5 Festive Things To Do in the Atlanta Area

Looking for family-friendly holiday events this December 2018 in the Atlanta Area? There are so many things going on around town to bring in the 2018 holiday season. Here are some festive and fun holiday events in and around Atlanta. Some are old traditions and some are new, but all of them are family friendly and tons of fun!

1. Macy’s Pink Pig Train:

The Macy’s Pink Pig train at Macy’s Lenox Square in Atlanta, a beloved holiday tradition, runs from now through Sunday, Jan. 6. From its debut in the 1950s as a children’s ride at the downtown Rich’s store to its brief stint at the Egleston Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees, five generations of Atlantans have ridden the Macy’s Pink Pig into the holiday season.

Now through Sunday, Jan. 6
Buckhead, Macy’s Lenox Square Mall

$3 a ride

More info: visitmacysusa.com/macys-pink-pig

2. Avalon Ice Skating:

Avalon on Iceis an open-air ice skating rink at Avalon in Alpharetta. The ice skating rink is open daily.

Alpharetta, Avalon Outdoor Mall

Admission includes skate rental, and it’s $18 for adults & $14 for children under age 10. Groups of 10 or more can get in for $15 per person.

More info: experienceavalon.com

3. Holiday Lights and Garden Nights:

This Atlanta holiday event is a must see! Enjoy the beautiful gardens as they light up and twinkle. Kids and adults can partake in making s’mores over an open fire while enjoying holiday sights and sounds with a downtown Atlanta backdrop.

Atlanta Botanical

Midtown Atlanta

More info: atlantabg.org

4. Santa’s Fantastical:

This is the first year for Santa’s Fantastical in Sandy Springs. It is a family-friendly interactive wonderland of immersive worlds where the spirit of the season comes alive through live performances, state-of-the-art technology, and Instagram-worthy moments. Be the first to experience a Fantastical World.

Now through Dec. 24

Sandy Springs (in the old Toys R US building)

$34 for Adults and $26 for Children over 3

More info: santasfantastical.com

5. Atlanta Christkindl Market:

A fun holiday tradition just like the Christmas markets in Europe, where you can enjoy fun shops, food, and holiday festivities! The Atlanta Christkindl Market™ is an event sponsored by the GAC-Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the education of German language and culture throughout the southeastern U.S.at the Atlanta Christkindl Market.

Nov.29 through Dec. 23

Atlantic Station, Atlanta, GA

Free Admission

For more info: christkindlmarket.org

12 Atlanta Events to Kick off the 2018 Holiday Season!

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11 Kid Friendly Things To Do in Atlanta for Halloween 2018.

There are so many Halloween activities for families with small children in the Atlanta area. In order to help you sort them all out, we put together a list of kid-friendly Halloween activities we think you should check out with your kiddos this year.

Here is a list of 11 things in and around Atlanta, Georgia worth checking out for a spooktacular time, in no particular order.

1.  Haunted Hall of Fame at the Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame October 27th and 28th

Experience the spooky sights and sounds of Halloween during the Haunted Hall of Fame at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta! Kids ages 3 to 12 get in free when they arrive in costume. Run around the field of screams, dodge ghosts in our Skillzone challenge, trick or treat, visit our face painters and more!

More info: Haunted Hall Of Fame

2. Boo at the Zoo– Zoo Atlanta- October on the 20th, 21nd, 27th, and 28th 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Boo at the Zoo has tons of kid-friendly activities with Zoo Boo Town, pumpkin carvings, train rides, storybook character meet-and-greets, an inflatable corn maze, and more. Watch as animals are fed their special Halloween treats and don’t forget your costume!

More info: Boo At The Zoo

3. Ghostly Gatherings at The Fernbank Museum of Natural History Sunday, October 21st and 28th

Join them on evenings in October for this bewitchingly fun special event series featuring evening hours of the new outdoor experience, Woodland Spirits, as well as musical entertainment and hands-on activities for all ages. Drinks, including adult beverages, and a variety of snacks will be available for purchase.

More info: Ghostly Gatherings

4. Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat, also at the Fernbank Museum on Saturday, October 27th, from 10:00 AM 2:00 PM complete with games, activities and special treats for kids in costumes. You can also do the monster mash at the kiddie dance party and get up close and personal with a life-size replica of a Giganotosaurus skull.

More info: Dino Trick Or Treat

5. Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Friday – Sunday’s now through October 28th

Stone Mountain Park’s annual Pumpkin Festival has become a family favorite with kids and parents alike! Enjoy park attractions, fun-filled games, live shows, and more! After dark, there is a new family-friendly nighttime experience featuring thousands of carved jack-o-lanterns lighting up each night.

More info: Pumpkin Fest

6. Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Kennesaw State Sports and Entertainment Park on October 27, 6 PM to 11 PM and October 28, 4 PM to 11 PM

Enjoy breathtaking views from 2,000 feet above on a tethered balloon ride, or if you’d prefer to stay on the ground, this Kennesaw festival features seven stages of concerts, aerial performances, a costume catwalk contest, and much more.

