Yuletide Cheer: Holiday Traditions in Atlanta for the Whole Family

Southern charm and a rich history steeped in tradition. Home of Atlanta United, the Falcons, the Hawks and the Braves. Birthplace of the soft drink giant, Coca-Cola. Fresh off the farm pecans and peaches.

No other city in the world except Atlanta, Georgia has all this to offer and so much more.

Chock-full of popular attractions and world-class sophistication, Atlanta, Georgia is a dream to visit any time of the year. However, when it comes to the Christmas holidays, Atlanta is in a class all its own. With so many holiday traditions suitable for the entire family to participate in, only the North Pole is a true rival for this southern gem!

Whether you are just here for a visit,

Georgia Aquarium’s Festival of the SEAson

Everybody loves to visit the aquarium, and Atlanta does it up right for the holidays. For an entire month, the transformation to a Christmas wonderland must be seen to be believed! Get the young ones into magical spirit mode by assisting the elves to awaken Santa from his slumber with snowballs, watch the daily morning tree lighting ceremony, view the hourly Holidazzle light and music show and sit down to breakfast in the ballroom. With Beluga whales and Santa looking on, write your wish list letter, after eating, and hand it to Kris Kringle before you leave.

Back to Nature Holiday Market

Take the kids out to shop for people on their list (and work on finishing your own!) at this annual tradition on December 1st. Everyone is sure to find that perfect something from the unique vendors peddling their eco-friendly and handmade products. Spend hours browsing through gifts for kids, candles, beauty and bath items, art, nature gifts, food, jewelry and more. Keep up your shopping strength with a quick break at the Holiday Market Café, featuring a scrumptious selection of food and beverages fit for a king.

Yule Forest Christmas Tree Farm

No list of Christmas traditions would be complete without a family visit to seek out the perfect Christmas tree! Whether you are looking to cut down your own tree or have someone else do the work for you, Yule Forest is all about the search! Take your time deciding as you munch on candy canes and sip piping hot apple cider.

If you time your visit to coincide with the weekend, the entire family will enjoy the petting zoo and hayrides. To work off some of that excitement energy after a tree-picking victory, lead the kids to FunZone where you can play all day.

The Best Holiday Happenings in Atlanta Georgia

While the events listed will keep everyone in the family busy, this is only a small sampling of all the wonderful holiday traditions that Atlanta has to offer. With the variety of concerts, tree lightings, performances, parades and numerous other activities, there are more than 150 Christmas-themed things to do in and around Atlanta.

Whether you need a quick weekend getaway or you’re



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