Things to Do Around Atlanta in December

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

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

The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour  Dec.5-6

Thursday December 10

Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting   Decatur Square

Saturday December 12

24th Annual Atlanta Santa Pub Crawl  Midtown

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

Christmas Parade Past and Present  Newnan

Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  Dec. 12-13

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

Bonfire and Marshmallow Roasting on the Square  Decatur

Friday December 18

Red Hare Brewery’s Tacky Sweater Party  Marietta

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

Marietta Square Ball Drop


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


Holiday Shows

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

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