Thanksgiving Weekend in Atlanta: Tree Lightings, The Nutcracker, and More Things To Do With Kids

Head to The Battery Atlanta for the annual tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, November 26! Photo courtesy The Battery Atlanta
Head to The Battery Atlanta for the annual tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, November 26! Photo courtesy The Battery Atlanta

Looking for the best things to do in Atlanta this Thanksgiving weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your weekend list! 

Atlanta families have lots to be thankful for this year, including so many fun, memory-making events happening this Thanksgiving weekend. After the turkey has become leftovers (or you're stuffed eating at a kid-friendly Atlanta restaurant open on Thanksgiving), jump right into celebrating the holidays. Check out events like the Lighting of the Great Tree on Thanksiving night in Lawrenceville and The Battery Atlanta Tree Lighting, with live music and an outdoor movie, on Saturday night. Thanksgiving weekend starts off many holiday events in Atlanta, including amazing drive-through light shows like Marietta's Lights of LIFE and Canton's Holiday Lights at Veteran's Park

Now's the time that The Polar Express and Atlanta Christmas Trains chug along, including the Holiday Express Train on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, which opens the day after Thanksgiving. Speaking of classic holiday fun, Atlanta also has lots of options for The Nutcracker Ballets and Atlanta Holiday Shows this season. Find more hot tickets, ideas, and events in our Christmas Activities and Holiday Guide for Atlanta Kids. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Mommy Poppins!

Discovery Day Kids Club
Halcyon - 10:00 AM Pick
Holiday Lights at Brook Run Park
Brook Run Park - 3:00 PM Pick
Light Up Brookhaven
Blackburn Park - 6:00 PM Pick
Journey to Space at Fernbank
Fernbank Museum - 10:00 AM
Candy Cane Express at SAM Shortline
SAM Shortline Train at GA Veterans State Park - 10:00 AM
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