You can never be out of fun things to do in Georgia during Christmas time. From beautiful light displays, to meeting Santa, to classic Georgia holiday traditions, go all out this year to celebrate with your family at any of these fun-filled attractions.
Just 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta is a 7-mile drive of Christmas lights, Christmas elves, an Icicle Tunnel, Candy Cane Lane, and more along Lake Lanier Islands. Celebrating its 25th year, this Magical Nights of Lights will be bringing back the 12 Days of Christmas attraction. In addition to some older displays you’ve seen before, new and better attractions will make this the best light show yet. Prices start at $40 per car.
This attraction doesn’t open until the day after Christmas, but it is totally worth the wait. Perfect for entertaining the kids while they’re out of school, you can choose from tubing down a 400-foot hillside and a field for snow angels, Frosty-building, and snowball battles. For a chance to warm up from the powdery snow, you can purchase a S’mores kit for just $4 to toast over an open fire pit. Snow activities cost $25 per person.
Right across from the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta is an ice skate center with a gorgeous view of the city’s skyline. Here you can skate with your family or significant other to the tunes of your favorite Christmas songs. The cost is $7 per person for 90 minutes on the rink and $2 if you need to rent skates. If you don’t live within walking distance, parking is available at the Green Lot on Marietta Street for $8.
Riding Priscilla the pink pig train in Macy’s Lenox Square became a yearly tradition for Atlanta natives over 50 years ago. This ride costs $3 per trip and runs through December 31, minus November 19, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. A portion of the proceeds benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Before you go, be sure to visit their website to print out a two-for-one coupon.
If you love Christmas lights, you’ll definitely want to see these larger-than-life animated light displays at the Botanical Garden in Huntsville. Here you will see Santa’s sleigh flying over a winter village, nursery rhyme characters dancing, and an icicle forest.
Events at the garden include:
- Walking Nights
- Dog Nights
- Galaxy Driving Nights
- Bike the Lights
- Galaxy of Lights 5k and 3k Holiday Dash
Come out for an event or just to walk the now-paved walkways to enjoy the sight of nearly 200 light displays.
From November 23- December 23, you can bring your children to experience the magic of Santa’s village in Huntsville. The village includes the opportunity to meet Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa himself! Kids can also enjoy snow shows, craft projects, musical entertainment, and Christmas lights that dance to the beat of the music. Santa’s Village is open from 5 pm to 9 pm every night at the Alabama Constitution Village. For more information, call (256) 564-8100.
Located in Theodore, AL, Bellingrath Gardens and Home will be celebrating its 22nd year of Magic Christmas in Lights. Grab your hot chocolate and come see the Bellingrath Home decorated in its holiday finery as well as the 15 light displays throughout the 65-acre garden. Along with the lights, you can also enjoy nightly choral performances on the home’s South Terrace on Sunday through Thursday.
Do you know of any other fun, family-friendly Christmas activities in Georgia? Let us know in the comments below! And don’t forget to like Roll’n South’s Facebook page to discover even more fun holiday events.