8 Things To Do In Atlanta This Christmas

Posted by idawrites on December 19, 2008 in Children, Family, Frugal Tips |

Mark and I will be spending the holidays without children. Since we usually make a big fuss over family outings during this time of year, I decided to look around and see what mischief we can get into together. While some of these ideas aren’t really for a couple of un-chaperoned adults, I thought I’d share a few of the great ideas I found. Every item listed below costs less than $10 per person for admission. If you know of other events that I haven’t listed, please share them in the comments. I need ideas!

Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan Cost: FREE

An 18 wheeled semi-truck decorated with 25,000 twinkling lights features a mix of holiday activities including photos with Santa. Will be at World of Coke through December 21st from 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM.

Holiday In Lights Cost: FREE

From The Website: “Centennial Olympic Park’s annual Holiday in Lights is an Atlanta tradition and celebrating its tenth anniversary season this fall. In November, the Park transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights that make up the dazzling display. Different and unique every year, Holiday in Lights runs through the first week of January. The Park is open daily to view the lights from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., including Dec. 25, Christmas Day, and there is no charge for admission.”

Holiday Ice Skating at Centennial Olympic Park Cost: $7 plus $2 skate rental

While you’re at Centennial Olympic Park anyway, take the family Ice Skating! Hours vary and they’re closed on Christmas Day, but they are open through January 4th. My kids loved this when they went last year.

2008 Lights of Life Cost: $5 per car, $10 per van, $20 per bus

For those of you who lamented when Life University stopped putting up their Christmas lights, they’re back in full swing! Load up the children, grab some hot cocoa and drive on out to Life University in Marietta to enjoy the lights.

Snow for Christmas Cost: FREE

From the AJC: “Atlantic Stations’ Central Park is transformed into a winter wonderland of snow and music. The snow is weather permitting and will be cancelled if it is raining. 6, 7, 8, and 9 PM Fridays and Saturdays. 7 PM Sundays-Thursdays.” Dates are through December 31st but will be closed on Christmas day.

Ride The Pink Pig
Cost: $3

It’s an Atlanta Tradition to go to Lenox and take a holiday ride on Priscilla the Pink Pig. My children are a little old to enjoy this particular activity, but if yours are younger, they may LOVE it. Hours are 10-8 Mon-Fri, 10-9 Sat, 11-7 Sun. Christmas Eve Hours 9-5. Closed Christmas Day.

Hanukkah Carnival
Cost: FREE admission – Game tickets $.25 or $.50

Young Israel of Toco Hills is hosting a Hanukkah Carnival for children ages 7 and under. There are games, food, prizes, and lots of fun. Date: Sunday December 21st (first day of Hanukkah).

Family Fun Day @ Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Cost: $35 for family of 4, $4.50 per additional member

From the AJC: “Inflatables, Hanukkah-themed arts & crafts, treats, storytelling, indoor swimming pool games, family DJ dance party, sing-along with Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael, face painting and other events. 11-3 December 25th.” Sounds like a lot of fun!


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