By Sue Rodman
If you like shows, and holiday sing-a-longs, you’ll love Stone Mountain Christmas. There are nine different shows plus several attractions and activities to get you in the holiday spirit, all for one admission price (unless noted). Most activities are in the Crossroads Area of the park.
New for 2013 are Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Abominable Snow Monster. The Snow Monster is my favorite, so we had to take a picture with him, which wasn’t as easy as you might think. He’s tucked away next to, but behind the Glass Blowing studio.
Note that Saturdays and holidays are the most crowded. If you want to go on the weekend, consider Sunday and get there early. Shows are limited seating and the Park recommends you get there 15 minutes before each show to ensure a spot. The earlier shows are less crowded and you can likely walk up a little later. To see pictures of Stone Mountain Christmas, go to the Field Trips with Sue Facebook page (and go ahead and “Like” it if you haven’t already).
Everything we saw and did was fun, but here are a few of our favorites.
At The Crossroads
Crossroads Christmas Carol: This ragtag band performs a funny rendition of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol in just thirty minutes! This program is done outside, so if it’s cold, bring an extra scarf.
The Polar Express in 4-D: Take a ride to the North Pole aboard the Polar Express. In this 12 minute movie, you’ll smell hot chocolate, feel the snow and take an exhilarating train ride that feels like a roller coaster. This is one of the most popular attractions, so make sure you get there a bit early to ensure a seat. As with most of the attractions, crowds are lighter earlier in the day, so maybe plan this one first.
Snow Angel Snowfall and Fireworks: The Snow Angel descends like Tinkerbell from the castle. That part of the show is a bit campy, but the snow fall and fireworks display is fantastic. I don’t think I’ve ever seen fireworks through snow. The best place to be for this show is in front of the Toy Store or the Candy Store. The Snow Angel comes from Memorial Hall, so you may want to be on the side across from the stores to see her. The Fireworks are in front of the Mountain, so the best place to be is in front of the store. There is a snow machine next to the Toy Store, so for maximum snow, situate yourself underneath it.
Holiday Lights: The entire Crossroads area is adorn in lights. It’s a beautiful site and there are lots of great photos opportunities. Gas South sponsors fire pits and you can purchase s’more fixings. A great way to kick back, stay warm and enjoy the lights.
Sing-Along Christmas Train showing The Gift: This is a popular attraction and even though it’s a big train, it can still be at capacity during very busy times. We were advised to come to the last show directly from the fireworks (if you situate yourself by the Toy Store, you’re a short walk to the train station). You want to sit on the left side of the train, so you have the best view of the lights and the show. The only bad part of going on the last train is that it’s dark out. Great for the lights displayed along the way, but there are a lot of sections without lights and it can be cold, so pull out that extra scarf again. My son loved the sing-a-long portion the best. A fun holiday themed video gets you started and gives you all the words to the songs so you can sing along.
Visit with Santa: We met Santa at dinner, so we didn’t wait in line to talk to him, however, when we met him he was incredibly nice, patient and a wonderful guy. The set up for the pictures has a lot of red in the background, so if you want the kids to stand out, maybe put them in green. Santa’s pictures are extra and you are not allowed to take your own photos.
The Great Barn: This attraction isn’t specific to the holiday season, so you can really go here anytime. The Great Barn is a four story interactive playground with lots of foam balls, air cannons, slides, and climbing structures. It’s a great place to burn off holiday treats and since it’s my youngest’s favorite, I included it here.
Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf: We love mini-golf and this is a great course. As the evening wears on, it gets more crowded. If you have little ones, best to go here early.
Activities at Memorial Hall
Holly Jolly Cabaret: This program is at Memorial Hall, which is a short walk from the central Crossroads area. This indoor musical revue is a heartwarming and funny show of holiday tunes that make you want to sing-a-long.
Snow Angel Meet and Greet: My boys didn’t want to wait in the line to meet the Snow Angel, but I thought she was beautiful and her dress was fabulous. The Snow Angel is Stone Mountain Park’s answer to the Disney Princess.
Cookie Decorating: At $5 for 1 or 2 for $6, this is a pretty good deal. You get your choice of sugar or chocolate chip cookie, enough icing to frost a cake (ok, not that much, but it’s a lot) and two toppings. Cookie decorating is held in Memorial Hall.
Notes on other attractions:
Snow Mountain: This attraction opens on Nov. 25 and runs through Feb. 17. Combo passes are available.
SkyHike and Ride the Ducks: These attractions are closed for the season, so if this is an attraction you want to see, better wait for March when it reopens.
What: Stone Mountain Christmas
Where: Stone Mountain Park
When: Nov. 9, 2013 – Jan. 1, 2014
Cost:$28 for adults, $22 for children (3-11) + $10 parking (see the site for specials and combo deals)
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Disclosure: Field Trips with Sue participated in a media day at Stone Mountain for the purposes of reviewing the attraction. The views expressed here are our own.