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Christmas Activities in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia

September 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It took some time, but I compiled this list of things your family can do at Christmas time in the Atlanta area and around North Georgia. We’ve got Christmas Theme Parks, Christmas Train Rides, Christmas Light Displays, Christmas Concerts, Christmas Home Tours, Christmas Cooking, Christmas Arts & Crafts, Christmas Caroling, Nativity Scenes, Candy Cane Hunts, and even a sing-a-long Christmas Cruise. So you should have plenty of activities to keep you busy this holiday season!

Stone Mountain Christmas
November 8 – December 30, 2008 (select days only)
Cost: Admission is included with One Day Adventure Pass: $25 for adults, $20 for children (ages 3 – 11); Plus $8 vehicle entry feeAdvance tickets available
Location: Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Stone Mountain Park transforms into a magical Christmas event. There is live entertainment, nightly parade with Santa Claus, a Christmas Lasershow, The Polar Express 4-D Experience, Christmas Sing Along Train, Holiday Shopping and Dining and more.


Santa Express
November 18, 19, 30, 2008
December 6, 7, 13 – 16, 18 – 23, 2008

Cost: $34 for adults; $17 for children 2 – 12 years
Location: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, 241 Depot St, Blue Ridge, Ga 30513
All Aboard the Blue Ridge Railroad! Passengers will be treated to holiday refreshments at the depot before boarding. On this 2 hour and 15 minute journey, passengers will hear Christmas stories, sing Christmas carols with elves, and visit with the North Pole’s jolliest elf himself during the ride. Space is limited and reservations are required.


Candlelight Shopping on the Square
Fridays, November 21 – December 19, 2008, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: What you decide to purchase
Location: Marietta Square, Marietta, Ga
Marietta Square shops stay open late till 8pm.


Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands
November 22, – December 30, 2008
Cost: prices vary $30+ based on number of persons vehicle can hold and day of the week, check website for details
Location: Lake Lanier Islands, 7000 Holiday Road, Lake Lanier Islands, GA 30518
Known as the world’s largest animated light extravaganza, the six and a half mile driving tour features giant illuminated characters that comprise millions of twinkling and moving lights. Stop and enjoy the 4th annual live nativity scene presented by Blackshear Place Baptist Church, located mid-way through the Magical Nights of Lights drive. After the tour, visit The Holiday Village for amusement and pony rides, holiday fare, bonfires for marshmallow roasts, and holiday shopping and a visit with Santa Claus at The Santa Shop!


Stone Mountain Village Christmas Celebration
November 28, 2008, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Main Street, Stone Mountain, Ga
The annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Stone Mountain is an exciting time to bring out the family to enjoy the kickoff of the Holiday Season! After a day of shopping at the malls come out to enjoy the personal feeling of the historic downtown. Main Street will be decorated, and carolers will be singing. Hot chocolate stands will be set up to keep the whole family warm while enjoying the festivities. There will be live music performances and Santa will make his annual appearance with the Methodist Church Bag pipes. A letter station where the kids can write personal letters and Jeff the mail man will be here to take them to Santa. The evening will include the lighting of Stone Mountains Christmas tree and the fireworks extravaganza.


Georgia Mountain Superstar Concert Series Tillis Family Christmas Show featuring Mel & Pam Tillis
November 29, 2008, 7:00 pm
Cost: $30 + $2 handling fee per ticket plus
Location: 1311 Music Hall Road Hiawassee, GA 30546


Old Fashioned Christmas
Month Long Celebration beginning November 29, 2008
Location: Dahlonega, Ga
The festivities are set into motion on Saturday, November 29, 2008 with the Lighting of the Square. A real home-town parade officially bringing Santa to town occurs on Saturday, December 6th. Plenty of other festive holiday events continue almost daily throughout December until after New Year’s with caroling, entertainment, wine sampling, live theater Christmas events.


4th Annual Teddy Bear Crusade
December 3, 2008, 8:00 pm – midnight
Cost: $70 donation plus a new teddy bear, all proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; free valet parking
Location: Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, 2799 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, Ga 30305
Bring smiles to hundreds of children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta while showing off your festive holiday attire and enjoying cocktails, a gourmet dessert station and a silent auction.


