The Atlanta Ballet’s annual production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece has been an integral part of the city’s holiday season for over 40 years now. The show tells the timeless tale of young Clara Stahlbaum, who awakes at midnight on Christmas Eve to find her prized Nutcracker toy has come to life to do battle with the Mouse King’s army. From dancing snowflakes to lively Russian nesting dolls, the extravagant production is sure to prove a hit with youthful spirits ages 8 to 80.
Christmas lights – Marietta (Dec. 1 – 31, 2014)
Lights of Life is open every day with concessions. Some days include train & pony rides, a petting zoo, live music, and Santa Claus at Life University.
Christmas lights – Callaway Gardens (Dec. 1 – 30, 2014 (schedule)
Fantasy In Lights is a spectacular light and sound show, with 8 million lights, 15 displays, a Christmas village, and Santa Claus at Callaway Gardens. Dec. 1 to 4 is for cars only, no trolley.
GARDEN NIGHTS, HOLIDAY LIGHTS (Atlanta Botanical Garden, through Jan 4)
This annual celebration of the season brightens the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s 30 acres with 1 million colorful LED lights. All of the garden’s pathways will be lit up, with stars shining down from the canopies of hardwood trees, teal and blue lights illuminating a stretch of crepe myrtles, and a 27-foot-tall tree next to a fountain that reflects the twinkling lights in enchanting patterns. There’s a strong nature theme throughout, as guests walk past giant snowflakes, bumblebees, and a huge “praying Santa mantis” while listening to strolling carolers and sipping hot cocoa or tea.
LANIER ISLANDS CHRISTMAS (Through 12/31/2014)
Lanier Islands Christmas invites you and your family to celebrate the true reason for the season at the lake! Combining all the things you love about Christmas with the best traditions from our Magical Nights of Lights… More info here.
ICE SKATING RINK AT CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK (REGULAR OPERATING HOURS Monday – Thursday 4:30pm – 10:00pm Friday 4:30pm – 11:00pm.)
Centennial Olympic Park
Admission is $12.00 per person for a 90-minute session (includes skate rental)