2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, 30339, map

Dates: December 9-26, 2022

Admission: $30-$160

We know the ballet is not for everyone, but there is something magical about seeing the Nutcracker during the holidays. While there are many productions of the nutcracker around Metro Atlanta, The Atlanta Ballet production is the one to see. Expect fresh world-class choreography, awe-inspiring set designs and stunning original costumes. 

For those not willing to make the trek to the Cobb energy center check   https://www.atlantaparent.com/nutcracker_performances/  for other performances of the nutcracker around Metro Atlanta. 


Atlanta Botanical Gardens

1345 Piedmont Ave NE, 30309, map

Dates: November 12, 2022 – Jan 14, 2023

Admission: $27.95 – $129

This is our family’s favorite holiday tradition. We can spend hours just sitting quietly and listening to the synchronized music and lights. Thousands of lights are on display throughout the Botanical Garden during the holiday season. Weather can be hit or miss and we have run into rain on a couple of occasions but even rain cannot ruin our joy !!!!. Some displays are even paired with music, so venture around with a hot apple cider and enjoy the magical experience.

Added bonus: There is a DJ playing family friendly music and kids of all ages can enjoy making smores for a small additional fee. 

Note: Rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable and they do not offer rain checks for inclement weather.


290 East Paces Ferry Rd NE, 30305, map

Dates: November 25 – December 24, 2022

Admission: FREE

There are a ton of vendors that sell unique gifts, beverages, and food. Take a photo at Atlanta’s favoriteChristmas trees, check out live performances, and try some authentic German food and beverages.



675 Ponce De Leon Ave, 30308, map

Admission: $10 roof entry + $15 skating


Okay Ill confess. I am a hot mess on ice and spend most of the time crashing, but its still tons of fun tomake it to the roof top and watch my kids have fun. The rink on the Roof at Ponce City Market offers amazing views of the Atlanta skyline. They also have private igloos you can rent to escape the cold. If you are not a skater like I am, Skyline Park offers unlimited games for you to enjoy.

Local Tip: It’s much windier and colder on the roof, so layer up



1280 Peachtree St NE, 30309

Dates: November 12 – December 24, 2022

Admission: $25-$80

For those who cannot get enough of Charles Dickens Christmas Carol, watching it performed live by the Alliance Theatre is must do on everyone list. Ebenezer Scrooge is my favorite character, especially in this rendition of a classic tale.


6. Christmas with the ASO

Our family loves going to the Atlanta Symphony’s annual Christmas with the ASO. Tickets sell out quicklyfor the fun family outing where you get to enjoy traditionally holiday favorites.

Added Bonus  ASO also has a complete performance of Handels messiah. For other holiday concerts around metro Atlanta.



Miracle Bar

This beloved holiday pop-up bar has multiple locations this year. The restaurant spaces are decked outin kitschy festive décor and welcome you with Christmas-themed cocktails. Miracle Bar is the perfect bar to escape to when things gets crazy around the holidays. 

Pro Tip: The wait can be up to three hours in the evening. We suggest making reservations.