Discover a symphony of sight and sound at Candy Rush World of Illumination at Six Flags. Photo courtesy of World of Illumination
Discover a symphony of sight and sound at Candy Rush World of Illumination at Six Flags. Photo courtesy of World of Illumination

Best Holiday and Christmas Events in Atlanta for Kids

This year's Christmas and holiday season in Atlanta might look different for some families, but it should be no less magical.

Families ready to venture out and create merriment have plenty of options this year, including strolling an open-air Holiday Market at Avalon while sipping hot chocolate or visiting one of Atlanta's holiday mainstays, Stone Mountain Park. 

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, there really is something for everyone this Christmas season. Stone Mountain kicks off its seasonal crowd-pleasing Stone Mountain Christmas November 14, while families can make their way to the Garden Lights, Holiday Nights evening exhibit at The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, also beginning on November 14.

This year, new drive-through theme park Candy Rush at Six Flags White Water in Marietta makes its debut just in time for the holidays. It's the perfect opportunity to pack up a picnic dinner and take a slow drive to ogle the thousands of lights and artful displays in the comfort and safety of your own car.

I'm not sure who's more excited — my kids or myself — to ride the holiday-themed Santa Express, an old-fashioned train that chugs through scenic North Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains and even features a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Enjoy this thorough guide of all the best holiday and Christmas events for kids in Atlanta. Click through the headings below to see more details about each event. Stay in the know about the best things to do with kids in Atlanta with our Mommy Poppins weekly newsletter.  Sign up here

While we try to promote safe activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, keep your family and others safe by wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.

Fairies in the Garden
Woodlands Garden - various times Pick
Trick or Treat Week in Decatur
Decatur Square - various times Pick
Scarecrows in the Garden
Atlanta Botanical Garden - 9:00 AM
Garden Playtime
Atlanta Botanical Garden - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
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