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December Holiday Events & Lights Atlanta

Mary Ellen Vanaken

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Jan 29 10 minutes read

First Week of December Holiday Events & Lights Around Atlanta

2015 Holiday Events Around Town

The Holidays bring great joy and fun for both adults and children. This weekend there are some great events around town that will provide a little holiday magic for young and old alike.

2015 Holiday Events Around Town - MAP

A Christmas Movie - Dad's Garage Theater

Friday Nights in December

It's the classic Christmas story: A host narrates a made up Christmas movie, while improvisers act it out. And in the end everyone learns the true meaning of Christmas . . . or falls in love . . . or gets eaten by zombie puppies. Honestly, we have no idea since it's improvised. See what crazy holiday story we come up with this weekend at "A Christmas Movie." This show is inappropriate for anyone not old enough to experience adult humor... or anyone that doesn't like it.
Friday nights @ 10:30pm in December
Just Seats (General Admission):$14.50 online, $16.50 phone & door
Fancy Pants Seats (Reserved VIP): $19.50 online, $21.50 phone (not available at door)

More details click HERE

Reindog Parade - Atlanta Botanical Garden

Saturday, December 5th

Join the once-a-year fun of dogs in the Garden. Dress your pooch in holiday finery to compete for prizes with celebrity judges or to just show off. Enjoy photos with Saint Nick and connect with local canine enthusiasts and businesses in the Doggie Expo. The first 100 pre-registered participants to arrive receive a special Wag-Bag of gifts. Don't have a dog? Come enjoy the show!

More details click HERE

Holiday Market & Festival - Chattahoochee Nature Center

Saturday, December 5th

Free public admission to CNA. Over 40 Fine Arts Artisans, Artisans of the Farm & Kitchen & Instrumental Artisans - all while supporting local crafts-person and Fair Trade. The market contains local vendors selling their hand-made, eco-friendly goods for your holiday gift giving. More details click HERE

Atlanta Beltline's Eastside 10K - Stoveworks

Saturday, December 5th

10am-12pm. This run/walk winds through Inman Park, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Virginia Highland and Poncey Highland. Last day to register is FRIDAY DECEMBER 4TH! For more details click HERE

Annual Childrens's Christmas Parade - Midtown Atlanta

Presented by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Parade begins at 10:30am along Peachtree Street from 16th Street to 5th Street in Midtown. Floats, giant balloons, bands and of course Santa! For more details click HERE.

Hanukkah Family Day & Lego Menorah Building - Chabad Jewish Center

Sunday, December 6th

Crafts, refreshments, games, prizes, Judaica and more. For more details click HERE

For some great evening fun around town, why not load up the car with the kids or neighbors and enjoy some holiday light spectacular!

Best Christmas Light Displays in Atlanta Area

The Christmas season is here and homeowners across the state of Georgia are putting up sensational Christmas light displays. Atlanta and it's northern communities is home to some of the most impressive light displays. If you live in the metro Atlanta area or plan to visit soon, here are some of the best Christmas light displays in the area - both residential and commercial - that you should take the time to visit during the holiday season.

2015 Holiday Christmas Lights Map

There are many talented individual homes deck for the holidays. Here are just two of our favorites.


The Christmas in Castille display at 4220 Tivoli Way has thousands of lights synchronized to music. Their website states "Weather permitting, the show runs from Dec 4th - Dec 27th between 6pm - 9pm on Thursday - Saturday. The neighborhood is gated so when the gates close for the night, the show ends. When you drive up, tune your radio to 89.9FM." Click here for more info: Castille


Blink Midwinter is a synchronized light display located at 7020 Cole Ct. Cumming, GA. Weather permitting, the show hours are: 5:30pm to 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday and 5:30pm to 11:00pm Friday and Saturday. Their website states "Christmas has always been our favorite time of year. Even with a century of Christmas's between us, it's still a magical time if we make the effort to occasionally turn our backs on the cares of adult life. For me, this hobby is the perfect fusion of many lifelong interests, from the romance of the Christmas season itself, to blinking lights, music, electronics and computers." Visit their website for more information: Blink Midwinter


ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY - Gift of Lights. Visitors will get to experience some breathtaking decorations while also getting the rare chance to drive on the AMS oval. Dates run Nov. 27 through Dec. 30. 6-9 p.m. Sundays-Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and holidays, open 6-10p.m. starting 12/17 through 12/30. $15 per car Mondays-Wednesdays, $20 Thursdays-Sundays and holidays, $20 12/17 through 12/30. 1500 Tara Place, Hampton. 770-946-4211 Details: www.holidaylightspectacular.info.

BOTANICAL GARDEN - Holiday Nights. The Garden has over 1.5 million LED lights that are spread through out the 30-acre garden. Children and adults will love the tunnel of light, Glittering Galaxy, and the Radiant Rainforest. Lights are on display beginning Nov. 14, 2015 through Jan. 9, 2016. 5-10p.m. Peak admission costs Thursdays-Sundays, Thanksgiving and all nights from Dec. 17-Jan. 9: $26 (member discounts available for peak and non-peak); $20 ages 3-12; free under 3. Non-peak nights: Mondays-Wednesdays: $23; $17 ages 3-12. Night Light Special, 9-10:00 p.m. peak nights (advance booking online only): $15; regular admission for children. Advance tickets recommended. Parking: $10 ($5 for vehicles with four or more) 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 1-855-454-6849, Details: atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

CALLAWAY GARDENS - Fantasy in Lights. Wow!! The Gardens offer over eight million lights! Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, just 70 miles south of Atlanta. The spectacular light display features Christmas Tree Lane, Enchanted Rainbow Forest and Snowflake Valley, plus 10-minute light and music shows at Robin Lake Beach. Fees include: Adults $19-$28, kids 6-12 $9.50-$14. 5 and under free, ask for "free child" tickets when ordering in advance. Details: www.callawaygardens.com.

CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK - Holiday in Lights. The park allows guests to walk through thousands of lights in the 21-acre park. Dates are Nov. 21 through Jan. 10. Open 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Free. Ice skating rink, also opening Nov. 21, is $12 per person (includes skate rental) for 90 minutes. 4:30-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays (until 11 p.m. Fridays), 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays. 404-223-4412 Details: centennialpark.com.

LAKE LANIER ISLAND - Christmas. It't not just a place to swim or boat! The island offers thousands of lights. Your family can stroll down the beach and boardwalk to enjoy an extended tour of the light show. 5-10 p.m. nightly, Nov. 27-Jan. 3. Adults, $17-$28, children (5-12), $10-$17. Live Nativity starts Dec. 4; plus other activities and attractions. Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. 770-945-8787 Details: lakelanierislands.com. NOTE: All active, veteran and retired Military/Law Enforcement/Firefighter personnel will receive FREE admission for themselves and up to three other family members at Magical Nights of Lights all season long, courtesy of Lanier Islands.

LIFE UNIVERSITY - Lights of Life. An annual favorite light display, Life University provides millions of light bulbs in more than 100 displays along the 1.5-mile drive through Life University's campus. Nov. 26 through Dec. 31. 6-10 p.m. Cars: $10 Fridays-Sundays and Nov. 26-29, Dec. 18-31; $5 all other nights. Vans, buses: $20 nightly. For some added fun you will be charge additional fees for petting zoo, train and pony rides, photos with Santa. 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta. 678-331-4334 Details: life.edu.

SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA - Holiday in the Park. Hold on to your hat, the amusement park will be decorated with some unique displays to include more than 1 million lights. Select rides will be running. Guests will be amazed how sections of the park will have distinct themes Ride the North Pole Express for extra fun! Times and dates include: 4-10 p.m. most nights, Nov. 21 through Jan. 3. Closed Thanksgiving day and Dec. 24-25. Open 2-10p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 3. Day passes at the gate or online: $43.99-$48.99; $20 parking fee per car. 275 Riverside Parkway S.W., Austell. 770-739-3400 Details: www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.

STONE MOUNTAIN - Christmas. A family favorite at Stone Mountain! Admission includes live holiday shows, film "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D," Singalong Train ride around the mountain), holiday parade winding through the village, with Snow Angel flying over Crossroads for the finale just before a fireworks display. Nov. 27-Jan. 4 (closed Dec. 25). $24.95-$29.95; children 3-11, $19.95-$24.95. Parking pass, $15. Various combo packages, including Snow Mountain, available, see ticket page. 770-498-5690 Details: stonemountainpark.com.

Happy Holidays from,

The Mary Ellen Vanaken Team

Keller Williams Realty North Atlanta

5780 Windward Parkway, Suite 100

Alpharetta, Georgia 30005


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