Every year around the holidays it can be difficult to figure out things you can do with your aging parents. We at Synergy Homecare have put together a list of fun things that you can do in and around Atlanta that gets you in the holiday spirit and bonding with your family.
Georgia Aquarium- Festival of the Season
Festival of the SEAson transforms Georgia Aquarium’s plaza, galleries, and exhibits into a winter wonderland, including appearances by Santa and SCUBA Claus, a holiday edition of our live entertainment experience, tree-lighting ceremonies, and Santa Claus events.
- A Symphony of Snow
- Wake Up Santa
- Breakfast with Santa
- Toddler Time - Holiday Theme
- Visit with Santa Claus
- SCUBA Claus
- THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience
- Tree Lightings
The Georgia Aquarium is open 365 days a year. Please note that hours of operation do vary. Last ticket sold and entry is 30 minutes prior to closing time.
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Senior Holiday Ball: Dinner and Dancing
Calling all seniors! Get in the spirit of the holidays with dinner and dancing at the Senior Holiday Ball. Bring that special someone or find someone new on the dance floor during this fun event. A live band and DJ will supply favorite songs that are sure to get you moving. Take a break for some relaxing conversation over dinner and dessert. It’s sure to be a great time at The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in Decatur.
December 13th at 11 am or 6 pm
Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center - Decatur
$20 - $26.51
Antebellum Christmas at the Mansion
The Old Governor's Mansion will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland. Take a step back in time and see how the elite of Georgia celebrated this holiday. The Mansion will be fully decorated and open for Christmas tours beginning on Sunday, November 18 until Friday, December 21. The Mansion will be closed for Thanksgiving November 22-26.
Join us for an evening tour of the Mansion with candles lit and choirs singing in the rotunda. Candlelight tours are at 6 pm and 7 pm on December 8, 15, and 18. Normal admission rates apply.
Make sure to join us for one of the most wonderful times of the year!
- Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
- Dates: November 18, 2018, to December 21, 2018
- Times: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 2pm-4pm - Tours held on the hour
- Old Governor's Mansion
120 South Clark Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Admission: $10 per person, $7 seniors & pre-booked tours, $2 students
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Ugly Holiday Sweater Party at Fern Bank Museum
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 6:00 PM — 9:00 PM
Grab your ugliest, silliest, tackiest holiday sweater and join us for a festive holiday-themed party! Get into the spirit of the season with an evening of special activities, including, cookie decorating, a seasonal craft, photo ops with the one-and-only Santasaurus and more.
Tickets include event admission and access to all indoor exhibits, including Winter Wonderland and Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits.
Seasonal food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Cost: $10 for members and $20 for non-members; includes access to all exhibits and special activities. Buy tickets online or call 404.929.6400. Food and drink must be purchased separately.
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Winter Wonderland at Fern Bank
On view November 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019*
A Holiday-Inspired Special Exhibit
Prepare to ooh and aah over two floors of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees showcasing celebrations around the world in the enchanting Winter Wonderland exhibition. Twinkling with lights, glimmering with color and shining with a variety of cultural objects, a variety of decorated trees and displays recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world.
Admission for Seniors are $18
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Adapted and directed by Jon Ludwig; Based on the classic television special. Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage in what the AJC describes as a “holly-jolly holiday adventure for theater-goers of all ages.”
Admission is $35 and there are various shows all December long, purchase below:
Lake Lanier Lights:
A Christmas Lights ShowYou’ll notice the 26th annual Lake Lanier Magical Night of Lights has been refreshed with a Margaritaville twist. In total, there are 19 new displays, including our cover photo ‘It’s 5 o’clock somewhere’, as well as multi-colored lights through the tunnel to Paradise Beach, a snowflake display, Christmas train, surfboard Christmas tree, giant candy canes, hanging snowflakes, multi-colored tunnel lights, and you can’t do anything Margaritaville without a parrot (with a Santa hat of course). And for traditionalists, the seven miles of lights also includes the return of some classic displays such as the ’12 Days of Christmas’. Make sure you tune your radio to hear the holiday music while you drive through.
Dates and Times
The 2018 season of Nights of Lights has begun! Tour this year’s spectacular light show most nights from 5 PM until 10 PM, seven days a week!
You’ll have dozens of opportunities to make time for this family favorite before the lights go off for the final time on Sunday, January 6, 2019.
Nights of Lights will be expanded from 5 PM all the way until 11 PM on these dates:
- Thursday, November 22nd through Saturday the 24th
- Friday, December 14th through Wednesday, December 26th
- $49 per car that seats 1-10 passengers
- $105 for vans that seat 11-20 passengers
Between Thursday, November 22nd through Saturday the 24th, and between Friday, December 14th through Wednesday, December 26th, the admission to Magical Nights of Lights without an annual pass increases to:
- $59 per car that seats 1-10 passengers at the gate
- $110 for vans that seat 11-20 passengers at the gate
Family Nights at A Christmas Carol at Alliance Theatre.
Celebrate the beloved Dickens classic and the all-Atlanta cast you’ve come to treasure. On Christmas Eve, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts – the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, who help him see his life more clearly and teach him that it is never too late. A magical tradition for the whole family, and a great way to celebrate the season. This year's show will be at the Cobb Performing Arts Center.
On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge, an old man well-known for his miserly ways, is visited by ghosts offering him a chance at a better future – his old partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future – who teach him it is never too late to change. Celebrate the holidays with the beloved Dickens classic in this Broadway-scale production with beautiful live music and an all-star Atlanta cast. See the Alliance’s 29th annual production of A Christmas Carol at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
*Please note that the performance on Wednesday, December 12 is Opening Night.
Dates: December 14th- December 24th at various times
Location: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
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Atlanta Ballet’s first new Nutcracker
Atlanta Ballet's first new Nutcracker in 20 years marks a milestone in dance history — with world-class choreography by Yuri Possokhov, awe-inspiring set designs by Tony Award nominee Tom Pye, groundbreaking projection design by Tony Award winner Finn Ross, stunning costume design by Sandra Woodall, and imaginative lighting design by David Finn.
Be among the first to experience the magic of The Nutcracker for The Next Generation at the Fox Theatre!
Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 7:30 pm
Pricing: $31.25 - $142.25
Address: Fox Theatre
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Holiday Comedy: A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol
It's Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, NJ, set to present their own contemporary take on Dickens' classic. But whether it's the noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts or the over-the-top theatrics of veteran actor but radio novice William St. Claire, A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol captures all the entertaining mayhem and madness of producing a live broadcast. St. Claire's escalating foibles and acting missteps propel the show to a simultaneously comedic and heart-wrenching dramatic climax: St. Claire has an on-air breakdown, and begins to connect his own life with that of Scrooge and the gang. In order to "save the show," the company improvises a new ending to Dickens' tale, recasting it as a film-noir mystery, featuring a hard-boiled detective, a femme fatale and an absurd rescue of Tiny Tim (and the Lindbergh baby) from the clutches of a Hitler-esque villain named Rudolf. Act3 Productions brings this fun holiday comedy to their theater in Sandy Springs.
Dates: December 2nd-16th
Location: ACT3 Productions - Sandy Springs, GA
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