Atlanta Events & Happenings: December 2016

Atlanta Events & Happenings: December 2016

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Now through January 1, 2017: Macy’s Pink Pig

For more than 50 years, the Pink Pig has been appearing during the holiday season to brighten kids’ days and this year is no different. Set up right outside the upper level parking deck at Macy’s Lenox Square, the must-see event is open every day except Christmas Day. Families can ride Priscilla the Pink Pig on train tracks through a life-sized storybook! Besides all the fun, a portion of the proceeds benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. See you oink…we mean, see you there! macys.com/pinkpig

Now through January 7, 2017: Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

The only thing more spectacular than the lush and vibrant Atlanta Botanical Garden is the Atlanta Botanical Garden lit up for the holidays! This annual electrical extravaganza has favorite features from years past like Glittering Galaxy and Radiant Rainforest, as well as a new twinkling display this year, the enthralling Tunnel of Light and Walk of Flames. Non-peak night admission is Monday – Wednesday through December 14, and costs $23 for adults, $17 for children (members get a discounted rate); peak night admission is Thursday – Sunday and every night from December 15 – January 7, and costs $23 for adults and $17 for children (members get a discounted rate). Children under 3 are free. Check the website to find out about premium tickets as well. atlantabg.org

December 3, 2016: Ugly Sweater Run

No longer will you hide in shame while wearing that hideous holiday sweater from Aunt Edna! Be proud of that fugly shirt and show up at 12 p.m. in Piedmont Park for the Ugly Sweater Run. Pay homage to the “ugly sweater” by participating in this hilarious 5K, then get pampered with Kahula cocktails and other holiday goodies. Register online then select that perfect ugly sweater! theuglysweaterrun.com

December 3, 2016: 6th Annual Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K

You can run, walk, sprint, even skip across the finish line at the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K! Take a trip through Midtown neighborhoods while you get your fitness on and earn qualifying status for the Peachtree Road Race. Make sure you register, $45, online soon! beltline.org

December 3, 2016: Reindog Parade

Once a year, dogs take center stage at the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the annual Reindog Parade. Dogs in their finest holiday garb may compete for prizes, pose with Saint Nick and enjoy refreshments from the Pup Tent. Make sure to register online by December 1  — the first 100 pre-registered participants to arrive receive a special gift bag! The cost is $15 per dog plus a $3 online fee ($18 at the door), and regular Botanical Garden admission applies for their human pals. atlantabg.org

December 3 & 4, 2016: Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

Visit the beautiful Virginia-Highland neighborhood and register for the 21st Annual Tour of Homes! This year’s event will take you to eight beautiful properties while local restaurants provide food tastings at each of the home stops. The home tour runs Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; food tastings occur 12 to 4 p.m. both days. Tickets can be purchased online before December 2 for $25; day-of tickets are $30. vahitourofhomes.org

December 9-24, 2016: Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker

What’s December without the holiday classic, the Nutcracker? Happening at the Fox Theatre, Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker is a stunning performance of skill, grace, beauty and power. Enjoy some of Tchaikovsky’s most famous pieces of music and lose yourself in the movement of Atlanta’s finest dancers. Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now. atlantaballet.com

December 25-28, 2016: Grand Chanukah Menorah Lightings

Gather in Virginia-Highland on December 25, Decatur Square on December 26, Atlantic Station on December 27 and Avondale Estates on December 28, for family-friendly parties celebrating the lighting of the menorah. The party will include doughnut decorating (and devouring), live kid-friendly music, photo opportunities, raffles and prizes and the lighting of the massively large menorah. chabadintown.org/chanukah

December 29, 2016: Vodka & Latkes

Celebrate Chanukah with Atlanta’s biggest celebration! The fun happens from 7 – 10 p.m. at Big Sky Buckhead. This adult party will be full of dancing, drinking and, of course, latkes! Tickets are $15 for JCC members and $20 for non-members. atlantajcc.org

December 31, 2016: Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Parade

Kick off the football festivities early in the morning with this free energetic parade through downtown Atlanta. The fun begins at Peachtree and Baker streets and ends at the Georgia World Congress Center, the site of FanFest. You’ll see awesome floats, mascots, marching bands, cheerleaders, and much more at this family-friendly event. chick-fil-apeachbowl.com

December 31, 2016: Buckhead Ball

Ring in the New Year with hundreds of your closest (and not-so-closest) friends! Party at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead at the bigger and better Buckhead Ball, with performances by RAC Live, Trademark, The Crack Symphony Orchestra and more.  The party goes from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. and general admission tickets cost $135 (VIP tickets are available). xorbia.com

December 31, 2016: Noon Year’s Eve

Keeping your young children awake for the annual ball drop can start your new year off on the wrong, cranky, tired foot. Instead, hang out at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History for their annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration. Atlanta’s wildest party animals get to countdown at noon and watch a balloon drop, enjoy mocktails, and have an overall awesome time. The cost of the event is included with museum admission (check the site for the various costs); Fernbank members are free. fernbankmuseum.org

December 31, 2016: Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl

New Year’s Eve is all about college football and seeing which top teams make it to the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. If you think pigskins are a tasty appetizer and “moving the chains” means readjusting your choker, don’t worry, you’ll still have a great time inside the Georgia Dome.  Tickets are on sale online and range in price depending on where you sit in the arena. chick-fil-apeachbowl.com

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