10 Interesting Things to Do in Atlanta in December and January

One of the best parts of retiring in Georgia is the weather. There are beautiful days year-round, and if you live in surrounding areas like Peachtree City, Kennesaw and Marietta, GA, you can also make an easy drive to Atlanta to see the sights and attend seasonal events. Here are some of the most interesting things for adults and families, such as those with visiting grandchildren, to do in the Atlanta area this December and January.

1. Winter Wonderland

Dozens of beautifully decorated trees make it easy to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays, or just the winter season. Celebrations and traditions take place at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Winter Wonderland from now through January 12.

2. Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival

A winter highlight in Atlanta is the Chinese Lantern Festival at the Centennial Olympic Park. Every year, the theme changes and features handcrafted lanterns of more than 25 different animals, including interactive lanterns that can be touched and experienced up close. From edible sugar dragons to intricate Chinese paintings, craftsmen offer their merchandise for sale. You can also enjoy Asian food and exciting performances featuring, theater, dancers, acrobatics and more.

3. Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Atlanta’s Botanical Gardens offers a variety of things to do in Atlanta in December and January this holiday season. A few of their winter activities include:

  • Garden Lights, Holiday Nights– An annual event at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, this display, “Nature’s Wonders,” is the largest curtain of synchronized light and sound in the world. It runs nightly through January, including Christmas and New Year’s.
  • Holiday Model Train Display – Through January, you can watch a holiday trolley and G-scale trains make their way through a whimsical, beautifully landscaped mountain layout. The trains traverse trestle bridges, emerge from tunnels and navigate bridges over a rippling lake as they wind their way through small towns, a holiday workshop, train stops and other unique features.
  • Frog Feeding – Come watch the conservation team tend to rare and endangered amphibians every Saturday and Sunday at the Fuqua Conservatory lobby. Witness the interesting eating habits of these special amphibians — from capturing their prey with long lightning-fast tongues to stuffing their food into their mouths with their hands.

4. High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art always has activities scheduled and is a great option for colder winter days. Any of the following ongoing monthly pursuits would be great winter activities for seniors. Experience live jazz performances at the High on the third Friday of every month. Each month features a different style of jazz. Or, on the first Friday of every month, enjoy HIGH Frequency Fridays where you can take part in drop-in art-making with Indie Craft Experience, gallery talks, live performances given by Atlanta area artists and much more.

5. Frankenstein’s Ball

Found Stages presents Frankenstein’s Ball: An Immersive New Year’s Eve Experience at the Highland Inn Ballroom. Step into Mary Shelley’s eccentric world of monsters, poets and madmen at this event which has been described as “part party, part theatrical show.” The event includes a champagne toast at midnight and light bites throughout the evening.

6. Breman Museum

The Breman Museum showcases Jewish Atlanta history during several Atlanta events. It’s an easy 45-minute drive from Peachtree City, making it a great addition to an Atlanta day trip or weekend getaway.

7. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

In December, enjoy music presented by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as they perform holiday music from a variety of genres, cultures and composers. 

9. Atlanta Winter Wine Festival

With wine tasting, a DJ, food and live music, the Atlanta Winter Wine Festival at the City Winery is a great winter activity for yourself, partners, adult family and friends.

10. Atlanta Jewish Life Festival

Peruse the wares of dozens of vendors, artists, chefs, musicians and other Jewish artisans at the Atlanta Jewish Life Festival at the Georgia Aquarium.

Enjoy Winter in Atlanta 

Atlanta is one of the most vibrant cities in the country and a great place to experience the winter. Residents at our Heritage communities regularly visit Atlanta with their friends and family, especially during the winter holidays. It’s an easy drive from our quiet, comfortable communities in Kennesaw, GA, Peachtree, GA and Marietta GA.

Residents also enjoy a regular calendar of events within our assisted living and memory care communities as well. Our activities and programs are customized to meet the needs of our assisted living and memory care residents and provide an engaging lifestyle. Visit our location pages in Kennesaw, GA, Peachtree, GA and Marietta GA to find out more about what’s planned in December and January, as well as how our services can help you enjoy your retirement.