Happenings Around Atlanta This Thanksgiving

12039275_10153842391562526_120857126739411590_nHappy Thanksgiving! With so much more to do than Black Friday shopping, it’s easier than ever to keep your family happy and engaged this 2016 holiday.

Take a break from recipe planning and check out the list of Happenings Around Atlanta This Thanksgiving:

  1. Dunwoody Nature Center Thanksgiving Break Camp
    With so many school districts closing for the week of Thanksgiving, parents may not always be able to take as much time to enjoy with their little ones. For two days (Monday and Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving), Dunwoody Nature Center has the perfect solution to keep your children active, happy, and engaged!
  2. Thanksgiving Weekend at the High Museum
    Get in the spirit of the season with story times, head-to-toe yoga inspired by Eric Carle, handmade art projects, and a very merry photobooth worthy of your holiday card. Friday evening features live music, Howard Finster-inspired art making, and drinks for purchase.
  3. Ice Skating at Centennial Olympic Parkicerink
    From 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, enjoy the magic of ice skating at Atlanta’s most beloved outdoor rink! The park will be adorned with its sparkling Holiday in Lights display, so getting into the holiday spirit after a warm Thanksgiving meal has never been easier.
    Admission is $12 per person for a 90-minute skate session and includes skate rental.
    Hours run 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Week.
  4. Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse & Gardens
    Home for the Holidays will showcase Atlanta’s leading design industry talents while celebrating design and effortless elegance. Located in the heart of Buckhead, this year’s home embodies the historic and timeless character of the city, giving guests an intimate and magical holiday experience! Open Friday through Sunday.
  5. Lighting of the Macy’s Great Tree at Lenox Square
    Experience the magic of the holiday season at the lighting of Atlanta’s most beloved and recognized Christmas tree. The 69th annual tradition will take place at Macy’s at Lenox Square Mall, featuring special performances and a special fireworks extravaganza! On Thanksgiving Day, shoppers can sneak in some holiday shopping from 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. throughout the evening.

    December 12, 2014 - Atlanta, Ga: Atlanta Botanical Gardens Garden Lights event Friday night in Atlanta, Ga., December 12, 2014. Photo by / JASON GETZ

  6. Atlanta Botanical Gardens: Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
    Explore the Botanical Gardens unlike ever before from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. Sip on a hot cocoa as you stroll through the millions of sparkling lights and roast s’mores by a toasty fire. Seasonal favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, and Model Trains also return to make your long Thanksgiving weeked the ultimate experience to kicking off the holiday season!
  7. Black Friday Pub Crawl
    Black Friday isn’t just for shopping anymore! Get out of the Black Friday madness and come crawl along some of Buckhead’s favorite bars! Crawlers will enjoy awesome Black Friday food and drink specials from participating bars from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  8. Atlanta Half Marathon & Thanksgiving Day 5k
    Spend Thanksgiving morning working up an appetite for that turkey and pumpkin pie! The annual Thanksgiving Day tradition has become one of the largest half marathons in the country. Join the day’s festivities at the Thanksgiving Day 5k or participate in the Mashed Potato Mile, and Gravy Gallop – both open to children and families!
  9. Stone Mountain Christmasactivitylist-tn-shows-gingy-ashx
    Stone Mountain transforms into Snow Mountain to become a snow-packed Winter Wonderland this holiday season! On Thanksgiving Day, the park will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. for families to enjoy an action-packed day of snow tubing, gleaming Christmas lights, photos with Santa, Christmas shows and activities, and much more! Be sure to stick around through the evening for Snow Angel Snowfall Finale.
  10. Georgia Aquarium Festival of the SEAson
    Included with ticket admission, experience the spectacular light and music show throughout the Georgia Aquarium Atrium every hour with floor-to-ceiling dancing light effects choreographed to your favorite Christmas tunes. While at the Aquarium, guests can also enjoy A Symphony of Snow, complete with live entertainment, Christmas classics, and a visit from Santa Claus!
  11. Snap a photo with Santa!
    He’s making a list, and he’s checking it twice – Santa Claus is coming to town! We’ve put together a list where you can be sure to spot him in 2016 and get a picture with your family and pets.