Atlanta events December 2019. Things to do in Atlanta.

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Atlanta events December 2019

Christmas spectacular

December 1, 2019
1 mile north
Cirque Dreams Holidaze has flying reindeer, jumping gingerbread men, rousing music, amazing costumes, and Santa Claus at Fox Theatre.

Traditional Christmas music

December 1, 2019 (3 p.m.)
6.3 miles north
O Radiant Dawn features the Festival Singers of Atlanta performing 11 traditional songs in Buckhead. Donation.

Christmas at the mansion

December 1 - 7, 2019
4 miles NE
Tour a Tudor Revival mansion decorated by designers, and shop in an artists’ market during Christmas at Callanwolde. See the schedule of special events.

Holiday home

December 1 - 8, 2019
11.1 miles north
Walk through a giant home in Sandy Springs decorated for the holidays during Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Nov. 28.

Marietta tree lighting

December 5, 2019 (4 to 8 p.m.)
18 miles NW
Kick off the holiday season with a band, choruses, Santa (5:20 p.m.), and a tree-lighting ceremony (6 p.m.) at the Christmas Tree Lighting at Glover Park in Marietta. Free.

Small-town parade

December 5, 2019 (7 to 9 p.m.)
62 miles SE
Hometown Holidays Parade is a small-town affair with Christmas lights on fire trucks, kids on homemade floats, marching bands, beauty queens, and Santa and Mrs. Claus in Forsyth. Free.

Powder Springs tree lighting

December 6, 2019
22 miles NW
Beginning with a parade at 6:30 p.m., the Christmas Tree Lighting at 7:30 p.m. in Powder Springs features Santa, holiday music, the mayor, and hot chocolate with cookies in the Town Square. Free.

Christmas concert

December 6, 2019 (8 p.m.)
22.6 miles north
The Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble plays holiday songs with Celtic singer Chloe Agnew and a tenor at Tis the Season to be Merry in Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

Alpharetta tree lighting

December 6, 2019 (6 to 9 p.m.)
25 miles north
Season of Celebration [formerly Light the Night] offers musical performances, kids’ activities, snow, food trucks, Santa, and a 6:30 p.m. tree lighting. Free.

Skateboard competition

December 7, 2019 (5:30 p.m.)
0.3 miles south
Watch advanced level skateboarders compete outdoors on a closed street in a “street gap contest” during Mind the Gap at 27 Poplar Street NW, next to Woodruff Park. Free. The after party is at Sidebar.

Children’s Christmas Parade

December 7, 2019
1.5 miles north
Peachtree Street fills with floats, giant balloons, costumed characters, and marching bands for the 90-minute Children’s Christmas Parade, which goes down Peachtree Street from 16th to 5th. Free.

Dog costume parade

December 7, 2019 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
2.5 miles NE
Register and dress up your dog for fun or to win an award at Reindog Parade at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Strong beer festival

December 7, 2019 (12 to 4 p.m.)
3 miles east
Taste 40 high-alcohol beers from 25 local breweries at Atlanta Strong Beer Fest at Wrecking Bar Brewpub.

Candlelit choir

December 7, 2019 (4 & 8 p.m.)
5.3 miles NE
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols features choral music, scripture, and readings by special guests at Glenn Auditorium, Emory University.

Holiday concert in Marietta

December 7, 2019
21.2 miles NW
Holiday Pops features the Georgia Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Santa, a sing-along, and special guests at Marietta Performing Arts Center.

Kennesaw Christmas

December 7, 2019 (2 to 7 p.m.)
26 miles NW
A Day with Santa features a 2 p.m. parade of floats, marching bands, and vintage cars, followed by a 3 p.m. holiday market, stage entertainment, snow tubing, and visits with Santa. Free.

Home tour

December 7 - 8, 2019
3.2 miles NE
Visit eight homes featuring “beautiful architecture and interior design” and serving free samples of local restaurant food during the Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes, beginning at John Howell Park. Free shuttles, and free admission for children younger than 10.

Christmas home tour

December 7 - 8, 2019
21 miles NW
The Marietta Pilgrimage is a tour of six homes by daylight or three homes by candlelight, which are restored and decorated for Christmas for ages 8+.

Big holiday concert

December 8, 2019 (3 p.m.)
0.2 miles south
Hear beloved holiday favorites with an international twist at the family friendly Gala Holiday Concert, performed by 200 members of the Georgia State University Symphony Orchestra, jazz band, choruses, and ensembles at Rialto Center for the Arts.

