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The holiday season can be a hectic time of year for many, and when you’re running around trying to buy presents for everyone on your list, carving out the time to experience all the fun events might not be at the forefront of your mind. Luckily, we’ve rounded up a few holiday events in the Atlanta area that are a little closer to home. Read on to find out how you can join in on all the winter festivities.

1. Atlanta Christkindl Market | December 2023

The Atlanta Christkindl Market in Buckhead is the biggest celebration of its kind. Jump into a Bavarian-style wonderland, where you’ll be able to experience the old-fashioned wooden chalets and shop from over 80 local vendors. Enjoy authentic German food and drinks like schnitzel, bratwurst, spiced cider and so much more. This event is free to attend, so don’t hesitate to bring as many friends and family members as you’d like.

2. Wreath Building Workshop | All Winter

When it comes to holiday décor, why not take the DIY route to add that personal touch? Check out a wreath building workshop near you, where you’ll be guided by an instructor to create a wreath you’ll be able to use for years to come. While it would be a beautifully eye-catching piece to display in your home, wreaths are also great items to gift family and friends. This is a ticketed event, so be sure to snag your spots as soon as possible. 

3. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights | November 18 – January 14, 2024

With nearly 2 billion dancing lights tucked into the trees and sleeping flowers of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, all while twinkling in sync to music and changing colors, this beautiful landscape transforms into a breathtaking winter wonderland you won’t want to miss.

4. Lights of Life University | December, 2023

Drive through the beautifully transformed campus of Life University in Marietta during the Lights of Life University event. There’s train rides, a petting zoo, and concessions, providing fun for the entire family.

5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Puppet Show | November 8 – December 31, 2023

Enjoy a classic childhood favorite this holiday season by taking a trip to see Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer live and in-person. The Center for Puppetry Arts will be reviving this classic tale using the original puppets from the 1964 production — a rare spectacle you wont want to miss.

Still on the prowl for more places to visit around town? Discover the 5-mile guide to Atlanta’s three new communities.


Images courtesy of; Atlanta Parent (Atlanta Chriskindl Market);  Atlanta Parent (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)


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