2015 Virginia Highlands Tour of Homes

11709540_883790321690104_2074692979587243928_nTour, eat, and shop! It’s time to celebrate the start of the holiday season with the 21st Annual Virginia Highlands Tour of Homes! The festive 2-day event will take place on December 5th and 6th from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Known as one of Atlanta’s most charming and historic neighborhoods, the Virginia Highlands will be the perfect spot to enjoy gorgeous architecture and interior design while spreading some holiday cheer!

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Xmas ARTicles Holiday Shop & Downtown Christmas Walk

XmasArticlesWThe holiday season is kicking off at the Anne Lloyd Gallery in Decatur! The annual Xmas ARTicles Holiday Shop transforms the gallery into a holiday shop where guests are invited to buy original artwork and fine crafts from more than 50 artists.

Get first pick of the affordable art on Wednesday, December 2nd at the Opening during the Downtown Christmas Walk!

From 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., the Downtown Christmas Walk will feature a series of live musical entertainment, freshly baked cookies by the event’s Cookie Elves, holiday festivities, and of course – shopping!

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Georgia Aquarium Festival of the SEAson

SCUBA Claus (1)The Georgia Aquarium is transforming into a Winter Wonderland this holiday season with the annual Festival of the SEAson. Beginning on Saturday, November 21st, the Aquarium will offer a variety of festive events and activities to help you and your family ring in the holidays this year!

1. Wake Up Santa: Saturday, November 21st

From 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., children can help Wake Up Santa from being so tired from his journey from the North Pole!

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The Lighting of Avalon in Alpharetta!

holidayKick off the holiday season with the Lighting of Avalon!

The family-friendly event will feature seasonal music, entertainment throughout the day, and free activities for all ages. Just after the sun sets, Avalon’s spectacular 30-foot decorated Christmas tree will light up the night! Culminating the evening, Santa Claus will arrive just before the festive fireworks display.

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SWEA Atlanta Traditional Christmas Market

1610920_977780122246330_6824324265641918543_nBack by popular demand, SWEA Atlanta’s Traditional Swedish Christmas Market returns on Saturday, November 21st. The event will be hosted from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m at the Dorothy Benson Center located at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive in Sandy Springs. Admission costs $2 for adults, and attendees under 18 are free!

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Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden

111214_garden_lights_0125Tis the Season! The Atlanta Botanical Garden hosts its annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights from Saturday, November 14th through Saturday, January 9th. 

Nightly hours run from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., so the holiday event is the perfect celebration for the whole family or even a romantic night out!

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4th Annual Autism Speaks Georgia 5k

2015_GA_5k_GraphicThe 4th Annual Autism Speaks 5k Run takes place on Saturday, November 21st. The 5k course begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs through beautiful Piedmont Park with minimal grade hills. Race packets will be available for pickup at 7:30 a.m.

Participants have the perfect opportunity to lace up their running shoes for a great cause! With autism becoming the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the US, Autism Speaks is looking to raise awareness while creating an event that’s fun for all ages. Throughout the race, vendor tables, children’s activities, the t-shirt table, and the Autism Speaks table will remain open for the race’s supporters and attendees.

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Ansley Park in Midtown Atlanta – Neighborhood of the Week

Ansley Park is an oasis of gracious, elegant homes on tree-lined lanes surrounding Ansley Golf Club’s lush course.  You will find stunning contemporary homes along with beautiful stately traditional homes. Developed in 1904, Ansley Park is one of Atlanta’s oldest and most prestigious neighborhoods.

Ansley Park has three parks in the neighborhood and winding streets with names like The Prado, Beverly Road, Peachtree Circle, Westminster Drive, Montgomery Ferry, Barksdale and Ansley Drive.

Ansley Park is located in Midtown Atlanta 30309, close to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Piedmont Park and The High Museum. See map of Ansley Park.

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2015 Atlanta Area Thanksgiving Day Events

thanksgivingdinnerfeast1It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You’ve picked out the perfect turkey, selected your favorite dishes, and you are ready to hop into the holiday spirit.  Take a break from recipe planning and check out the list of Thanksgiving events we’ve put together for you this holiday:

1. Atlanta Half Marathon & Thanksgiving Day 5k

Spend Thanksgiving morning earning your turkey (and pumpkin pie) for later! 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!

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Dunwoody Nature Center Thanksgiving Break Camp

dunwoodynatureWith 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, Dunwoody Nature Center has the perfect solution to keep your children active, happy, and engaged!

On Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th, children will enjoy exploring the exciting habitats at Dunwoody Park, learning about everything nature has to offer. Throughout the two days, campers will also participate in nature themed crafts, science experiments, activities, games, and outdoor play! Lunch and snack time will also be provided.

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