Top 10 Happenings Around Atlanta This Thanksgiving


November is officially here, and the holiday season is fast-approaching! Take a break from all the recipe planning, and explore the Top 10 Happenings Around Atlanta This Thanksgiving.

With so much more to do than Black Friday shopping, it’s easier than ever to keep your family happy and engaged this 2017 Thanksgiving holiday!

From holiday interior decor to dining, activities for all ages,  and even some unconventional fun, we have all your tastes covered even if turkey isn’t on the menu this year.

  1. Macy’s Pink Pig
    Be part of the tradition that’s been cherished for five generations! The iconic Pink Pig Train is closed on Thanksgiving Day but will continue to run all weekend long. General admission is $3, and a portion of the proceeds from all Macy’s Pink Pig ticket sales goes to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
  2. Dine Out
    Enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving brunch buffet  at the St. Regis Atlanta while keeping up with your favorite teams in the Game day Lounge. Southern Art and the Ritz-Carlton will both also serve lavish and delicious brunch on Thanksgiving Day!
  3. Day After Thanksgiving at High Museum of Art
    Friday, November 24th | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Get in the spirit of the season with Ashley Bryan story times before exploring the galleries to see Bryan’s art firsthand in the exhibition Painter and Poet. Free with museum admission, families will enjoy creating handmade art projects and snapping photos in a very merry photo booth worthy of holiday card! Giwayen Mata will also treat audiences to energetic, educational, and highly interactive performances.
  4. 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.
  5. Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse & Gardens
    Open Friday through Sunday
    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 evokes a stately historic English home, giving guests an intimate and magical holiday experience!
  6. 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 70th 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.
  7. Atlanta Botanical Gardens: Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
    November 11th – January 7th
    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 weekend the ultimate experience to kicking off the holiday season!
  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. National Geographic Sharks
    The new temporary exhibition at Georgia Aquarium invites you to come face-to-nose with one of the world’s most feared predators! Highlighting the passion of award-winning photojournalist Brian Skerry, large-scale images and videos help show sharks not as predators to be feared, but as animals to respect and value.
  10. 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 2017 and get a picture with your family and pets.