Family-Friendly Christmas in Atlanta

Events, Things to Do, What's New — By gianninasmith on December 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm
The family is in town and it is up to you to entertain them during their visit. While it is nice to enjoy Eggnog around the fire and catch up on day one, by day three you (and your guests) may start twiddling their thumbs waiting for Santa to arrive. Beat the Christmas cabin fever by getting out of the house and showing your family the great holiday-centric happenings in Atlanta. Here are some suggestions on local activities that will keep everyone entertained (from Grandpa Joe to your little cousins) and in the holiday spirit.
  • The Nutcracker at The Fabulous Fox Theatre: Even if your not into the ballet, checking out the interior of this impressive, Morrish-style structure will impress. The Nutcracker is being performed until Dec. 26. Other holiday shows to check out are the The Christmas Music of Manheim Steamroller on Dec. 28 and Larry Carols and Mo’! on Dec. 13.
  • The Holiday Ice Spectacular: Taking the ice Dec. 16 – Dec. 24 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, this holiday ice extravaganza features line dancing, a giant Christmas tree and a variety of vignettes and performances. What’s more, if you use the discount codes BERT or CHOA when purchasing your tickets, you get a $10 discount while giving $5 back to non-profit Bert’s Big Adventure or Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
  • Snow Tubbing: Yes you read that right. At Stone Mountain Park you and your family can go tubing down a mountain of the fluffy white stuff, thanks to the resort’s man-made Snow Mountain covered in 240 tons of snow. This popular attraction opens Dec. 11. While your at it, why not enjoy a hike up the granite boulder and get a great view Atlanta’s downtown skyline.
  • Holiday Education: Learn how the rest of the world spends the holiday season at the Fernbank Museum’s “Winter Wonderland: Celebrations and Traditions Around the World.” Taking place through Jan. 5, the first annual exhibit also includes more than 20 twinkling trees covered in cultural ornaments and emblems representing holiday traditions from around the world.
  • Stroll through the Park: Take a walk through Centennial Olympic Park and its annual Holiday in Lights, which features thousands of holiday lights displayed throughout the 21-acre green. Running through the first week of January, the holiday event is even open Christmas day and includes a outdoor ice skating rink located on the Great Lawn.

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