Ways to celebrate the holidays in metro Atlanta | 2022

ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - The 2022 holiday season is upon us and there is no shortage of ways to celebrate around metro Atlanta! The sheer amount of things to do this holiday season can be overwhelming, so we’re here to help you out.

Check below for holiday events happening around Atlanta!

Christmas Canteen

  • WHAT: 27th year of iconic Christmas revue.
  • WHEN: Thursdays through Sundays Nov. 25 to Dec. 23
  • WHERE: Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville

Christkindl Market

  • WHAT: German market as well as ballet performances.
  • WHEN: Nov. 26 to Dec. 24
  • WHERE: Buckhead Village, Atlanta

Skate the Sky

  • WHAT: Ice skating rink, party igloos, New Year’s Eve celebration and more at Ponce City Market.
  • WHEN: Nov. 25 to Dec. 31
  • WHERE: Ponce City Market, Atlanta

Cookies with Santa

  • WHAT: Personal visit and photos with Santa.
  • WHEN: Dec. 3 and 4
  • WHERE: Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta

Christmas Tree lighting

  • WHAT: Christmas tree lighting followed by a screening of The Grinch.
  • WHEN: Nov. 26
  • WHERE: The Battery Atlanta, Marietta

Tinsel Tavern

  • WHAT: Pop-up bar featuring holiday-inspired cocktails and small bites, photo moments and themed nights.
  • WHEN: Dec. 1
  • WHERE: The Battery Atlanta, Marietta

Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting

  • WHAT: Christmas Tree lighting with ornament decorating,, a live puppet show, and photo opportunities with Santa.
  • WHEN: Dec. 1, 6 p.m.
  • WHERE: Vinings Jubilee at Tower Stage, 4300 Paces Ferry Rd. SE, Atlanta

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

  • WHAT: Faithful puppetry adaptation of the 1964 Rankin-Bass classic. The original Santa and Rudolph puppets will also be on display.
  • WHEN: Nov. 9 to Dec. 31
  • WHERE: Center for the Puppetry Arts, Atlanta

Georgia Festival of Trees

  • WHAT: Yearly holiday event with Christmas trees, activities and photos with Santa.
  • WHEN: Nov. 19 to 27
  • WHERE: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta

Winter WonderLights

  • WHAT: A half-mile trail with light-up creatures, a tunnel of multicolored lights and a holiday market.
  • WHEN: Nov. 23 to Jan. 8
  • WHERE: State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens

IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival

  • WHAT: More than 80 Chinese-style lanterns created by Hanart Culture.
  • WHEN: Nov. 21 to Jan. 15
  • WHERE: Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta

“Home for the Holidays” House Tours

  • WHAT: Guided tours of the historic home of author Joel Chandler Harris located in Atlanta’s West End.
  • WHEN: Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 17 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • WHERE: The Wren’s Nest, Atlanta

Santa’s Arrival Event

  • WHAT: Evening full of giveaways, balloon artists, photo opportunities and holiday entertainment.
  • WHEN: Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Town Center at Cobb, Kennesaw

Storytime with Santa

  • WHAT: Gather around for holiday stories read by Santa Claus inside Pottery Barn. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity of NW Atlanta.
  • WHEN: Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23; 4 and 5 p.m.
  • WHERE: Avenue East Cobb, Marietta

Shrek the Musical JR.

  • WHAT: Adaptation of the award-winning Broadway musical performed by the Roswell Youth Theatre.
  • WHEN: Dec. 2 and 3
  • WHERE: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell

The Grinch Remixed

  • WHAT: “Family-friendly dance production” of the Dr. Seuss book performed by Roswell Dance Starz.
  • WHEN: Dec. 17
  • WHERE: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell

Victorian Christmas

  • WHAT: West End mansion decked in gorgeous period holiday decor, and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions from reenactors in period dress.
  • WHEN: Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17
  • WHERE: Hardman Farm Historic Site, Sautee Nacoochee

Victorian Holiday

  • WHAT: Unique seasonal open house with decorated mausoleums, a wreath sale and a pop-up shop at the bell tower.
  • WHEN: Dec. 3, 10 a.m.
  • WHERE: Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta

East Point Coat Drive

  • WHAT: Coat drive for Silver Star Chapter No. 1 and the Jencare Senior Medical Center.
  • WHEN: Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Donation deadline is Nov. 24, 5 p.m.
  • WHERE: JenCare Senior Medical Center-East Point, 2084 Headland Dr., East Point

Winter of Wonders

  • WHAT: Atlanta Women’s Chorus holiday show.
  • WHEN: Dec. 17, 2 and 7 p.m.
  • WHERE: Cascade Midtown United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce De Leon Ave NE

Thanksgiving Gifts of Care

  • WHAT: Donation drive for Salvation Army.
  • WHEN: Nov. 7 to 21
  • WHERE: Multiple locations in Brookhaven

Neighborhood Christmas Train

  • WHAT: one of Atlanta’s largest model Christmas Train displays including over 300 homes, shops and churches along with mountain-top chalets, diners, Home Depot, and an amusement park.
  • WHEN: Weekends in December through Dec. 18
  • WHERE: 3135 Reps Miller Rd., Norcross

Holiday traditions at the Avenue West Cobb

  • WHAT: Photos with Santa, selfies with holiday characters and special Christmas concerts featuring Atlanta Christmas Extravaganza and local carolers.
  • WHEN: Wednesdays between Nov. 30 and Dec. 21 (Photos with Santa), Dec. 3, 9 and 17 (Selfies), Dec. 14 (Atlanta Christmas Extravaganza) and Dec. 4, 10 and 18 (carolers)
  • WHERE: The Avenue at West Cobb

Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • WHAT: Lighting of a 50-foot Christmas tree followed by an hour-long holiday celebration in the park with Atlanta’s beloved Pink Pigs.
  • WHEN: Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Atlanta History Center, Atlanta

Holiday Happenings at the Outlet Shoppes

  • WHAT: Festival Fridays featuring a light show, games and goodies. tree lighting event and Santa Sundays.
  • WHEN: Fridays and Sundays from Nov. 11 to Dec. 18. Tree lighting event Nov. 12 at 3 p.m.
  • WHERE: The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, Woodstock

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus 42nd Holiday Concert

  • WHAT: Concerts featuring pieces such as “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Not in Our Town.”
  • WHEN: Dec. 2, 8 p.m.; Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
  • WHERE: Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta

Winter Wonder Bar

  • WHAT: Pop-up bar serving festive cocktails
  • WHEN: Nov. 20 to Dec. 31
  • WHERE: Bocado, 2820 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta

Movie Night with Newnan Police

  • WHAT: Pictures with the Grinch and screening of The Grinch
  • WHEN: Nov. 11, 4 p.m.
  • WHERE: 1 Joesph Hannah Blvd., Newnan

Christmas with the Cops Festival

  • WHAT: Holiday celebration with 80 vendors, photo backdrops for your holiday photos, a petting zoo and more.
  • WHEN: Nov. 11, 4 p.m.
  • WHERE: 2083 Fairburn Rd., Douglasville

Harp for the Holidays

  • WHAT: An evening of holiday favorites for harp ensemble and new classical works by BIPOC composers.
  • WHEN: Dec. 2, 8:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta

Tree Lighting at the Forum

  • WHAT: Tree lighting with performances, face painting and holiday crafts.
  • WHEN: Nov. 18, 6 p.m.
  • WHERE: 5155 Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree Corners

The Lighting of Avalon

  • WHAT: Celebration of the beginning of the Christmas season.
  • WHEN: Nov. 20, 1 p.m.
  • WHERE: 400 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta

Deck the Hall

  • WHAT: Family-friendly activities and Christmas carols of college football fans’ favorite fight songs.
  • WHEN: Dec. 1 through 14
  • WHERE: College Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta

Photos with Santa

  • WHAT: Photos with Santa, including pajama and ugly sweater days.
  • WHEN: Nov. 10 through Dec. 24
  • WHERE: Mall of Georgia, Buford

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

  • WHAT: Millions of brilliantly-colored LED lights and displays, including new sculptures from French artist Cédric LeBorgne.
  • WHEN: Nov. 12 through Jan. 14, 2023
  • WHERE: Atlanta Botanical Garden