Christmas Concert Series at the Historic Union County Court House
December 5, 2008, 7:00 pm
December 7, 2008, 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Cost: No admission charge, contributions to the maintenance fund are always welcomed and appreciated.
Location: Historic Union County Court House, Blairsville, Ga 30514
December 5th is the North Georgia Chamber Orchestra and December 6th is the Christmas Concert.


Holiday on the Square in Blairsville
December 6 – 7, 2008
Cost: ??
Location: Historic Union County Court House, Blairsville, Ga 30514
Christmas Parade, Lighting of the Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, and Open House.


The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour
December 6 – 7, 2008, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Marietta, Ga
Celebrate the 22nd annual award winning home tour. Glimpse into six private Marietta homes located in the Whitlock Avenue historic district lovingly restored and decorated for the season.


Santa in the Square
December 6 – 24, 2008, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sundays 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; Christmas Eve 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: ??
Location: Marietta Square, Marietta, Ga
Experience the season in Olde Merry-etta and visit with St. Nick in his brightly decorated workshop. Photos with Santa are available. Re-live memories of Christmas past as you stroll through quaint shops filled with seasonal delights.


Mom & Daughter Gingerbread House Decorating
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 11:00 am
Cost: $22 for residents; $33 for non-residents
Location: East Roswell Recreation Center, Roswell, Ga
Moms, bring your daughters for a great time decorating your own “gourmet” gingerbread house to take home! Our instructor will teach you how to decorate this real homemade house to make it look festive for the holidays.
Note: This event if for children who will be at least 5 years old the day of the event.


Roswell’s Holiday Celebration on the Square
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 5:15 pm
Cost: ??
Location: Roswell Town Square, Roswell, Ga
Roswell’s Annual Lighting of the Square is a fun-filled evening with activities for the whole family to enjoy, including carolers, the official lighting of Town Square, a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a special visit from everyone’s special friend the North Pole – Santa Claus!


Christmas Jubilee
December 6, 2008 4:00 pm Kickoff with Parade
Cost: ??
Location: Downtown City Park, Woodstock, Ga 30188
The holiday parade kicks off events, starting at the old Wal-Mart and going north on Main Street through the Olde Town merchant district. It is immediately followed in the downtown City Park by Santa visiting children with their wish lists, our Mayor will announce the winners of best parade float trophies, Preservation Woodstock’s presentation of its Citizen of the Year award, and we end with the lighting of the Woodstock Christmas Tree.


The Children’s Christmas Parade
December 6, 2008, 10:30 am – noonFree
Cost: Free
Location: The parade route begins at Peachtree Street near Baker Street. The route follows Peachtree Street and turns right onto Marietta Street. It will then turn left and end on Centennial Olympic Park Drive. Atlanta, Ga
Strike up the band! With each passing year, more and more children and families crowd the streets of Atlanta for a little holiday magic. The parade includes: award-winning marching bands, adorable dogs dressed in their finest holiday attire, sleek and classic antique cars, spectacular dance groups, colorful holiday-themed and animated floats, giant helium balloons, energetic cheerleaders and specialty groups, dozens of happy clowns, and the grand finale—Santa Claus!


31st Annual Tree Lighting Celebration – Officially Sanctioned Sesquicentennial Community Event in Alpharetta
December 7, 2008, 5:00 pm
Cost: free
Location: Historic Downtown Alpharetta, Milton Square City Park, Alpharetta, GA
All the magic of Christmas glistens at the annual lighting of the 45’ live spruce with 10,000 white lights. Additional activities include: live music, children’s music, dance performances, reading of a Christmas classic with Mayor Arthur Letchas & wife Sally, FREE hot chocolate, children’s holiday crafts, horse & buggy rides, “Old Log Cabin” tour, holiday carolers, elves & more! Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive on fire truck for FREE visits & photos in the gazebo. SELECTED a “TOP 20” event by Southeast Tourism Society!


Christmas in Cumming
Friday, December 9, 2008, 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2008, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Cost: $1 for adults; free for children 12 and under
Location: Cumming Fairgrounds, Cumming, Ga
Get ready for Christmas by shopping at an Arts and Craft Show, having Hay Rides and Caroling, and remember the day with free photos of Santa.


Cookies with the Clauses
December 10, 2008, noon – 2:30 pm
Cost: free, please bring a new, unwrapped gift for a local charity
Location: Alpharetta Community Center, 175 Roswell Street, Alpharetta, GA
Children and parents are invited to meet Santa and Ms. Claus at this fun family event.


