Things to do in Atlanta on Christmas Day

Things to do in Atlanta on Christmas Day
St. Regis Astor Ice Rink

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 of things to do in Atlanta on Christmas Day. Do you have a favorite place you go on Christmas? If so, share it with us.

Things to do in Atlanta on Christmas Day

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, 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. 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.

Things to do in Atlanta on Christmas Day
Hike the Falls for a great workout

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.

Holiday Lights
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.

2 Comments on Things to do in Atlanta on Christmas Day

    • Sarah, This post is for you! Thanks for the great idea. I love Centennial Park. You’ll have a great time. If it’s open, eat at Googie Burger. I was truly surprised at how good the burgers are and they have fresh cut fries – yum! It’s located by the fountains in the park. We’ve also stayed at the Omni CNN Center right around the park, so if you are looking for something close, I’d recommend them. Have fun!

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