The inaugural Holiday Spectacular is Saturday, Nov. 28, at Ponce City Market.
The inaugural Holiday Spectacular is Saturday, Nov. 28, at Ponce City Market.

After the the Thanksgiving feast, here are a few suggestions for holiday weekend events to get you out of the house, especially if you’re ready to start buying gifts.

The Rink at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park
After you’ve woken from your turkey coma, head over to Park Tavern for some ice skating. The covered rink will be open for day and night skating through Feb. 16. There will be special events including all day skate sessions, “Frozen”-themed children’s birthday parties, ‘Skate After 8’ for ages 18 and up, and a number of special events including a high-energy New Year’s Eve show courtesy of Yacht Rock Revue. Visit for details.

Holiday Spectacular at Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market’s inaugural Holiday Spectacular will be a family affair on Saturday, Nov. 28. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Santa Claus will be visiting with guests and posing for photos on the second floor of the Central Food Hall. Images of original Sears Wish Books, a catalog filled with hundreds of pages of gifts for children and adults, will serve as the backdrop for these photo keepsakes. Additional activities include choral performances from local groups serenading guests throughout the Central Food Hall after 3 p.m., a gingerbread making competition display, a live chalk artist, reindeer face painting, elf sightings and more holiday surprises. Drawing inspiration from the lighting of the Great Tree at Rich’s in Downtown, Ponce City Market will also host the first lighting of the tower at 7 p.m. Guests will gather outside for front row views as the iconic tower atop The Roof is illuminated for the first time in the building’s history. For more information and other holiday happenings at PCM, visit

Small Business Saturday and Indies First
The Saturday after Thanksgiving has become known as the day to support small, local businesses and independent bookstores. After you’ve shopped the malls and big box stores on Black Friday, don’t forge to support the myriad of locally owned and independent stores that make Intown unique. For Indies First, A Cappella Books, Charis Books & More and Eagle Eye Books will have noted local authors in the shops as “guest booksellers” throughout the day to meet readers.

Terrific Thursdays in Decatur
Terrific Thursdays are back with special in-store events, discounts, and treats at more than 20 shops, restaurants, and services. Participating businesses will stay open late, offering beverages, snacks and special offers. In December Santa joins the fun visiting shops and restaurants within the city limits. Terrific Thursdays continue Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

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.