The holiday season is upon us and November is chockfull of events – from tree lightings and visits from Santa to concerts and shopping. Check out our guide and mark your calendars for some Intown holiday fun.

Pink Pig

Macy’s Pink Pig, Tree Lighting at Lenox Square
Macy’s Pink Pig train ride will once again carry children of all ages through a life-sized storybook from Nov. 2 to Jan. 5 on the upper level parking deck. The 72nd annual Great Tree Lighting will be held Nov. 24 starting at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-show concert, visit from Santa and a fireworks finale.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown will be aglow with millions of holiday lights from Nov. 16 to Jan. 11. This year’s event will  once again feature “Nature’s Wonders,” the high-tech curtain-like display of vertical lights synchronized with music and sound effects as well as the Skylights Lounge and larger-than-life topiary from “Alice’s Wonderland” decked out in holiday twinkle. 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 from Nov. 5 to Dec. 29. The ticket includes the Create-A-Puppet Workshop and tour of the World of Puppetry Museum. Information and tickets are available at

Naughty Vs. Nice

Naughty vs. Nice at Ponce City Market
The Grinch and Santa will be available for photos starting Nov. 29, while on the North Avenue lawn will transform into a holiday wonderland courtesy of King of Pops full of Christmas trees, which will be available for purchase, a Menorah lighting and more. Up on The Roof, there will be ice skating as part of Skate the Sky. Visit for more details.

Waffle Palace Christmas and Madeline’s Christmas
Horizon Theatre is bringing back the hilarious holiday comedy “Waffle Palace Christmas,” about the zany antics of a 24-hour breakfast spot, from Nov. 22 to Dec. 29. For the kids, join French schoolgirl Madeline for a holiday adventure in Paris, Dec. 7-31. Visit for tickets.

Holiday Shopping Spectacular
Indie Craft Experience will host its holiday market Nov. 23-24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress, Building C. There will be 200-plus craft and vintage vendors, hands-on art activities, music and more. For more information, visit

Home Alone in Concert
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will kick off the holiday season with “Home Alone in Concert” on Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 1 at 3:30 p.m. The ASO will perform John Williams’ score alongside the beloved film. Tickets are available at

The Rink at Park Tavern
The Rink at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park will open on Thanksgiving weekend and remain open through MLK Day. There will be all day skate sessions, birthday parties for kids and more. Information:

Christmas at Callanwolde

Christmas at Callanwolde
The historic mansion and grounds at the art center will be decked out in holiday from Nov. 29 to Dec. 8. There will be self-guided tours of the elaborately decorated home, artists market, breakfast and tea with Santa, floral holiday workshops, a production by the Callanwolde School of Dance, and much more. For tickets and more information:

Santa at Rhodes Hall
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will host the 22nd Annual Santa at Rhodes Hall each weekend from Dec. 1 – 15. There will be holiday music, refreshments, art activities and, of course, visits with Santa during personal appointments. Some days are already sold out and the remaining slots are filling up fast. Proceeds benefit the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Reservation are required at or by calling (404) 885-7812.

Children’s Christmas Parade
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will host the annual parade beginning at 10:20 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 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.

Children’s Christmas Parade

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.