1. Free Pictures with Santa at The onUp Experience at The Battery.
–this is going on through Christmas Eve and takes place Thursdays through Sundays
-I took our little ones on a Thursday and there was no line which was such a gift seeing as how waiting in line with a 3 year old and one year old is a slow form of torture
-they took two pictures and we were able to pick which one we wanted printed and then both pictures we were able to have texted and emailed to us…FOR FREE!
-along with Santa there were several activities the children could take part in, and they were each given a cookie
-everyone was SO nice and it could not have gone smoother
-total cost was $5 for parking
For more info please see here
2. Holiday light show at The Plaza at The Battery Atlanta
–once you are done with your pictures with Santa you can head on over and check out the huge Christmas tree they have, baseball light tunnel, and oversized ornaments
-there is also a sound and light display show every night through Christmas at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm
-Papa Elf happened to be heading on a break and stopped to take a picture with our kids, he was very sweet
-total cost was the same $5 for parking
-find more info Here
3. Lights of Life College
–I have been visiting this holiday light display since I was a kid so it’s so fun to bring my own kids
-along with the massive display of lights you can also park and enjoy a petting zoo,take pictures with Santa, ride a small train, have some yummy refreshments, and walk through more light displays. Some of those activities do cost extra.
-cost if you are parking and getting out is $5 per car Monday through Thursday and $10 per car Friday through Sunday as well as December 14th through 31st.
-For more information and the extra costs for activities mentioned above please see here.
4. Macy’s Pink Pig
–this is a holiday tradition for us and we love it!
-it is open through January 6th(closed Christmas Day)
-we went on a Saturday and got there not long after they opened, but we still waited in line for over a hour….so if you go on a weekend or when school is out bring lots of snacks!
-the lines are long, the ride is short, but the kids LOVE IT!
-cost: we did one ride so it was $3 each for the grand total of $12. My husband did get sucked into the souvenir photo which cost extra. If you purchase two rides it’s $5.50 per ticket and $7.50 per ticket if you purchase three rides. (The multiple rides have to be used by the same person and cannot be shared)
-For more info see here
-if you’d like to see the video from our visit checkout this post Creating New Traditions as a Family
5. Petit Creek Farms
– located in Cartersville this was a really nice holiday lights display with extras
– we chose to do the drive through lights versus the hayride through the lights
-once you are done driving through the lights you can park and go see the other activities. Activities included in the price were a petting zoo, seeing two of Santa’s reindeer, and pictures with Santa
– Santa is inside a little cottage and the kids were able to have one on one time with him. You bring your own camera and take the picture yourself.
-extra activities they have that cost extra are a concession stand, pony and camel rides, carnival ride and games
-The lights are all week long but Santa is only there Thursday through Sunday, and the living nativity is only on the weekends.
– Cost: we paid $20 to drive through the lights, the hayride option is $10 per person with 2 and under being free
-for more information see here
6. Marietta Square Winter Wonderland
-this is a favorite of ours since it is local to us
-the square is decorated beautifully for the holidays and our kids ask almost every night to go walk through the Christmas trees
– there are quite a few activities taking place that don’t cost extra such as a story time on Thursday’s hosted by the library, a nativity scene and more.
– there is also a Santa certain days of the week that you can make an appointment for. We have not done that but you can find information about Santa pictures here.
– cost: if you’re like us and just want to walk around and enjoy the lights and decorations it is completely free! It’s really beautiful at night and our kids love exploring through the trees and looking at the big Christmas tree.
– for more information on all of the activities please see here
I hope this list is helpful for anyone in the Atlanta area looking for some fun, inexpensive, holiday activities!
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