From A-Z, AlpharettaMoms.Org keeps you updated weekly on fun family things to do! Bunches of information in one place to make our lives a little easier! There are many venues below to make fun family memories from the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Botanical Garden to Chattahoochee Nature Center, Lanier Islands, Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta, Stone Mountain and more!
Please see Events in Alpharetta Article HERE for a listing of events ONLY in Alpharetta!
For those planning a sporting event, family reunion, wedding or other special events, the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau can be a great help with its free event planning resources that include securing group hotel rates, complimentary welcome bags for guests and insider tips on facilities and vendors. For more information about these services, visit www.awesomealpharetta.com.
The Alpharetta Welcome Center is located at 178 South Main Street, Suite 200 and is the best source for information on Alpharetta and all that it offers in the way of shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation, for visitors and residents alike. Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
We’re cooking up an adventure in Awesome Alpharetta and we’ve got all the ingredients to make your weekend or week-long getaway a winning recipe. Four unique cooking experiences, including the only Publix Apron’s Cooking School in the state of Georgia and one of five in the country, bring culinary tourism to life with classes ranging from basic knife skills to celebrity chef demonstrations. For more information and a full list of events, visit our awesomealpharetta.com
MONDAY MAYHEM Monday Nights 10pm – 2am (18 & up only) 21 & up FREE • 18 – 20 $10 Cover Roswell: Enjoy HALF OFF Racing, Simulators and Dark Ride Motion Theater PLUS Free Arcade Games, Drink Specials, Dancing, Bar Games, Giveaways and More! **Please note Groupons, SweetJack, Living Social and Half Off Depot vouchers are not valid during Monday Mayhem.**
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
Andretti Karting is saluting those that serve and protect us every day with a 20% discount for all active MILITARY, POLICE, FIRE and EMS personnel. Simply show your military or work ID when purchasing at our facility to receive discount.*Discount not valid in the Grill when paying with a Gift or Game Card.
TEACHER APPRECIATION FRIDAY NIGHTS
Show your school ID and receive a free Three-hour Time Play Video Game Card & 20% off Karting, Attractions and Meals in our Andretti Grill! *Time Play Card does not accrue tickets for redemption and is not valid on prize games.
KIDS EAT FREE Every Tuesday, kids eat free with the purchase of each entree of $8.49 or more. Kids meals for children 12 or younger, beverages not included and are valid for items ordered off our Kid’s Menu only.
EXTREME HAPPY HOUR
Get off the roads and onto the right track to after work fun! Andretti Roswell has some great weekday deals to make your evening commute much better. Monday-Friday, 4pm-7pm, enjoy these great specials PLUS all <strong>attractions are 50% OFF with your same-day Happy Hour receipt from the Andretti Grill.* $3 Well Drinks, Domestic Drafts & Margaritas $5 Select Appetizers *Half off attractions excludes karting.
Atlanta Botanical Garden Presents: Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
Tickets are on sale for Atlanta’s favorite holiday tradition, Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, featuring a new twist on last year’s popular towering three-dimensional light curtain, all-new displays and a lounge in the Skyline Garden. The show, presented nightly through January 6, also will feature several of the giant topiary-like sculptures from this summer’s popular mosaiculture exhibition, Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time – all shown in a whole new light. Open from 5 – 10 pm (11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays). For ticket information and other details, visit atlantabg.org.
Here are five highlights not to miss:
1) “Nature’s Wonders” returns to Storza Woods with its hundreds of vertically hung strings of multi-colored lights suspended from the treetops over the Canopy Walk. This year’s display includes new music, choreography and sound effects in which the more than 70,000 color-changing LED bulbs create images of Northern Lights, a storm at sea and a gentle snowfall, among others.
2) For the first time, the show will extend to the new Skyline Garden, where the Flower Walk will be immersed in a new all-white light tunnel while a lighted sculpture will anchor the fiddlehead display in the Aquatic Plant Pond.
3) Look for Robinson Gazebo, with its breathtaking views of the Midtown skyline, to be transformed into a mod Skylights Lounge offering comfy seating, cash bars and a deejay!
4) Hanging out in the Garden will be several creatures from Imaginary Worlds, including the Phoenix and Pegasus sculptures wrapped in lights and the Dragon and Camels dramatically uplit!
5) Back by popular demand will be those dancing “Orchestral Orbs” on the Great Lawn, towering cone trees, giant candles, the serene Ice Goddess, Holiday Model Trains and s’more roasting firepits.
The Atlanta History Center’s cornerstone exhibition Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta remains open. Through artifacts, ephemera, interactive media, recording booths, immersive experiences, and Meet the Past museum theatre performances, this 7,700-square-foot exhibition shares the stories of individuals of many different backgrounds and perspectives who helped create the Atlanta we know today.