Party at the mansion

December 8, 2019 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)
4 miles NE
Wear holiday cocktail attire to the $200 Callanwolde Holiday Gala for live music, auctions, a plated dinner, a cocktail hour, and time to explore the splendor of rooms decorated by designers at Callanwolde mansion.

Gourmet tasting

December 8, 2019 (3 to 5 p.m.)
14.6 miles north
A $69 ticket to High-End Holiday Walk Around Tasting includes “unlimited tastings of high-end reds, whites, dessert wines, and champagne paired to perfection with chef's complementary holiday hors d’oeuvres” made at live chef stations at Vino Venue.

Free holiday event in the park

December 9, 2019 (3:30 to 5 p.m.)
0.3 miles south
Hear choirs perform at Caroling in the Park, which includes “a free hot chocolate bar, a photo booth, and a visit from Santa” at Woodruff Park.

Balloon rides

December 10, 2019 (3 to 8 p.m.)
3.5 miles NE
Get a free tethered balloon ride, watch street performers in Victorian cotumes, buy fair food, and play games at The Cross Country Ballooning Fair, a promotion for Amazon’s show “The Aeronauts’ Incredible Journey” in tents at Piedmont Park. Balloon rides stop during rainfall. Expect a line. Free.

Handel’s Messiah

December 13, 2019 (8 p.m.)
2.3 miles north
Ring in the holidays with the joyful Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.

Welcome to Narnia

December 13, 2019 (5 p.m.)
33.6 miles SW
Walk into a closet and then out the other side to explore the magical wintry kingdom of Narnia, which is filled with creatures of myth and fable based on “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” on The Great Lawn at the Inn at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills.

Discount tickets

Gospel Nativity

December 13 - 15, 2019
10.7 miles NW
Black Nativity [sound] retells the story of the first Christmas with dance, spirituals, gospel music, and a rousing finale at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Candlelit Christmas

December 13 & 20, 2019 (5:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
6.3 miles north
Walk candlelit paths at Atlanta History Center to historic houses with holiday decorations and activities, plus food and drink for sale and a holiday market at Candlelight Nights. See Dec. 20 on a separate page.

Christmas show

December 13 - 22, 2019
19 miles NW
A Christmas Tradition is a family-friendly non-stop song and dance revue featuring classic Christmas tunes at Earl Smith Strand Theatre.

Heartwarming play

December 13 - 23, 2019
8.9 miles NE
It’s a Wonderful Life, based on the 1946 film, tells how one man’s life makes a difference and touches so many others at OnStage Atlanta.

Discount tickets

Christmas extravaganza

December 13 - 23, 2019
32 miles NE
Christmas Canteen is a variety show with sketch comedy, theatrical numbers, and singing galore at Aurora Theatre.

Holiday plays

December 13 - 31, 2019
multiple locations

Holidays at the aquarium

December 13 - 31, 2019
0.5 miles NW
Winter Waterland features tree lightings (Nov. 29 & Dec. 7), photos with Santa, a Santa underwater show, a song & dance show with snowfall, and “The Polar Express” film at Georgia Aquarium. See schedule.

Christmas lights - Marietta

December 13 - 31, 2019
17 miles NW
Lights of Life is open every day with 1.5 miles of holiday lights, displays, pony rides, train rides, a petting zoo, and concessions at Life University. Open every night, but cheaper Dec. 2 - 5 and 9 - 12.

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

December 13, 2019 - Jan. 4, 2020
82 miles SE
Fantasy in Lights is a giant holiday light and sound show, with 8 million lights, 15 scenes, 2 shows, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens. Open every night. Reserve holiday meals.

Save on red value days

Holidays at Centennial Park

December 13, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
0.3 miles west
  • Atlanta Christkindl Market has German food, beverages, and gifts in a festive atmosphere at Ring Fountain Plaza, daily through December 24, 2019.
  • Chinese Lantern Festival has displays depicting 25 kinds of animals, with Asian food and performers. Open daily through January 5, 2020.

Make a Christmas ornament

December 13, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
7 miles NE
The Ornament Class at Decatur Glassblowing includes safety instructions, a demonstration, and assistance making a glass ornament to take home after it cools for two days. Children age 10 to 17 OK with a parent.

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

December 13, 2019 - Jan. 11, 2020
2.5 miles NE
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights features illuminated attractions, synchronized light and sound, model trains, s’more roasting, and food for sale at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden. Open every day, but cheaper on “value nights.”

Save on blue value nights

Holidays around the world

December 13, 2019 - Jan. 12, 2020
4 miles NE
Winter Wonderland celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, and other holidays with twinkling lights and trees hung with ornaments and cultural objects at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Closed Nov. 28 and Dec. 25.

