this weekend strolling through one of Atlanta's most picturesque neighborhoods, Grant Park, while it's all decked out for the holidays. The neighborhood is hosting their 33rd annual Candlelight Tour, which includes more than 10 beautiful historic homes for you to explore inside and out.
Along with the tour of homes, the neighborhood will be hosting the following holiday activities:
- Winter Wonderland--Activities, Crafts, And Visits With Santa - Saturday 5-7 p.m.
- Caroling by Candlelight- Saturday 5-7 p.m. & Sunday 6-8 p.m
- Artists' Market & Bake Sale - Saturday 4-9 p.m & Sunday 6-9 p.m.
- Candlelight Christmas Concert by St. Paul UMC's Choir - Sunday 5 p.m.
All activities take place at St. Paul UMC, located at the corner of Grant and Sydney Streets. Tickets to the Tour of Homes are $15. Other activities are free.
Looking for a little indoor fun on a cold winter day? Escape to the underwater world of the Georgia Aquarium, where you'll find some extra special visitors... mermaids! That's right, the mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs are back for another visit. These magical mermaids have made the trip up from Florida for a limited engagement at the Georgia Aquarium.
The mermaid show is a live actor show that features beautiful underwater theatrics by acrobatic mermaids. The ladies of the sea perform with special air tubes that allow them to stay under water throughout the show. This year's show will take place before the Dolphin Tales performances on December 12-15 and 19-22. Photos with the mermaids are available for 90 minutes after each show. Tickets to the show are included in the Total Ticket price.
Have you been dying to get an up close look at the new Miley Cyrus? Well good news, Atlanta. Miley is coming to you. Not only that, but joining her is Robin Thicke. It's just like the VMA's in our own backyard!
Local radio station Power 96.1 is bringing you Jingle Ball, a pop power concert featuring Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Travie McCoy, Fifth Harmony, Armin Van Buuren, Bonnie McKee, and Austin Mahone. The show takes place on December 11 at Philips Arena, and tickets are still available. In fact, right now they are running a buy three, get one free ticket special.
Will you be grabbing tickets to the show?
Seeing a fun holiday show is a great way to get in the spirit this season! Around town you'll find all kinds of holiday performances, from the classic to the crazy. One of my favorites? The hilarious Santaland Diaries, put on each year the Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points.
Check out our list of Christmas and holiday shows in Atlanta, including many family-friendly options!
One of my favorite activities of the holiday season is ice skating at one of the many outdoor rinks that pop up this time of year. The classics are back - Park Tavern and Centennial Olympic Park, plus the luxury rink at The St. Regis.
This year, Atlanta also has a new option for outdoor skating. Atlantic Station has opened the city's largest outdoor rink. Open daily from November 15 - February 14, skating is just $13 and a season pass is available for $99 (a real bargain if you'll skate a lot!). The open-air rink boasts 10,000 square feet of skating space, you'll basically be skating around the block!
Have you tried the new rink at Atlantic Station? What did you think?
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Looking for a fun post-Thanksgiving activity? Check out Cirque de la Symphonie, a new production by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This unique performance combines the beautiful live music of the symphony with the awe-inspiring feats of Cirque du Soliel style performers.
At the show you'll see aerialists, cyclists and acrobats showing off stunning acts to both classic and contemporary tunes.
Cirque de la Symphonie performs Friday and Saturday, November 29 - 30, 8 p.m. at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
While a few trees out there are already twinkling, most of metro Atlanta will host tree lighting festivals over the next two weeks.
Of course on Thanksgiving night the biggest celebration of all is the lighting of the Macy's tree at Lenox Square. This year's celebration will feature country singer Brett Eldredge, Megan Hilty from NBC's Smash and the current comedy Sean Saves the World, The Voice season four finalist Judith Hill. They always finish the night off with a big fireworks display. Macy's will open immediately after the festivities, for those who wish to start their Black Friday shopping early! The festival starts at 6 p.m.
Find your local tree lighting celebration on our full list.
One of my favorite shopping events, the Indie Craft Experience, is returning this weekend! This seasonal event comes around just a few times a year, and it's a great place to do some holiday shopping.
For just $5 you get access to a huge marketplace of handmade and vintage goods, with more than 100 vendors participating. Stock up on cool locally-crafted jewelry, quirky screen printed tees, interesting artwork, and more - it's kind of like Etsy come to life! The first 250 guests will even receive a free swag bag. Come hungry and chow down on yumminess from King of Pops, Bookie Macarons, Good Food Truck, Doggy Dogg, Ursa Minor Coffee, Doggy Dogg, The Tamale Lady, Yumbii and more.
The market is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Ambient Plus Studios. If you can't make it this weekend, Indie Craft Experience will be hosting a smaller pop-up shop in Candler Park through December 30. Looking for more great local gifts? Check out these fun shops!
Photo by LeahAndMark.com for the Indie Craft Experience
This year Atlanta has a new holiday event to add to our growing list! Global Winter Wonderland is being held at Turner Field, and it debuts this weekend.
Global Winter Wonderland is the world's largest lantern festival, and it features festive light displays depicting scenes from around the world. Attendees will see famous sights like The Great Sphinx, the Statue of Liberty- plus there's a holiday village with winter scenes. This is more than just a light show - there's also great entertainment! With a schedule that changes daily, you'll enjoy singers, pianists, folk dancers, poets and more.
The park is open daily from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m., and tickets are $24.99 for adults (13-64), $18.99 for seniors, $16.99 for kids under 12 and free for kids 4 and under. Global Winter Wonderland will run through January 5, even on holidays like Christmas and New Years Day.