by Zoe Aron
Atlanta in the warmer months is something that everyone loves and cherishes - fancying through crafts at the Dogwood Arts Festival, cackling at opponents at a Braves game, relishing the sun at Music Midtown. But what about the wintertime? Sure, it doesn’t get too cold and we don’t get to enjoy (or loathe, as some would say) the snow, but Atlanta has a few amazing experiences we’ve scouted out for you for the wintertime.
Garden Lights at the Botanical Gardens
For the fifth year in a row, the Botanical Gardens of Atlanta will blow the city away with their extravagant light show. You won’t want to miss out on the breathtaking beauty as all 30 acres of the garden are lit up with over 1 million colorful LED lights to create an experience you will never forget. What should you expect? Christmas lights (lots and lots of them), huge orbs and giant snowflakes of every color, a 27-foot-tall tree and even campfires to make s’mores all while being serenaded by wandering carolers.
November 14th until January 9th, 5-10pm
1345 Piedmont Ave NE
A Christmas Carol at Alliance Theatre
Join Alliance Theatre for their annual production of A Christmas Carol, the traditional Dickens showpiece. Bring the entire family along to witness the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the life lessons he gets from being visited by three ghosts — the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future. The cast is full of recurring stars and the 26th production of the show is sure to wow the audience.
November 19th until December 27th
Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. NW
Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain
Mention the word ‘snow’ to the average Atlantan and you will immediately be met with a face full of fear. Well — fear no more! Head over to Stone Mountain to enjoy all the positives the snow has to offer, without any of the negatives (because you can just head home after you’re done on clear pavement!). Spend your day tubing (either in a personal tube or with friends), building snowmen, playing in igloos and more… no snow chains, no four wheel drive, no worries!
November 21st until February 28th
1000 Robert E Lee Blvd.
Lighting of the Macy's Christmas Tree
Who doesn’t enjoy admiring the beauty of fully decorated and lit Christmas trees? If you’re one of the many people that do, make sure you don’t miss the lighting of the Macy’s Christmas Tree in Lenox Square. Sixety-seven years ago, in 1948, Rich’s department store started the tradition by putting a 56 feet tall Christmas tree on top of the Atlanta location and lighting it for the public to see. Since then, Macy’s and Rich have merged, but the tradition of lighting the tree still holds true. The 68th annual lighting will also include performances by Jordin Sparks and more.
November 22nd, 7pm
Macy’s, 3393 Peachtree Rd.
The Rink at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park
Nothing screams winter more than an ice skating rink! Starting on Thanksgiving Day, guests can visit the huge covered rink (80 feet long by 45 feet wide and comfortably accommodates 200!) for a plethora of fun actives, including all-day skating sessions, birthday parties, "Skate after 8" for those of us over 18, and more. Not only is the tent heated, but rink and park-side dining is available so the experience is enjoyable for all. The dining options include hot chocolate, seasonal brews and cocktails, s'mores, wine, sushi and more. What's not to love!
November 26th until February 16th
500 Tenth St. NE
The Hip-Hop Nutcracker at The Fox Theatre
After the huge success of The Hip-Hop Nutcracker’s premiere in New York City last year, the show is headed on an international tour and making a stop at Atlanta’s fabulous Fox Theatre. The contemporary work, featuring MC Kurtis Blow, is set to Tchaikovsky’s music but with a very modernized plot twist. The characters take you through time to a Brooklyn nightclub in the 1980’s through use of intricate digital scenery. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip-Hop Nutcracker is the perfect way to “celebrate love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.”
Saturday, November 28th at 2pm
The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta's Ballet Nutcracker
For a more traditional Nutcracker event than that previously mentioned, be sure to head over to the Fox Theatre for the Atlanta Ballet’s rendition of the Nutcracker. Choreographed by John McFall with classic music by Tchaikovsky, the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker celebrates its 20th anniversary this year so it will surely be something you don’t want to miss.
December 11th until December 27th
The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE