Atlanta events, festivals, things to do – December 2018

December 2018
best events in Atlanta

Dog costume parade

December 1, 2018

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 1, 2018

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 1, 2018

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.
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Christmas home tour

December 1 - 2, 2018

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+.

Christmas lights - Marietta

December 1 - 31, 2018 (Nov. 22+)

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.

New Year’s Eve - restaurants

December 31, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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 - improv

December 31, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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 Eve at City Winery

December 31, 2018

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 fantasy party

December 31, 2018

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 bash

December 31, 2018

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, 2018

6.4 miles north

New Year’s Eve includes an early buffet, open bar, and champagne toast at Buckhead Saloon for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve - Buckhead

December 31, 2018

6.5 miles north

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

New Year’s Eve - comedy

December 31, 2018

17.5 miles NE

Laugh your way into 2018 at the New Year’s Eve show at Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross, which has a two drink minimum and is for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve - beer bash

December 31, 2018

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, 2018

26 miles NE

Ring in the New Year with the lords and ladies of Medieval Times. Ticket includes admission to 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.

New Year’s Eve - Possum Drop

December 31, 2018

59 miles west

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

Jewish celebration

December 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

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

Winter party

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Jingle Ball concert

December 2018 (undated)

1 mile NE

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

Concert

December 2018 (undated)

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+.

Charity concert

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Home tour

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Ugly Sweater bar crawl

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Cheerleading competition

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Pop concert

December 2018 (undated)

11 miles NW

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

Holiday race

December 2018 (undated)

19 miles NW

Wear bells on your shoes for the Sleighbells on the Square, a 5K/1K race and tot trot at Marietta Square.

Reindeer Day

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Magical play outdoors

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Family horse day

December 2018 (undated)

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.

A Christmas Carol

December 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

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

French Christmas music

December 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

Joyeux Noël features the Festival Singers of Atlanta performing a dozen French songs. Donation.
  • Episcopal Church of the Epiphany
  • Northside Drive Baptist Church

Big holiday concert

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Celtic concert

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Aquarium holiday

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Children’s Christmas Parade

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Handel’s Messiah

December 2018 (undated)

2.3 miles north

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

Holiday variety show

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Christmas market

December 2018 (undated)

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.

African-American Nutcracker

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Rudolph puppet show

December 2018 (undated)

3 miles north

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

Santa bar crawl

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Christmas at the mansion

December 2018 (undated)

4 miles NE

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

Holidays around the world

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Candlelit choir

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Christmas chorale concert

December 2018 (undated)

5.3 miles NE

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

Candlelit Christmas

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Family Christmas show

December 2018 (undated)

7.6 miles NE

Up on the Housetop is filled with holiday songs and stories and includes a visit from Santa at OnStage Atlanta.

Christmas party

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Gospel Nativity

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Christmas for children

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Christmas at Stone Mountain

December 2018 (undated)

19 miles east

Stone Mountain Christmas has 2 million lights, holiday shows, a snow-angel palace, a nightly parade with Santa, and snowfall at Stone Mountain Park. Nearby Snow Mountain has tube rides.

Christmas show

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Powder Springs tree lighting

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Southern radio show

December 2018 (undated)

23 miles SE

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

Alpharetta tree lighting

December 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

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.

Christmas extravaganza

December 2018 (undated)

32 miles NE

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

Christmas at Lake Lanier

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Small-town parade

December 2018 (undated)

49 miles west

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

Small-town parade

December 2018 (undated)

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.

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

December 2018 (undated)

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 on some nights. Reserve breakfast and dinner shows.