For a group of folks who pride themselves on sitting on the porch while drinking sweet tea and complaining about the Georgia heat, we Atlantans sure do know how to celebrate the cold and wintry month of December. With traditional decade-old-traditions and new and modern additions, Atlanta celebrates the holidays with all of the hospitality and unwavering friendly spirit that “The City Too Busy to Hate” deserves.
We at Ray White have come to love so much about our adopted home of Atlanta, but one thing we have truly tipped our Australian cap to is their ability to have a good time. From those of us that really know how to have a good time, Australia salutes your holiday spirit.
Our Holiday Musts:
Located at Atlanta’s version of NYC’s Central Park, Piedmont Park is 187 acres of greenspace founded in 1985 that houses many areas of respite and activity including summer festivals and concerts. One of our favorite spots however, is nestled on the edge of the park’s boundaries: The Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Few activities draw as many suburban guests as urbanites than their annual Holiday Light Display. The electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Garden, including the new high-tech Nature’s Wonders, illuminating the world’s natural phenomena through countless strands of synchronized dancing lights strung high over Storza Woods. Young and old alike can explore the Walk of Flames and Tunnel of Light along with traditional favorites of the Orchestral Orbs, the Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and the Model Trains that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition.
Hop aboard this 60-year Atlanta tradition and ride Priscilla the Pink Pig on train tracks through a life-sized holiday book. The Macy’s Pink Pig train ride is located at Macy’s Lenox Square and runs from Saturday, November 3, 2018 through Sunday, January 6, 2019.
Macy’s itself describes the tradition and beginnings on their website as debuting in the ‘50s as a children’s ride at the downtown Rich’s store, then moving onto the Egleston Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees, and then returning to its department store roots. Since 2003, she has been back on track beneath a 170-foot, 1950’s themed Pink Pig Tent at the Lenox Square Mall Upper-Level Parking Deck near Macy’s. Atlanta’s most “pink-tacular” train ride travels along train tracks to carry children and parents through a life-sized storybook that includes the original Pink Pig and other holiday friends. A portion of the proceeds from each ride benefits the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Over five generations of Atlantans have ridden the Macy’s Pink Pig into the holiday season, and with each ride costing just $3 and multi-ride tickets include a special discounted price (two rides for $5.50, three rides for $7.50), nothing could be more affordable, a classic piece of Atlanta history, and just all around traditional holiday fun!
While the city of Atlanta is often mocked for its lack of skill in handling any sort of frozen precipitation, we have quickly adapted to the delights of the manmade frozen stuff. Atlanta’s official winter wonderland, just minutes from downtown, is the newest of our top three choices, but quickly becoming one of everyone’s favorite activities to do during the holidays. At Snow Mountain, you’ll find a snow-packed mountainside and action-packed excitement. Families and friends can have a ball on five football fields of frosty joy, including 20 lanes of tubing. New to 2018, the Galactic Snow Tubing is a new immersive nighttime experience with great music, laser beams overhead and high-powered LED lights dancing all around to the beat of the music.
While Atlanta is quick to heat up as early as February, we hope you can celebrate and enjoy the holiday crisp cold for now with the warmth of activity and cheer that Atlanta celebrates year round!
Make sure to visit our second part of this blog series next week when we explore our top choices for December Date Nights!