More info:Owl-O_Ween

7. Haunted Halloween at the Atlanta History Center on October 19th

Enjoy with trick-or-treating, kid-friendly ghost encounters, tasty bites and haunted houses.

 More info:Haunted Halloween at Atlanta History Center

8. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is celebrating Halloween with four days (October 27th – 30th) of themed programming including crafts, story times, experiments and music. And, don’t forget to visit in costume on October 27 for trick-or-treating throughout the museum.

More info: Children Museum Halloween

9. Georgia A-Scary-Um at the Georgia Aquarium on October 31st featuring crafts, photo ops and trick-or-treating among beluga whales and manta rays. Even better, kids (under 12) who arrive in costume will receive free admission! Trick-or-Treat Wednesday, October 31st from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

More info: Georgia Scary-UM

10. Goblins in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Gardens on Sunday, October 28th, 10 AM – 4 PM. Show off the kids’ Halloween costumes on the Goblin Runway, make fall-themed crafts, enjoy a storyteller and ride a pony or a train. There’s even a cash bar for adult goblins!

More info: Goblins In The Garden

11. Avalon Trick or treat October 31st Avalon celebrate Halloween in style this year with a safe trick-or-treating experience throughout Avalon Boulevard. Pick up a map from the concierge and visit participating retailers, who will hand out candy and goodies throughout the day.

More info: Avalon Trick Or Treat

High Museum of Art – Atlanta, Winnie The Pooh Exhibit

My daughters and I made our first trip to the High Museum of Art, in Midtown Atlanta last week and we want to tell you all about it. Unfortunately, it was a rainy day and in hindsight, we should have postponed our visit so we could explore and enjoy the entire property and all it has to offer. Be that as it may, we went and enjoyed the trip in spite of the rain.

I discovered the museum on the Peachtree Road Race run on July 4th, since the race route goes right through Midtown and right by the museum. It looked like a cool spot and I knew I wanted to check it out, but sometimes kids and art museums are not a great mix, so when I discovered they have a Winnie the Pooh exhibit right now, I jumped on it!

During a late-night Instagram surf, I saw another local blogger post photos of the exhibit and then when I visited the website on Wednesday, night I discovered Thursdays are “Toddler Thursdays.” I took this as a sign and made the decision to bring the girls the next day.

We drove down there around 9:30 a.m. and traffic was not bad, but can’t say the same for the weather. The museum parking garage and the one next-door were full, so we had to drive around for almost 45 minutes until we found a garage with an open parking space. Next time, I plan on taking the Marta since the station for the museum is right across the street. That’s a good way to avoid the hassle of parking. To be honest, I feel like I am one of the few people living outside the city who enjoys taking the Marta! Something I love about traveling in Europe and the northeast are all the trains and subways that you can take to get from town to town, so when I can use public transportation in my own country and city, I’m always up for it.

Once we found parking, we got soaking wet trekking in the rain to the High Museum of Art. By the time we got our tickets the kids were hungry, so we ate lunch in the main area next to toddler play. While eating, I discovered the SmArt Art Box kiosk and signed Caroline up for the SmArt box, a free program for kids offered by the Museum. We got a fun plastic box that had an art project inside aimed to educate kids about an artist and his or her work. It also had crayons and a drawing pad. The idea is you come back with your box every month and they give you a new project, free of charge. It is a cool program especially if you plan on visiting monthly, and if you do, make sure to become a member to save some money on entry fees. However, the kiosk is in a public area next to toddler time so, you don’t necessarily have to purchase a ticket to stop by and participate monthly.

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We went upstairs looking for the Winnie the Pooh exhibit and discovered it wasn’t even in the main building (would have been nice to know when we got our tickets). The girls and I went back out in the rain and headed next door to see the Winnie the Pooh exhibit. They have a covered walkway so we did not get too wet, but of course, there were puddles everywhere, and what kid can avoid jumping in puddles?

The exhibit was designed as if you were actually in a storybook. Like many child-themed things, the most annoying part was the children whose parents are oblivious to others, but other than that I thought it was great. We were a tad worn out from the start since we had a soggy and slightly frustrating journey to the exhibit, but overall we loved the High Museum of Art. The Pooh exhibit was very clever and interactive; it was also small enough that we got to see it all before toddler meltdowns started.

If you are visiting Atlanta or looking for a nice day trip into the city, I highly recommend checking this museum out  — with or without kids. The High Museum of Art property is pretty and has all kinds of outdoor sculptures and courtyards to hang out and explore, in addition to the museum itself.

I look forward to going back to the High Museum of Art on a sunny day to enjoy the property and check out more of the exhibits with the girls. Thursdays are set up for kids, so we will likely return then or over a weekend when Jake (aka Daddy) can come with us. My recommendation would be to visit on a weekday in spring or fall so you have good outdoor weather in which to enjoy the property. We can’t wait to go back!