Above: Santa visits Rhodes Hall this month.
Santa at Rhodes Hall
Weekends, Dec. 2-17. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will host the 20th Annual Santa at Rhodes Hall. There’ll be holiday music, refreshments, art activities and, of course, visits with Santa during personal appointments. Family admission and a 5×7 photo with Santa is $40. Guests may bring their own cameras or video recorders for an additional $20. Proceeds benefit the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Rhodes Hall, 1516 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30309. Spaces are limited and appointments are a must. Got to GeorgiaTrust.org or call 404-885-7812.
Holiday Shopping Market
Sunday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Local artisans will be on hand at the Yaarab Temple (400 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta 30308) for the annual Indie Craft Experience (ICE) show. If you’re looking for original, one-of-a-kind art, gifts and more this event is not to be missed. If you do manage to miss it, you can still shop through Dec. 23 at the ICE headquarters in Candler Park, 1390 McLendon Ave., Atlanta 30307. For more information, visit ice-atlanta.com.
Christmas Tour of Homes & Holiday Market
Sunday, Dec. 10. Market 12-6 p.m.; tour 3-8 p.m. Along with the featured homes, points of interest include the Little Tree Gallery and Avondale Baptist Church. Tickets are $15, but increase to $20 on the day of the tour. More info at avondaletourofhomes.com.
Menorah Lighting & Hanukkah Celebration
Tuesday, Dec. 12-Thursday, Dec. 14, 5:15-6 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy three days of Hanukkah celebrations at Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA). Each night features songs followed by the lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah and a short performance. Complimentary sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and hot chocolate are offered. Free and open to the community and MJCCA members. MJCCA Zaban Park campus, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Get information at atlantajcc.org, or contact Rabbi Glusman at 678-812-4161.
Holiday Meet and Eat
Thursday, Dec. 14, 12-2 p.m. Join us for this festive and fun-filled afternoon where you will enjoy a scrumptious meal consisting of pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad, roll and dessert. Pebblebrook High School’s choral group, Phoenix, performs live. $12 for Cobb residents, $14.00 for non-residents. This fundraiser benefits the senior center. Freeman Poole Senior Center, 4025 S. Hurt Rd., Smyrna 30082. For details, visit cobbcounty.org or call 770-801-3400.
Bonfire & Marshmallow Roast
Thursday, Dec. 14, 7-8 p.m. Roast a marshmallow around a roaring 10-foot by 10-foot bonfire blazing in Decatur Square. The event is free, but reservations are recommended, through freshtix.com, so plenty of marshmallows are available. Go to visitdecaturgeorgia.com to find out more.
Hanukkah Trivia Game Night
Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m. A fast-paced, competitive game night with amazing food and drinks. For 21 and older only. $28 per person for Beth Jacob members; $35 per person for non-members. Heritage Hall, Beth Jacob Atlanta, 1855 Lavista Rd., Atlanta 30309. RSVP and learn more at bethjacobatlanta.org/chanukah.
Eggnog and Mittens
Friday, Dec. 15, 3-4:50 p.m. Celebrate this magical time of year with Donna’s famous eggnog, cookies and the Good Time Band. Our tree will be set up to be decorated with donations of new mittens, scarves and hats, which will be given to MUST Ministries. Sponsored by The Solana East Cobb. Admission price is mittens, a scarf or a hat. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta 30066. More info at cobbcounty.org or by calling 770-509-4900.
Fridays, Dec. 15 & 22, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to stroll through the beautifully decorated gardens and grounds of the Atlanta History Center and enjoy a lively Christmas Market. Holiday traditions come alive in the three historic houses—the Wood Family Cabin, Swan House and Smith Family Farm. $20 for adults, $15 for members and $10 for children. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta 30305. Find out more at atlantahistorycenter.com.
Decatur Square Candle Lighting & Hanukah Party
Monday, Dec. 18, 6-8 p.m. Celebrate the Festival of Lights with the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) Intown and Chabad Intown for a special Menorah Lighting in Decatur Square. There’ll be songs, holiday crafts, latkes and jelly donuts. Free. Open to MJCCA members and the community. Decatur Square, 115 Sycamore St., Decatur 30030. Contact Lauren Chekanow at 678-812-4107 or visit atlantajcc.org for details.
Throughout the Season
Christmas at Callanwolde
Through Dec. 12, 12-8 p.m. daily. The historic mansion and grounds are decked out in holiday finery. There are self-guided tours of the elaborately decorated home, an artists’ market, performances and more. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd., Atlanta 30306. For tickets and info, go to callanwolde.org.
Macy’s Pink Pig
Through Dec. 31. Macy’s Pink Pig once again carries children of all ages through a life-sized storybook filled with friends and fun beneath the signature 170-foot, 1950’s themed Pink Pig tent. General admission is $3; a portion of the profits benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta 30326. Call 404-231-2796 or 404-231-2959 for more info.
Stone Mountain Christmas
Through Jan. 3. The true magic of the season is in the air at Stone Mountain Park. The many treats include Skylights Spectacular, an immersive walk-through experience of lights and music, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D, Christmas parades and a variety of holiday performances. Tickets prices vary. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, 30083. Call 1-800-401-2407 or visit stonemountainpark.com to find out more.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
Through Jan. 7. The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown transforms into a glowing wonderland every night with millions of lights. This year’s event features “Nature’s Wonders,” a new high-tech curtain-like display of vertical lights synchronized with music and sound effects to highlight the universe’s incredible natural phenomena. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta 30309. Ticket information and details at atlantabg.org.
Marietta Square Winter Wonderland
Through Jan. 7. Enjoy open air ice skating at Marietta Square. Rink admission is $12 and includes skate rental. Marietta Square, 50 N Park Square, Marietta, 30060. Winterwonderlandmarietta.com has more details.
Skate the Sky at PCM
Through Feb. 14. Head to The Roof at Ponce City Market for ice-skating with a view. Tickets are $25 per person for 50 minutes of skating and includes skate rental. After 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, skating is for ages 21 and over only. Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta 30308. Visit poncecitymarket.com for more information.
The Rink at Park Tavern
Through Feb. 19. The Rink at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park offers all day skate sessions, birthday parties for kids, a New Year’s Eve party and more. Park Tavern, 500 10th St., Atlanta 30309. Information available at parktavern.com.
Olde Town on Ice
Through Feb. 25. A real, open air ice skating rink in Conyer’s Olde Town Pavilion, set beside a beautiful botanical garden. There’s covered and uncovered skating, a party room available for events and a snack bar serving hot chocolate, nachos and more. $10 per skater, includes rental skates if needed. Olde Town Conyers Pavilion, 949 S. Main St., Conyers 30012. Call 678-374-7655 for info, and check schedule at icedays.com/conyers/.