Even though Thanksgiving is creeping up on us and we're actively looking forward to stuffing our face, our hearts are set on celebrating that Christmas cheer. Holiday season in the big city means you'll have a calendar full of activities. These Christmas markets in Atlanta you need to see should be must-stops for you over the next two months, so gather up your X-mas Crew and save the dates.
Miracle Christmas Bar
When: November 29-December 29
Address: 931 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Why You Need To Go: If you're craving some spiked Christmas cheer, this spot is meant for you. In addition to the holiday-themed menu items, the playlist is full of your Christmas faves and the TVs only showcase classic movies.
When: November 21-December 24
Address: 265 Park Avenue West NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Why You Need To Go: Germany is coming to Atlanta for a few weeks, and it's bigger and better than every year prior. Christkindl Market has moved to Centennial Olympic Park, so instead of just a little slice of Germany, we're getting the whole cake.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
When: November 16-January 11
Address: 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
As beautiful as the Atlanta Botanical Gardens already are, they're taking things to another level with their massive illuminated Christmas garden this season.
Boozy Brunch With Santa
When: December 22
Address: 976 Brady Avenue NW #110, Atlanta, GA 30318
Why You Need To Go: Santa was all about gift-giving when you were little, but for one day his focus is whipping up the best brunch that includes cocktails and select menu items, followed by candy cane shots.
Magical Night of Lights
Price: $42-$52 per car
When: November 22-December 30
Address: 7650 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Buford, GA 30518
Why You Need To Go: This gorgeous 7-mile drive of Christmas displays with overlooks of the lake is as tropical as North Georgia is going to get this holiday season.
Skate the Sky
Address: 675 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Why You Need To Go: Skyline Park is bringing back all the Christmas feels this year with the return of their winter wonderland at the rooftop. You'll have access to heated igloos, holiday drinks, and an ice skating rink with the best views of the city.
Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl
When: December 14
Address: (Starting point) 3227 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Why You Need To Go: There's something to be loved about an obnoxious Christmas sweater, and you can sport yours without judgment as you make your way through Buckhead's best bars.
When: December 15 and December 22
Address: 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for a tranquil, yet spirited evening, take this candlelit walk though from decorated gardens to historic holiday homes. You can even stock up on goodies for a Secret Santa exchange at their eclectic market.