Christmas in Atlanta With Kids: Top 10 Holiday Specials for Family-Friendly Attractions

Christmas in Atlanta With Kids: Top 10 Holiday Programs

Christmas in Atlanta with kids is FUN! There are so many fun things to do with kids all around town that it is so hard to keep track. After taking Photos with Santa and checking out the Christmas Light shows around town, you might need a break for a day or two.

Now if you are still looking for more holiday fun, we have another great list for you. This list will be especially helpful when you have family coming to visit from out of town. Because you will want to take them to many top Atlanta attractions. Use this list to find out what are special holiday programs they have in store for you and your family.

Christmas in Atlanta with Kids: Special Holiday Programs in Atlanta Attractions

1. Reindog Parade & Photos with St. Nick @ Atlanta Botanical Garden

It will be too late to register your dogs but you can still enjoy a parade for pups adorned in their finest holiday attire competing for prizes awarded by a panel of celebrity judges, as well as demonstrations and pet-training advice.

You can also take your own free photos with a botanically themed St. Nick amongst a beautiful display of seasonal flowers. Follow the pictures up by viewing the holiday greenery and a trip on the Ride-On-Train!

Place: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Date: Dec 11, 2010 (Sat)
Time: Parade – 11am-1pm; Photos with St. Nick – 10am-4pm
Fee: Free with admission

2. Pictures with Santa and Scuba Clause @ Georgia Aquarium

Enjoy the opportunity to pose for holiday photos with the Christmas legend in the atrium, visitors will also have the chance to come face-to-face with Santa as he dons his SCUBA Claus outfit, plunging into a watery wonderland known as the coral reef exhibit inside the Tropical Diver gallery

Place: Georgia Aquarium
Date: Dec 10-12, 2010 (Fri-Sun)
Time: Fri 11am-4pm; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm; SCUBA Claus 10:30am
Fee: Free with Admission

3. Weeki Wachee Mermaid @ Georgia Aquarium

Enjoy the show from the mermaids of Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs State Park performing in the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager exhibit alongside the world’s largest fish, whale sharks, the only manta rays in a U.S. aquarium and a plethora of other unique marine species. Swimming at depths of up to 30 feet, the mermaids’ synchronized underwater acts are performed to holiday music while breathing through special air hoses.

Place: Georgia Aquarium
Date: Dec 9-12 (Thu-Sun); Dec 16-22 (Thu-Wed); Dec27-Jan 2 (Mon-Sun)
Time: 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Fee: Free with Admission

4. Holiday Festivities @ The World of Coca-Cola

Experience the Holiday spirits with  the World of Coca-Cola Holiday festivities including capturing the holiday season and get a photo of you with friends and family in a Coca-Cola Santa classic painting by artist Haddon Sundblom or choose from a variety of photo options to commemorate your visit! Learn the fascinating history of Coca-Cola as you journey through the World of Coca-Cola with our Holiday Scavenger Hunt, available in the Lobby. Savor the delicious flavors of the holidays and sample Coca-Cola specialty holiday beverages, Holiday Mint Sprite or Gingerbread Coke at our Sampling Bar in the Taste It!

Share in the spirit of giving this season simply by visiting the World of Coca-Cola. From Dec. 17th – Dec. 19th, the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta will donate $1.00 from every general admission ticket sold (up to $5,000) during this period to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Place: The World of Coca-Cola
Date: Now – Jan 5, 2011
Time: Check website for Holiday operating hours
Fee: Free with admission

5. Santa’s Missing Mail: Holiday Puppet Show @ Atlanta Botanical Garden

Warm up and have a laugh! This all-ages puppet show is an annual tradition sure to delight both kids and adults. The show takes place inside Mershon Hall (Day Hall on December 4). In Santa’s Missing Mail, two dastardly bad guys are out to stop Christmas by stealing Santa’s mail.

Place: Atlanta Botanical Garden
Date: Dec 4-18, 2010 (Every Sat)
Time: 10:30 AM
Fee: Free with Admission

6. A Stone Mountain Christmas @ Stone Mountain Park

The magic of a small town Christmas comes alive as the 1870s town of Crossroads is transformed for this spectacular holiday event. Enjoy the nightly “snowfall”, as well as new live shows, roaming characters, seasonal storytelling, and the nightly grand entrance of Santa Claus and friends. New this year: a nightly Christmas parade and the Wonderland Walkway – a dazzling tunnel guiding guests to the Snow Palace, which serves as the Snow Angel’s new home.

Place: Stone Mountain Park
Date: Check website for hours, which vary widely
Fee: Stone Mountain Christmas tickets Adults $17; Children (3-11) $14; Admission is included on the Mountain Membership. Parking $8 (cash only.)

7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer @ Center for Puppetry Arts

Experience the timeless tale of Rudolph and friends in a whole new way – LIVE! Artistic Director Jon Ludwig’s faithful adaptation of the classic television special speaks to the misfit in all of us. See more detail information from Field Trips with Sue post

Place: Center for Puppetry Arts
Date: Nov. 18 – Jan. 2, 2010, see website for specific times
Fee: $16 for ages 2 and older

8. Fernbank Winter Wonderland @ Fernbank Museum

Light up the holiday season with a festive tree display decorated by local community partners and Consulate offices. Fernbank’s first annual Winter Wonderland features more than 20 trees that twinkle with lights, and shine with a variety of cultural ornaments and emblems celebrating the diversity of groups, traditions, holidays, and events around the world.

Place: Fernbank Museum
Date: Nov 17 – Jan 5, 2011
Fee: Free with Admission

9. Holiday Train @ Imagine It! Children Museum

The North Georgia Tin Plate Trackers will be displaying winter snow scenes and button-operated animated holiday accessories surrounded by running toy trains.  The layout will delight and entertain children of all ages.  Every module of the set up has push-buttons which allow spectators to operate various model railroad accessories such as crossing gates, beacon towers, handcars, and trolleys.

Date: Dec 4-12, 2010
Fee: Free with Admission

10. A Muppet Family Christmas @ Center for Puppetry Arts

Center for Puppetry Arts members are invited to a zany holiday celebration as Fozzie Bear and all his show-biz pals head to the country to spend Christmas at Fozzie’s Mom’s farm house! With snow falling outside and more friends dropping by, something magical happens. The sparkle of the stage lights up the farm house as the Muppets share their gifts of music, a play, and of course, Fozzie’s stand-up comedy act!

Date: Dec 11, 2010 (Sat) @ 7pm
Fee: Free with Admission (members only event)

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