Christmas in Atlanta Bucket List

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I love Christmas time.  Maybe even more than fall, so that’s a lot for me if you saw all my posts from this fall.

There are so many amazing and fun things to do to get in the Christmas spirit (I guess you can say holiday, but no filters here – I’m a Christian and I celebrate the birth of my LORD and SAVIOR this time of year!)

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I started thinking about the realistic things we will check off our list this year, but also thought I would add a few more either because we have gone in the past, or may in the future (as kids get older, or just to spread out the fun!)

New this year in Atlanta, and top of my list is the Global Winter Wonderland at Turner Field.  This opens November 21st – January 5th from 5pm-11pm daily, and is $24.99 for adult tickets, $16.99 for kids, and best deal for us this year, kids 4 & under are FREE!  It appears they have made many of the world’s most well-known landmarks into light displays (some up to 7 stories high according to the video!) in the Global Village.  Also traditional Christmas light displays, a dinosaur maze, carnival rides, daily entertainment (including Christian artist Aaron Shust one night!), meet & greet with Santa, and more to be announced!  Wow – I really can’t wait.  Review definitely to come – stay tuned!
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Stone Mountain Christmas – I keep saying I want to go here, for all seasons.  I’ve already missed the Pumpkin Festival and the Yellow Daisy festival – so maybe we’ll make it for Christmas!  So much to do including (but not limited to); shows, parades, 4D theater, shopping, characters, Santa, and every night there is a snowfall and fireworks!  All of this in addition to their usual activities (which is a ton!)  I haven’t been in a good number of years, so maybe it’s time for a return trip and this sounds like a pretty good time of year to go!
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Macy’s Pink Pig at Macy’s Lenox Sqaure – An Atlanta tradition (so I’ve been told).  Have yet to go – but the kids seem good ages to maybe check this out.

For more than 50 years, Atlantans have started their holiday traditions by riding the Macy’s Pink Pig. Kids of all ages are now invited to ride the Macy’s Pink Pig train on top of the Lenox Square Mall. Atlanta’s most unique and beloved holiday tradition rides beneath the signature 170-foot, 1950’s themed Pink Pig Tent.Since 1953, Macy’s Pink Pig has been delighting generations of Atlantans. Come ride Priscilla the Pink Pig on train tracks through a life-sized storybook featuring Priscilla and her friends. Tickets are available at the Macy’s Pink Pig kiosk inside the East mall entrance at Lenox Square. A portion of the ride’s proceeds will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens Lights, Holiday Nights.  We just joined the garden (see our last visit here!), and while this is not included in our membership, we do get a discount, and we can’t wait to go back!  Last time we checked this out was actually it’s first year, and the weekend before our LM was born!  Beautiful lights adorn all the gardens.  There is also a Holiday Model Train Show (LM will like this!)  Also during the day throughout the season there are many kids activities (including a ride-on train) that sound great too!garden_lights_storza_by_joey_ivansco_1

Callaway Gardens – Fantasy in Lights.  Another great holiday light display.  I took LL last year with some family for a ride on the “Jolly Trolley”.  You can also drive your own car through, but for little ones the trolley is a nice way to make sure they can see everything.  Be sure to bundle up though, and hang on, it can get cold and bumpy, but its beautiful (especially by the lake) and we loved it!  There is also a big indoor and outdoor area to shop, eat, drink, and meet St. Nick.  Will definitely go back, probably not this year with everything else we want to check out – but maybe next, and definitely recommend.  Also they had a Groupon – keep your eye out for another if you’re planning going to save some $$!

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Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands – I’ll list this as a “someday” activity.  We are not very close to Lake Lanier, but I would love to go up there once the kids are older.  This sounds like another great light display.  Anyone been?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!  Looks like they have ice skating, a live nativity, Santa, and carnival rides.

A few honorable mentions:
Holiday in Lights at Centennial Olympic Park (maybe even check out SkyView?)
Lights at Life University (Marietta)
Season of Magic (Piedmont Park)
Gift of Lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway

I’m sure I’m missing a million other things, but thought I would share our Christmas bucket list.  Updates to come throughout the season!  What’s on yours?

Merry Christmas Season – bless you and your family this special time of year, and may you keep in the front of your hearts and mind the TRUE meaning.  Amen and have fun!

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5 responses to “Christmas in Atlanta Bucket List

  1. Mom

    Be sure to include Grandma in some of these activities 🙂 !!!

  2. One more for the list:

    http://www.therockranch.com/rockranchchristmas.html

    You can both have breakfast and one-on-one time with Santa and there are drive-through lights at night! This is one of our favorite Fall places!

  3. Oh my gosh! These all look so fun! Cory has never been to the Botanical Gardens- it seems like a trip is in order!

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