Atlanta Botanical Garden lights up for the holidays.
Atlanta Botanical Garden lights up for the holidays.

The holiday season is here again, and there’s no better place to be than Intown if you’re looking for something to get you into the spirit of the season. From tree lightings and parades to ice-skating and wreath-making, there’s something for the whole family.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown will transform into a glowing wonderland every night with millions of lights from Nov. 12 through Jan. 7. Explore the new Walk of Flames and a newly expanded Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. For ticket information and more details, visit

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer at Center for Puppetry Arts.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The faithful recreation of the classic animated TV special returns to the Center for Puppetry Arts for a seventh year from Nov. 8 to Dec. 31. The show sells out quickly, and with the new Jim Henson’s Muppet exhibition, this will be a hot ticket for families. Information and tickets:

Holiday in Lights at Centennial Park
The Downtown Park will once again be lit with thousands of lights from Nov. 18 through Jan. 8. The ice skating rink will also be back, along with a new event – the Chinese Lantern Festival featuring colorful lanterns, performances, food, artisans and more from Dec. 9 to Jan. 15. For more information, visit

Holiday Shopping Spectacular & Market
Local artisans will be on hand Nov. 19-20 at the Georgia Freight Depot in Downtown, 33 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. On Dec. 11, ICE will hold its Holiday Market from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Yaarab Temple at 400 Ponce de Leon Ave. For more information, visit

A Christmas Carol
The classic Charles Dickens’ story will be staged Nov. 24 through Dec. 24. Visit for information and tickets.

Madeline’s Christmas at Horizon Theatre.

Madeline’s Christmas
For the kids, join French schoolgirl Madeline for a holiday adventure in Paris, Dec. 3-31. Visit for tickets.

Lighting of Atlantic Station
There will be a day of music, activities and events on Nov. 19 from 1 to 9 p.m. capped off by the lighting of the giant Christmas Tree in Central Park and fireworks. The annual skating rink will also open that same day. For more, visit

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. The tree lighting will be held the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. and include musical guests and fireworks. For more information, visit

Wreath-making at the Wylde Center.

Children’s Christmas Parade
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will host the annual parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Midtown. The parade will step off at Peachtree Street at 16th Street and end at 5th Street. There will be floats, giant helium-filled balloons and marching bands and Santa Clause.

Wreath-Making at The Wylde Center
For a more hands-on activity, head over to Oakhurst Garden in Decatur, 435 Oakview Road, for an evening of wreath-making. Participants will be provided with Balsam Fir wreaths, along with a variety of garden materials including dried berries and herbs, pine cones, magnolia pods, etc. to embellish the wreaths and create one-of-a-kind holiday decorations. The cost is $65 per person, or $55 for Wylde Center members, and all materials are included. Adults must register online in advance and may choose an evening from Nov. 30-Dec. 3 from 7-9 p.m. Tickets will be available Nov. 1. 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.