BY: Lori Miles
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The holidays are a time when friends and families come together to celebrate. An overabundance of food and alcohol seems to be everywhere. For many, it’s one of the hardest times of year to remain sober. Fortunately, there are many family-friendly activities in Atlanta that focus on wholesome fun. Start new traditions this holiday season, and enjoy all the area has to offer– for FREE!
CHRISTKINDL MARKET – presented by the German American Cultural Foundation
Don’t miss the sights, sounds, and smells of the annual Christkindl Market. Stroll the traditional market area featuring endless rows of unique German products. Nutcrackers, glass ornaments, and one-of-a-kind handmade items abound. Local school bands fill the air with Christmas music. Authentic German specialties and sweet treats are available around every turn. Located at Atlantic Station, this FREE outdoor festival runs through December 23, 2018.
ATLANTIC STATION LIGHTS
The Atlantic Station lights up the night sky with over 250,000 lights covering an 8-block radius. Walk through this amazing FREE display as the snow falls from 6 pm to 9 pm nightly. Take pictures around the 50-foot tall Christmas tree and enjoy the surrounding area.
THE BATTERY ATLANTA HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW – presented by the Georgia Lottery
The Battery Atlanta comes alive every night from 6 pm to 9 pm with Celebrate the Season, an immersive sound and light display. Held hourly in the Plaza, the Holiday Light Show is a FREE event that runs through Christmas day.
WINTER SOLSTICE YOGA – presented by Mystic Lotus Yoga and Nirvana Yoga
Winter Solstice Yoga is held on December 21, 2018, at the North Public Grounds of the Oakland Cemetery. Welcome the new winter season with meditation, stretching, breathing, and deep relaxation. This special holiday class is FREE and open to people of all ages, abilities, genders, and faiths. It is a great way to release the stress of the holiday season.
Visit the “Perfect Christmas Town” of Dahlonega. FREE holiday events include strolling carolers and festive entertainment. The village sparkles with holiday lights on display through December 31, 2018.
COUNTRY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT THE ROCK RANCH
Country Christmas Lights at The Rock Ranch is a tradition started by S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A. On Christmas night, from 6 pm to 10 pm, the ranch opens its gates. Visitors can drive through more than a mile of twinkling Christmas lights for FREE. Admire the beautifully decorated scenes that light up the farm.
BASS PRO SHOP
Every Bass Pro Shop in the Atlanta region offers Santa’s Wonderland. Games, holiday crafts, and activities are available throughout the day. Santa will be on hand for FREE photos.
As 2018 comes to an end, enjoy a sober holiday in Atlanta!