By Collin Kelley
The holiday season officially kicks off in November with glowing lights, music, puppets, theatre, shopping opportunities, a pink pig and much more. There’s something happening for all ages this month.
Chastain Park Arts Festival
Find a unique gift or piece of art for the holidays at the annual festival set for Nov. 2 and 3 in the park. Nearly 200 artists will be on hand along with a children’s area, live music, food from local food trucks and more. For more, visit chastainparkartsfestival.com.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown becomes a glowing wonderland with millions of lights from Nov. 16 to Jan. 4. The trees, Imaginary Worlds topiary and more will be wrapped in special LED lights for this nightly display. Adults will enjoy wine, signature cocktails and refreshments in the Glow Bar, while the whole family can take part in Dinner & S’mores provided by MetroFresh each evening from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For ticket information and more details, visit atlantabotanicalgarden.org.
Turkey Eve with the Yacht Rock Revue
Before you stuff your face with all the Thanksgiving goodies, get your ‘70s AM radio groove on with the Yacht Rock Revue in the Fox Theatre’s Egyptian Ballroom on Nov. 27 at 9 p.m. Tickets and information about the show are foxtheatre.org.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The faithful recreation of the classic animated TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer returns to the Center for Puppetry Arts for a fourth year from Nov. 7 to Dec. 29. There will also be create-a-puppet workshops. The shows usually sell out quickly, so reserve your tickets now at puppet.org.
Centennial Olympic Park’s Holiday in Lights and Ice Rink
Centennial Park in Downtown will be turned into a festival of lights beginning Nov. 23 Stroll through the park or practice ice-skating spins and twirls at Atlanta’s only outdoor ice-skating rink, which will be open daily. The park is open every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., including Christmas Day, to see the lights. For more information, visit centennialpark.com.
Pink Pig & Lighting of the Great Tree
For more than 50 years, Atlantans have started their holiday traditions by riding the Macy’s Pink Pig (and this year they started in October!) The Pink Pig ride on top of the parking deck at Lenox Square is open daily through Jan 1 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days) featuring a winter and holiday wonderland. On Thanksgiving night, the annual Lighting of Macy’s Great Tree will draw thousands to Lenox Square. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with entertainment and music. Find more details at simon.com/mall/lenox-square.
Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular
Local artisans will be on hand Nov. 23-24 at Ambient Plus Studios, 585 Wells St., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. If you’re looking for original, one-of-a-kind art, gifts and more this event is not to be missed. For more information, visit ice-atlanta.com.
A Christmas Carol
The Alliance Theatre will present its staging of the Charles Dickens’ classic about a visit from the ghosts of Past, Present and Future to mean old Mr. Scrooge from Nov. 29 to Dec. 29. Visit alliancetheatre.org for information and tickets.
The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta will host this free family Hanukah celebration on Dec. 2 from 5:15 to 7 p.m. at Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road. Festivities will include a Menorah lighting, songs, and a special performance of “Milton the Menorah” by The Bible Players. Chanukah dinner and treats will be available for purchase following the show. For more information, visit atlantajcc.org.