While Atlanta may not be geographically situated to enjoy a white Christmas very often (the region experienced a 128-year white Christmas drought until 2010), the city isn’t one to shy away from the holiday season.
Whether for shopping, or just whipping up a little Christmas joy in an urban setting, Atlanta has long been a destination in the Southeast.
With less than a week until Christmas, let’s take a sleigh ride down memory lane and enjoy some glimpses of Christmases past (and present) in Atlanta:
The Great Tree tradition still survives today at Macy’s. After the Rich’s store closed downtown in 1991, the tree was moved to Underground until it found a new home atop Lenox Square. Since an unfortunate incident in 2012, the tree has been replaced by a towering green cone.
For those who like a more traditional take on Southern Christmases, one of the biggest highlights of the season can be over-the-top light shows. There are plenty of displays to be found across the metro area, including popular drive-through ones at Lake Lanier and Callaway Gardens.
For those who like more participatory activities, Atlanta also offers outdoor “ice” skating throughout the city. While the frozen stuff may not be real, and the temperature could be in the 70s, rinks at places like Centennial Olympic Park and Atlantic Station have been providing a place to skate for years.
Finally, for those who prefer to summon the Christmas spirit while sitting inside (shielded from arctic, 52-degree breezes), the Atlanta Ballet offers The Nutcracker at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.
- Mapping Atlanta's Brightest Christmas Displays of 2015 [Curbed Atlanta]