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 2018 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. Festival of the SEAson
    The Georgia Aquarium is transforming into a Winter Wonderland this holiday season with the annual Festival of the SEAson! The Aquarium will host a variety of festive events and activities to help you and your family ring in the holidays this year. We have you covered with all of the highlights from glittering tree lightings and Toddler Time to Waking Up Santa, Scuba Clause, live performances, and more.
  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: Skate the Sky
    One of our personal favorites, the Roof at Ponce City Market invites you to “Skate the Sky.” High above Ponce de Leon Avenue and overlooking the Atlanta Beltline and Old Fourth Ward, Rooftop Terrace will transform into a rooftop winter wonderland. Ice skating will also take place at other locations throughout Atlanta including Atlantic Station, Avalon in Alpharetta, and more!
  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 an English country estate home, giving guests an intimate and magical holiday experience!
  6. Atlanta Botanical Gardens: Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
    Through January 6th
    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!
  7. 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!
  8. Chastain Park Holiday Tree Sale
    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.
  9. Winter Wonderland at Fernbank Museum
    Through January 6th
    Showcasing celebrations from around the globe, Winter Wonderland fills Fernbank Museum with over two floors of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees throughout the holiday season! The variety of trees will be adorned with twinkling with lights, glimmer with color, and shine with a variety of cultural objects.  The displays throughout the museum recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions, and events from around the world.
  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.