As November comes to an end, Christmas lights start to twinkle throughout Atlanta. The air has a chill and with Thanksgiving just days away, the new year is in sight. And that means an entire month of festivities, events, Christmas happenings and more to keep us busy (along with shopping, baking, parties and everything in between!). But one thing you won’t want to miss as the days get shorter and the to-do list grows: the holiday tree lightings around town! And the best part? If you miss the ceremonial lighting of the trees, you can still admire their beauty through the end of the year, making for a romantic date night or photo op! Here are a few of our favorites:
The Battery Atlanta Tree Lighting (Nov. 23)
The holiday tree lighting at the Battery Atlanta (also known as the Atlanta Braves stadium) really hits it out of the park with this festive event. Santa and all of his little elves will be there for photo ops, along with balloon twisters, stilt walkers, and even some Atlanta Braves players! There will be musical performances, the tree lighting of course, and even a screening of The Grinch on the plaza screen. One of the earliest tree lightings of the season, it’s definitely one you won’t want to miss. But rest assured, if you are reading this after the main event on November 23, the tree will remain lit through December, so not all is lost!
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Macy’s Great Tree Lighting at Lenox Square (Nov. 24)
The 72nd annual Lenox Square Macy’s Tree Lighting is a tradition that flourishes each year. Christmas magic dances throughout the mall as shoppers in the holiday rush hunt for the perfect gifts before the big sale on Black Friday. But for one night, the mall becomes quiet and live music, tree lighting, and fireworks become the main attraction! One of the best parts about this magical, annual event? If you can’t make it to the show, you can watch the live telecast of it on WSB-TV Channel 2 from the comfort of your couch!
Jungle Bells Tree Lighting at the Zoo Atlanta (Dec. 7)
A 20’ Christmas tree, warm adult beverages (hard cider and warm mulled wine) and zoo animals sounds like a wildly fun evening at the Zoo Atlanta. Festive holiday carols can be heard throughout the park as Neighborhood Ballet performs scenes from The Nutcracker, complemented by an orchestral performance. Plus, you’re at the zoo! The holiday tree lighting ceremony might be the main attraction, but the additional entertainment that comes with are a magically festive bonus!
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Did you know we have a tree-lighting event for our 20' holiday tree? Join us at Jungle Bells on December 1, for our second-annual lighting of the Zoo Atlanta Holiday Tree. While you're here, you'll enjoy free crafts and gleeful performers! Check out zooatlanta.org for the full list of activities. #OnlyZooATL
Honorable Mention: Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (Nov. 16 – Jan. 11)
Okay, this one isn’t exactly a tree lighting, but the Atlanta Botanical Gardens transforms into such a magical winter wonderland during the holidays that we couldn’t help but include it in our list. Open through the new year, visiting the garden lights is a must-do during the holidays, and your Instagram feed will validate that! Everywhere you turn is a perfect photo-op, and the beauty of it all is truly breathtaking.
There’s plenty to do and see in and around Atlanta this holiday season, but whatever you do, make sure you get the chance to experience these festive traditions! Share your fun with us on Facebook and Instagram, and keep following the blog here for more Atlanta favorites.