Snow sports

December 13, 2019 - Feb. 23, 2020
45 miles NE
Play in the snow, ice skate, go snow tubing, take carnival rides, join a scavenger hunt, and visit the fire pits during License to Chill Snow Island at Lanier Islands. Closed on some dates between Jan. 2 and Feb. 21.

Discount all-day pass

Lights in the park

December 13, 2019 - Feb. 29, 2020 (closes 11 p.m.)
0.3 miles south
See “vibrant, light-based sculptures by artists from around the country” at Prism: Winter Lights at Woodruff Park in Woodruff Park. Free.

Holiday bar crawl

December 14, 2019 (5 p.m.)
multiple locations
Wear your tackiest holiday duds to Ugly Sweater Crawl for holiday music and drink specials in six bars, starting at Buckhead Saloon, for age 21+.

Pub crawl

December 14, 2019 (12 to 4 p.m.)
multiple locations
Pub Crawl on the BeltLine includes up to five beverages plus food discounts, beginning at three different check-in locations.

Magic show

December 14, 2019 (8 p.m.)
3 miles NE
Watch two magicians perform with a combination of magic, mentalism, and humor for all ages at Atlanta Magic Night at Red Light Cafe.

Discount tickets

Glassblowing open house

December 14, 2019 (12 to 5 p.m.)
7 miles east
Watch glassblowing demonstrations at the family friendly Open House, with snacks, drinks, music, and art for sale at Decatur Glassblowing. Free.

Holiday race

December 14, 2019
19 miles NW
Wear bells on your shoes for the Sleighbells on the Square, a 5K/1K race and tot trot at Marietta Square.

Small-town parade

December 14, 2019 (6 p.m.)
49 miles west
City of Newnan Christmas Parade includes floats, walking groups, decorated cars and trucks, and marching bands. Free.

Cheerleading competition

December 14 - 15, 2019
10 miles SW
Watch cheerleaders compete for prizes and a chance to go to the nationals at All Star Challenge at Georgia International Convention Center.

African-American Nutcracker

December 14 - 22, 2019
Atlanta & Decatur
Set on Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Avenue in the 1940s, the Urban Nutcracker features “professional dancers and urban minority youth, dancing to the traditional Tchaikovsky score and newly adapted music.”

Discount tickets (Dec. 14)

Southern radio show

December 14 - 22, 2019
15.8 miles NE
An Atlanta Christmas is an audio drama that highlights holiday celebrations from a Southern point of view at Tucker Recreation Center.

Make a gingerbread house

December 14 - 23, 2019
14.6 miles north
Your ticket to Gingerbread House Decorating Party includes a blank canvas gingerbread house plus 20 kinds of candy construction materials and an instructor at Vino Venue in Dunwoody for all ages.

Holidays at Six Flags

December 14, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
12.5 miles west
Holiday in the Park has holiday entertainment, carolers, Christmas lights, and a 6 p.m. tree lighting at Six Flags Over Georgia. Scroll down their page to see dates.

Music and wine

December 15, 2019 (9 p.m.)
2 miles NE
Hear music in an intimate setting with optional food and wine at City Winery in Ponce City Market.

Discount tickets

Holidays at the nature center

December 15, 2019 (2 to 6 p.m.)
22 miles north
See live reindeer, play reindeer games, make winter crafts, visit the campfire, shop food trucks, and walk the trails to find fairy houses during Enchanted Woodland Wonders at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.

Fairytale musical

December 15, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
2.6 miles north
Based on the movie starring Anne Hathaway, Ella Enchanted is about a girl who must battle ogres, befriend a prince, and crash a giant’s wedding on her journey to find her fairy Godmother who can undo a spell to free her fate, at Synchronicity Theatre.

Discount tickets

Family Christmas show

December 16, 2019 (7 to 9 p.m.)
7.6 miles NE
Up on the Housetop is filled with holiday songs and stories and includes a visit from Santa at OnStage Atlanta.

Discount tickets

Ugly Sweater Night

December 17, 2019 (6 to 9 p.m.)
13.4 miles north
Get a free holiday cocktail and listen to live music if you wear an ugly holiday sweater to Ugly Sweater Night at Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia.


December 18, 2019 (7 p.m.)
3 miles NE
Holiday Hootenanny is a concert broken down into four unique one-hour sets plus a silent auction to support charity at Variety Playhouse on Euclid Avenue for age 18+.

