Atlanta events December 2018. Things to do in Atlanta.

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Atlanta events December 2018

Children’s Christmas Parade

December 1, 2018
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 1, 2018 (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 1, 2018 (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.

Riverdale tree lighting

December 1, 2018
16 miles south
Riverdale Annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration has a Christmas parade leaving at 3 p.m. from Dubois Integrity Academy, arriving 4 p.m. at Riverdale Town Center Amphitheater for a tree lighting, hayrides, a petting zoo, a light show, food stations, and Santa. Free.

Holiday concert in Marietta

December 1, 2018 (3 or 8 p.m.)
21.2 miles NW
Holiday Pops features the Georgia Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Santa, a sing-along, and special guests at Marietta Performing Arts Center.

Alpharetta tree lighting

December 1, 2018
25 miles north
Light the Night offers live music, a farmer’s market, snow, food trucks, Santa, and a 6:15 p.m. tree lighting. Free.

Kennesaw Christmas

December 1, 2018
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.

Home tour

December 1 - 2, 2018
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.

Women’s show

December 1 - 2, 2018
11 miles NW
Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo [website has sound] features keynote speakers, shopping, classes, and a beauty lounge at Cobb Galleria Centre.

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+.

Gospel Nativity

December 1 - 9, 2018
1.5 miles NW
Black Nativity retells the story of the first Christmas with dance, spirituals, gospel music, and a rousing finale at Ferst Center for the Arts.

Christmas at the mansion

December 1 - 9, 2018
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.

British Christmas music

December 2, 2018
multiple locations
A Merry Ole Christmas features the Festival Singers of Atlanta performing 18 traditional songs. Donation.
  • Dec. 2 (3 p.m.) Northside Drive Baptist Church

Big holiday concert

December 2, 2018 (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.

Dance against cancer

December 2, 2018 (12 to 4 p.m.)
0.7 miles SE
Dancers Unite Against Cancer includes hors d’oeuvres, a dance performance, DJ, live music, dancing, and a children’s dance party at 236 Auburn Avenue NE.

Jewish celebration

December 2 - 6, 2018
multiple locations
Free Chanukah Celebrations include menorah lighting, music, doughnut decorating, latkes, and hot drinks.

Charity concert

December 7, 2018 (9 p.m.)
2.8 miles east
Bring a new unwrapped toy, or pay $10 to hear four artists perform at the Toys For Tots Benefit at Aisle 5.

Pub crawl

December 8, 2018
multiple locations
Pub Crawl on the BeltLine includes up to five beverages plus food discounts, beginning at three different check-in locations.

Candlelit choir

December 8, 2018 (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 race

December 8, 2018
19 miles NW
Wear bells on your shoes for the Sleighbells on the Square, a 5K/1K race and tot trot at Marietta Square.

Family horse day

December 8, 2018
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.

Small-town parade

December 8, 2018
49 miles west
City of Newnan Christmas Parade includes floats, walking groups, decorated cars and trucks, and marching bands. Free.

Cheerleading competition

December 8 - 9, 2018
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.

Christmas for children

December 9, 2018 (1 to 4 p.m.)
17.4 miles NW
Santa arrives in a helicopter, and then children 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 Aviation Wing of Marietta. Free.

Holidays at the nature center

December 9, 2018 (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 [formerly Reindeer Day] at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.

Pop concert

December 12, 2018 (8 p.m.)
12.2 miles NW
Watch big name singers perform at Star 94.1 Jingle Jam at Coca-Cola Roxy.

Handel’s Messiah

December 13 - 14, 2018 (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.

Jingle Ball concert

December 14, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
0.6 miles SW
Power 96.1 radio brings big-name music artists to Jingle Ball at State Farm Arena.

Celtic concert

December 15, 2018 (8 p.m.)
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.

Ticket deal $18 to $28

Holiday bar crawl

December 15, 2018
2 miles north
Wear your tackiest holiday duds to Ugly Sweater Crawl for holiday music and drink specials in 5 bars, starting at Buckhead Saloon.

Christmas chorale concert

December 15 - 16, 2018
5.3 miles NE
Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale brings joyous music from Atlanta’s award-winning choir to Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

African-American Nutcracker

December 15 - 16, 2018
11 miles SE
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 Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center.

Southern radio show

December 15 - 16, 2018
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.

Christmas market

December 15 - 23, 2018
2.9 miles north
Atlanta Christkindl Market is an open-air German holiday market featuring handmade gifts, German food & beverages, and entertainment on Tower Street NW at Atlantic Station. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays except Dec. 17 & 18. Free.

Christmas show

December 15 - 23, 2018
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, 2018
32 miles NE
Christmas Canteen is a variety show with sketch comedy, theatrical numbers, and singing galore at Aurora Theatre.

A Christmas Carol

December 15 - 24, 2018
multiple locations
A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and three Christmas ghosts.

Make a Christmas ornament

December 15 - 30, 2018
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 24 hours. Children age 10 to 17 OK with a parent.

Holidays at the aquarium

December 15 - 31, 2018
0.5 miles NW
Festival of the SEAson features a light and music show, tree-lighting ceremonies, live entertainment on weekends, and Santa & Scuba Claus (see schedule), at Georgia Aquarium. Open every day in December.

Christmas lights - Marietta

December 15 - 31, 2018
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.

Christmas lights - Callaway Gardens

December 15, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019
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 some nights. Reserve holiday meals.

Save on red value days

Holiday lights - Botanical Garden

December 15, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
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, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
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. 22 & Dec. 25.

Christmas at Stone Mountain

December 15, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
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. Schedule.

Magical play outdoors

December 15, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
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.

Ticket deal $10 to $20

Family musical

December 19 - 20, 2018
2.6 miles north
A Year with Frog and Toad is about the enduring friendship between dissimilar pals (a cheerful frog and a grumpy toad) who celebrate the differences that make them unique and special, at Synchronicity Theatre.

Ticket deal $11

Christmas with Jane Austen

December 20, 2018 (11 a.m.)
0.2 miles south
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley reunites the characters from “Pride and Prejudice” and introduces a love interest for the bookish sister at Theatrical Outfit.

Ticket deal $10


December 20, 2018 (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+.

Holiday variety show

December 20 - 21, 2018 (8 p.m.)
2.3 miles north
A Very Merry Holiday stars Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Whiffenpoofs (an “a cappella” group from Yale), merry songs, and a jitterbugging Santa at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Holiday variety show

December 20 - 23, 2018
17.3 miles NE
Your Happy Holiday is a “dazzling musical event” with singers, dancers, and a live band at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta.

Ticket deal $15 to $27

Candlelit Christmas

December 21, 2018
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 party

December 21, 2018 (8 p.m.)
8.5 miles NE
Christmas Jingle Mingle is a giant party with live entertainment, DJ music, and a dance floor at JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead for age 21+ to support charity.

Football: Peach Bowl

December 29, 2018 (noon)
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, 2018 (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.

New Year’s Eve - restaurants

December 31, 2018
Atlanta locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus and celebrations on New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve - Downtown

December 31, 2018 (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 - improv

December 31, 2018 (7 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, 2018 (8 p.m.)
2 miles north
New Year’s Eve: Battle of the Bars party includes a champagne fountain, an early buffet, and four DJs at Foxtrot Liquor Bar and Lava Lounge.

New Year’s Eve at City Winery

December 31, 2018 (9 p.m.)
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, 2018 (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, 2018 (7 and 10 p.m.)
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 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 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.

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.

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