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15 Magical Things To Do In Atlanta Before New Year’s Day

By Secret Atlanta

15 Magical Things To Do In Atlanta Before New Year’s Day

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – make it count!

December is coming to a close as is the year. With all the ups and downs in 2020, you owe it to yourselves to end it on a high note. Don’t let the holidays pass you by  without indulging in some good old fashioned holiday cheer!

1. Experience Candlelight Concerts In Stunning Open-Air Atlanta Spaces

You can still experience an absolutely magical (and safe) winter here in Atlanta, and part of that is thanks to the amazing outdoor spaces the city has to offer. Luckily, Fever Originals is bringing its wildly popular Candlelight concert series to open-air venues for the season and into spring, from stunning rooftops and terraces to enchanting secret gardens.

2. Hit the Ice

When it comes to active winter activities, there’s no sport more festive and ceremonial of the holiday season than ice skating. The only way you can top that if the rink is located in the crisp open air of the city, for that, look no further than Avalon on Ice.

3. Experience one of “National Geographic’s Top 10 Light Displays in the World”

The holidays are alive in the south. Despite all the madness, the City of Atlanta is lighting up with magical holiday cheer. From November 20 to January 4, the immaculate Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy In Lights display will be open to the public to enjoy.

4. Mentally Prepare Yourself for the Shark Cage

Sharks are misunderstood creatures. Sure, you’ve seen them in blockbuster films like Jaws and, of course, its ramped-up successor, Sharknado, but let’s be honest: Hollywood tends to exaggerate their malice. Honestly, they’re much different creatures when you meet them up close and in person – which is exactly what the Georgia Aquarium wants you to do at their coming exhibition: Predators of the Deep.

5. Get Lost in Wonderland

For its 10th year running, Garden Lights, Holiday Nightsis illuminating the grounds of the Atlanta Botanical Garden with spectacular and festive lighting displays to bring cheer to the holiday season.

6. Dine in an Igloo and Skate the Sky

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been, shall we say, less than magical. Well things are looking up (literally, speaking) for this Christmas season, as Ponce City Market is transforming their rooftop into a Winter Dreamland complete with igloos for outdoor dining and a Skate the Sky ice skating rink for their Holidays on the Roof event!

7. Explore Snow Island In A Snow Tube

Any place named “License to Chill” is probably a cool spot worth checking out, especially when you know the place offers a blizzard of fun winter activities. Tube down snowbanks, ice skate, and more this winter at License to Chill Snow Island at Lanier Islands!

8. Check the Chick-Fil-A Lights

Throughout the holidays, Chick-Fil-A stores across the country begin the sale of its cheery Peppermint Chip Milkshakes (available today, November 16), to commemorate the most wonderful time of the year. One of the Georgia-based chicken chain’s locations, however, go a step further. Treat yourself this season at Chick-Fil-A in Athens, Georgia for a front-row parking spot to their epic holiday light spectacle!


9. Share a Shot of Christmas Cheer With Santa

Something tells me that by the end of this year, we’ll all have devolved into the ‘humbug’ spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge and The Grinch. However, there is one thing this November has in store for us that might brighten you with a welcome dose – accompanied by a stiff glass – of Christmas cheer: the Miracle Christmas-themed pop-up bar, and tiki-themed cousin, Sippin’ Santa, will be returning to Atlanta this season with multiple locations!

10. Indulge in Magical Holiday Festivities at Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Park, home of the Pumpkin Festival, and other immersive seasonal events, will once again host their massive Christmas celebration with magical experiences, holiday favorites, special holiday entertainment, and family-friendly fun!

11. Roll into Atlanta’s New Blacklight Bowling Alley

Need to channel all the pent-up election-fueled anxiety into something fun and a tad bit destructive? Swing into the Bowlero at Atlanta Station, and smash some pins while sipping on a bowling-ball-sized fishbowl cocktail for a start.

11. Smash A Car With A Tank

Tank Town USA is an action-packed park in Blue Ridge, Georgia, that gives visitors the chance to engage in heavy metal excitement found no where else in the country. At Tank Town USA, visitors can get their thrills driving tanks, crushing cars, and much more.

12. Go To Town On Some French-Fry-Stuffed Burritos

It’s the time of the year where we say “adios” to our diet plans. Our new year’s resolutions can wait until the first of January, until then, we owe it to ourselves to savor holiday sweets, eggnog, and massive burritos stuffed with french fries.

13. Dive Into A Speakeasy

Sure, maybe the 1920s weren’t so simple. After all, alcohol was banned so getting through the rigor of the day-to-day must have been brutal, am I right? Whereas to get your hands on spirits back in the day required top-dollar cunning and a secret password, none such clandestine behavior is required at The Third Door in Marietta Square.