Conveniently located off of I-75, the Atlanta History Center is a unique 33-acre oasis nestled among one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods. Award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, enchanting gardens, interactive experiences, and a variety of year-round adult and family programs truly offer something for everyone looking to explore our region’s past. Admission tickets are all-inclusive of all History Center attractions, and guests enjoy free parking.
Veterans Park at the Atlanta History Center is dedicated to all of the men and women who have served – and continue to serve – the United States of America. The Park was designed not as a traditional veterans’ memorial, but as a unique gathering place encouraging reflection, personal connections to veterans, and a celebration of the lives of those who have sacrificed to secure our freedom.
Check out their Children’s Classes and Workshops, Cooking and Crafts, After School Explorer and more!
Preserve Hours: Mon-Sun, 8a-Dusk
Visitor Center Hours: Tue-Sat, 10a-4p, Sun, 12p-4p & Mon closed
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer through December 30: The Center for Puppetry Arts invites families to take off to The North Pole when Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ returns to the stage for another holly jolly holiday season. The beloved tale has become a holiday tradition for families in Atlanta and a trip down memory lane for the kids at heart. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer flies back to the Center, November 13-December 30 and will be staged in the Mainstage Theater. A faithful adaptation of the classic 1964 stop-motion animated television special, the production was adapted for the puppet stage by Jon Ludwig and is directed by Tim Sweeney.
Guests will delight in familiar holiday tunes as Santa’s workshop, the Island of Misfit Toys and The North Pole come to life alongside rod and body puppets designed by the Center’s Resident Puppet Builder Jason Hines and constructed by the Center’s team of puppet builders. Dolph Amick, Maggie Birgel, Nikolas Carleo, Brian Harrison, Kristin Storla and Anna Williford round out the talented cast of puppeteers.
Sam the Snowman™ will once again narrate the beloved tale of unlikely friendship formed among Rudolph™, Hermey the Elf™, Yukon Cornelius™ and all of the magnificent misfit toys. While narrowly escaping the grips of Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster™ and braving perilous blizzards, their journey is sure to warm hearts as the friends learn the importance of being true to one’s self and accepting others along the way. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ is recommended for ages 4 and up.
All-inclusive tickets to all shows include entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make and decorate their own Sam the Snowman™ Rod Puppet, as well as admission to the Worlds of PuppetryMuseum.
On Sunday, December 2, Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a series of activities that will allow them to be eligible for all four STEM patches in a single day. Scouts will explore the science connections in the show; technology behind puppet performances; engineering used to design some of the puppets in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum exhibits; and the math skills utilized to build a puppet in a customized Create-A-Puppet Workshop™. Activities will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. Interested troops are encouraged to call the ticket office to be placed on the waitlist.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ will be presented in the Mainstage Theater, November 13-December 30, with no shows on November 22 or December 25. Reduced-price previews take place Tuesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 14.
The show schedule is as follows:
- November 27-December 9:
- Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
- Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (special 5 p.m. show on December 9)
- December 11-23:
- Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m. and noon
- Friday: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
- Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- December 26-30
- Wednesday-Friday: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
- Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
*The Center will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Day
All-inclusive ticket prices vary by date, but start at $12.50 (Members) and $25 (nonmembers) and include entrance to the Create-A Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make, decorate and perform with their own Sam the Snowman™ Rod Puppet, as well as admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, featuring a global gallery and the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets in the world. Tickets can be purchased online at puppet.org or by calling 404.873.3391.
Back to Nature Holiday Market December 1: 10 a.m. – 5 pm
Shop Local this Holiday Season at Chattahoochee Nature Center!
Explore over 40 vendors who have unique hand-made and/or eco-friendly gifts for the holiday season. Art, Jewelry, Candles, Children’s Gifts, Bath Products, Food, Nature Gifts, and more! The Holiday Market Cafe will be returning this year! Chef Cary’s Cuisine will be providing food and beverages in the Plaza Conference Room. Look for signs pointing you to the cafe and enjoy a shopping break.
- Admission is FREE – our Gift to the Community!
- There is not an ATM on site. Many vendors can take only cash or check.
- Pets are NOT allowed on the CNC grounds.
- PLEASE CARPOOL! Space is limited in our lot, so please help us (and the earth) by carpooling!
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit” through January 6
This new exhibit brings to life the themes presented in the award-winning PBS Kids television series created by The Fred Rogers Company that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends.
In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, children enter the world of Daniel Tiger and friends to explore the Neighborhood. Through immersive experiences, visitors collaborate to solve problems, use their imaginations to transform their surroundings and play along with Daniel’s singable strategies as they learn life’s little lessons. Visitors can walk the paths and hear the sounds of Daniel’s world as they encounter the meaning of empathy, gratitude, sharing and diversity in an environment of creative and interactive play.
