You’ve seen the Christmas decorations in the stores since late August. Give it time, it will be here soon. First we need to celebrate Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, Giving Thanks is what it’s all about. What else is it about? Kicking off some holiday fun! Thanksgiving is so important because it is the perfect way to segue us from the crazed mania of sugar hyped costumed kids into those beloved Christmas holidays. The following are some “can’t miss” holiday events for the entire family!
Holiday in Lights (Centennial Olympic Park) – Nov. 19, 2010 – Jan. 3, 2011
Every November Centennial Olympic Park tranforms into a Winter Wonderland. The displays are made up of thousands and thousands of lights that change every year. You may enjoy the lights daily (including Christmas Day) from 7am – 11pm and there is no charge for park admission! While there, be sure to check out Atlanta’s only outdoor ice skating rink. With a covered seating area, holiday music and theatrical lighting over real ice, you can’t help but fall into the holiday spirit! Admission to the skating rink is $7 per person and skate rental is $2 for 90 minutes of skate time. As with the park, the rink is open daily including Christmas Day. Please note that credit cards are NOT accepted at the park, however there is an ATM on site. www.centennialpark.com
2010 Atlanta Half Marathon & Thanksgiving Day 5K (Turner Field) – Need a sure fire way to keep your waistline in check this turkey season? Why not start your day running in the Atlanta Half Marathon or the Thanksgiving 5K? And since the holidays are all about family, this year they are offering a Mashed Potato Mile Kids’ Fun Run and the Drumstick Dash! Registration fees and start times vary depending on the race so be sure to check out their website. Make sure to register early as space may be limited! Act soon because online registration ends Nov. 21st! Those who finish either Marathon will receive a long sleeved t-shirt and commemorative medal. The Milers also receive a medal and the Dashers will receive a ribbon! www.atlantatrackclub.org
Macy’s 63rd Annual Tree Lighting Nov. 25th (Lenox Square) – This year’s tree is a 62ft. White Pine weighing around 12,000 pounds! It will arrive at Lenox on Nov. 14 where over half a dozen people will spend the next 2 weeks decorating it in preparation for the lighting on Thanksgiving Day. The tree uses over 8 miles of circuit wiring, thousands of bulbs and 1,400 basketball sized ornaments! There is a pre-show concert beginning at 6:15pm on Thanksgiving Day. The official tree lighting celebration will take place from 7pm – 8pm. Enjoy the music of American Idol runner-up Katherine McPhee, country artist Chuck Wicks, Platinum selling R&B artist Bobby V and Austin Renfroe, a staple on the Atlanta scene! Each year Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta cancer patients have the honor of flipping the switch to light the great tree. This year’s honorees are Audrey Arrowood and Pharoah Halley. Parking is limited and due to an expected crowd of over 100,000 you are advised to take MARTA! http://social.macys.com/believe2010/?#/home
The Holidays in Atlantic Station (Atlanta) – Nov. 20 – Dec. 31, 2010 – Atlantic Station is kicking off the holiday season with their Lighting of Atlantic Station on Nov. 20 Noon – 9pm! Filled with local celebrities, 11Alive and Dave FM personalities, activities for the kids’ including crafts, a fashion show, music and entertainment throughout the day, Atlantic Station is your Go-To spot for holiday fun! At 7:30pm Santa will arrive to light the tree and the snow will begin falling shortly thereafter along with a favorite classic holiday movie! There are so many things going on at Atlantic Station for the holidays, you will need to visit everyday!
“Its Snowing in Atlantic Station” – Nov. 20 – Dec. 31 Realistic Snow will fall in the Central Park area of A.S. Weeknights at 7:30pm, Fri. and Sat. 6pm-9pm and Sun. at 6pm. Weather permitting.
“Holiday Shops” in A.S. – Nov. 20 – Dec. 31 Open air shops featuring handcrafted items from local artisans. Mon. – Sat. 10am-10pm, Sun. Noon – 7pm.
Photos with Santa – Fri.- Sun., Nov. 26 – Dec 24, Noon – 5pm. Santa can be found on the 3rd floor of Dillards and will also make special appearances in Central Park. There are also Pet Photo Nights in Central Park Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12, 6pm-9pm!
The Steel Mill Express Children’s Train – Sat. and Sun. Nov. 20-Dec. 19, Noon-8pm An adorable miniature train ride for all ages. Purchase tickets at the Depot near Rosa Mexicano for $3 per person. Weather permitting.
For information on all of these events please go to www.atlanticstation.com
Another Atlanta Thanksgiving Day tradition is Hosea’s Feed The Hungry. Event details had not been released at press time so be sure to check their website for upcoming details at www.hoseafeedthehungry.com. This is a great organization that helps feed the hungry and homeless. They are always in need of food and/or monetary donations and volunteers. Nothing brings a family closer together than a family that serves!
I hope this list starts you on your way to a wonderful holiday season!