If you are one of the lucky ones done with Christmas shopping, you might have some free time to actually enjoy the holiday season. If not, well, just buy some Amazon gift cards for the rest of the people on your gift list and check out these Atlanta holiday events:
1. See the Christmas lights in Marietta! Lights of Life is open every day with 1.5 miles of holiday lights, displays, kids’ activities, and concessions at Life University. Runs until December 31, 2015.
2. Just a few miles away you can go ice skating outdoors at the Marietta Square at its Winter Wonderland open-air ice skating rink! Open until New Year’s Day 2016.
3. Garden Lights Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Gardens promises a dazzling display of lights every night through January 9, 2016. For more information, go to http://atlantabg.org/events-classes/events/garden-lights.
4. Go to Callaway Gardens for their Fantasy in Lights, a spectacular holiday light and sound show, with eight million lights, displays, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus.
5. Black Nativity retells the story of the first Christmas with dance, spirituals, gospel music, and a rousing finale at Southwest Arts Center.
6. Wear a holiday costume to the Highlands Santa Stumble 5 Bar Crawl in Virginia Highlands for food and drink specials plus free shots on December 18, 2015 starting at 7:00 pm.
7. Festival of the SEAson features a light and music show, tree-lighting ceremonies, Santa and SCUBA Claus, and live entertainment at Georgia Aquarium. Runs December 16-25, 2015.
8. Drive past colorful displays on Magical Nights of Lights to reach Holiday Village, where you can shop, dine, visit Santa, and take carnival rides at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. December 16, 2015 through January 3, 2016.
9. Walk candlelit paths at Atlanta History Center to historic houses with holiday decorations and activities, plus food and drink for sale at Candlelight Nights.
10. Stone Mountain Christmas features 2 million lights, holiday shows, a snow-angel palace, a parade with Santa, fireworks, and snowfall at Stone Mountain Park. Nearby Snow Mountain offers inner tube rides.
11. On Saturday, December 19, 2015, wear your ugliest sweater for the Ugly Sweater Run 5K and after-party at Piedmont Park.
12. The Christmas Jingle Mingle is a giant party for age 21+ with live entertainment, DJ music, and a dance floor at Crowne Plaza Ravinia to support charity.
13. Celebrate the season with the undead at Zombie Escape, where you and 11 others are Trapped in a Room with a Zombie on a growing chain, with only 1 hour to solve clues and escape, in Tucker. Discount tickets $15.
14. Lights at the Speedway – Drive past 3 million lights and displays at Holiday Light Spectacular, which includes Santa’s village, Christmas tree forest, and carnival rides at Atlanta Motor Speedway. See schedule. December 16 – 30, 2015 (Closed Dec. 25).
15. An Irish Christmas includes carols, folk music and exhilarating traditional dance at Fox Theatre on December 21, 2015.
16. Jingle Ball Concert – Power 96.1 radio brings big-name music artists to Jingle Ball at Philips Arena on Thursday, December 17, 2015.
17. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a puppet version of the classic TV show at Center for Puppetry Arts.
18. A Year with Frog and Toad is about the enduring friendship between dissimilar pals (a cheerful frog and a grumpy toad) at Synchronicity Theatre December 18-27, 2015.
19. Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas and tour decorated homes, see a holiday show, enjoy breakfast or dinner with Santa, and shop at Christmas in Roswell.
20. Go see A Christmas Tradition, a family-friendly non-stop song and dance revue featuring classic Christmas tunes at Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta December 18-20, 2015.
And of course, we will be happy to be your resting place on your way to and from these fantastic events. Grab a FREE DRINK and come on in for a well-deserved deep dish pizza to fuel up for the next round of shopping and holiday events!