Along with the emotional lessons gleaned in the Neighborhood, visitors can:
-Transform into a favorite character with masks and costumes
-Compose a song or play along with one-of-a-kind instruments
-Visit the Post Office and sort, deliver and receive packages and letters
-Create stories through the Movable Character Mural
-Step inside the Clock Factory to play with a variety of clocks
-Identify spots in one’s own neighborhood on the interactive world map
-Write or draw thank-you notes and put them on the Thank You Tree
-Cozy up with a good book in O the Owl’s Reading Nest
-Stroll with a Trolley along the path, and ring the bell upon arrival
Christmas Tree Lightings around and about Alpharetta!! Alpharetta, Johns Creek and more!
Friday, Nov 30 from 9 am -7 pm & Saturday, December 1 from 9 am – 2 pm
~120+ artisans showcasing handmade items like pottery, jewelry, holiday decor, wood & metal art, paintings, photography, and more
~Large bake sale benefitting the St. Ann’s Preschool
~Blue Light Raffle with winners every 15 minutes throughout the show
~Delicious soups and sandwiches at the Apple Annie Cafe
~Held at the Catholic Church of St. Ann (4905 Roswell Road Marietta, GA 30062)
~$3 admission benefits local charities (12 and under free). No strollers, please.
~Bring a friend and join us for this fun, festive event!
Come and play at Dave & Buster’s newest location in Alpharetta ~ the one and only place you can enjoy great food and play hundreds of awesome arcade games! Conveniently located across from North Point Mall, Dave & Buster’s offers fun for the whole family! The restaurant’s mouth-watering, chef-crafted menu and beverage items, combined with the latest games and attractions provide the perfect setting for kids parties, corporate and group events. Guests can play more than 150 of the latest games including the Walking Dead, Tailgate Toss and Justice League!
Hours and Location:
6500 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Begin the holiday season at Fernbank Museum of Natural History with the special exhibition Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World on view through Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.Back by popular demand for the ninth consecutive year, Winter Wonderland features cultural items on display alongside two floors of holiday trees decorated by more than 30 cultural partners, including the Consulate General of Mexico, the Danish American Chamber of Commerce, the Ghanaian Women Association of Georgia and the Philippine Honorary Consulate. The trees and displays recognize various celebrations, including Christmas, Diwali and Hanukkah, as well as many other traditions, events and practices from around the world.
Additional programming will further explore cultures and traditions, including lesser known holiday stories and hands-on activities for all ages. The Winter Wonderland scavenger hunt will also return this year, challenging guests to discover ornaments and objects within the exhibit. Copies of the scavenger hunt will be available at the greeter station.
Winter Wonderland’s lead support for cultural learning is provided by the Nissan Foundation. Guests can enjoy Winter Wonderland from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with museum admission.
Other holiday events at Fernbank Museum include (event tickets required):
- Fernbank After Dark: Holiday Party for adults: Dec. 14 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Ugly Sweater Christmas Party for all ages: Dec. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Noon Year’s Eve for all ages: Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Tickets and visitor information are available at FernbankMuseum.org and 404.929.6300. Fernbank Museum will be closed on Nov. 22 and Dec. 25 but is open every other day of the year. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit FernbankMuseum.org or call 404.929.6400.
Flight of the Butterflies November 2- January 10, a breathtaking giant screen adventure from SK Films, is coming back to the 4-story Giant Screen Theater at Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum of Natural History—this time in 3D—back by popular demand.
Based on a remarkable true story, the epic film immerses audiences in a triumphant journey of perseverance that spans thousands of miles and several generations — tracking real monarch butterflies to their mysterious Mexican winter haven where audiences will discover a truly spectacular sight: hundreds of millions of REAL live butterflies in one of the most amazing places on Earth!
The iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, yet with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a place it has never been. While much has been learned, scientists are still unraveling the many inter-related aspects of this phenomenon of the natural world. As the film illustrates, it takes two to three generations of butterflies to migrate north from Mexico through the U.S. to Canada and one “super generation” to complete the migration back south to Mexico.
Wildwoods: Take a walk on the wild side as you explore 75 acres of new outdoor nature adventures. WildWoods and Fernbank Forest combine to highlight the natural world through immersive trails, educational programming, hands-on exhibits and beautiful scenery.
Viewers will follow the Alucia, OceanX’s research vessel, on a global odyssey from Antarctica to Egypt in the discovery of never-before-captured footage like deep seafloor methane volcanoes, a close-up of an octopus’ body armor and the clever tusk fish’s cracking of clams. Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D will show daily at Fernbank Museum’s Giant Screen Theater from June 22 through Nov. 1, 2018. Giant Screen Theater tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, $11 for children and $8 for Museum members. Save on movies with the purchase of a Value Pass combination ticket, offering the movie and museum admission for $21-$25.
