With the recent chilly weather and snow, it is really beginning to feel like Christmas! The Atlanta area has many events from outdoor skating rinks to concerts to great light displays to celebrate the holiday, with most of the outdoor light displays open until the beginning of the New Year.
The Atlanta area has so many great holiday light displays; it is hard to choose favorite ones that you should visit! The largest outdoor holiday display is the Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights in Pine Mountain, GA, a 1.5-2 hours drive from Atlanta. The resort is transformed into a winter wonderland with over 8 million lights displayed in 15 different scenes. The holiday event has been voted one of the world’s top 10 places to see holiday lights! Stone Mountain Park is one again hosting “Stone Mountain Christmas”. There are nightly Christmas parades with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bumble, the Abominable Snow Monster. The holiday event has fireworks, light displays, with over 2 million lights, festive music, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and much more. The Atlanta Motor Speedway has the “Gifts of Lights” display, which turns the speedway in the biggest drive-through Christmas light park in the area. There is also a Christmas Village for hot chocolate and photos with Santa. Turner Field turns into the Global Winter Wonderland from the end of November through the holiday season with special entertainment events, concerts and more!
Many of Atlanta’s tourist attractions have holiday festivals and events until the end of the year. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens has “Garden Lights, Holiday Lights” through January 4th. You can walk through a twinkling winter wonderland created in the gardens. The Georgia Aquarium has the “Festival of the Season” to December 24th. The galleries are decorated in a winter holiday theme and you could also catch a glimpse of Scuba Claus! Christmas in Atlanta wouldn’t be the same without touching Macy’s Pink Pig in Lenox Square. This is a 50 year tradition that also has a children’s area, a train ride and more. A portion of the proceeds from the event goes to the Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.
For those looking for more traditional and cultural entertainment, the Atlanta Symphony Pops Orchestra has holiday shows through December 22nd. The Celtic Women Christmas Celebration will be in Atlanta on 12/22 at Atlanta Symphony Hall. There is also the Messiah Sing-Along at Roswell United Methodist Church.
A traditional holiday and winter activity is outdoor skating and there are many rinks that are open throughout the start of the new year in the Atlanta area. The Atlantic Station Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink is open to 2/14/2014.There are also rinks in Centennial Olympic Park and at the Astor Holiday Skating Rink at the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta.
There is so many holiday events in the Atlanta area to see and experience with the entire family! Don’t miss out on all of the great holiday events in the area!
Merry Christmas and many blessings for the New Year from Storage World!