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.
We 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.
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.
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.