Yes, the holiday season is upon us and that means plenty of lightings, shopping, theatre, music and more. Check out our guide and get in the spirit.

Garden Lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown will transform into a glowing wonderland every night with millions of lights through Jan. 9. New this year will be the Tunnel of Lights along with returning favorites like Orchestral Orbs, Radiant Rainforest and the kids will love the model trains. 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 for a sixth year from Nov. 12 to Dec. 27 (there are preview shows on Nov. 10 and 11, too). The show sells out quickly, so reserve tickets now at

ICE Holiday Shopping Spectacular

Holiday Shopping Spectacular & Pop-Up Shop
Local artisans will be on hand Nov. 21-22 at the Georgia Freight Depot in Downtown, 65 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., for the annual Indie Craft Experience (ICE) show. If you’re looking for original, one-of-a-kind art, gifts and more this event is not to be missed. From Nov. 12 to Dec. 30, ICE will be hosting its Pop-Up Shop boutique with more than 50 crafters at the ICE Studio in Cander Park, 1390 McLendon Ave. For more information, visit

Merry %#!*ing Christmas & A Christmas Carol
The Alliance Theatre will team up with Dad’s Garage Theatre Company for the adults-only Merry %#!*ing Christmas Nov. 27 thru Dec. 19. When Santa destabilizes the world economy and global warming almost kills Frosty, Scrooge must team up with a lonely, single dad to save Christmas. For those who like their Scrooge a bit more Dickinsonian, the classic A Christmas Carol will be staged Nov. 19 thru Dec. 24. Visit for information and tickets.

Centennial Olympic Park In Lights

Santaland Diaries
David Sedaris’ tale of working as a department store elf over the holidays has become a staple for the season, and it’s back at Horizon Theatre Nov. 20 through Dec. 31 for its 17th year. Visit for tickets.

Lighting of Atlantic Station
The west Midtown development will be hosting a day of music, activities and events on Nov. 21 capped off by the lighting of the giant Christmas Tree in Central Park and fireworks. For more, visit

Centennial Park Holiday In Lights
The Downtown park will be lit with festive lights and decorations from Nov. 21 to Jan. 10. The Ice Skating Rink will also be open during that same time period. Visit for more details.

Lighting of Macy’s Great Tree at Lenox Square
The giant Christmas tree might be artificial now and the event is no longer held on Thanksgiving night, but it’s still a holiday tradition. This year, the lighting will move to Sunday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. with headliner Jordin Sparks performing. Be sure to arrive early to get a spot in the parking lot and take MARTA. For more information, visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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