There is no shortage of things to do around Atlanta and other parts of Georgia in December. Tree lightings, pub crawls, plays, ballets, home tours, music and more. More options than there are inflatables in the picture above. Okay, maybe not. Have a suggestion for the list? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday December 3
Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting Smyrna
Marietta Christmas Tree Lighting Marietta Square
Hometown Holidays Parade Downtown Forsyth
Downtown Parade of Lights Athens
Holiday Tour of Homes Madison Dec. 3-5
Friday December 4
Hogwartz Pub Crawl Virginia Highlands
Diesel Filling Station will play host as Hogwartz for the evening with 4 other pubs hosting houses, special (magical) themed shots, wizard costume contests, photographers, food specials and more.
Christmas on the Lawn Powder Springs
Saturday December 5
Wreck the Halls: The L5P Annual Krampus Krawl Little Five Points
Each year the ominous sound of jingling bells and chains fills the air. Cloven hoofed, horned creatures of the night descend upon the streets of Little 5 Points. Beware! Krampus is coming! We’re excited to have Black Sheep Ensemble join us again for the Krawl this year.
A Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetery Old Fourth Ward
Indulge in the seasonal spirit by enjoying holiday festivities at Oakland’s Bell Tower. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or wassail while listening to holiday carols. Settle down for a reading of The Night Before Christmas or join Oakland’s youngest visitors in learning the art of the Victorian ornament. Don’t forget to get a photo with jolly Saint Nick!
Reindog Parade at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Dress your pooch in holiday finery to compete for prizes with celebrity judges or to just show off.
Annual German Christmas Market Atlanta International School
The Children’s Christmas Parade Midtown
Riverdale Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration Riverdale Amphitheater
Alpharetta Christmas Tree Lighting Historic Downtown Alpharetta
A Day With Santa Downtown Kennesaw
Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade West River Street, Savannah
Thursday December 10
Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting Decatur Square
Saturday December 12
The 44th Annual Georgia State Iron Pour Old Fourth Ward
This party features an iron pour spectacle and attendees can purchase a ‘scratch block’ to make their own mould for the iron pour.
Janeane Garofalo Terminal West
35th Annual Grant Park Tour of Homes Grant Park
Disney Live: Three Classic Fairy Tales Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center Dec. 12-13
Sunday December 13
Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting Virginia Highlands
Monday December 14
The Winter White Party Historic Georgian Terrace Hotel
Up On The Housetop Onstage Atlanta Theatre Company
Bring the whole family to this special Christmas musical event conceived and directed by Barbara Cole Uterhardt. This show will be filled with some of Santa’s favorite songs and stories – including a very special guest! Ho! Ho! Ho!
Thursday December 17
Friday December 18
Bash of the Empire: Episode VII Pre-Release Celebration The Masquerade, Old Fourth Ward
Highlands Santa Stumble 5 Bar Crawl Virginia-Highlands
Saturday December 19
The Ugly Sweater Run 5K Piedmont Park
Celtic Christmas Rialto Center for the Arts Dec. 19-20
An intimate celebration of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian music, dance, song, poetry and mirth.
New Year’s Eve
NYElectric The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Downtown
DJs, open bar and party favors.
New Year’s Eve CosmoLava, Midtown
Downtown Countdown Atlanta Hyatt Regency, Downtown
Dante’s Labyrinth Masquerade The Masquerade, Old Fourth Ward
Being a traditional Masquerade event, attendees are required to wear either a mask (costume) in order to enter Dante’s Labyrinth – as Markster Con and Exotic Nightmares transform HELL into an experience like no other.
New Year’s Eve: New Home Edition Dad’s Garage, Old Fourth Ward
Ring in the new year and celebrate our first night in our new home!! This will be the first show at Dad’s Garage in our new location. You’ll see a cavalcade of ridiculous improvised games and scenes starring a collection of the finest improvisers in our ensemble.
New Beer’s Eve Little Five Points
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball 595 North Event Center
Sweet Tea New Year’s Eve The Stave Room at American Spirit Works
Brew Year’s Eve Red Brick Brewing
The Possum Drop Tallapoosa
Buckhead Ball Buckhead Grand Hyatt
Buckhead New Year’s Eve Block Party Andrews Entertainment District, Buckhead
Ongoing Events from November-December
Christmas at Callanwolde through Dec. 15
Holiday Light Spectacular at Atlanta Motor Speedway through Dec. 30
Lights of Life University through Dec. 31
Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens through Jan. 2
Holiday in Lights at Centennial Park through Jan. 3
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden through Jan. 9
Stone Mountain Christmas through Jan. 3
Savannah Harbor Holiday Lights through Dec. 25
Santa Express Train Ride in Blue Ridge through Dec. 24
Old-Fashioned Christmas in Dahlonega though Christmas
The Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker Fox Theatre Dec. 11-27
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Center For Puppetry Arts November-Dec. 27
Black Nativity Southwest Arts Center Dec. 2-20
Santaland Diaries Horizon Theatre through Dec. 31 based on the experiences of writer David Sedaris
Merry %#!*ing Christmas The Alliance Theatre through Dec. 19
Jeffrey Bützer and T.T. Mahony perform Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” The Earl, East Atlanta Dec. 18-19