Holiday Experiences in Atlanta

As the holiday season unfolds, the heart of Atlanta shows through family fun festivities and attractions bustling with spirited decor. Whether you’re a local seeking new traditions or a visitor eager to discover the city’s holiday magic, Atlanta offers endless opportunities to make memories. No matter what you’re into, there’s something for you in the A. Peruse the list below to pick your next holiday activity.

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Charming Markets and Exhibits

Shop and eat German fare at the 2023 Christkindl German Market. (Photo courtesy of Jamestown)

Visit annual holiday markets like the Atlanta Christkindl Market nestled in the heart of Buckhead Village with wooden stalls adorned with handmade crafts. Shop amid the comforting scent of mulled wine. Head to Atlantic Station for heartwarming decor and weekend holiday markets for festive items and treats. A visit to the downtown Atlanta’s Broad Street Boardwalk will leave you in a cheerful mood with fun events happening every week. Check out these Christmas and Holiday Events for more.

Skate the Sky and Beyond

Skate up, up, up in the sky at Ponce City Market. (Photo courtesy of Jamestown)

You have options when it comes to ice skating in the A. Whether its on top of Ponce City Market with skyline views or among the Christmas lights at Atlantic Station, you can never go wrong with bringing in the holidays with this fun activity. Looking for more places to skate? Check out Where to Go Ice Skating in Atlanta.

Holiday Pop-Up Bar Hopping

Can you spot the elves? (Photo by Heidi Harris Geldhauser)

Bar hop holiday style at the many cheerful holiday bars. From festive beverages to seasonal bites and decked-out decor; Atlanta’s holiday pop-ups are on another level. Need recommendations on where to go? See the Best Christmas Pop-Up Bars in Atlanta or the Best Holiday Cocktails in Atlanta.

Holiday Light Shows

Zoo Atlanta is all dressed up with lights for the holidays. (Photo courtesy of Zoo Atlanta)

Enter a winter wonderland at the many holiday light exhibits around Atlanta. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and prepare to be amazed by the dazzling Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden. IllumiNights at Zoo Atlanta brings a unique experience with new nature-inspired lanterns. Check Where to See Holiday Lights in Atlanta for more.

Cozy Stays

Get cozy in the Sweet Escape room at Bellyard Hotel. (Photo by Aubree Dumas)

Grab the family or your best friends and plan a night at one of Atlanta’s coziest hotels during the holidays. The St. Regis turns into a festive fantasy with enchanting decor and the Swiss-inspired chalet, The Astor Chalet. Journey to the North Pole at the Bellyard in the Polar Express-themed room. Consider these Cozy Stays for more recommendations.

Looking for more things to do during the holidays? See our Ultimate Guide to the Holidays in Atlanta.

Aubree is a content creator with a passion for all things food and travel. You can find her around Atlanta tasting some of the most iconic bites or burning it all off on the dance floor.

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