Join Alice, the Red Queen, White Rabbit, and more at Garden Lights Holiday Nights. Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Botanic Gardens
Join Alice, the Red Queen, White Rabbit, and more at Garden Lights Holiday Nights. Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Botanic Gardens

Best Things to Do in Atlanta in December with Kids: Christmas Lights, Holiday Theater, Hanukkah

Christmas is approaching, and there's a certain magic in the Atlanta area, with all the sights, sounds, and lights that make the holiday so special. But before we get there, there are plenty of creative and safe events to keep your family entertained in December. 

So don't don your Christmas jammies before you enjoy some of these socially distanced and fun things to do with the family in Atlanta. 

Enjoy classical theater productions such as A Christmas Carol, which this year gets creative with Elm Street Theater's production in Woodstock, on the lawn, or in the Summerhill neighborhood near Georgia Tech, or from the comfort of your own car with The Alliance Theater.  

The holiday season would not be complete without a viewing of The Nutcracker.  This year, The Atlanta Ballet offers several ways to experience the classic family favorite: Families can stream it from the comfort of their homes or enjoy it from their cars with a unique drive-in experience, December 2-6.

Holiday lights brighten the Atlanta skyline this time of year, so why not pack up the car and take the kids on a tour of these spirited neighborhoods.    

For another unique drive-through experience, head to Candy Rush, an epic light show that's making its debut at Six Flags White Water in Marietta. For those seeking a last-minute and unique shopping experience, head to Avalon's Holiday Market in Alpharetta, where you can the peruse locally sourced artisinal goods before you lace up the kids' skates at the nearby seasonal outdoor rink

Whatever you do, your friends at Mommy Poppins wish you a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. And remember, our events calendar is loaded with fun, family events right through New Year's Day.

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 an 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. Keep in mind, reservations are required for many of these events, so plan your outings in advance, and be sure to click through to our listing for all the details, including address, time, and pricing. Given the fluid nature of the pandemic, some events could be canceled at a moment's notice so make sure to call or check websites before heading out.

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Places featured in this article:


Holiday Lights of Hope at Hobgood Park

Cobb Energy Performance Center

Roswell Cultural Arts Center

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

New-York Historical Society Online
Night Skies in the Observatory at Home
The Franklin Institute - various times Pick
Nature's Ninjas Exhibit at Fernbank
Fernbank Museum of Natural History - 10:00 AM
Toddler Thursday at the High
High Museum - 12:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides