The holiday season has arrived, and this year is sure to be extra magical! We’ve created a list of things to do in and around Sandy Springs to make the most of the season.

Things To Do In Sandy Springs

Visit the Sparkle Village & Parade

The Sparkle Village is an outdoor light display at City Springs. It features tiny houses lovingly decorated with fun holiday themes by local businesses and organizations. With twinkling lights on the house and trees, and a giant Christmas tree and a Menorah, there are endless photo opportunities! 

The parade is scheduled to set off at 6pm on December 4th, but make sure to get there early to check out the Sparkle gift market and to claim your spot! There will be an assortment of floats with some surprise appearances, maybe even some from a galaxy far, far away!




See a show at City Springs

With the season of joy upon us, there's no better way to get into a jolly spirit than seeing magical live performances at City Springs. The Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs is hosting a variety of holiday-themed programming including The Nutcracker put on by Roswell Dance Theatre, "Sounds of the Season" with John Driskell Hopkins, and "Joy to the World!" with Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four. Check out all of the events coming up here!


Get Crafty

Painting with a Twist is an art studio that offers easy to follow painting classes where you can bring your own snacks and drinks. They have several holiday-themed projects that will make great décor for your home! They also offer at-home painting kits that provide everything you or a loved one would need to complete a piece at home with the help of a video tutorial.


Splatter Studio is a newer addition to Sandy Springs, and it has been welcomed with open arms! If you want a more involved painting experience, then this one's for you. They give you the canvas, and the whatever happens next is up to you! Throw paint, shoot paint, splatter paint, the possibilities are endless. Have some fun while you create the perfect gift!


The Sipping Plant is a instructor led, step-by-step class, where you build your own terrarium or string art! Create an enchanting floral haven, or string-up a christmas-themed masterpiece! This is the perfect spot to bring your family or loved ones this holiday season!


Nightmare Before Christmas Cosplay Party at Battle & Brew

Dress as your favorite Halloween Town citizen, whether it be suave Jack Skellington or the menacing Oogie Boogie, and compete for top costume! Battle & Brew will be hosting this fun-filled evening, and will be offering Christmas-themed dishes and drinks! Details here!


Shop small at local stores

Sandy Springs is home to some wonderful small businesses that can help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones this year. Gift a one-of-a-kind present, while also supporting your local community! Click here for a list of all of our small-shopping options!


Grab a drink at a holiday pop-up bar at The Select 

Who doesn’t love a festive-themed drink?  The Select has transformed into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. Grab a delicious cocktail, and snap some Instagram-worthy photos.


Go Ice Skating At Center Ice Arena 

Enjoy a classic winter activity at the local ice skating rink, Center Ice Arena. They're open for public skating daily during the holidays, and admission is only $10. 


Things To Do Around Sandy Springs

Garden Lights Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Experience the Atlanta Botanical Garden at night with a special light display for the holidays. With limited capacity and health and safety protocols in place, Garden Lights, Holiday Nights returns Nov. 12, 2022 – Jan. 14, 2022. Tickets are on sale now, available online only!


Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia 

Christmas trees and more than one million LED lights create holiday magic on select nights Nov 19 - Jan 1. In addition to being able to enjoy classic rides like Goliath and the historic Riverview Carousel in the illuminated park, there are special holiday experiences, shows, and tasty treats.


See A Chinese Lantern Festival at Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta has turned into a nighttime wonderland just in time for the holidays with IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival. The festival introduces visitors to a nighttime wonderland featuring vistas of hand-crafted, illuminated wildlife and awe-inspiring sights celebrating the diversity of the natural world. The event will debut to the public on Monday, November 21, 2022, excluding Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, and will be open through Sunday, January 15, 2022.


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Experience the Fernbank Museum of Natural History After Dark

Did you know on the 2nd Friday of every month Fernbank Museum of Natural History hosts 21+ adult-only events? In December, they'll be throwing a holiday party, coinciding with their outdoor attraction Wildwoods: AGLOW. Take in the scenic outdoor lights, and maybe even learn something along the way. This is the perfect event to bring a group of friends!



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