Fernbank Museum Invites Viewers to Sit Back and Soar with Earthflight 3D Movie: Through Dec 3
Earthflight 3D is coming in for a landing at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Giant Screen Theater, where it will take audiences on an incredible 40-minute flight around the world on the wings of birds. “Earthflight 3D is as much a film about the sensation of flying as it is about the remarkable behavior and migrations of birds,” said Neil Nightingale, Executive Producer of Earthflight 3D.
Earthflight 3D journeys across four continents and 11 different countries, all from the point of view of the many birds soaring overhead, including geese, vultures, and eagles. Earthflight 3D will show daily at Fernbank Museum’s Giant Screen Theater until Dec. 13, 2018.
Might Mo & More December 17: Come one, come all! The Fox Theatre invites the community to the 13th Annual Mighty Mo & More – a FREE holiday event on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Presented by Georgia Natural Gas, this event will honor the Fox Theatre’s historic 1929 grand opening with a musical prelude on the beloved Mighty Mo by Ken Double, president of the American Theatre Organ Society, followed by a special screening of “Elf.” Atlanta’s own soul musician, Cody Matlock, will grace the Fox stage this year with renditions of some of your favorite Holiday classics!
Tickets are FREE and available now for reservation. Please reserve tickets at the Fox Theatre ticket office or at FoxTheatre.org. There is a limit of six (6) tickets per person and everyone must have a ticket, including infants. Tickets for the Marquee Club presented by Lexus are available for purchase for $40 at FoxTheatre.org.
The holidays are the season of giving, and the Fox Theatre invites ticketed guests to donate a pair of new adult athletic socks for Project Live Love’s THREE-OH-WE-GO! program. For nights with below freezing temperatures, the GO volunteer teams will hit the streets to deliver much-needed supplies, such as hand warmers, blankets, socks and other winter items.
Details and exciting offerings for the 13th Annual Might Mo & More holiday event include:
- Free event open to the entire family
- Doors open at 6 p.m.
- 100 percent chance of snow on Peachtree Street
- On-site family photo opportunities with Santa Claus
- Christmas Carols Sing-A-Long led by the famous “Mighty Mo” organ, one of the largest Mollër theatre organs in the world, and the Cody Matlock Band
- The evening of fun will be hosted by hometown entertainment guru Wendell Scott
Guests will be merry and bright during the Fox Theatre’s annual Holiday Tours – a special treat for patrons who want to explore the theatre’s storied history and create a holiday memory that lasts a lifetime. Reservations are available now. Tours will occur every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at regularly scheduled times. Guests will explore the garland-lined hallways, as they take an up-close look at the Fox’s distinct holiday décor, delight in the famous Mighty Mo up close and complete the journey with complimentary warm cider or hot chocolate under the starry-skied auditorium. Tours run for approximately 60 minutes.
Festival of the SEAson transforms Georgia Aquarium’s plaza, galleries and exhibits into a winter wonderland, including appearances by Santa and SCUBA Claus, a holiday edition of our live entertainment experience, tree-lighting ceremonies, and Santa Claus events.
- A Symphony of Snow
- Wake Up Santa
- Breakfast with Santa
- Toddler Time – Holiday Theme
- Visit with Santa Claus
- SCUBA Claus
- THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience
- Tree Lightings
*All events are subject to change at any time without notice.
Georgia Aquarium is an entertaining, intriguing and educational experience for guests of all ages. While promoting a fun and enjoyable learning experience, the Aquarium instills in its guests a new appreciation for the world’s aquatic biodiversity. One of the Georgia Aquarium’s major goals is to be the leading facility for aquatic animal conservation and research.
Ways to Save:
11am – 4pm – Buy Online and Save: When you purchase your General Admission tickets online in advance, you’ll save over 10% off our walk-up pricing. Click here to purchase.
After 4pm – Imagination Nights: Enjoy Georgia Aquarium by night at a special ticket price! Visit the Aquarium after 4pm every day of the week to save over 30% off full priced admission. You’ll enjoy full access to the entire Aquarium! Restrictions apply.
Toddler Time: 10-11:30 a.m. on select dates
Event Fee: Each adult and child must have a paid ticket to attend. Cost does not include Aquarium Admission.
$16 ($8 per person) – Member
$20 ($10 per person) – Non-Member
- December 3, 2018 – Happy Holidays
Workout by the Water
Break a sweat at the most unique and inspiring fitness studio Atlanta has to offer – Georgia Aquarium! Workout by the Water offers yoga, pilates and boot camp classes led by local fitness instructors. Classes are designed to challenge students of all experience levels. Workouts take place in our magnificent Oceans Ballroom, offering incredible views of manta rays and whale sharks guaranteed to motivate you to become a healthier, and happier, YOU!
