By Sydia Bell

The holiday season is here and the events will be coming fast and furious until January. Here’s a selection of events coming up in November and early December for you to put on your calendar.

The Pink Pig
The famous Pink Pig train ride is back at Lenox Square Mall starting Oct. 29. Kids of all ages are welcome to come and squeal with excitement as they take a journey through a super-sized storybook land – A Pig’s Tale featuring Pricilla and some of her friends. With rides starting out at just $3.00 this is one event for the entire family. For more information visit

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Now is time to experience Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in an entirely different way – live! Based on the original 1964 television special Center of Puppetry Arts presents the Jon Ludwig adaptation from Nov. 3- Dec. 31. Last year’s shows were a total sell out, so get your tickets now. For more information, visit

Stone Mountain Christmas
If being surrounded by two million Christmas lights sounds like fun, than it’s time to head over to Stone Mountain beginning Nov. 12. Enjoy the lights, more than a dozen live performances and that warm feeling you get when Christmas is right around the corner. If you make your way there after Nov. 23 be sure to check out Snow Mountain, where tons of snow are blown onto the lawn for tubing, snowball fights and more. For more information visit

Centennial Olympic Park Holiday In Lights & Ice Skating
Enjoy the winter season by taking a spin in Atlanta’s only outdoor ice skating rink from Nov. 19 to Jan. 29.  Visitors appreciate the observation seating accompanied by holiday music while enjoy the sights of the winter wonderland that the park becomes during the holiday season. Admission is $7 per person with skate rental starting off at $2.00 for 90 minutes of skate time.

Lighting of Macy’s Great Tree
The 63rd annual event is a Thanksgiving night tradition, first at the old Rich’s Department Store Downtown and now atop Macy’s at Lenox Square in Buckhead. There will be musical entertainment starting at 6 p.m.  For more, visit

Virginia Highland Christmas Tree Lighting
Come and celebrate a time-honored tradition in Virginia Highland, Murphy’s Restaurant and neighborhood friends at the annual Christmas tree lighting and neighborhood party.  On Thursday, Dec. 1, stay warm with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies while enjoying the sounds of some of the best local choral groups as they sing some of the favorite Christmas melodies. For more information visit

Children’s Christmas Parade
Make sure not to miss this year’s annual Children Christmas Parade happening on Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. Now in its 31st year this traditional parade is herald as one of the premiere holiday events attracting more than 300,000 spectators. Beginning on Peachtree Street near Baker Street (downtown) the parade makes it way all the way through Centennial Park. Make sure to arrive early because parking is limited. For more information about event or street side bleacher seats visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.