Top 16 Atlanta Happenings This Weekend

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and our spirits are bright! Whether you’re looking to jump into the festivities of the holidays or give back in the spirit of the season, we have you covered with our Top 16 Happenings Around Atlanta This Weekend: Thursday – Sunday, November 8th – 11th, 2018.

Santa is beginning to make his appearances throughout town, and there is an incredible lineup of vendors and artists selling the perfect gifts for the holidays. Don’t miss the start of the beloved Home For The Holidays Designer Showhouse & Marketplace, kick off the cooler weather with the Holiday Lights, Garden Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden, and give back to some wonderful causes all weekend long! 

Get the most out of your weekend ahead with our unique lineup of 16 happenings all around the city!

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Top 10 Happenings Around Atlanta This Thanksgiving

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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.

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Holiday Chastain Community Celebration & Holiday Tree Sale

From holiday crafts and performances to Holiday Trees and visits with Santa, Holiday Chastain is your Christmas Headquarters through the end of 2018!

Community Celebration
Sunday | December 2nd, 2018
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location
Chastain Park Tennis Center
110 W Wieuca Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30342

The Chastain Park Conservancy will be offering free photos with Santa, cookie decoration activities, hot cocoa, and music from the Georgia Boy Choir, and treats from the Shake Shack!

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History on the Rocks | Atlanta History Center

Kick off the weekend with Atlanta History Center’s new after-hour program series! Hosted on the fourth Friday of every month, guests can enjoy a cocktail while exploring the museum.

Event Details
Friday | November 30th, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

November’s event will be held at at Smith Family Farm, inviting guests to enjoy holiday-themed cocktails, music, and roasting s’mores.

Tickets
$15 Advance | $20 Door | Free for Members

More information on History on the Rocks at Atlanta History Center.

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71st Annual Macy’s Great Tree Lighting

Macy’s is celebrating it’s 71st Annual Great Tree Lighting with an incredible lineup of free performances for 2018!

Event Details
Sunday | November 18th, 2018
6:30 p.m. – Pre-Show
7:00 p.m. – Tree Lighting

Location
Macy’s Lenox Square Mall
3393 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326

Hosts Jovita Moore and Zach Klein will present the beloved holiday tradition, formerly held on Thanksgiving weekend. This year’s event features performances by Adrienne Bailon Houghton, Russell Dickerson, Francesca Battistelli, and Kyla Jade. The Macy’s All-Star Choir will fill the air with beautiful holiday songs as the 56-foot great tree lights up with 45,000 multi-colored LED lights and Santa makes his grand debut! As always, the evening will be capped by a  spectacular firework display set to holiday music.

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Free Entrance Days in National Parks

With free admittance to all National Parks, Veterans Day is the perfect time to celebrate all that America’s beautiful parks have to offer!

When
November 11th, 2018

All National Park Service entrance fees will be waived in honor of our nation’s veterans.

Be part of America’s largest celebration of national heritage! It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It’s all happening in your national parks.

Fee-free days make national parks accessible to more people. What better way to commemorate the holiday than to get outdoors?

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ADAC Angel Tree Celebration

Presented by ADAC, the 32nd Annual Angel Tree Celebration invites you to brighten the holidays for children in need!

Event Details
Thursday | November 15th, 2018
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Location
ADAC | Theodore Alexander
351 Peachtree Hills Avenue
Suite 402
Atlanta, GA 30305

The heartwarming event helps provide presents to children in need throughout the Atlanta area. Guests will enjoy light refreshments and select children’s names from this year’s tree. These special children will have a happier holiday, and it’s all thanks to your generosity and kindness!

Angel Tree donations benefit the Fulton County Division of Family and Children Services. Donated gifts will be collected by the ADAC partner, Theodore Alexander.

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Top 10 Santa Spottings Around Atlanta in 2018

santaHe’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 tin 2018 and get a picture with your family and pets.

No matter where you are in the Atlanta area this holiday season, Santa won’t be hard to find. Don’t miss out on seeing The Big Man in Red as he makes all his stops along the way!

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The Big Deal | Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

The Big Deal invites you to celebrate and honor the doctors of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta by partying with a purpose! Enjoy an evening of cocktails with a silent auction, seated dinner, and dancing to follow.

Event Details
Friday | November 9th, 2018
6:30 p.m.

Location
Atlanta History Center

Led by the 1998 Society, every gesture of support truly is a Big Deal! Guests and sponsors of the fundraising event help provide hope to more than 350,000 unique patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Event proceeds support important programs, equipment, staffing, and research identified by Children’s 1998 Society Funding Initiatives.

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Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse & Gardens

Benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the ever-loved 10th Annual Home For The Holidays Designer Showhouse & Marketplace is back this holiday season!

November 15th – December 9th, 2018

Thursday – Saturday · 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday · 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed Monday – Wednesday & Thanksgiving Day

2018 Showhouse Location
4540 Jett Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

Home for the Holidays will showcase Atlanta’s leading design industry talents while celebrating design and effortless elegance. Learn more about the Showhouse, upcoming events, and this year’s beneficiary!

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