Each class is just $10 and takes place from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM on the dates listed below. All proceeds from Workout by the Water benefit Georgia Aquarium’s research and conservation initiatives. Dec 4
Every Second Sunday of the Month enjoy FREE admission from 12 –5pm for all visitors. Enjoy special family-friendly programming from 1-4pm.
Every Thursday from 4-8 pm enjoy 1/2 priced admission. Toddler Thursdays: Bring your tot Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a new way of looking at the High’s collection through letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.No registration required. Free with museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Weekend Family Tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm. The High Museum of Art is part of the Woodruff Arts Center.
First Saturday of Each Month between 9 a.m. – 12:00 pm. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 at all Home Depot stores. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.
Horizon Theatre is kicking off a new holiday tradition with the world premiere of Waffle Palace Christmas, November 16-December 30. Inspired by real events at Waffle House restaurants, the sequel to the smash hit includes familiar faces as well as new, charming cast members dishing up heartfelt southern humor — scattered, smothered and covered in a spicy holiday sauce.
AlpharettaMoms has a comprehensive list of ice skating rinks open over the holiday season. There are several indoor rinks listed that are open year-round.
Phipps Plaza attraction kicks off Holiday Bricktacular with annual Big Tree Build December 1 and 2 and continues festivities on weekends throughout the month!
Families are invited to celebrate the jolliest season with LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta’s Holiday Bricktacular all December long! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta will kick off the holiday festivities on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 with its annual, group Big Tree Build, a crowdsourced activity made of LEGO bricks, measuring 7-feet tall! Guests can also build and take a LEGO® holiday puppy, daily meet and greets with favorite LEGO characters, snap a selfie with Rudolph from Center for Puppetry Arts and experience the winter takeover in MINILAND® every weekend of December!
Guests looking to get a jump start on holiday shopping for the LEGO-lovers on their list can receive an exclusive limited-edition LEGO® Christmas Carousel when they purchase $85 or more from the store.
Families will experience the LEGO Big Tree Build, learn to build LEGO holiday puppies, enjoy the MINILAND® winter takeover and more!
Every weekend in December
December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
*12/29 – regular hours will begin at 10 a.m. due to Sensory Saturday from 9 – 10 a.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
*Last admission is two hours before closing
All activities are included with admission; pre-booking tickets is recommended for guaranteed entrance by visiting atlanta.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
Click HERE for AMO’s article on local library events that are FREE. Events range from infant to teenagers and adult!
Free Kids Clinics offered 1-2x per month on Saturdays year round from 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
Medieval Times is a thrilling, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th-century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six Knights competing in the joust and other tests of skill. See AMO’s post here with more detail on this fun entertainment for the family.
New details were announced today surrounding the much-anticipated winter attraction arriving to Margaritaville at Lanier Islands – License to Chill Snow Island – as developers issued a call for temporary employees to fill a variety of seasonal positions. Safe Harbor Development is set to open the new winter wonderland on November 16 with a more than $5.5-milion investment, including the nation’s fastest snow tubing hill, winter-themed rides and additional holiday festivities.
Margaritaville at Lanier Islands will be transformed for the winter with real snow, courtesy of six, state-of-the-art snow-making machines. A diverse entertainment complex set for all kinds of wintertainment, License to Chill Snow Island will feature:
- The fastest snow-tubing hill in North America at 400 ft long with 10 lanes
- A four-lane snow-tubing slide on Paradise Beach
- A snowball fight area at LandShark Landing, complete with throwing targets along the lake
- A snow-clad beach bar
- Snow play areas for children throughout the destination
- 13 winter-themed carnival rides such as bumper cars, a Ferris Wheel and more
- An ice-skating rink
- Santa’s Surf Shack at LandShark Landing, where children can meet with St. Nick and take a photo to capture the memory
- Sleigh rides down Paradise Beach
- Firepits for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores
License to Chill Snow Island will be open November 16 through February 24, 2019, and guests can experience all the holiday fun with Winter Chill Season Passes. Ranging from $89.99 to $149.99, these all-access passes include admission to License to Chill Snow Island and Margaritaville’s Magical Night of Lights in addition to exclusive discounts, offers and merchandise. Daily tickets are also available for purchase beginning at $24.99.
Margaritaville at Lanier Islands is now seeking seasonal workers with a high level of service, attention to detail and fun. The destination is accepting in-person and online applications and conducting interviews for more than 150 temporary positions in areas such as ice rink attendant, snow groomer, retail, cashier, food and beverage, and entertainment.
For more information on tickets and hours of operation, visit MargaritavilleAtLanierIslands.com. To apply for seasonal positions, visit CareersMargaritavilleAtLanierIslands.com or apply in person Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 7650 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518.
Visit Santa at breakfast, in malls, at outdoor venues and more. AlpharettaMoms has a comprehensive list for you to take the kiddos to see Santa!
