The Holidays are upon us. Make time to see a Christmas production, strap on a pair of ice skates, have a chat with Santa and gaze at twinkling lights.
Stone Mountain Christmas
Make-A-Wreath for Make-A-Wish. Barrington Hall. The historic home will be dressed for the holidays with traditions unique to the south. Wreaths decorating the house will be for sale with profits going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Nov.7-Dec. 30. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., 1-3 p.m. 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell. 770-640-3855. Free.
Stone Mountain Christmas. Stone Mountain Park. Gaze at more than two million lights and enjoy live holiday shows including Toyrific! and Holly Jolly Cabaret. Stroll through Wonderland Walkway, see the Snow Angel at Snow Palace, listen to a story with Mrs. Claus and visit with Santa, who arrives at 6 p.m. Nov. 12. Nov. 10-Jan. 1. 5-10 p.m. U.S. Hwy 78, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690. Adults, $28; ages 3-11, $22; parking, $10.
Winter Wonderland. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Dozens of cultural displays decorated in celebration of holidays and traditions observed around the world. Kids can get a photo taken with Santa-saurus and ride the Santa-saurus Express train. Nov. 16-Jan. 6, 2013. Weekend celebration on Nov.17-18. Enjoy activities, performances, crafts, games and more. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., noon-5 p.m. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Adults, $17.50; ages 3-12, $15.50; 2 and younger, free.
Outdoor Ice Skating. Centennial Olympic Park. Take a spin around Atlanta’s only outdoor ice skating rink. Sessions run 90 minutes. Nov. 19-Jan. 27. Mon.-Thurs. 4:30-10 p.m., Fri. 4:30-11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 265 Park Ave., Atlanta. 404-223-4412. $10/person; includes skate rental for 90 minutes.
Christmas in the White House. Bulloch Hall. A self-guided presidential look at the holiday season. Nov. 17-Dec. 30. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m. 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 770-992-1731. Adults, $8; ages 12 and younger, $6.
Nativity Tour. Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. An exhibition of more than 250 Nativity scenes from around the world, made of everything from wood to volcanic ash. Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dec. 2, 2-4 p.m.; Dec. 5-7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m.; Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dec. 9, 2-4 p.m. 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. 404-373-8338. Adults, $5; 12 and younger, free.
Breakfast with Santa. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Continental breakfast with Santa! Includes holiday craft and souvenir photo. Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15. 8:30-10:30 a.m. 185 East Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-822-5450. Pre-register. $18/person; Discount for Gwinnett residents.
Simon Kidgits Club Breakfast with Santa. Mall of Georgia. Enjoy holiday crafts and breakfast in the food court with Santa. Dec.1. 8:30-10 a.m. 3333 Buford Dr., Buford. 678-482-2365. Pre-register by Nov. 28. $5/person.
Simon Kidgits PJ Party with Santa. Town Center at Cobb. Santa’s coming to read stories. Special holiday games and activities included. Dec. 1. 1-3 p.m. 400 Barrett Pkwy., Kennesaw. 770-424-9486. $5/person.
Pet Night with Santa. Northlake Mall. Bring your pet to get a photo taken with Santa. Please use a leash or carrier while walking through the mall. Nov. 26 and Dec. 3. 6-8 p.m. 4800 Briarcliff Rd. NE, Atlanta. 770-938-3565. Photos for purchase.
Macy’s Pink Pig Train. Lenox Square Mall. Atlanta’s most “pink-tacular” ride is in its 59th season. The train takes families through a life-sized storybook with a view of downtown Atlanta. Through Jan. 1. Nov. hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.; Nov. 25, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-231-2861. $3/ride.
The Children’s Christmas Parade. Downtown Atlanta. Families can enjoy festive floats and holiday cheer as downtown is taken over for the annual parade, a benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Dec. 1. 10:30 a.m.-noon, rain or shine. Route begins at Peachtree St. and Baker, continuing right onto Marietta St and ending on Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. Bleacher seats can be purchased for $15. 404-785-7310. Free.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Light and Tree Displays
Magical Nights in Lights. Lake Lanier Islands. Drive through seven miles of twinkling holiday lights. At the end, visit the Holiday Village featuring carnival rides, pony rides and holiday treats. Nov. 16-Dec. 31. Nightly, 5-10 p.m., including holidays. 7000 Holiday Rd., Lake Lanier Islands. 770-932-7200. $60/car.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Features nearly one million energy-efficient bulbs, including giant snowflakes, a bejeweled dragonfly and a “Starry Night Walk” inspired by Van Gogh’s famous painting. Sit by the fire and roast marshmallows. Nov. 17-Jan. 5. Daily, 5-10 p.m.1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Thurs.-Sun. Adults, $20; ages 3-12, $14. Mon.-Wed. Adults, $17; ages 3-12, $11.
