Downtown, Illuminated: Can't-Miss Holiday Events in Atlanta

Beloved classics and fresh faces on the scene: Downtown Atlanta is bringing holiday cheer in a big way. 

Lights & Decor

PRISM: Winter Lights at Woodruff Park, curated by Dashboard, opens on Saturday, December 7 with a celebration that will feature music by Ree De La Vega, plus food and drink for purchase. The exhibit, featuring light-based work by artists from across the country, is free and open to the public through February 2020. Details

Centennial Olympic Park hosts an International Winter Wonderland this year. Purchase tickets to experience the Chinese Lantern Festival, themed "Into the Wild," and peruse goods at the Atlanta Christkindl Market set up by the Fountain of Rings. Details

World of Coca-Cola has adorned Pemberton Place with a dazzling holiday display that includes larger-than-life ornaments (making for an awesome photo backdrop). Inside, enjoy Gingerbread Coke, a holiday-themed tour of Coca-Cola ads, and much more. Details

The newly-renovated plaza at Peachtree Center will host four world-renowned professional ice sculptors who will compete to see who can carve the most spectacular holiday statue. Catch the displays on December 3...before they melt! Details

Festive Live Performances

The Rialto Center for the Arts will host a Holiday Gala concert, featuring over 200 Georgia State University School of Music voices, plus two nights of Celtic Christmas. Details

Theatrical Outfit's The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, a Pride and Prejudice-inspired holiday romance, runs November 27-December 29. TO will also host The Balzer Jazz Series ft. Joe Grandsen and a one-night performance of A Christmas Memory. Details

Agatha's "A Taste of Mystery" Dinner Theatre offers interactive, theatrical fun paired with a meal. Take the family to experience their latest show, It's a Die Hard Candy Holiday! Details

This December, the Shakespeare Tavern will produce the beloved class A Christmas Carol, plus a night of carols sung by the Atlanta Opera Chorus. Details

TUBACHRISTMAS returns to Underground Atlanta on Friday, December 6. Free and open to the public, hundreds of tuba players will gather at Underground to play your favorite holiday tunes, with food and beverages available for purchase. Details

Family-Friendly Programming 

Tour eternal homes, purchase a handmade wreath, shop for unique gifts, and much more at Oakland Cemetery's Victorian Holiday event. Details

Head to Georgia Aquarium for a holiday tree lighting and breakfast with the big man himself. Details

Add Zoo Atlanta's Jungle Bells and Cookies with Santa programs to your list of annual traditions. Details

The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame's Deck the Hall runs December 21-31, in addition to a few extra-exciting GameDay Tailgates Built by The Home Depot. Details

Children's Museum of Atlanta hosts celebrations of a variety of light-filled holidays, including Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Ring in 2020 at the Bubble Bash! Details

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