Holiday Activities Around Atlanta

Once our bellies have recovered from Thanksgiving dinner and the Black Friday crowds have dissipated, we’re ready to venture out again. This time in search of some holiday activities for any and all members of the family.

Check out our list of great holiday activities in and around the Atlanta area for 2018.

holiday events around atlanta 2018

Things to Do for the Holidays Around Atlanta

Lake Lanier Christmas Lights
  1. Lake Lanier Magical Nights of Lights

    7650 Lanier Islands Parkway Buford, GA 30518

    “Tradition and excitement merge at a magical place with seven miles of traditional and unique holiday lights. And there's more winter wonderland fun to be had at LandShark Landing with winter-themed carnival rides, fire pits, s'mores, specialty winter drinks, and more!”

    The folks of Lake Lanier have pretty much summed it up in a few sentences. It’s a winter wonderland one-stop-shop for all things Christmas.

Things to do in Atlanta for the holidays 2018

2. Menorah Lighting at Avalon in Alpharetta

400 Avalon Blvd.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
December 2nd, 5pm

”Join us and Chabad of North Fulton on December 2nd from 5PM to 6PM for a Chanukah celebration this holiday season! Guests are invited to Boulevard East (in front of Brine Seafood Shack) for a traditional Menorah lighting ceremony as well as refreshments, music, and entertainment for all ages. See you there!”
(Source: Avalon Alpharetta)

Things to do in atlanta this holiday

3. Pet Photos with Santa

3393 Peachtree Rd NE,
Atlanta, GA 30326
December 9th, 7.30-9.30pm

Pets have Christmas wishes too! On November 12, families are welcome to bring their furry best friends for an unforgettable picture with Santa Claus in the Macy’s Court. Guests can enter the mall through the Main Mall entrance near Sprinkles and Nike. Please refrain from bringing reptiles or exotic animals. Advance registration is recommended.

Best Santa in Atlanta

4. Photos with Santa

Various Locations Around Atlanta

We couldn’t possibly choose between all the fantastic Santa appearances around Greater Atlanta so we’ll leave the choice up to you. Here’s a full list of over 25 locations compiled by 365 Atlanta Traveler of where the Big Man will be making appearances this year.

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4 Best Pumpkin Patches in Atlanta

If you are anything like us, the mere mention of PSL (pumpkin spice latte) has you brimming with anticipation for the cooler autumn months. With PSLs in hand, check out some of the top pumpkin patches around the Atlanta area for 2018.

best pumpkin patches in atlanta 2018

Best Pumpkin Patches Around Atlanta 2018

best pumpkin patches in atlanta 2018
  1. Kinsey Family Farm

    7170 Jot-em Down Road Gainesville, GA 30506

    If your focus is on quality and variety of pumpkins then Kinsey Family Farm is one of the best pumpkin patches in Atlanta. During our fall season they offer a really wide range of traditional, unusual and unique pumpkin varieties. Some are for decorations while others are great for cooking. Bring the whole family because the hayrides and animal feedings are a highlight for the kids.

  2. Stone Mountain Park Annual Pumpkin Festival

    1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain
    Open on specific dates from Sept. 22-Oct. 28

    Enjoy all the regular park attractions in addition to pumpkin-themed activities like a dance-a-long party parade with Spookley the Square Pumpkin, meet him at the pumpkin patch or take part in a pie-eating contest. This year, a Glow by Night experience is also added, with thousands of jack-o-lanterns lighting up the night. Huge pumpkin displays and flashlight tours will also extend the nighttime fun. (source: AJC)

  3. Uncle Bob’s Pumpkin Patch

    3781 E. Happy Valley Circle, Newnan, GA 30263
    Sept. 24 - Nov. 5, Friday & Sunday, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Not the cheapest pumpkin patch in town ($18!) but Uncle Bob’s is worth dishing out the money. From hayrides to a petting zoo, corn maze and nature trails, you’ll get hours worth of entertainment for the whole family.

  4. Sleepy Hollow Farm

    628 Sleepy Hollow Road, Powder Springs

    Open Sept. 22-Nov. 3, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Nighttime activities on select dates from 7-10 p.m.

    After you've picked out your perfect pumpkin, Sleepy Hollow has activities during the day as well as at night. Daytime fun includes a corn maze, kids' games, tractor rides and farm animals you can visit. At night, check out the "Stranger Things" filming location tours and a nighttime corn maze on select nights. (source: AJC)

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