By Sue Rodman
The holidays are about family, giving and together time, but it doesn’t mean you have to sit around the house all day. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, or you’re dying to get away from the family after the packages are unwrapped and the dinner dishes are cleared, here are some suggestions. Do you have a favorite place you go on Christmas? If so, share it with us.
Ice Skating in Atlanta
Atlanta has several fantastic ice rinks within the city. Here is an overview of Atlanta area outdoor ice skating rinks. The Astor Ice Rink at the St. Regis, Atlantic Station, Lake Lanier and the Centennial Olympic Park ice skating rink are all open on Christmas Day. Click the links for information on each rink.
Movies in Atlanta
When I was a kid, my older brothers would come home from college for Christmas. After dinner, they’d take me with them to the movies. In the past, Goldstar has had great deals for discount tickets to AMC Theaters and lots of shows. In addition, here is a list of cheap movie theaters in Atlanta – call first to make sure they are open on Christmas Day.
Bowling in Atlanta
A quick call to Brunswick Zone confirmed that all Brunswick Bowling Centers are open on Christmas Day. A perfect holiday outing. I contacted AMF Bowling Centers too and it’s up to the individual lanes to determine if they are open, so call before you go.
Georgia State Parks
Why not work off a bit of the holiday gluttony with a hike in the woods. You can visit any of Georgia’s State Parks on Christmas Day. Try Sweetwater Creek State Park just east of Downtown Atlanta or Amicalola State Park north of Atlanta. We’ve also liked biking on the Silver Comet Trail or hiking to the Sope Creek Ruins.
Many of the holiday light displays in Atlanta are visible on Christmas Day, including the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Holiday Lights, Garden Nights which is open from 5 – 10 pm. In my opinion, the Garden has one of the best light displays in Atlanta.