Holiday Guide: Make merry and bright with these festive events and activities

There’s no better place to be than Intown if you’re looking for events and activities to put you in the holiday spirit. From tree lightings and parades to ice-skating and theatre productions, there’s something for the whole family.

Macy’s Pink Pig, Tree Lighting at Lenox Square
Macy’s Pink Pig train ride will once again carry children of all ages through a life-sized storybook from Nov. 3 to Jan. 6. The Great Tree Lighting will be held Nov. 18 starting at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-show concert and capped off with a fireworks finale.

Garden Lights Holiday Nights

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown will be aglow with millions of holiday lights from Nov. 17 to Jan. 6. This year’s event will feature an expanded “Nature’s Wonders,” the high-tech curtain-like display of vertical lights synchronized with music and sound effects as well as the Skylights Lounge and giants from the “Imaginary Worlds” exhibition decked out in holiday twinkle. For ticket information and more details, visit

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The faithful recreation of the classic animated TV special returns to the Center for Puppetry Arts from Nov. 13 to Dec. 30. The show is a hot ticket for families, so be sure to buy early. Information and tickets:

Light the Station
Join the holiday festivities at Atlantic Station on Nov. 17 from 1 to 8 p.m. including kid’s activities, music performances, a holiday parade with Santa at 7 p.m. and the lighting of the big tree in Central Park at 8 p.m. The ice skating rink and German-themed Christkindl Market also open on Nov. 17. Information is available at

Mayhem at the Market

Mayhem at the Market
The Grinch will square off with Santa for a wrestling match at Ponce City Market on Nov. 23 in the Ultimate Showdown of Naughty vs. Nice. The North Avenue lawn will also transform into a holiday wonderland courtesy of King of Pops full of Christmas trees, which will be available for purchase, a Menorah lighting and more. Visit for more details.

Waffle Palace Christmas and Madeline’s Christmas
Horizon Theatre is putting “The Santaland Diaries” on ice to present the holiday comedy “Waffle Palace Christmas,” about the zany antics of a 24-hour breakfast spot, from Nov. 16 to Dec. 30. For the kids, join French schoolgirl Madeline for a holiday adventure in Paris, Dec. 1-30. Visit for tickets.

Love Actually in Concert
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will give live accompaniment to the hit holiday film, “Love Actually” on Nov. 23-24 at Symphony Hall. Tickets are available at

Children’s Christmas Parade
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will host the annual parade beginning at 10:20 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, in Midtown. The parade will step off at Peachtree Street at 16th Street and end at 5th Street. There will be floats, giant helium-filled balloons and marching bands and Santa Clause.

Santa at Rhodes Hall

Santa at Rhodes Hall
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will host the 21st Annual Santa at Rhodes Hall each weekend from Dec. 1 – 16. There will be holiday music, refreshments, art activities and, of course, visits with Santa during personal appointments. The cost for family admission and a 5×7 photo with Santa is $45. Guests may also bring their own camera or video recorder for an additional $20. Proceeds benefit the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Spaces are limited and appointments are a must at or by calling (404) 885-7812.

Atlanta Symphony Brass Holiday Concert
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s brass section will feature at this holiday concert on Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. at The Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead. The concert will feature traditional holiday tunes and beloved standards.Tickets are available at

The Rink at Park Tavern
The Rink at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park will open on Thanksgiving weekend and remain open through MLK Day. There will be all day skate sessions, birthday parties for kids and more. Information:

Christmas at Callanwolde

Christmas at Callanwolde
The historic mansion and grounds at the art center will be decked out in holiday from Nov. 23 to Dec. 9. There will be self-guided tours of the elaborately decorated home, artists market, visits with Santa, the annual Teddy Bear Tea Party, performances of “The Nutcracker” and much more. For tickets and more information:

Grand Menorah Lightings
Chabad Intown will host a series of Grand Menorah Lightings to mark Chanukah starting Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. in the Decatur Square. Additional lightings will be in Virginia-Highland on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.; Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Atlantic Station; and Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Ponce City Market. There will be music, balloons, dreidels, doughnuts, hot latkes and more. For more information, visit