Cirque du Soleil

December 19, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
3.2 miles north
Volta is the latest show performed by the amazing acrobats, aerialists, cyclists, comedians, dancers, and gymnasts of Cirque du Soleil in a heated tent at Atlantic Station.

Discount tickets $50 to $75

Jingle Ball concert

December 20, 2019
0.6 miles SW
Jingle Ball brings big-name music artists every December to State Farm Arena.

Holiday show

December 20 - 22, 2019
17.3 miles NW
Home for the Holidays is a “family-friendly show guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit” with performers from Atlanta Lyric Theatre and Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts, onstage at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta.

Discount tickets

Christmas party

December 21, 2019 (8 p.m.)
14.7 miles north
The New Jingle Mingle is a party with DJ music and a dance floor at The Select in Sandy Springs for age 21+ to support charity.

Celtic concert

December 21 - 22, 2019
0.2 miles south
Celtic Christmas features fiddlers, dancers, singers, and a harpist from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Appalachia at Rialto Center for the Arts.

Discount tickets

Jewish celebration

December 22 - 30, 2019
multiple locations
Free Chanukah Celebrations include menorah lighting, music, a parade, doughnuts, latkes, and hot drinks.

Football: Peach Bowl

December 28, 2019
1 mile SW
Watch an exciting college football playoff at this year’s Peach Bowl in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

New Year’s Eve - Downtown

December 31, 2019 (8:30 p.m.)
0 miles
Atlanta NYElectric has four DJs playing house & top 40 hits, plus an open bar at the Westin Peachtree Plaza for age 21+.

Discount tickets

New Year’s Eve - restaurants

December 31, 2019
Atlanta locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus and celebrations on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve - Downtown

December 31, 2019 (8 p.m.)
0.1 miles north
Dress up to enjoy an open bar, an early-evening mini buffet, DJ music, and a midnight champagne toast at Downtown Countdown at Southern Exchange Ballrooms for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve at the aquarium

December 31, 2019 (8:30 p.m., VIP 7:30)
0.5 miles NW
Celebrate among sharks, sea otters, and penguins at the New Year’s Celebration: Splashing ‘20s, with live music in the ballroom, a DJ in the main aquarium, a dinner buffet, late-night snacks, and a champagne toast at midnight in the Georgia Aquarium for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve penthouse party

December 31, 2019 (8:30 p.m.)
0.6 miles NW
Wear semi-formal attire (or flapper, roaring ‘20s, zoo suit) to Gatsby’s Penthouse, a “VIP only” party with open bar, light hors d’oeuvres, skyline views, DJ music, and a midnight champagne toast on the rooftop of Ventanas for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve - beer bash

December 31, 2019 (8:30 p.m.)
1 mile south
A ticket to Brew Year’s Eve includes an open beer bar at Georgia Freight Depot, with DJ music and a midnight toast for age 21+.

Discount tickets

New Year’s Eve - improv

December 31, 2019 (7 & 10 p.m.)
1.5 miles SE
Celebrate the new year with “a cavalcade of the best sketches, songs, and improv teams” and a complimentary glass of champagne during New Year’s Eve Shizzazzle at Dad’s Garage.

New Year’s Eve at City Winery

December 31, 2019
2 miles NE
Atlanta Wine Festivals New Years Eve is an “all inclusive party” with a buffet, wine, beer, liquor, live music, and a DJ at City Winery for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve beer bash

December 31, 2019 (7 p.m.)
2.4 miles NE
A ticket to New Year’s Eve at New Realm includes live music in the taproom, a DJ in the heated dance party tent, rooftop views of fireworks, a food buffet, and an open beer bar until midnight at New Realm Brewing.

New Year’s Eve - beer bash

December 31, 2019 (9 p.m.)
3 miles east
Your ticket to New Beer’s Eve includes an appetizer buffet, beer, wine, and live music at Front Page News (and Tijuana Garage next door) on Moreland Avenue.

New Year’s Eve - comedy

December 31, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
17.5 miles NE
Laugh your way into the new year at the New Year’s Eve show at Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross. Dinner is optional.

New Year’s Eve with knights

December 31, 2019
26 miles NE
Ring in the New Year with the lords and ladies of Medieval Times. Ticket includes admission to the Museum of Torture, a two-hour live tournament, a four-course meal, party favors, DJ dancing, and champagne at midnight (or kids’ beverage) in Lawrenceville.

Discount tickets

New Year’s Eve - Possum Drop

December 31, 2019
59 miles west
The Possum Drop offers family fun, live country music, midnight fireworks, and food in Tallapoosa. Free.

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