Atlanta has a lot to offer throughout the holiday season, and this year there will be plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the town. The Holiday Lights show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is always a big hit for visitors of all ages. Women will love the shopping excitement of the Indie Craft Experience. Whether you are outdoorsy or you just want to shop, there is a great holiday adventure for you in town.
Indie Craft Experience
65 Martin Luther King Jr Drive S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Date: Nov. 22-23, 2014
The holiday sale show from ICE will take place at the Georgia Freight Depot on November 22 and 23. As always, with the Indie Craft Experience shows, be prepared for close quarters and a swarm of dedicated shoppers. However, if you go in with the spirit of adventure, you can find some amazing locally made gifts for your friends (and yourself). Leave the little kids (and possibly the husbands) at home, and enjoy this great shopping experience with the girls.
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Date: Now through Jan. 4, 2015
Through January 4, Stone Mountain Park will be pulling out all of the stops for its annual holiday celebration. There is a fantastic light show, and kids have the chance to meet Rudolph in person. There is also a magical Snow Angel Palace where kids can get their picture taken with the Snow Angel. There’s also an Antebellum Plantation on site decorated in high style.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Date: Now through Jan. 3, 2015
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is an essential part of the holiday season for most residents. The Garden Lights, Holiday Nights extravaganza begins November 15 and runs through January 3. The earlier in the season you go, the less crowded it should be. The lights are truly beautiful, and the incorporation of the Imaginary Worlds topiaries results in a magical experience that the whole family will enjoy. It’s also a great spot for family photos to send out with your holiday cards.
Cirque Du Soleil “Amaluna”
1380 Atlantic Drive N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30363
Date: Now through Nov. 30, 2014
It’s not too late to catch the latest offering from Cirque du Soleil at Atlantic Station. The show runs through November 30, and it is a great way to kick off the holiday season with your family. Everyone enjoys the fantastic athletic spectacles of this acrobatic circus, and there is always a new story to engage the crowd. There are also group pricing offers if you are taking a large number of people to the show.
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
980 Briarcliff Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Date: Dec. 1-16, 2014
Callanwolde is a great place to include on your tour of Atlanta’s holiday hotspots. From December 1 through 16, the center is open for Christmas at Callanwolde. Visitors can explore the beautiful mansion, where each room is decked out in a different, elaborate holiday theme. There is a marketplace where you can get great little gifts and tasty treats for the family, and visitors of all ages will collectively ooh and ahh at the scenes straight out of a storybook.
Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com. “