Atlanta’s Winter Holiday Events & Attractions

Select Special Atlanta Events & Attraction Details for 2008

Atlanta Botanical Garden ( features Moonlight & Merriment Friday, Dec. 12, with luminaries, live holiday music and light bites; Holiday High Teas are Dec. 26-28 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; “Santa’s Missing Mail” puppet shows are Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 27; a ride-on train chugs around the garden weekends Nov. 28-Jan. 4; and seasonal displays include an 18-foot tree decorated with conservation-themed ornaments.

The Atlanta History Center ( has a special holiday-oriented exhibit, “Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays” Nov. 22-Feb. 15, 2009, as well as “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World” through Jan. 18, 2009.

The Children’s Christmas Parade ( is Saturday, Dec. 6, starting at 10:30 a.m. at Peachtree Street near Baker Street in downtown Atlanta. See award-winning marching bands, holiday floats, giant balloons and Santa Claus along the 1.5-mile route.

The High Museum of Art’s newest special exhibition, “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army,” Nov. 16-April 19, 2009, features 100 works including approximately 15 complete terracotta figures (

“Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” runs Nov. 15-May 22, 2009, at the Atlanta Civic Center ( A “Treasures Fit for Kings” combination ticket provides admission to both for a special price (

Attraction Details

Holiday in Lights and Ice Skating: Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. Through Jan. 4. Open daily to view the lights 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Skating rink open daily except for Dec. 25. Admission is $7 for 90 minutes and $2 for skate rental. Open daily except closed Christmas Day. Check Web site for times.

New World of Coca-Cola: 121 Baker St., N.W., Atlanta. Admission $9 ages 3-12; $15 adult; $13 seniors. Near MARTA stops N1 (Peachtree Center) or W1 (Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center). Reserve tickets online in advance.

Georgia Aquarium: 225 Baker St., Atlanta. General admission $19.50 ages 3-12, $26 adult, $21.50 senior; 4-D Theater $4-$5.50, and family behind-the-scenes tours $50 additional. Reserve tickets in advance online and plan to spend from two to four hours at the Georgia Aquarium. Allow time to get through security (no chewing gum or outside food and drink allowed). The lower level houses the Café Aquaria Food Court.

Inside CNN Studios: One CNN Center, Atlanta. Admission $9 ages 4-18, $12 adult, $11 seniors for a 50-minute guided walking tour inside television news.

Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta, Admission $11 for ages 2 and older. A 30,000-square-foot space with interactive and educational exhibits for children age 8 and younger.

Stone Mountain Christmas: U.S. Hwy. 78 East, Exit 8, Stone Mountain, approximately 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta. Admission $17 ages 3-11 and $20 adults; vehicle entry $8.

Snow Mountain: Stone Mountain Park. Admission $25 adults and kids 3-11; timed entry. Must be 42 inches or taller to tube. Advanced reservations recommended. Package deal with campground reservation available.

Atlantic Station: for directions, directory and more. Snowfall weeknights at 7:30 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Dec. 31. Children’s train operates noon-8 p.m. weekends through Dec. 21; $3. Horse and carriage rides 6-8 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 21; fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

CityPass Tickets: Admission to six attractions; $69 ($119 value) for adults and $49 ($89 value) for ages 3-12. AtlanTIX – Tickets sold at the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitor Centers at Underground Atlanta or the Lenox Square’s Simon guest services booth.

MARTA: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority public transportation system.

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