Photos and Sweet Moments with Santa

  • WHAT: Photo opportunities and coloring activities with Santa.
  • WHEN: Nov. 11 to Dec. 24
  • WHERE: Town Center at Cobb, Kennesaw

Snow Day at Alpharetta City Center

  • WHAT: A meet-and-greet with llamas, live music and craft stations.
  • WHEN: Dec. 10, noon to 3 p.m.
  • WHERE: Alpharetta City Center, Alpharetta

Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas

  • WHAT: Variety of Christmas-themed events in Dahlonega.
  • WHEN: Nov. 25 to Dec. 31
  • WHERE: Dahlonega

Athens on Ice

  • WHAT: Public ice skating rink.
  • WHEN: Nov. 25 to Dec. 31
  • WHERE: Classic Center, Athens

Macy’s 75th Great Tree Lighting

  • WHAT: Private tree lighting ceremony of a 56-foot tall with 45,000 multi-color sparkling LED lights.
  • WHEN: Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
  • WHERE: The Rooftop of Macy’s Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta

Holiday in the Park

  • WHAT: Holiday celebration at Six Flags Over Georgia.
  • WHEN: Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
  • WHERE: Six Flags Over Georgia, Austell

Light Up Brookhaven

  • WHAT: Christmas tree lighting with food, music, and the arrival of Santa via helicopter.
  • WHEN: Dec. 7, 6 p.m.
  • WHERE: Blackburn Park, Brookhaven

Holiday events at Lenox Square

  • WHAT: Photo opportunities, Christmas carolers and ballet performances.
  • WHEN: Nov. 17 to Dec. 17
  • WHERE: Lenox Square mall, Atlanta

Skating Rink and Maker’s Market

  • WHAT: Skating rink, Christmas celebration and fashion show among other celebrations.
  • WHEN: Nov. 18 to Jan. 2
  • WHERE: Atlantic Station, Atlanta

The Blind Elf

  • WHAT: Pop-up bar featuring cocktails and appetizers.
  • WHEN: Now to Dec. 30
  • WHERE: The Blind Pig, 128 East Andrews Dr., Atlanta

The Office Bar

  • WHAT: Special holiday cocktail selection.
  • WHEN: Now to Jan. 1
  • WHERE: Epicurean Atlanta, Atlanta

Holiday Traditions at the Avenue Peachtree City

  • WHAT: Photos with Santa, selfies with holiday characters and special Christmas concerts featuring Atlanta Christmas Extravaganza and local carolers.
  • WHEN: Mondays between Nov. 28 and Dec. 19 (Photos with Santa), Dec. 4, 10 and 18 (Selfies), Dec. 5 and 19 (Christmas Concert by Gracepoint Church) and Dec. 3, 11 and 17 (carolers)
  • WHERE: The Avenue Peachtree City

Ice Skating Rink

  • WHAT: Ice skating rink, $15 for adults and $12 for kids 5 & under, including rental skates.
  • WHEN: Nov. 23 to Feb. 15
  • WHERE: Pullman Yards

Holiday Cheer at the Roswell Arts Center

  • WHAT: Performances by the Atlanta Vocal Project, Atlanta Dance Theatre, Frisch Marionettes, singer Katie Deal and puppeteer Lee Bryan.
  • WHEN: throughout December
  • WHERE: Roswell Arts Center

Winter West Wonderland

  • WHAT: Lighted displays of student-built sculptures, a holiday market and a photo opportunity with Kris Kringle and Winter Wolfie, the University of West Georgia mascot.
  • WHEN: Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, 4:30 to 9 p.m. nightly
  • WHERE: 302 West Georgia Dr., Carrollton

The Astor Chalet

  • WHAT: Chalet designed architect Keith Summerour housing a pop-up by Lucy’s Market. Events include sip and shop, Christmas Day brunch and Tea with Santa
  • WHEN: Nov. 25 through Dec. 24
  • WHERE: The St. Regis Atlanta

Alexandra Parker

Alexandra Parker joined Atlanta News First as a Digital Content Producer in July 2022.