Get Ready to Rock Around the Tree, Atlanta! Our Top 10 Holiday Events

It doesn’t matter if you’re naughty or nice: the holidays in Atlanta make our town one of the most fun places to celebrate. There’s so much awesomeness going on that we’ve made it easy for you to get the skinny on our top 10 picks for the most fun you can have during the holidays in our city:

1. Macy’s Great Tree Lighting 

Where: Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead

When: Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Almost every native Atlantan has a “Great Tree” lighting story. Make memories with your family and friends and kick off the holidays in high style! Get the details here!


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2. Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K

Where: Turner Field

When: Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.

The Atlanta Track Club encourages you to get up and wobble before you gobble. Even if you’re not running, get out and cheer on your favorite runner. Visit the Atlanta Track Club’s site for more info.


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3. A Christmas Carol

Where: Alliance Theatre

When: November 25 to December 4

God bless us, everyone! This classic is back and its message is as timely as ever. Treat the whole family to a night at the theatre; get tickets and more information at the Alliance Theatre’s website.


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4. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas 

Where: The Fox Theatre

When: Saturday, November 26 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.

If Christmas music is your marker for the season, let Mannheim Steamroller’s lush orchestrations roll over you. This marks the 32nd anniversary of the release of “Manheim Steamroller Christmas,” an album that revolutionized holiday music forever.  Read more and get tickets here.


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5. Garden Lights Holiday Nights 

Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden

When: November 12 to January 7

The whole family will enjoy an evening outing to Atlanta’s most glorious light show, which showcases the natural beauty of the Botanical Gardens. Get the schedule and tickets at the Botanical Garden’s website.

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6. A Christmas Story 

Where: The Fox Theatre

When: November 29 to December 4

The movie classic comes to life at the Fabulous Fox! Beware of frozen flagpoles. Get tickets and more information here.


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7. Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker

Where: The Fox Theatre

When: December 9 – 24

Another holiday classic comes to life at the Fox. Introduce the family to the style and grace of the Atlanta Ballet and Tchaikovsky’s music, performed live by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Get tickets here.


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8. Holidays with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 

Where: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

When: Multiple events, November 25 – December 21

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra offers something for every music lover this season. Among the offerings are a tribute to Louis Armstrong, Christmas music with the orchestra and the Morehouse Glee Club, Pops concerts, a Cirque and Symphony performance, and of course, Handel’s Messiah. Find dates and tickets at the Symphony’s website.


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9. Festival of the SEAson

Where: Georgia Aquarium

When: November 19 to January 1

There’s so much going on at the aquarium this season that even the penguins are jingling! The family can have breakfast with Santa, while grownups can imbibe at the Jingle Mingle. There’s lots more going on every single day, so visit the Georgia Aquarium website to learn more!


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10. Ice Skating at The St. Regis

Where: The St. Regis Atlanta

When: Selected dates, November 19 – January 1

Darling, it’s the place where all Atlanta skates and dreams of a White Christmas. Sip hot cocoa and practice your triple Salchow. Not a skater? Enjoy the action and music rink side. Find out more at the hotel’s website.


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Those are our picks for the happiest holiday events in Atlanta! Stay tuned for our “Best of Gifts” list, where you’re sure to find something for everyone on your shopping list. Until then, catch up with us on Facebook and Instagram!


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