Holiday in the Park®, selected a premier winter celebration in Georgia for the second year in a row, returns to Six Flags Over Georgia—the Thrill Capital of the South. Celebrating its 5th anniversary season, this holiday wonderland is more spectacular than ever with 16 intricately themed areas, 30-holiday rides, dazzling live shows, and festive seasonal food, all combining to make Holiday in the Park the most magical time of the year. November 17-January 6
“Holiday in the Park is Atlanta’s leading destination to enjoy the magic of the season with family and friends,” said Park President Dale Kaetzel. “The sensational world-class holiday experience transforms the park into a breathtaking, immersive, one-of-a-kind holiday extravaganza, featuring nine world-class roller coasters, more than one million LED lights, exciting, new entertainment and mouthwatering holiday treats for guests of all ages.”
Holiday in the Park features the return of guest-favorite holiday thrills and enchanting, new offerings including:
- New for 2018, Twisted Cyclone will send riders head-over-heels at 50 miles per hour through the magical lights in S’mores Village;
- Bad Bob Humbug, an all-new slapstick comedy show, stuffed with holiday hijinks that will leave the entire family laughing together;
- The magical A Main Street Christmas park entrance with a 165,000 twinkling light canopy and artificial snow;
- All-aboard the North Pole Express to see Santa at the North Pole;
- A spectacular state-of-the-art choreographed light show, Magic of the Season; and
- The iconic highlight of the event—the historic 1908 Riverview Carousel at Candlelight Carousel featuring more than 100,000 lights and 250 luminary candles..
Holiday in the Park operates on select days November 17 through January 6, 2019. For more information, visit sixflags.com/overgeorgia.
Six Flags Over Georgia 2019 Season Passes are on sale now and provide unlimited visits to Holiday in the Park and all of 2019. For a limited time during the park’s Cyber Week Sale November 19 through November 26, Guests who purchase four or more Season Passes, receive free admission to both Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water, along with a free parking pass and unlimited visits to any Six Flags theme park in 2019.
SRM has about 90 different cars, including Pullman cars, classic steam locomotives, and antique diesel-electric trains. Ride in restored cabooses and learn about the famous trains that made history! Special admission price of $7 and free train rides for home-schooled kids and their families! Learn about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad through arts and crafts, special exhibits, and scavenger hunts. 3595 Buford Hwy Duluth
Southern Museum offers a Mommy & ME preschool program every Thursday 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 am. Designed for preschool age children ages three to five-years-old and their caregivers, the Museum’s history, themes and exhibits provide a fun and exciting starting point for educational activities. Free with museum admission. No reservations required.
The Southern Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is a premier metro Atlanta museum, featuring exhibits on Civil War and locomotive history. The Southern Museum is home to the General locomotive, stolen during the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase; a reproduction of the locomotive assembly line from the Glover Machine Works; weapons, uniforms and every day items of Civil War soldiers; and the Jolley Education Center that features train history, hands-on activities for children and Georgia’s French Gratitude Train. Kennesaw
With the installation of over 2 million LED lights, a daily production of over 360 tons of snow, the lighting of a 275-foot tall tree and plenty of Christmas spirit, Stone Mountain Park—Georgia’s most visited attraction—will once again transform into the ultimate wintery playland for families.
A Stone Mountain Christmas, a favorite holiday tradition in the Southeast, opens Nov. 10 through Jan. 6 every weekend and all school holidays. Guests may wander through more than 2 million dazzling lights, meet and take photos with Santa, Rudolph and Clarice, enjoy live holiday shows including Christmas in the City and more. New this year is the nightly Enchanted Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa’s high flying entrance, and back by popular demand is the Polar Express 4-D movie experience.
Returning for an exciting 11th season Nov. 17 until Feb. 24, Snow Mountainfeatures 18 lanes of daytime tubing fun. Guests zip down a 400-foot hill on real snow in family-sized tubes or race their friends down multiple lanes in a single rider tube. And back for a second season, Galactic Snow Tubing after dark has more lights, more lasers and more music. Ticketed time slots for tubing also include all-day access to the Snow Zone, an open snow play area with smaller slides for kids, activities and periodic “snow falls.”
Tickets for both Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain are available online at stonemountainpark.com. An All-Attractions Pass includes access to the Crossroads area of the park, with all the Stone Mountain Christmas attractions. Snow Mountain tickets include a two-hour tubing session and an all-day snow play access. Galactic Snow Tubing sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. on Snow Mountain operating days. Space is limited and advanced reservations are strongly recommended.
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The holidays come to life during Stone Mountain Christmas, with more than 2 million LED lights adorning the park, including a 275-foot light tree at the mountain’s summit. Families can gather after dark for a nightly tree lighting ceremony. After, they can help the Snow Angel make it snow in the park and view nightly fireworks.
