Atlanta events, festivals, Christmas lights, parades, Christmas events, New Year’s Eve parties, fun things to do in Atlanta Georgia, December 2017.

Best events for 12 months

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Atlanta events – December 2017.

Underground art show

December 1, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.9 miles south

The Atlanta Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition of 100 artists, with pancakes, live music, body painting, and multimedia displays at GA Freight Depot for age 21+. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Charity concert

December 1, 2017 (9 p.m.)

2.8 miles east

Bring a new unwrapped toy, or pay $5 to hear four artists perform at the Toys For Tots Benefit at Aisle 5.

Powder Springs tree lighting

December 1, 2017 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)

22 miles NW

Beginning with a parade at 5:30 p.m., the Christmas Tree Lighting in Powder Springs features Santa, holiday music, the mayor, and hot chocolate with cookies in the Town Square. Free.

Candlelit choir

December 1 - 2, 2017

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.

French Christmas music

December 1 & 3, 2017

multiple locations

Joyeux Noël features the Festival Singers of Atlanta performing a dozen French songs. Donation.
  • Dec. 1 (8 p.m.) - Northside Drive Baptist Church
  • Dec. 3 (3 p.m.) - Episcopal Church of the Epiphany

Christmas at the mansion

December 1 - 12, 2017 (12 to 8 p.m.)

4 miles NE

Tour a Tudor Revival mansion decorated by designers for Christmas at Callanwolde, with Christmas lights outdoors.

Christmas market

December 1 - 23, 2017

2.9 miles north

Atlanta Christkindl Market is an open-air German holiday market at Atlantic Station featuring handmade gifts, German food & beverages, and entertainment. Free.

Children’s Christmas Parade

December 2, 2017 (10:20 a.m.)

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 2, 2017 (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. [Parade is full, but you and your dog can still watch.]

Strong beer festival

December 2, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

3 miles east

Taste 40 high-alcohol beers from 25 local breweries at Atlanta Strong Beer Fest at Wrecking Bar Brewpub.

Riverdale tree lighting

December 2, 2017

16 miles south

The City of Riverdale Tree Lighting has a Christmas parade leaving at 4 p.m. from Dubois Integrity Academy, arriving about 5 p.m. at Riverdale Town Center Amphitheater for a tree lighting, hayrides, a petting zoo, a light show, food stations, and Santa. Free.

Norcross home tour

December 2, 2017 (day or night)

19.1 miles NE

Visit five historic homes decorated for the holidays either by daylight or candlelight on the Historic Norcross Holiday Tour of Homes, via free shuttles that also stop at a free gift market in the Rectory.

Alpharetta tree lighting

December 2, 2017 (4 to 8 p.m.)

25 miles north

Christmas Tree Lighting offers live music, a farmer’s market, snow, food trucks, Santa, and a 6:15 p.m. tree lighting. Free.

Kennesaw Christmas

December 2, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

26 miles NW

A Day with Santa features a parade of floats, marching bands, and vintage cars, followed by a holiday market, stage entertainment, snow tubing, and visits with Santa. Free.

Family horse day

December 2, 2017 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

42 miles north

Meet horses, go on a hayride, play games, visit the petting zoo, and buy baked goods during Deck the Stalls at Save the Horses in Cumming. Free entry.

Big holiday concert

December 2 - 3, 2017

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.

Home tour

December 2 - 3, 2017

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 2 - 3, 2017

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+.

Small-town parade

December 9, 2017 (6 p.m.)

49 miles west

City of Newnan Christmas Parade includes floats, walking groups, decorated cars and trucks, and marching bands. Free.

Small-town parade

December 9, 2017 (5 to 7 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.

African-American Nutcracker

December 9 - 10, 2017

3 miles SW

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” at Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College.

Christmas chorale concert

December 9 - 10, 2017

5.3 miles NE

Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale brings joyous music from Atlanta’s award-winning choir to Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Cheerleading competition

December 9 - 10, 2017

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.

Southern radio show

December 9 - 10, 2017

23 miles SE

An Atlanta Christmas is a series of audio dramas that highlight holiday celebrations from a Southern point of view in Marietta.

Christmas for children

December 10, 2017 (1 to 4 p.m.)

