Get Your Kris Kringle On This Holiday Season

It’s the happiest time of the year! Or if you’re like me, the time of scrambling to buy gifts with nonexistent money. If you’re in need of some activities to do during this Holiday season, keep reading for a few ideas.

Need to reignite your dimming sparkle from the stress of exams? Try checking out some of Atlanta’s best light displays! This holiday season, Life University will be hosting “Lights of Life”, the Botanical Gardens is throwing “Holiday Nights”, and the “Enchanted Garden of Lights” will be on display at Rock City Gardens. You can’t go wrong with any of these extravagant displays, as they are sure to leave you in awe. On select dates through January 3rd, Stone Mountain Park is hosting “Stone Mountain Christmas” where “the true magic of the season is in the air.” Guests can enjoy a number of activities including pictures with Santa, rides on the Sing Along Christmas Train, a walk through Wonderland Walkway, and more! If the journey is too far, Christmas tree farms are a fun excursion, and local spots including Avalon and the Marietta Square have set up ice skating rinks for all to enjoy.

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Couple walking through the Botanical Gardens “Holiday Nights.” This could be you!

Macy’s Pink Pig at Lenox Square will run until December 31. The Atlanta tradition began in 1953, and features a monorail ride on Priscilla the Pink Pig above the mall through a “colorful, storybook adventure.” Macy’s also hosted its 70th Annual Great Tree Lighting on November 19th, with performances by Cee Lo Green, Angelica Hale, and Christian band, Casting Crowns. Although the event has already taken place, the tree will be up for viewing until January 1st.

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Macy’s Pink Pig ride. Courtesy of  http://www.news.atlanta.net.

Ms. Valenza noted that her favorite activity is “decorating the tree because I like to look back at all the ornaments I used to hang up when I was a child.” For those of you who are homebodies like me, you can’t go wrong with building a gingerbread house, decorating cookies, and watching Christmas movies… all in the comfort of your own home. Julia DeVane (12) said that her favorite tradition is “watching Merry Christmas Drake and Josh. I have watched it every Christmas since it came out.”

Good luck on exams, enjoy the holiday season, and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!