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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Atlantic Station
241 20th Street
Atlanta, GA 30363

Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30309

Holiday Lights of Hope at Hobgood Park
6688 Bells Ferry Rd.
Woodstock, GA 30189

Six Flags White Water
250 Cobb Pkway North 100
Marietta, GA 30062

Blue Ridge
241 Depot Street, Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Life University Campus
1269 Barclay Cir.
Marietta, GA 30060

Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

400 Avalon Boulevard
alpharetta, GA 30009

Alliance Theater
1280 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309

Cobb Energy Performance Center
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339

The Avenue East Cobb
4475 Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30062

400 Avalon Boulevard
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Ponce City Market
675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Newtown Park
3150 Old Alabama Road
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Elm Street Cultural Arts
8534 Main Street
Woodstock, GA 30188

Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta
3500 Peachtree Road Suite G1
Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Cultural Arts Center
950 Forrest Street
Roswell, GA 30075

Alliance Theater
1280 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309

Southern Belle Farms
1658 Turner Church Rd
McDonough, GA 30252

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands
7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy.
Buford, GA 30518

Rockefeller Center
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY

Online from President's Park
The Ellipse south of the White House fence and north of Constitution Avenue and the National Mall
Washington, DC 20502

New-York Historical Society Online

5342 Tilly Mill Road
Dunwoody , GA 30338
The Pigeon Comes to Atlanta! A Mo Willems Exhibit
Children's Museum of Atlanta - 9:30 AM
Skate The Station at Atlantic Station
Atlantic Station - 11:00 AM
She Persisted, The Musical
Streaming - various times
Hip Hop Cinderella
- various times
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