Stone Mountain Christmas is known for its wonderful live holiday shows, a 4D theatre movie experience featuring Polar Express 4D, and train rides around the mountain featuring a very special show called “The Gift.” Rudolph, Bumble and Clarice are available for photo opportunities along with a cast of other holiday characters including Santa to listen to children’s wishes through Dec. 24.
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Situated on what is commonly known as the “Laser Lawn” throughout warmer months, Georgia’s largest snow park features several feet of actual snow sculpted into 14 single or double rider lanes, plus four family tube lanes that can now accommodate as many as eight passengers in giant 10-foot tubes. Guests 36 inches and taller can scream their way down the Avalanche Alley family tube ride, while those 42 inches and taller can take on a single tube lane. The Snow Zone area is open for younger kids to tube, make the ultimate snowmen and snow angels, or throw snowballs in a snowball shooting gallery.
Listed in Frommer’s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up and cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia You Must See,” Stone Mountain Park is located 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta. To get to the park, take I-285 to Exit 39B, Hwy. 78 East. Stone Mountain Park is at Exit No. 8 on Hwy. 78. More information and ticketing options regarding Stone Mountain Park attractions and hours of operation are available by phone at 800-401-2407 or online at www.stonemountainpark.com.
Are you looking for something adventurous AND nature-oriented? Treetop Quest is an aerial adventure park which means ziplines and obstacles in the trees! 2 locations in Gwinnett and Dunwoody. Great family fun for ages 4 and up! Come swing in our trees with us!
Treetop Quest is a self-guided activity comprised of treetop obstacles and zip-lines. Our courses range in difficulty from easy to very challenging, so the entire family will have a blast! Once you are equipped, we will teach you how to operate your equipment and you will be good to swing through each course as many times as you want, for 2.5 hours (according to age limit as indicated below).
Amicalola Falls at Amicalola Falls State Park which is Cherokee for “tumbling waters,” boasts seven cascades at Amicalola Falls State Park. At 729 feet, it is the tallest waterfall in the state. Located in the Northeast Georgia Mountains north of Dawsonville, the park and falls are a perfect family destination for the adventure set. Plan to spend the day hiking the trails near the waterfalls, ranging from short journeys to an eight-mile approach trail that will lead you to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. When you’re ready to rest, options range from camping, to a more hotel-style mountain-top lodge, to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia’s only backcountry lodge, reachable by a 5-mile hike.
Tallulah Falls in Tallulah Gorge State Park is a series of six falls cascading through the 1,000-foot-deep Tallulah Gorge. Snap a photo of your view from the suspension bridge swaying 80 feet above the gorge floor. An easily accessible pathway leads to Toccoa Falls, a 186-foot, free-falling waterfall on the campus of Toccoa Falls College. Anna Ruby Falls, formed by Curtis and York creeks, are local favorites in Helen. Hike the easy-to-moderate half-mile trail from the parking lot to the foot of the falls, and you just might agree.
Angel Falls Trail in Rabun offers two waterfall gems. Hike about a half-mile to view Panther Creek Falls and then continue on, passing by rhododendron, mountain laurel and American holly, to Angel Falls. Holcomb Creek Falls in Clayton is yet another hike that rewards your effort with double waterfalls. First, find the 120-foot drop of Holcomb Creek Falls and then continue to the viewing deck at the foot of Ammons Falls. To see Raven Cliff Falls, near Helen, is about a five-mile round-trip hike. Savor the beautiful views of Dodd Creek as you make your way to the 90-foot drop of the main attraction.
The 100-foot, stair-stepping falls of Minnehaha Falls in Tallulah Falls inspire many a photo op, particularly in spring when the surrounding forest puts on a display of blooms. DeSoto Falls, near Cleveland, is named after the Spanish explorer Hernando Desoto, who traveled through the region in the 16th century. It’s located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. If you’re visiting Vogel State Park, make a pit stop at Helton Creek Falls, to see these family-friendly falls. In the summer, wear your swimsuits and splash around in the pool at the bottom of the falls.
Also, the Vickery Creek Trail (also known as Big Creek) in Roswell is a pretty 2-mile hike with a beautiful waterfall. The hike starts just off Riverside Road in Roswell, climbs over a series of short ridges and then descends to a man-made waterfall that was once the site of an old mill. The Vickery Creek Trail explores the historic Roswell Mill and the surrounding rolling forest on the banks of Big Creek, also known as Vickery Creek, near Roswell, Georgia. It’s one of the best hikes in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area parks near Atlanta, though its trails don’t follow the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Instead, this hike explores the historic remains of Roswell Mill and visits the mill’s spillway dam waterfall on a Chattahoochee River tributary. The 5+ mile Vickery Creek trail network hikes through beautiful, rolling forest and catches views of the rushing dam waterfall from a steep rock bluff. The hike crosses a wood bridge at 2.5 miles, the sound of falling water echoing through the forest. The hike visits the southern bank of the Roswell Mill waterfall from a tall bluff alongside its rushing, tumbling waters. The hike reaches a covered bridge at 3 miles. The view from the bridge upstream is beautiful, as Vickery Creek cascades over a rock creek bed. Reaching the end of the covered bridge, the hike hangs a right, following the trail eastbound and passing a historic brick machine shop. The trail reaches the ruins of the old Roswell Mill, looping around the mill, the old rusted mill chase, and catching an up-close view of the dam waterfall and spillway waterfall from Vickery Creek’s northern bank.