15.1 miles NW

Santa arrives in a helicopter, and then chidren line up for a photo with Santa and a gift at Santa’s Coming to Cobb, which has a petting zoo, bounce houses, games, music, and snow at Life University in Marietta. Free.

Reindeer Day

December 10, 2017 (3 to 7 p.m.)

22 miles north

See live reindeer, play reindeer games, make winter crafts, visit the campfire, shop food trucks, and walk the trails during Enchanted Woodland Wonders [formerly Reindeer Day] at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.

Winter party

December 11, 2017

0.9 miles north

Dress up in white for drinks, entertainment, dance music, and people-watching at Winter White Party, which supports charity at Georgian Terrace Hotel.

Family Christmas show

December 11, 2017 (7 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.

Pop concert

December 12, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

11 miles NW

See big name performers at Star 94.1 Christmas at Infinite Energy Arena.

Jingle Ball concert

December 15, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

1 mile NE

Power 96.1 radio brings big-name music artists to Jingle Ball at Philips Arena.

Holiday variety show

December 15 - 16, 2017

2.3 miles north

A Very Merry Holiday Pops stars Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, gleeful youth choruses, a drum line, merry songs, and a jitterbugging Santa at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
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Candlelit Christmas

Dec. 15 & 22, 2017 (5:30 - 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.

Christmas show

December 15 - 17 and 22 - 23, 2017

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.

Christmas extravaganza

December 15 - 23, 2017

32 miles NE

Christmas Canteen is a variety show with sketch comedy, theatrical numbers, and singing galore at Aurora Theatre.

Aquarium holiday

December 15 - 31, 2017

0.5 miles NW

Festival of the SEAson features a light and music show, tree-lighting ceremonies, Santa and SCUBA Claus, and live entertainment at Georgia Aquarium. See schedule.

Rudolph puppet show

December 15 - 31, 2017

3 miles north

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a puppet version of the classic TV show at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Christmas lights - Marietta

December 15 - 31, 2017

17 miles NW

Lights of Life is open every day with 1.5 miles of holiday lights, displays, kids’ activities, and concessions at Life University. Open every day.

Christmas at Lake Lanier

December 15, 2017 - Jan. 3, 2018

43 miles NE

Drive past colorful displays on Magical Nights of Lights to reach Holiday Village, where you can shop, snack, visit Santa, and take carnival rides at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Open every day.

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

December 15, 2017 - Jan. 6, 2018

82 miles SE

Fantasy in Lights is a giant holiday light and sound show, with eight million lights, 15 scenes, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens. Special events are held Nov. 11 to 13, and Dec. 31. Reserve breakfast and dinner shows.

Buy “value tickets” online.

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

December 15, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018

2.5 miles NE

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights features high-tech light displays, illuminated attractions, model trains, and restaurants at the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Holidays around the world

December 15, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018

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. 23 & Dec. 25.

Santa bar crawl

December 16, 2017 (6 p.m.)

3 miles NE

Wear a holiday costume to the Highlands Santa Stumble Bar Crawl in Virginia Highlands for food and drink specials plus free shots.

Ugly Sweater bar crawl

December 16, 2017 (5 to 11 p.m.)

8 miles north

Wear your tackiest holiday duds to the Ugly Sweater Crawl that begins at Buckhead Saloon for holiday music and drink specials in five different bars.

Christmas party

December 16, 2017 (8 p.m.)

8.5 miles north

Christmas Jingle Mingle is a giant party with live entertainment, DJ music, and a dance floor at Westin Buckhead Atlanta for age 21+ to support charity.

A Christmas Carol

December 16 - 24, 2017

multiple locations

A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and three Christmas ghosts.

Magic

December 16 - 30, 2017 (Saturdays)

1 mile east

Professional magician Peter Morrison performs classic magic and comedy at the Atlanta Magic Theater.

Discount tickets $18.

Holiday plays

December 16 - 31, 2017

multiple locations

Children’s theater

December 16 - 31, 2017

2.6 miles north

Heidi is the classic story of a Swiss girl who lives in the Alps with her grandfather and must travel to the big city, at Synchronicity Theatre.

Discount tickets $9 to $12.

The story of Aretha Franklin

December 17, 2017 (6 p.m., doors 5 p.m.)

