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Jump-start the holidays with these cool events happening in Atlanta this November

Paige Minds The Gap

Get ready to get into the holiday spirit! Many of Atlanta’s best Christmas celebrations begin early, giving you and your family plenty of time to make holiday memories that will last a lifetime. Check out the best holiday events happening this November in Atlanta.

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Mistletoe Market

Event Dates: November 4, 2021 through November 7, 2021

This beloved holiday fundraiser at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta benefits the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta. You can shop through more than 50 specialty merchants from across the Southeast. You’ll have access to onsite monogramming, holiday décor, jewelry, and more.

The Gift of the Magi 2.0

Event Dates: November 5, 2021 through December 5, 2021

In this adaptation of O. Henry’s classic holiday fable, an Atlanta streetcar driver struggling to make ends meet during the Atlanta Transit Strike of 1950 goes to great lengths to buy a Christmas gift for his wife, unaware that she is going to similar lengths for him. See the play at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square.

Santa Tuck-ins at The Hotel at Avalon

Event Dates: November 5, 2021 through December 23, 2021

The Hotel at Avalon offers a unique experience for children of all ages. Little ones can share a bedtime snack and chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Event Dates: multiple days from November 10, 2021 through January 2, 2022

The holiday classic based on the television special returns to the Center For Puppetry Arts.

Christmas Town 1964

Event Dates: November 11, 2021 through January 2, 2022

This special holiday exhibit at the Center For Puppetry Arts showcases Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This year, the halls will be decked in vintage décor, and the Center will dig into the history of the classic holiday tale. The original Rudolph and Santa puppets will be on display for the first time since 2006.

A Christmas Carol

Event Dates: November 12, 2021 through December 24, 2021

See A Christmas Carol at the Alliance Theatre, this year with a new adaptation including a reimagined set design and new costumes.

World of Illumination’s Rockin’ Christmas

Event Dates: November 12, 2021 through January 2, 2022

The world’s largest holiday drive-through animated light show returns to Marietta with World of Illumination’s Rockin’ Christmas at Six Flags White Water. This mile-long symphony of light and sound features millions of colorful lights and hundreds of animated displays.

Stone Mountain Christmas

Event Dates: November 13, 2021 through January 1, 2022

Enjoy Stone Mountain’s annual Christmas celebrations with special winter attractions. Immerse yourself in holiday magic full of festive music, millions of lights, spectacular shows, and your favorite holiday characters.

Winter Wonderland at Fernbank

Event Dates: November 13, 2021 through January 7, 2022

Fernbank Museum’s annual Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World returns with holiday-inspired exhibitions featuring trees and other displays decorated by local cultural partners. Traditions and practices recognize celebrations such as Christmas, Hanukkah, origami, indigenous art, and national symbols.

Garden Lights Holiday Nights

Event Dates: November 13, 2021 through January 15, 2022

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual holiday light show is back for 2021. Enjoy the 11th annual holiday extravaganza dazzling light display with millions of brilliantly colored LED lights.

North Pole Postal Express Box – Letters to Santa

Event Date: November 15, 2021 through December 18, 2021

The Woodstock Workshop’s North Pole Postal Express Mail Box is a direct link to Santa. Kids can drop off letters and Santa will take the time to write a letter back. You can find the postal express mail box at The Gifted Ferret in Woodstock.

World of Illumination’s Arctic Adventure

Event Dates: November 17, 2021 through January 2, 2022

World of Illumination’s Arctic Adventure at Atlanta Motor Speedway features holiday music and whimsical winter characters on this drive-through light show.

Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Event Dates: select dates November 20, 2021 through January 2, 2021

Six Flags Over Georgia’s annual holiday festival features more than one million LED lights and dozens of Christmas trees to create the perfect magical atmosphere.

Lights of LIFE

Event Dates: November 25, 2021 through December 31, 2021

The annual Lights of LIFE at Life University will feature more than one million LED bulbs in various holiday designs. The event will run nightly, rain or shine.

Atlanta Christkindl Market

Event Dates: November 26, 2021 through January 2, 2022

The Atlanta Christkindl Market, hosted at The Buckhead Village District, is a traditional Germany market featuring authentic German food and beverages, a festive atmosphere, and holiday gifts. Find the perfect handmade gift for your family from wooden toys to clothes.

WINTERLAND: A Magical Holiday Experience

Event Dates: November 26, 2021 through January 2, 2022

This limited-time holiday experience at Illuminarium Atlanta presents a luxurious winter palace, an enchanted winter paradise, the magnificent Northern Lights, and whimsical forest creatures dashing across snow-covered landscapes.

Holiday Road Atlanta

Event Dates: multiple days from November 26, 2021 through December 12, 2021

This half-mile outdoor immersive holiday experience, along with a walking trail, is filled with thousands of illuminated lights, larger-than-life holiday installations, and iconic scenes. There will be an Elf Village, Gingerbread Lane, light tunnels, Christmas tree forest, food trucks, and more at this experience at Bouckaert Farms in Fairburn.

Sparkling Nights of Lights – Light Show

Event Dates: November 26, 2021 through December 31, 2021

This nightly Christmas light show synchronized to holiday music takes place in the parking lot at The Gifted Ferret in Woodstock. The lights will run daily from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Georgia Festival of Trees

Event Dates: November 30, 2021 through December 4, 2021

Enjoy live music, local vendors, and uniquely decorated Christmas trees at this event at the Georgia World Congress Center. Trees will be auctioned during the festival with proceeds benefiting Wellspring Living, an organization that serves the victims of sex trafficking.

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