Yellow River Game Ranch is a popular destination to encounter, feed and pet animals. Located 2 1/2 miles east of Stone Mtn on Hwy 78, it offers a chance to meet wildlife on a close and personal basis. Stroll along a mile-long trail on 24 wooded acres and encounter white-tailed deer, bunnies, buffalo, sheep, kid goats, black bears and more!
Every Sunday from 1:00–4:00 p.m., visit the Woodruff Arts Center for FREE family activities, including art-making workshops, ASO backstage tours and more! The Woodruff Arts Center Atlanta, Georgia is one of the only arts venues in the United States to offer both visual and performing arts on a single campus. The Woodruff produces outstanding theatre, music and exhibitions for over 800,000 patrons each year.
The Woodruff Arts Center serves over 200,000 students annually and is proud to be recognized as Georgia’s largest arts educator. Whether it’s summer camps for middle school students or theatre made for the youngest audiences, families with children of all ages will be able to explore, play, learn and create art in an interactive environment.
It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year – at World of Coca-Cola at least. Starting today through Jan. 1, guests can experience glittering lights, larger-than-life decorations, signature seasonal beverages and more as part of the attraction’s holiday celebration.
When visiting the attraction this season, don’t miss these five holiday highlights:
- Very Merry and Oh So Bright: Brand new this year, enter Pemberton Place by walking through a 28-foot-tall ornament of holiday lights. Along with trees wrapped with thousands of lights and larger-than-life ornaments, the lawn is transformed into a real-life winter wonderland – perfect for photos with family and friends. All that’s missing is the snow…!
- Sip on the Season: Fill your cup with holiday cheer in the Taste It! beverage lounge, where you can enjoy signature seasonal beverages like Apple Pie Sprite and Gingerbread Coke at the sampling bar. Visit the Freestyle area for a sip of Coca-Cola Jolly Cherry Vanilla, Seagram’s Ginger Ale Cheery Cherry Vanilla and Sprite Merry Berry.
- History of the Holidays: Brush up on your holiday history when you visit “A Coca-Cola Christmas Celebration,” which showcases seasonal Coke ads and artifacts from around the world. Then, check out “History of the Coca-Cola Santa” to learn the real story behind the man in red we know and love.
- But First …Take a Santa Selfie: Climb aboard Santa’s sleigh and snap a holiday selfie with your friends. Then, for more photo fun, greet the beloved 7-foot-tall Coca-Cola Polar Bear, who is always ready for a picture and a warm bear hug. Let the world know you’re a fan by using #WorldofCocaCola, and you might even see your photo on the attraction’s social media channels.
- Refreshing Gift Ideas: Knock out some holiday shopping for Coke fans on your list when you visit World of Coca-Cola. Choose from a wide selection of apparel, glassware, home goods and other items at The Coca-Cola Store, or shop online at CokeStore.com. With a World of Coca-Cola Annual Pass, the fun doesn’t have to end when the holidays do! Give your loved ones the gift of unlimited World of Coca-Cola visits and memories with the Annual Pass – it makes for a great stocking stuffer! For $34, you get one year of unlimited access to the attraction, expedited entry and multiple discounts. You can purchase Annual Passes online or during your visit to the attraction.
And that’s not all – visit and see why people all over the world love to celebrate the holiday season at World of Coca-Cola!
About World of Coca-Cola
An integral part of downtown Atlanta’s fabric for more than 25 years, World of Coca‑Cola has welcomed guests from six continents, more than 100 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Join over 25 million people who have visited the Atlanta attraction and experience the history of the world’s most famous beverage brand at the dynamic, multimedia home of the 132-year-old secret formula for Coca‑Cola. Get closer than ever before to the vault containing the secret recipe, view more than 1,200 historic artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. Take a trip around the world in a thrilling 4-D movie experience, take a photo with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and tempt your taste buds with more than 100 beverages from around the globe.
World of Coca-Cola offers more than 100 drinks from around the world in its one-of-a-kind Taste It! Beverage Lounge. From delicious classics to your new favorite that you probably didn’t even know existed, you can sample and savor them all. Plus, sip on some of the latest and greatest Coke products at the lounge’s Sampling Bar.
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