14.8 miles SE

Natural Woman features the story and music of Aretha Franklin, who put more singles on the hit charts than any other woman, including “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” at St. James Live.

Discount tickets $18.

Christian Christmas concert

December 17, 2017 (6 p.m.)

26.4 miles NE

A Glorious Christmas features performances by two Grammy Award winning acts (Casting Crowns, and For King & Country) at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

Discount tickets $30.

Jewish celebration

December 17 - 18, 2017

multiple locations

Free Chanukah Celebrations include menorah lighting, music, doughnut decorating, latkes, and hot drinks.

Magical play outdoors

December 17 - 30, 2017

34 miles SW

Gerda must save her brother Kai from the icy clutches of a cold-hearted queen in The Snow Queen, based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen. You see different scenes of the play as you walk the grounds at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills.

Discount tickets $10.

Concert

December 20, 2017 (6:45 p.m.)

2.6 miles NW

Holiday Hootenanny is a concert broken down into four unique one-hour sets plus a silent auction to support charity at Terminal West for age 18+.

Gospel Nativity

December 20, 2017

13 miles SW

Black Nativity retells the story of the first Christmas with dance, spirituals, gospel music, and a rousing finale at Southwest Arts Center.

Harlem holiday musical

December 20 - 24, 2017

1.8 miles NW

Share the ups and downs of a multigenerational Harlem family in The First Noel, a life-affirming holiday musical at Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech.

Discount tickets $20.

Handel’s Messiah

December 21, 2017 (8 p.m.)

2.3 miles north

Ring in the holidays with joyful Handel’s Messiah performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.

New Year’s Eve - restaurants

December 31, 2017

Atlanta locations

Find a list of restaurants that offer special menus and celebrations for New Year’s Eve at OpenTable.

New Year’s Eve - Westin

December 31, 2017

0 miles

Atlanta NYElectric has four DJs playing house & top 40 hits, plus an open bar at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

New Year’s Eve - downtown

December 31, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.1 miles north

Dress up to enjoy an open bar, appetizers, a dinner 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, 2017 (8:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live and DJ music, an open bar, late night bites, and midnight champagne at Black and White New Year’s Celebration, age 21+.

New Year’s Eve - improv

December 31, 2017 (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 glass of champagne during New Year’s Eve Shizzazzle at Dad’s Garage.

New Year’s Eve - Midtown

December 31, 2017 (8 p.m.)

1.9 miles north

Studio 57 New Years Eve party includes a champagne fountain, four DJs, an early buffet, and “five unique environments” at Foxtrot Liquor Bar & Lava Lounge.

New Year’s Eve - Midtown

December 31, 2017 (8:30 p.m.)

2 miles north

New Year's Eve Fire & Ice promises “a premium open bar, gourmet dinner buffet, confetti cannons, balloon drops, champagne showers, DJs, and jaw-dropping fire & ice elements” at Opera Nightclub for age 21+.

New Year’s fantasy party

December 31, 2017 (9 p.m.)

2 miles NE

Dante’s Labyrinth is a winter masquerade costume party for fairies, gnomes, trolls, maidens, goblins, and devils age 18+ at The Masquerade.

New Year’s Eve - beer

December 31, 2017 (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 - Buckhead

December 31, 2017 (8 p.m.)

6.5 miles north

Buckhead Ball has an open bar, a headliner act, and three DJs at the Grand Hyatt.

New Year’s Eve - beer bash

December 31, 2017 (8:30 p.m.)

23 miles north

A ticket to Brew Year’s Eve includes beer, red and white wine, DJ music, a late snack, and a midnight champagne toast in the warehouse of Pontoon Brewing in Sandy Springs for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve with knights

December 31, 2017 (9:30 p.m.)

26 miles NE

Ring in the New Year with the lords and ladies of Medieval Times. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, admission to Museum of Torture, a 2-hour live tournament, a 4-course meal, party favors, a balloon drop, DJ dancing, and champagne toast (juice for kids) in Lawrenceville.

New Year’s Eve - Possum Drop

December 31, 2017

59 miles west

The Possum Drop offers family fun, live country music, midnight fireworks, and food in Tallapoosa. Free.
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