Everything to do in Atlanta this Christmas

Happy December, y’all! Christmas time is here in Atlanta, Georgia! Here is everything to do this December to celebrate the holidays in Atlanta and around Georgia! Y’all loved my fall guide so much that I knew I had to do a Christmas guide, haha!

Colony Square Holiday Movies on the Square

Choosing What to do in Atlanta this December

Unfortunately, a lot of events this year continue to be canceled due to coronavirus, like my favorite- the Christkindl market! Not to worry though- I still found a lot of great options that are taking precautions seriously and are covid friendly (drive through lights are perfect!). I encourage you to decide what you feel comfortable participating in this year, and be as safe as possible. 

I’ve listed all my favorite things to do this December to celebrate Christmas in Atlanta this year here in one post- I’m the type of person that likes to see all of my options laid out, so that is what I’m giving you!

I’ve organized everything by type of festivity, and some things are listed twice in case they fit into two categories and you aren’t reading the whole post! Most of these events & places are reservation-only this year, so check the websites on the links I provided and book before you go.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season- Merry Christmas!

Popup Bars in Atlanta and Around Georgia

Atlanta Miracle Bars

Miracle Bars are classic Christmas popup bars! Here all of the bars this year- they all have the same website to reserve spots:

  • Miracle at the Fox Marquee Club (21+, must buy tickets online)
  • Sippin’ Santa at Bon Ton
  • Sippin’ Santa at Golden Eagle
  • Miracle at Wonderkid
  • Sippin’ Santa at Bon Ton
  • Miracle at Parish

Local Atlanta Popup Bars

Igloos in Atlanta

  • Publico: Publico in Midtown has igloos that you can reserve with a minimum order amount for your bill. They also have a great popup bar upstairs!
  • Holidays on the Roof of Ponce: PCM has 3 igloo options: 9 Mile Station, Family igloos, and 21+ igloos for reservations. The views are incredible but they are a bit expensive FYI.
  • Ruby Chows: This Asian restaurant next to Ponce City Market has dining bubbles on their patio if you are looking for an amazing budget igloo option this year! There is a limit of five so be sure to request them when you make a reservation.
  • Clermont hotel rooftop bar: The roof of the Clermont usually has an igloo or two when the weather gets cold that is first, but this year they are doing a themed heated tent on the roof instead that opened today!
Park Tavern Ice Skating 2019

Ice Skating around Atlanta

Most of these places require tickets in advance- check and book ahead before they sell out. 

  • Roof of PCM: Ice skating at Ponce is a bit more expensive than other options, but it comes with games on the Ponce City Roof! If you’ve wanted to visit the roof, this is a great time to go. You can also reserve igloos at 9 Mile Station!
  • Park tavern: Ry and I went last year and had such a good time! It’s heated and inside- I’ve never been hot iced skating, haha (we were bundled up)! They also have festive drinks and it’s fun to walk through Piedmont Park after, or head the other direction and hop on the Beltline and go to Ponce! 
  • Skate the Station at Atlantic Station: a fun option in the shopping district outside of Midtown! Atlantic Station also has its Festival of Lights if you want to make an evening out of it.
  • Avalon on ice: Skate in the heart of downtown Avalon in the cute Rockefeller-inspired rink! The rink is open through Jan 18. 
  • Margaritaville at Lanier Islands: Margaritaville has a lot of winter attractions this year, and one of them is ice skating! Tickets are a bit on the expensive side, but they include a lot of attractions.

Christmas Lights and Displays around Atlanta & Georgia

Christmas Towns to Visit in Georgia

  • Marietta: check out the town’s Christmas display, meet Santa on the square, and visit The Third Door (in the pop up bars list above). Plus, the town square is extra festive as it is now open container! Read about my Marietta favorites here.
  • Dahlonega: Dahlonega does an old-fashioned Christmas display, complete with lights and carriage rides- it has been called the perfect Christmas town by Southern Living. Read about my Dahlonega favorites here.
  • Downtown Alpharetta: Alpharetta has Snow the first three Fridays in December from 6-7 PM, which is a display of handmade life size nutcrackers and winter decorations and the Alpharetta Christmas Market Dec 5th and 12th 10AM-3PM. Stop by Sis + Moon’s for their Christmas Vacation pop up shop, too!
Park Tavern 2019

Christmas-y Things to Do in Atlanta & Around Georgia

Christmas Events in Atlanta & Around Georgia

How are you celebrating Christmas this year in Atlanta, Georgia? Let me know in the comments!
Where to find the best chicken sandwhiches in Atlanta- all of these are crispy, packed with flavor, and you can add some Nashville heat.

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