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Holiday Guide to Atlanta

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Holiday Events in Atlanta

Whether you’re an Atlanta native, resident, or visiting our beautiful city for the holidays, there are plenty of fun, family-friendly holiday events taking place. From local craft markets to pictures, with Santa, we’ve created a guide to help you make your holiday plans! Read on to learn more about what’s going on in and around Atlanta!

1. The Atlanta Christkindl Market

November 23 - December 23 | Times Vary

The German American Cultural Foundation’s Christkindl Market is a unique experience unlike any other in town. From November 23 to December 23, you can browse an assortment of hand-crafted German, Austrian, Swiss, and other European foods and other items that make great holiday gifts. You’ll also have the chance to learn more about German culture and German Advent traditions while sampling bratwurst, glühwein, beer, and other authentic food and drink. Daily entertainment and events will take place, and workshops and story time for kids will also be available. For a full list of events taking place each day, including live music, symphony performances, and more, view the Christkindl Market website at the link below.

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2. Photos with Santa

Through December 24

How would your little one like the chance to meet Santa in person? Make reservations to take photos at Santa's cottage and let him know what you want for Christmas! Reservations are not needed but will allow you to skip the line! 

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Atlantic Station Merry Makers Holiday Market

3. Merry Makers Holiday Pop Up

December 15 | See Below for Times

With three gorgeous backdrops designed to provide a place for you and friends to snap photos and plenty of crafty workshops to help inspire your inner DIY goddess, the Merry Makers Holiday Pop Up at Atlantic Station is the place to be if you’re looking for Instagramming opportunities. Swing by the swanky ski lounge and enjoy winter cocktails, tasty snacks, and complimentary gift wrapping. Entry to the lounge is free, but workshops may require registration.

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Ornament Lettering Workshop

December 15 | 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Join Letters by Lanta for a holiday-themed lettering workshop featuring the chance to create your very own collectible Christmas ornament. The workshop will cover lettering basics, supplies needed, creating brush strokes, and other modern hand-lettering techniques to get you started. The workshop fee includes an hour and a half of instruction, 2 lettering pens, a lettering guide with practice sheets, and an ornament. Buy tickets online today before all spots are reserved!

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Women with Christmas Wreaths

Create Your Own Christmas Wreath Workshop

December 15 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Join Alice’s Table for a floral demonstration and workshop for the opportunity to create your very own chic Christmas wreath. Tools, materials, and aprons will be provided!

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Gift Wrapping Organization

free gift wrapping

December 22-23 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Need your gifts wrapped? Want to make your gifts extra special this year? Stop by the gift wrapping center at Atlantic Station for complimentary gift wrapping that will wow your friends and family.

4. Ugly Christmas Sweater Skate Party

December 21 | 5:00pm - 11:00pm

December 21 is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, and you can celebrate by joining the Ugly Christmas Sweater Skate Party at Atlantic Station’s Winter Wonder Lane. Don’t miss the special showing of The Polar Express at 7:00pm on the giant rinkside movie screen!

Prices, including skate rental:

  • General Admission: $15
  • Children under 12: $12
  • Seniors (65+): $12
  • Military: $10

Santa with dog

5. Santa’s Pet Night

December 17 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Want your pet to enjoy the opportunity to meet Santa? From 7:00 - 9:00pm on December 17 only, Santa will be taking photos with your friendly, furry friends. Photo packages start at just $24.99 for one 5x7, one 3x5, and two wallets, or take advantages of the $34.99 package which includes all digital files, so you can share your photos with the whole family or make your pup an instant Insta star!

Ice Skating at Atlantic Station

6. Ice Skating and Rudolph’s Workshop

Ice Skating: Through December 31 | Times Vary • Rudolph’s Workshop: December 16 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Visit Atlantic Station’s outdoor skating rink on Winter Wonder Lane for the chance to meet Rudolph and Bumble the Abominable Snowman who are visiting all the way from the North Pole! For added fun, show your ticket at Rudolph’s workshop for the chance to make your very own reindeer antlers.

Holiday Train

7. Steel Mill Express holiday train

Through January 6 | See Below for Times

All aboard the Steel Mill Express Holiday Train through January 6th for a holiday experience everyone can enjoy. Board the train in front of Kilwin’s.

  • Train - $4
  • Sleigh - $5
Monday – Friday 4-8pm
Saturday 1-8pm
Sunday 1-7pm

Christmas Tree

8. atlantic station christmas tree

Through December 31

Each year, the 50-foot tall Christmas tree draws thousands of guests to Atlantic Station. Enjoy the beautiful lights, sounds, and joy of the holidays, and take a photo with the whole family in front of the tree to preserve the special memory for years to come. 

Posted by Erika Smith at 1:30 PM
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