Celebrate the Holidays at Stone Mountain in Atlanta, GA
Visiting Stone Mountain Park during the holiday season is an Atlanta tradition for many southern families. Our family has gone every year for the last five years, and this old-fashioned holiday celebration is something we look forward to every single year.
7 Favorite Things to do at Stone Mountain Christmas
1. Singalong train
Bundle up for a musical train ride through Stone Mountain. Not only will you get to sing along to all your favorite holiday tunes, but you’ll also be treated to festive light displays along the way. The train ride ends with the heart-warming story of the first Christmas.
Tip: The train is an open air train, so make sure to bundle up before hopping aboard! On extra chilly nights, we bring a blanket just for this ride.
2. Christmas Parade
Grab some hot cocoa and join Rudolph, Clarice, Bumble, Santa and friends as they welcome the holiday in this nightly parade.
3. Stone Mountain Christmas Shows
Get in the holiday spirit with live performances throughout the park, including The Littlest Christmas Tree, ‘Twas the Night Before…A Holiday Cabaret, and A Christmas Carol. Our favorite is always the Holiday Cabaret.
4. Lights, Lights, and more Lights
Stone Mountain goes all out with lights every year. All of the buildings are decked top to bottom in beautiful lights. In addition to the lights on the buildings, there are also immersive experiences like the light tunnel.
5. Character Meet and Greets
Getting to meet with Rudolph, Bumble, Clarice, the Snow Angel, and more character favorites is a highlight for my kids. They look forward to getting pictures with them every year.
6. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus
No holiday celebration is complete without a visit and pictures wth Santa. Don’t forget to bring your list so you can mail it to the North Pole directly from Santa’s Christmas Corner. After visiting with Santa, make your way over to the Gingerbread House for Mrs. Claus’s MistleTales.
7. Snow Angel Snowfall Finale
Every evening wraps up with a fireworks show, snowfall and a magical appearance of the Snow Angel as she flies across the sky and makes it snow. Don’t miss this event! Your kids will love playing in the “snow” and watching the spectacular fireworks show.
Tips for attending Stone Mountain Christmas
Best days to visit
Stone Mountain Christmas is open through January 3, 2018 on select nights. Saturdays tend to be busier than the other days. Sundays will be your best bet if you are looking for smaller crowds.
Where to stay nearby in Atlanta
Hilton Atlanta Northeast, also know as the “Castle on the Hill,” is the perfect place to stay after your Stone Mountain Christmas adventure! If you find yourself in Atlanta around the holidays, you need to find time to visit Stone Mountain Christmas and experience the magic with your family.
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Know Before You Go
- Visit in the spring for cooler weather and festivals!
- Use the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) for an easy way to get around.
- Head to West Midtown for delicious food – it’s an up and coming foodie neighborhood!