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Celebrate the Holidays in Atlanta: Things To Do In December

The holidays are here and we couldn’t be more excited for Atlanta to fill with magic, wonder and holiday cheer. If you’re staying in town this winter or visiting Atlanta from out of town, here are the best things to do that will get you in the holiday spirit!

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

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Every year the Atlanta Botanical Garden transforms into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. Take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy dazzling Christmas displays. While many fan favorite exhibitions are returning, there will also be never before seen displays, including an all-new exhibition in the Anne Cox Chambers Garden by French artist Cédric LeBorgne.

Holiday Pop-Up Bars

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Visiting a holiday pop-up bar is a great way to get festive this season! Some Atlanta favorites that are worth checking out include The Blind Elf, Miracle Bar, Sippin’ Santa and The Jingle Bar at The Works.

Ponce City Market

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Ponce City Market is full of holiday activities! You can ice skate on the rooftop, rent a cozy igloo, enjoy seasonal cocktails and small bites and take selfies with Santa. It’s also a great stop for holiday shopping!

Atlanta Christkindl Market

Photo via The Christkindl Market

Buckhead Village’s Christkindl Market is back! This traditional German Christmas market features vendors that sell unique gifts, beverages and food. Enjoy the Christmas trees, check out live performances and try some delicious authentic German food!

Christmas Tree Lightings

Photo via The Vinings Jubilee

Nothing gets us in the mood for the holidays more than a beautiful Christmas tree! There are tons of beautiful tree displays in Atlanta, with special events for the first lighting. Check out the Christmas Tree lighting events at The Vinings Jubilee, Avalon, The Colony and Brookhaven.

Winter Wonderland at Fernbank

Photo via Fernbank Museum

The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is presenting its annual exhibition, Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World. This exhibit features displays and beautiful trees decorated in the style of different cultures for celebrations, including Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as cuisine and traditions from around the world.

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