Holiday in Lights. Centennial Olympic Park. Thousands of lights adorn Centennial Park. Nov. 19-Jan. 27. 7 a.m.-11 p.m. 265 Park Ave., Atlanta. 404-223-4412. Free.
The Lighting of Atlantic Station. Atlantic Station. More than 250,000 lights illuminate Atlantic Station, Santa visits, plus kids’ activities, crafts, performances and live reindeer! Nov. 17. Noon-9 p.m. Children’s activities from noon-6 p.m. 17th St., Atlanta. Free.
Lighting of the Macy’s Great Tree. Lenox Square Mall. Lighting of Atlanta’s largest tree on Thanksgiving night. Enjoy a performance by country star Trace Adkins, Chris Mann from “The Voice” and more. Nov. 22. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., lighting at 7 p.m. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-233-6767. Free.
Lighting of the Great Tree. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Santa, live music, face painting, and holiday festivities. Nov. 22. 5-8:30 p.m.; Tree lighting, 6 p.m.; Jolly Ole Elf, 6:45 p.m. 185 West Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-822-5450. Free.
Holiday Crafts and Markets
Holiday Bazaar. Medlock Bridge Elementary School. Great items at every price level gifts and decorations. Nov. 7. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. 10150 Groomsbridge Rd., Johns Creek. Free.
Holiday Market, Bake Sale and Auction. Due West United Methodist Church. More than 45 vendors selling holiday creations, children’s gifts, jewelry, gift baskets and more. Nov. 3. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 3956 Due West Rd., Marietta. 770-590-0982. Free.
Elegant Elf Marketplace. Hitson Activity Center. This one-stop shop features over 43 vendors, including artisan jewelry, fine art and personalized gifts. Nov. 9-10. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 85 Mount Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs. 404-444-6188. Adults, $6; ages 10 and under, free.
Holiday Fair. Waldorf School of Atlanta. Enjoy shopping in the market and children’s activities, like candle dipping, jump rope making and face painting. Nov. 10, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 827 Kirk Road. Decatur. 404-377-1315. Free admission; activities extra.
Holiday Festival. Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Find unique holiday gifts from more than 120 artisans, enjoy the kids zone. Parents can leave their kids at a craft station for $10/90 minutes while they shop. Nov. 10. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. 1548 Mt. Vernon Rd., Dunwoody. 770-394-0675. Free.
Holiday Craft Market. Pinckneyville Park Community Rec Center. An assortment of décor, pottery and gifts at your fingertips. Enjoy kids activities and raffle prizes. Nov. 17. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross. 770-417-2200. Free.
Holiday Marketplace. St. Pius X High School. More than 100 artisans will display their works. Nov. 17. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 2674 Johnson Rd., Atlanta. 404-636-3023. $3/person.
Sanders Family Christmas. Theatre in the Square. Family-friendly holiday show full of music and dancing. Ages 10 and older. Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and 27-30. See theatreinthesquare.com for show times. 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 404-377-9948. Tickets, $20-$35.
A Christmas Carol. Alliance Theatre. A musical performance of the classic story. Nov. 23-Dec. 23. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. For additional weekly show times, see alliancetheatre.org. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Tickets, $21-$50.
The Nutcracker. Gwinnett Performing Arts Center. The tale of a magical Nutcracker, a Rat Prince, dancing sugarplums and one lucky little girl. Weekends from Nov. 23-Dec. 16. For showtimes visit gwinnettcenter.com. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 800-224-6422. Tickets, $10-15.
Madeline’s Christmas. Horizon Theater Company. A musical holiday adventure with Madeline and friends. Dec. 8-30. For weekly show times, see horizontheatre.com. 1083 Austin Avenue NE, Atlanta. 404-584-7450. Adults, $15; children, $12.
