It’s the most wonderful time of the year. This list of Christmas events in Atlanta will put you in a festive mood!
In this guide, you’ll find:
- Atlanta Christmas events: 2021 updated suggestions
- Holiday events in Atlanta for the whole family
- Christmas events for everyone – from sports to anime and more!
- Romantic Christmas date ideas
- Holiday date ideas in Atlanta
- Office holiday happy hour ideas
Find the Perfect Holiday Gift at the Atlantic Station Makers Market
Find the perfect locally crafted holiday gift for everyone on your list! At Atlantic Station’s Makers Market, you’ll find art, jewelry, and home decor. The best part? You’ll support and celebrate Atlanta’s unstoppable creativity.
This market is hosted on the Atlantic Green on weekends through December. There will be tasty treats, talented artists, and fun for everyone!
Other Atlantic Station holiday events vary from year to year. Typically, they include a tree lighting, ice skating, and pop-up vendors.
Entertain Visitors with a Fun Atlanta Tour
Keep holiday visitors entertained with a tour of Atlanta! Unexpected Atlanta offers two walking tours:
- Grant Park Past & Future Food Walk: Enjoy Southern fusion food and a neighborhood tour.
- King Historic District Tour: Walk in Dr. King’s footsteps on this tour. This tour was named by Conde Nast as one of the 16 best things to do in Atlanta.
And, for corporate groups, try virtual holiday experiences. One fun option is the European Holiday adventure.
Nerd Out at WinterFest by MomoCon
MomoCon is an annual culture convention for anime and gaming. This year, MomoCon is hosting a special WinterFest event. Here, you can expect to find exhibitors, artists, games, panels, cosplay, and more.
WinterFest will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center. Visit between December 18 and December 19, 2021 from 10AM-6PM. All ages are welcome.
Take the Little Ones to Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Fox
Experience How the Grinch Stole Christmas live on stage, in musical form! Re-discover this heartwarming holiday classic and enter the whimsical world of Whoville.
Your family will love singing along to classics like “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas.”
This event runs from December 7-12, 2021. The ticket sale date for this event is yet to be announced.
Walk through Dazzling Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is always magical. But, the garden shines during its annual Garden Lights Holiday Nights. That’s because the light displays create a shimmering winter wonderland.
In 2021, Garden Lights returns on November 13. Favorite highlights include the Radiant Rainforest, the s’mores station, and Brilliant Bugs.
While you’re there, be sure to also explore the highly-Instagrammable Tunnel of Light!
Be Transported By Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens
For more than 20 years, Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens has dazzled visitors. This is a spectacular light and sound show. And, 2021 will be no exception!
National Geographic named this one of the Top 10 Light Displays in the world. More than 8 million lights illuminate this holiday spot. Here, you can explore more than a dozen musical and festive scenes.
This year, the Magical Field of Lights that’s more than two football fields long.
The scene features a Christmas tree over 10 stories tall – the largest one in the South! Lights begin on November 19, 2021 and go through January 3, 2022.
Celebrate with Basketball at Holiday Hoopsgiving
Calling all basketball fans! Holiday Hoopsgiving is returning to State Farm Arena this year. Watch four heart-pounding matchups of the country’s best college basketball teams!
This event will take place on Saturday, December 11, 2021.
Celebrate with the Georgia Boy Choir
On December 17 & 18, watch the Georgia Boy Choir perform at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. This concert is an unforgettable Atlanta holiday tradition. During the performance, you’ll hear classic Christmas carols and holiday favorites in a magnificent sanctuary setting. In addition, a full orchestra and Mighty Mander organ accompany the Choir to create a moving and festive experience.
Have an Adventurous Holiday at Six Flags Over Georgia
Holiday in the Park includes more than one million LED lights. Enjoy dozens of Christmas trees throughout the park. Moreover, you can experience festive shows and meet Santa Claus.
Holiday in the Park takes place from November 20, 2021 through January 2, 2022.
Experience the Magic of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker
Each year, the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker reminds viewers of the magic of the holidays. This is perfect for a special family holiday tradition!
In 2021, the Nutcracker will make its long-expected return. Enjoy the production at the Cobb Energy Centre. This production features huge sets, bold costumes, and striking video.
Explore the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes
What’s better than exploring other people’s beautiful homes? Exploring other people’s beautiful homes decked out for the holidays! Expect twinkling lights and socially distanced fun. The Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes is celebrating its 40th year in 2021.
Tours will take place on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 6-10PM.
Indulge in a Classic with A Christmas Carol at the Alliance Theatre
A Christmas Carol is one of the most beloved holiday stories of all time.
This year, the production returns with an exciting new adaptation. That is to say, the set of the show has been completely reimagined. Moreover, this production includes stunning new costumes.
This production runs from November 12-December 24, 2021.
Snap Photos with Santa
No holiday season is complete without a visit with Santa! A visit to the big guy can help kick off the Christmas season.
Our favorite choice is Jeff Roffman Photography. He is notorious for his hilarious crying photos. But, this Santa will create picture-perfect holiday memories.
In addition, your kids will visit the “North Pole” and enjoy hot chocolate.
Check the Jeff Roffman Photography Facebook page for details to be announced.
Try Holiday Sips at One of the Miracle Bars
Enjoy a merry Christmas bar with holiday cocktails and treats!
Miracle Bar Atlanta features festive pop-up bars. Drink options include favorites like the Run Run Rudolph. Be sure to also order a plate of cookies!
This Christmas activity is perfect for office holiday happy hours, too.
The Miracle team has confirmed that 2021 is a “go!” Check their website above for details and reservations. Plan ahead – Miracle bars tend to fill up fast!
Indie Craft Exchange Holiday Market
Find your favorite indie, offbeat, and unique holiday gifts here! The Indie Craft Exchange hosts award-winning craft and vintage markets.
Their holiday market is a festive favorite among many Atlantans. This year, Indie Craft Exchange will host their Holiday Market on December 4.
Ice Skate at Atlantic Station
Bundle up in your coziest sweater and head out for a day of skating. Atlantic Station hosts the largest outdoor ice rink in Atlanta. Each year, Atlantic Station is all decked out for the holidays.
Skate the Station opens mid-November through mid-January. Check Atlantic Station’s events page for more details as the holidays approach.
Celebrate the Season with Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta
This year, CHOA is reimagining a new holiday tradition to kick off the season. The annual Children’s Holiday Parade will be replaced by a full day of fun for the family at Colony’s Square’s Season on the Square.
Events include live bands and dance groups, Breakfast with Santa, ice skating at Colony Square, and more.
A Children’s patient will have the honor of lighting the Christmas Tree at Colony Square to mark the official beginning of the holiday season on the evening of December 4.
Stone Mountain Christmas
Take the kids to make a snow angel with fake snow at Stone Mountain. The tree lighting ceremony is wonderful, as well.