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Top Five Holiday Attractions in Atlanta

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The holiday season is full of fun with family and friends. If you only have time to see a few holiday attractions in Atlanta this Christmas season, here are the our favorites.

Holiday Fun at Stone Mountain Park

Only time for one fun holiday outing this season? Stone Mountain Park provides a lot of bang for your buck, all in one location. I have fond memories of visiting as a child, riding the train through the land of lights, and visiting the holiday village. Over the years they have added more and more holiday attractions, including a 4-D show, a snow mountain, and (of course!) visits with Santa. This is a no-brainer for kids. Fees may apply on top of regular Stone Mountain admission.

See a Holiday-Themed Show

There are a number of great theaters to choose from for your holiday experience, from the grand tradition of The Nutcracker at The Fox Theatre to David Sedaris' hilarious Santaland Diaries at Horizon Theatre. Our top holiday shows in Atlanta are:
  • The Nutcracker - A holiday classic. Throughout December at The Fox Theatre
  • The Santaland Diaries - A hilarious and sarcastic tale of a Christmas elf at a department store. Throughout November and December at Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points, mature audiences only.
  • Rudolph - Everyone's favorite reindeer comes alive in this family-friendly show. Playing November through January at The Center for Puppetry Arts.

See the Lights at Lake Lanier

Of all of the holiday lights around Atlanta, Lake Lanier has one of the best displays. It's also a great excuse for a quick night away - with or without the family! The holiday festivities at Lake Lanier are similar to what you'll find at Stone Mountain Park - a number of holiday activities all in one spot. They have an ice skating rink, a live Nativity, visits with Santa, and more.

Head Outdoors for Ice Skating

While Atlanta may not be home to a plethora of wintertime sports, we do our best to provide some authentic winter fun with a few pop-up ice skating rinks around town. The rink in Centennial Park is perfect for taking in the holiday lights. Adults may prefer the full bar at The Rink at Park Tavern on Piedmont Park. For a classy holiday experience, try high tea and skating at the St. Regis in Buckhead.

Visit a Christmas Tree Farm

When it comes to finding the perfect Christmas tree (or loving a little Charlie Brown tree) in Atlanta, you have plenty of options. While you could pick up a tree at any old hardware store - or one of the many temporary lots that are put up around metro Atlanta - nothing beats the experience of visiting a real Christmas Tree farm. Within a short drive of the city you'll find a few options where you can even cut down your own tree. For the full experience, roast some marshmallows and enjoy some cocoa before you bring home your prized evergreen.
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