Holiday Family Cruise
Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 5:30 pm; Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time
Cost: $28 for residents; $42 for non-residents
Location: Azalea Park, Roswell, Ga
You’ll sing along to Jingle Bells and many other favorite holiday songs as we celebrate the season on the Spirit of Roswell, decorated with beautiful lights. We will provide the drinks and holiday cookies. There will be a special passenger on board for all the children to visit. Please bring your own dinner.
Note: This event if for ages 2 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Community Christmas Concert
December 11, 2008 7:00 pm
Cost: ??
Location: Downtown City Park, Woodstock, Ga 30188
This special evening of carols and yuletide joy is gift-wrapped for the community by the women’s choruses at Sequoyah High School. Put on your hat and mittens, and sing along with your friends and neighbors by the light of the Woodstock Christmas Tree!


Holiday Parent Child Workshop in Alpharetta
December 12, 2008, 10:00 am
Cost: $10 for city resident, $15 for non-city resident
Location: Crabapple Government Center, 12624 Broadwell Rd., Alpharetta, GA
Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department hosts this Holiday Parent Child Workshop where parents are invited to bring their young children to make a fun holiday art project. Children will make a gift for someone special while parents make a holiday card. Light refreshments will be available.


Santa’s Magical Playhouse
December 13, 2008, 9:00 am
Cost: $18 for residents; $27 for non-residents
Location: Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, Roswell, Ga
Parents, have a morning of running holiday errands while your child enjoys a morning of games, decorating cookies and arts & crafts. A special visitor will stop by to see if the girls and boys have been naughty or nice.
Note: This event if for children ages 5 – 10.


Holiday Sl”hay” Ride
December 13, 2008, 6:00 pm
Cost: $12 for residents; $18 for non-residents; Pre-Registration Required; Parents and Children must each register; free for children 1 and under
Location: East Roswell Recreation Center, Roswell, Ga
Bring the family and enjoy a winter wonderland hayride and a pasta dinner with Santa. We will take a real hayride around the park and end the evening with cookie decorating and sipping hot chocolate. Take home a 5×7 picture of the kids sitting on Santa’s lap for $5. Registration will not be accepted on the day of the dinner and Sl”hay” ride. Fun for all ages.


Christmas Tree Lighting
December 13, 2008, 4:45 pm
Cost: an unwrapped gift for kids of 0-12 years of age. No toy guns, knifes or dangerous items. $3 parking fee
Location: Vogel State Park, 7485 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville, GA 30512
Join us for a tree lighting, caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus visit, bonfires, hot chocolate and cider. For the “Give A Gift Toy Drive” sponsored by the Union County Sheriff’s Department.
One of Georgia’s oldest and most popular state parks, Vogel is located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Driving from the south, visitors pass through Neel Gap, a beautiful mountain pass near Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. Vogel is particularly popular during the fall when the Blue Ridge Mountains transform into a rolling blanket of red, yellow and gold leaves. Hikers can choose from a variety of trails, including the popular four-mile Bear Hair Gap loop, an easy one-mile lake loop, and the challenging 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail. Cottages, campsites and primitive backpacking sites provide a range of overnight accommodations. The park’s 22-acre lake is now open to non-motorized boats. During summer, visitors can cool off at the scenic lakeside beach.


Nativity in the Square
December 18 – 20, 2008, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost: ??
Location: Marietta Square, Marietta, Ga
Beautiful Fontanini nativity, choral groups singing songs of the season.


Candy Cane Hunt
December 19, 2008, 5:30 pm
Cost: $10 for residents; $15 for non-residents; Pre-Registration Required; Parents and Children must each register
Location: East Roswell Recreation Center, Roswell, Ga
Enjoy an evening of family fun. We will begin the evening with a pizza dinner and then it is off to hunt for all types of candy canes. Bring a flashlight and something to gather your candy canes. Be sure to keep a lookout for a couple of giant candy canes, to redeem for special prizes. You won’t want to miss this! Space is limited.

Also catch my post on the fun Halloween game You’ve Been Spooked, my list of Fall Festivals in Atlanta, and one of my suggestions for a Christmas Gift Idea. Thanks!

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Anonymous // Sep 29, 2008 at 9:25 am

    There is also a wonderful Holiday Home Tour put on by the Junior Service League in Woodstock. It is much more elaborate than the one in Marietta (I have been to both). I noticed you had other activities listed in Woodstock so I though I’d mention it. Thanks!