New month, new year, who ‘dis?
It’s a brand new year in the ATL, which means it’s time for resolutions, and another 365 days of fun. We believe that it’s time to drop “exercising more” and “healthy eating” as valid resolutions. Why not make your New Year’s resolution to “experiencing more of what Atlanta has to offer”?
Luckily, we’ve complied this list of unmissable things to do this month to ring in the New Year. From anticipated exhibitions to the best dining experiences in the ATL. Keep scrolling to plan out the perfect January, here in Atlanta.
Make sure you’re not late for this very important date. This immersive cocktail extravaganza will transport you directly to Wonderland, so prepare yourselves to take a trippy trip down the rabbit hole. There will be curious craft cocktails, and so much more! The immersive wonderland has already won rave reviews for its previous tea parties in Los Angeles, New York, London and other cities across the globe. Click the link below to get your tickets.
Why not kick off the year with one of last year’s hottest exhibitions that hit up the ATL. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will complete it’s run at Pullman Yards this month, with only the first three days of January available. However, the exhibition will be moving to a new secret location and reopening in March, with an exciting overhaul incorporating two extra artists – Claude Monet and Gustav Klimt for limited special nights! Click here to book your tickets.
Igloo dining has become a winter phenomenon, that was originally only available at select locations. Nowadays, more and more ATL venues and bars are getting creative in the winter months. Check out a few of our favorites below:
6-9. Experience the enchanting Candlelight Concerts series
The enchanting Candlelight concert series is the perfect way to ring in the New Year, with one of the most unique concert experiences in the country. From classical music to modern classics, watch and listen to an orchestra give your favorite songs new meaning, completely bathed in stunning candlelight. Check out our recommendations for January below, or find the full line-up of Candlelight events, here.
- Candlelight: A Tribute To Coldplay
- Candlelight: A Tribute to Queen and More!
- Candlelight: Rock Classics on Strings!
- Candlelight: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder
It’s your last chance to check out Underground Atlanta’s spectacular Banksy exhibition. Find out everything we know about the world’s most mysterious street artist at this insightful collection of original pieces, prints, and so much more. If you haven’t visited The Art of Banksy: Without Limits, make sure you book your tickets by clicking the link below.
11-14. Go ice skating!
It’s also your last chance to hit the ice if you didn’t manage to over the holidays. Lace up those skates and glide into 2022 at one of the spectacular ice rinks in and around the city. Click here for a full round up, or find a few recommendations below.
- Avalon on Ice, Avalon
- Skate the Station, Atlantic Station
- Colony Square, Midtown
- Lanier Islands, Lake Lanier
15. Check out the illusive heaven Illuminarium
If you didn’t step into Illuminarium’s WINTERLAND over the holidays, then make sure you check it out this January. For a limited time only, explore their stunning winter palace, a snow-topped village overlooking the magnificent Northern Lights, and more! Click the link below to get your tickets!
15-18. Take a hike at one of these winter hiking hotspots!
We recently rounded up our favorite winter hikes to take before the season ends. Make sure you get a head start by checking out our round-up and dust off those hiking boots! Here’s a few of our favorites:
- Cloudland Canyon, Rising Fawn, NW Georgia
- Westside Reservoir Park, Westside ATL
- Sweetwater Creek, Lithia Springs
- Appalachian Trail, Springer Mountain Georgia
19. Cocktails & photo-ops at this immersive bar hopping experience!
Get ready to capture enough content to hibernate for the rest of winter! At this self guided adventure, you’ll explore the coolest bars in ways you never have before. Fancy cocktails, hilarious challenges and instagrammable décor await, so put on your best fit and make the memories of a lifetime. Because, if you didn’t post it, did it even happen? Grab your tickets to this instagrammable event in Atlanta, and play your luck at winning the title of AmazingCo’s Cocktail Photo Hero!
20-22. Foodie date ideas in the ATL!
Try out one of these three unique date ideas in Atlanta. You can take a self-guided foodie tour of our delish city, or enjoy a cooking class. Learn how to make the perfect paella, or an incredible Italian feast. Click the links below for more information.
- An Evening in Roma: Italian Date Night
- Spanish Date Night: Paella and Catalan Tomato Soup
- Winter Warmer Date: Self-Guided Foodie Adventure
23. Get crafty at this candle-making workshop
If your New Year’s resolution is to get more creative, or take up a hobby, then we have the event for you. This candle-making workshop is taking the country by storm, recently expanding this ATL business to NYC. Enjoy sangria and tasty bites, all while making your very own candle to take home. Perfect to gift to a loved one, or yourself. Click the link below to treat youself, Atlanta!
