I spotted my first retail Christmas decoration on October 30th this year.... one day before Halloween. I get it. Christmas decorations make a lot of people want to spend money. Stores want to take that money. Therefore, stores push the holiday cheer into our collective faces as early as possible. I expect to see it on October 28th next year.
Now that Thanksgiving is almost upon us, I am cool with the holiday merriment. I still feel like it is September, but Christmas will be here before we know it. Life is just too fast sometimes!
If you are in the Atlanta area like I am, there are many activities and special events happening from now through early January. So if you are bummed by the darkness in both our weather and world events today, it is not too early for some Christmas cheer. Head out this weekend for one of these favorite family festivities:
Stone Mountain Christmas
Gorgeous lights, holiday music and shows, beloved winter characters (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bumble!), Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D, the Snow Angel's magical snowfall, and fireworks, along with all of the attractions and shopping always offered at Stone Mountain Park. Open now! Visit Stone Mountain Christmas for ticket information and hours.
Six Flags Holiday in the Park
For the second year, Six Flags Over Georgia will be transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland! Also included: holiday shows and special activities, plus the thrills and laughs you can only get from Six Flags! Opens this weekend, November 21st! Visit Six Flags Over Georgia for more information.
Festival of the SEAson - Georgia Aquarium
Festival of the SEAson transforms Georgia Aquarium’s plaza, galleries
and exhibits into a winter wonderland! The event kicks off this Saturday, November 21st, with a special "wake up Santa" event at 9am. Holiday festivities at the aquarium include the light and music show, appearances by Santa
and SCUBA Claus, tree-lighting ceremonies, Santa Claus events,
and more. More info via Georgia Aquarium event page.
Winter Wonderland - Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Opens Friday, November 20th! Fernbank will feature two floors of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees showcasing celebrations around the world in an enchanting holiday exhibit. Special activities change weekly and highlights include appearances from
the Atlanta Ballet’s Centre Youth Ensemble, live performances of Holidays Around the World by Bright Star Theatre, music and dance performances by the Philippines Choir, and more. Winter Wonderland and performances are included with museum admission. Visit the Fernbank Winter Wonderland page for tickets and hours.
Also, don't miss Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center For Puppetry Arts! This is one of the most popular shows each year. It is based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special and playing now through December 27th. Get tickets early!
For up-to-date area events (year-round) and special holiday shows, hours, and more, you can also visit AtlantaWithKid.com, one of my favorite local sites for discovering what to do for weekend (and weekday!) family fun.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!
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I received invitations for media preview events at some of these attractions. However, I am not required to share this info nor is it swayed in any way. All opinions are mine.