Things to do on Christmas Day: 5+ Excellent Adventures

The holidays are about family, giving and together time, but it doesn’t mean you have to sit around the house all day with relatives. You may be wondering, “What is open on Christmas Day?” Well, the answer is, there are lots of things to do on Christmas Day, if you know where to look.

Things to do on Christmas DayWe have a fabulous list of things to do on Christmas Day in Atlanta, as well as activities you can do anywhere. Do you have a favorite activity or know fun places open on Christmas Day? If so, share it with us. FYI – Many of these suggestions are also good if you are wondering what to do on Christmas Eve.

Things to do on Christmas Day


What to do on Christmas Day: Holiday Lights
Many of the holiday light displays in Atlanta are visible on Christmas Day, including the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Holiday Lights, Garden Nights which is open from 5 – 10 pm. In my opinion, the Garden has one of the best light displays in Atlanta.


What to do on Christmas Day: Ice Skating 
Ice skating is a fun way to get outside and enjoy the cold weather. Atlanta has several fantastic ice rinks within the city. Here is an overview of Atlanta area outdoor ice skating rinks.  The Astor Ice Rink at the St. Regis, Atlantic Station, and the Centennial Olympic Park ice skating rink are all open on Christmas Day. Click the links for information on each rink.

Ice Skating in Atlanta at the St. Regis

What to do on Christmas Day: Movies
When I was a kid, my older brothers would come home from college for Christmas. After dinner, they’d take me with them to the movies. It was a fun tradition. Many movie theaters will have Christmas shows. Here is a list of cheap movie theaters in Atlanta – call first to make sure they are open on Christmas Day.

What to do on Christmas Day: Bowling
A quick call to Brunswick Zone confirmed that all Brunswick Bowling Centers are open on Christmas Day. A perfect holiday outing. I contacted AMF Bowling Centers too and it’s up to the individual lanes to determine if they are open, so call before you go.

Things to do on Christmas Day

What to do on Christmas Day: State Parks
Why not work off a bit of the holiday gluttony with a hike in the woods.Many state parks are open on Christmas so check one near you. However, National Parks are usually closed on Christmas Day.

You can visit any of Georgia’s State Parks on Christmas Day. Try Sweetwater Creek State Park just east of Downtown Atlanta or Amicalola State Park north of Atlanta. We’ve also liked biking on the Silver Comet Trail or hiking to the Sope Creek Ruins.

Sue Rodman | Travel Editor & Advertising Manager

Sue Rodman is a mother of three boys, a PR professional, writer, and ice cream lover. For eight years, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. In Sept. 2016 Field Trips with Sue merged with 365 Atlanta Family. In addition to writing blog posts and managing the advertising and public relations for 365 Atlanta Family, Sue does freelance public relations and her writing has appeared online at TravelingMom, Trekaroo, Minitime Family and other family travel sites. She has contributed to print publications such as Family Fun, Simply Buckhead, BuckHaven and Publix Magazine. In addition, Sue has appeared on local and national news talking about family travel. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories.

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