24-28. Atlanta’s Unique Eats
There are some truly unique and fun dining experiences in the ATL. From epic bar arcades to robot waiters, there’s something for everyone. Check out this month’s recommendations below or you can read the full round-up, here.
- The Painted Duck, Home Park
- Dinner Detective, Sandy Springs
- Dining in the Dark, Hotel District
- The Garden Room, Buckhead
- Puttshack, Home Park
Head down to the Trap Music Museum, founded by rapper T.I., and learn the art behind this music form. Get a private tour and enjoy happy hour without having to worry about weekend lines or crowds. A complimentary glass of champagne will be provided upon arrival, with lots of other drinks specials inside too. Click here to reserve your spot for this immersive delve into trap music every Thursday.
30-32. Dine at one of Secret Atlanta’s favorite restaurants that opened in 2021
It was an incredible year for Atlanta’s culinary scene, so we rounded-up our favorite restaurant openings of 2021 in Atlanta. Check out a handful of our recommendations below:
- Lucian Books & Wine, Buckhead/Garden Hills
- Hippin’ Hops, East Atlanta Village
- Politan Row, Midtown
Downtown Atlanta has magically transformed into a luminous exhibition. Back for its third iteration, PRISM: Winter Lights is back and brighter than ever! Located primarily at Woodruff Park, with an extra Downtown location for this year’s festivities. The light exhibition will be concluding at the end of the month, so make sure you check it out before it disappears for another year. Click here for more information.
34-37. Secret Atlanta’s Natural Wonders of Georgia
We’ve curated our own list of Georgia’s Natural Wonders. Although the Peach State has an official list, we thought we’d update it with some of our favorite natural gems in Georgia. Check out a few recommendations below or our full round-up, here.
- Providence Canyon, Stewart County
- Amicalola Falls, Dawsonville
- Tallulah Gorge, Rabun/Habersham
- Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island
It’s finally Atlanta’s turn to host the Obama Portrait’s Tour at the High Museum of Art. Kehinde Wiley painted the oil-on-canvas portrait of President Obama, while Amy Sherald painted the oil-on-linen portrait of the former First Lady. They were unveiled in February of 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery and have been met with immense acclaim ever since. For more information on this unmissable exhibition, click the link below.
39. Explore the ZuCot fine art gallery!
Did you know that Atlanta’s home to the largest African-American owned fine art gallery in the Southeast? Located in the historic Castleberry Hill district of downtown Atlanta, the beautiful space offers an incredible art collection from some of the most prolific contemporary artists of our time. Click here for more information.
40-43. Get caffeinated at one of ATL’s incredible coffeehouses!
If you’re going to need a little extra help to get you through January blues, don’t fret! Atlanta’s home to so many awesome coffee shops that are just waiting to take your order. Check out this month’s recommendations below:
- Boarding Pass Coffee, Milton
- Finca to Filta, West End
- East Pole Coffee, Armour
- Hodgepodge Coffeehouse, East Atlanta
44. Festive installation, Sugar & Spice
If you’re not ready to say goodbye to the holidays then we’ve got the perfect experience for you. There’s a brand new immersive installation where your wildest dreams and holiday splendor collide in this epically festive experience. Located at the historic Old Fourth Ward, this fun & festive experience will be going on until January 9th. Click the link below for more information.
If you’re searching for the perfect spot for afternoon tea, with unbeatable tea, tempting scones, and those cute finger sandwiches, then check out our recent round-up of beautiful places to enjoy afternoon tea. Or head to one of this month’s recommendations mentioned below:
- Just Add Honey, Old Fourth Ward
- Ivy Tea House, Norcross
- Dr. Bombay’s Underground Tea Party, Chandler Park
48-50. Get cozy at the best outdoor dining spots for winter in Atlanta
Things are getting cooler, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of Atlanta’s favorite outdoor dining hotspots! From campfire vibes, to some of the ATL’s finest eateries, keep enjoying your meals outside this winter. Check out our recommendations below or read the full round-up, here.
- Ladybird Grove & Mess, Old Fourth Ward
- The White Bull, Decatur
- Bar.bacoa, Virginia-Highland