The Polar Express. Great Smoky Mountains. This 75 minute round-trip train ride takes a journey through the wilderness for a special visit with Santa Claus at the North Pole. Visitors enjoy warm cocoa, carols and a treat while listening and reading along to the classic story. Nov. 9-Dec. 29. Departure times at gsmr.com. 226 Everett St., Bryson City, NC. 800-872-4681. $39-68.
Fantasy in Lights. Callaway Gardens. Drive through more than eight million twinkling lights and a garden decorated for the season. Nov. 16-Dec. 30. Opens at 6 p.m. Hwy. 27, Pine Mountain. 800-225-5292. Adults, $16-$25; ages 6-12, $8-$12.50.
A Country Christmas. Gaylord Opryland Resort. Enjoy lavish holiday displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, incredible ice sculptures and performances by the Radio City Rockettes. Nov. 16-Jan 1. 2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville, Tenn. 888-672-0091. Activity times and prices vary, see christmasatgaylordopryland.com.
North Pole Limited. Tennessee Valley Railroad. A 75-minute round-trip journey to the “North Pole”, featuring storytelling, light refreshments and an appearance by Santa. Nov. 17, 23-25 and 30. 5:45 and 7 p.m. Additional ride, Sat., 9:15 p.m. 4119 Cromwell Rd, Chattanooga, TN. 423-894-8028. $24/person; Ride in Santa’s private car, $48/person.
Santa Arrives. North Georgia Zoo. Get your photo taken with the jolly man in red. Kids can get up close to miniature reindeer. Nov. 17-18, 2-4 p.m. 2912 Paradise valley Rd., Cleveland. 706-348-7279. Admission prices start at $7 for adults; ages 12 and younger, $5; infants, free.
Festival of Tress. Unicoi Lodge. See beautifully decorated trees throughout Unicoi Lodge. Nov. 21-Dec.8. 6 a.m.-midnight. 1788 Hwy. 356, Helen. 800-573-9659. Free; parking, $5.
Holiday Celebration Under the Stars with the Animals. North Georgia Zoo. Enjoy a fun evening at the zoo’s animal-filled holiday celebration. Live nativity scene, starlight tours, a marshmallow roast, hayrides and a bonfire! Nov. 23-25. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 2912 Paradise valley Rd., Cleveland. 706-348-7279. Admission: Adults, $30; children 12 and younger, $28; Infants, free. Reservations recommended.
Santa at Atlantic Station
Read on for the dates and times of the favorite man in red’s grand entrances.
- Town Center at Cobb. Nov. 2, 6-8 p.m. Kennesaw. 770-424-9486. Free.
- Discover Mills. Nov. 8, 11 a.m. Lawrenceville. 678-847-5000. Free.
- Mall of Georgia. Santabration Nov. 10 from 5-9 p.m. Includes a holiday parade and lighting of the tree. Buford. 678-482-8788. Free
- Lenox Square Mall. Nov. 9, 11 a.m. Atlanta. 404-233-6767. Free.
- Arbor Place Mall. Nov. 10, 10 a.m. Douglasville. 770-947-4244. Free.
- Perimeter Mall. Nov. 10, 10 a.m. Atlanta. 770-394-4270. Free.
- North Point Mall. Nov. 11, 2-5 p.m. Alpharetta. 770-740-9273.
- Cumberland Mall. Nov. 17, 10 a.m. Atlanta. 770-435-2206.
- Mall at Stonecrest. Nov 17, 10 a.m. Lithonia. 678-526-8955. Free.
- Gwinnett Place Mall. Nov. 23, Noon. Duluth. 770-813-6840.
- Northlake Mall. Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Atlanta. 770-938-3564. Free.
- Gallery at South Dekalb. Nov. 17, 6 p.m. Decatur. 404-241-2431. Free.
- Atlantic Station. Nov. 17, Santa arrives along with the tree lighting event. 7:30 p.m. Atlanta. 404-733-1221. Free.
Southeastern Railway Museum. Santa arrives by train on Nov. 10! Take your own photos or have the professional photographer snap a few for purchase. 1 p.m. 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth. 770-476-2013. Free with admission to the museum. Adults, $8; ages 2-12, $5; 2 and younger, free.
And Last But Not Least …
Zoo Atlanta. Nov. 24, Santa arrives at the Zoo. Get a professional photo with Santa while you sip on hot chocolate and munch on cookies. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-624-2809. $15 plus Zoo Admission; adults, $20.99; ages 3-11, $15.99; 2 and younger, free.