December has no shortage of Christmas events and programming. We’re featuring a wonderful Christmas getaway at the beginning of this post to get you in the mood. (check out our other holiday listing here too), But there is also plenty to be enjoyed that has nothing to do with the Big Man in the red suit. Explore an exhibit, revel in a performance, and hike your way into the New Year. We have those listed for you, too.
DECEMBER FEATURE: Thomasville Victorian Christmas on Dec. 14 and 15, 2017
This December, travel back in time and enjoy a Victorian holiday in historic Downtown Thomasville. The 31st Annual Victorian Christmas is a free event slated for Thursday and Friday, December 14 and 15 from 6:00-9:00 pm.
Enjoy authentic Victorian street performances. Marvel at close-up magic, Victorian pantomimes, jugglers, fire performers, and musicians. Listen to story-tellers tell the tales of yesteryear while carolers sing the songs of the season. Walk through the Victorian Village where you’ll be treated to scenes of Victorian life by costumed characters and entertainers, including a live blacksmith demonstration. Downtown is all decked out for the season, and Santa himself will be on-site listening to Christmas wishes. A Living Nativity with live animals is a not-to- be-missed, and leisurely horse-and-carriage rides will help you slow down.
A special highlight – travel back in time with the boisterous fun of America’s only Victorian Magic Lantern Show! An authentic 1890s visual extravaganza projected on a full-sized screen- the kind of show that led to the movies! Scrooge, Santa, animated comedy and carols, all dramatized on screen by a live showman and singer/pianist. The audience participates in the fun, creating sound effects and joining in the chants and sing-alongs.
This thrilling new traveling exhibit brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. Kids will be able to step into Sid’s world and become “science kids” themselves as they discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, at school in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Through fun, hands-on activities, kids will use scientific tools to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power and the five senses. It’s sure to be a super-duper-ooper-schmooper good time! Themed daily programming during Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit! will occur September 16 – January 15, 2018.
Come revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia during the monthly Highlights & Insights Tour at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. Every fourth Saturday, docents will guide visitors on a remarkable journey through a place filled with purpose as visitors discover the spiritual landscape where Trappist monks live, work, and pray in a community cloistered from the outside world. Tickets are $12 for participants ages 13 and over; children 12 and younger are free. Pre-registration is required and tickets can be purchased at http://monasterytours.bpt.me.
The Harry Potter™ film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will relive the magic of the film in high-definition on the giant screen while enjoying the Orchestra performing John Williams’ unforgettable score.
ailgating, Hall of Fame style, is BACK! Join us every Saturday for Tailgate Saturdays Built by The Home Depot. Watch college football games all day and enjoy cash bar and concessions. Fans can participate in The Home Depot scavenger hunt and try to find five official College GameDay hard hats. Each guest that finds a hat in our building will receive a special prize!
Join the once-a-year fun of dogs in the Garden. Dress your pooch in holiday finery to compete for prizes or to just show off. Enjoy photos with Saint Nick and connect with local canine enthusiasts and businesses in the Doggie Expo. Don’t have a dog? Come enjoy the show! Register online; space is limited.
Take a ‘dip’ into Georgia Aquarium with your toddler, without the time or cost commitment of our General Admission ticket. Bring your little one on a fun and educational adventure in Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom with views of beluga whales or whale sharks and manta rays. During each 1.5 hour experience, children will meet and learn about an approachable animal during a special introduction to marine life, enjoy a costumed character appearance, story time, craft activities and a small snack. Each month will feature a different animal encounter and theme.
*Back by popular demand*
Are cravings or emotional eating habits sabotaging your efforts to lose weight or make healthy food choices?
We have been conditioned to believe that diet and exercise alone determine our weight. But what about our subconscious emotions and thought patterns surrounding food?
EFT, also referred to as tapping, has shown to be very effective in changing our response to food cravings and can even help you make healthier choices overall. EFT is a cutting edge energy technique that is simple and easy to learn, yet incredibly powerful and transformative.
Join certified Life Coach and EFT practitioner Kelly Stoks as we look beyond diet and exercise in our approach to obtaining a healthy body weight.
For best results, bring a small portion of the specific food you crave. Don’t worry, the technique won’t make you never want your favorite food splurge again, but it will give you more control over your cravings for it.
Space limited to 8
Register in advance: https://goo.gl/kFDDH7
Testimonial from September session attendee:
“I attended Kelly’s EFT for Cravings workshop a couple of weeks ago. Everyone in the class wanted to reduce their cravings for chocolate. By the end of the class, my craving level was down from an 8 to a 0 and the chocolate went in the garbage! My cravings for chocolate have definitely changed and I have been using the tapping techniques to lessen my desire to eat unhealthy foods. It is working! Overall, I am making better food choices. More importantly, I am thinking differently, feeling better about myself, and feel like I’m on a better path. Having never tried tapping, I didn’t know what to expect, but I am definitely seeing results!”
During Holidays in History, enjoy our annual holiday program and experience how Christmas was celebrated in years past, from the 1820s Wood Family Cabin and the 1860s Smith Family Farm, to the 1930s Swan House and beyond. Explore Christmas traditions and Santa figures from around the world. Admission to Homeschool Days is $8.50 nonmembers; $6.50 children of members; and free for adult members. Discounted rates are available for groups with 10 or more children.
Little Shop is hosting a 21 and up YULE BALL for all the grown up witches and wizards who are too old for Camp Hogwarts but still full of magic! $35 will earn each guest three complimentary drinks, snacks, crafts (including a pre-made, self-selected wand), trivia, dancing, and general magical fun. We will keep the registers OPEN, so you can also get some holiday shopping done AFTER HOURS! We are looking forward to a truly special night and hope that you can join us. Costumes and/or very fancy attire encouraged! IDs will be checked at the door. Sign ups begin on November 6. Come in or call (404-373-6300) to reserve your place!
Join us Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th for all the holiday fun you and your family could wish for at the season’s best event in North Georgia!
Santa will be joining us and you can even have photos with him and your child taken and purchased to take home the same day!
We will have so much fun in store, including delicious Brunch with Santa by Talk of the Town Catering & Special events, backyard games, live music and much more! Feel free to bring a new, unwrapped toy, which will be donated to Toys for Tots – a wonderful way to help those less fortunate this holiday season.
The second Sunday of every month is Family Free Day at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). And this December, we want more coders, Atlanta! Join us Sunday, December 10 and participate in an Hour of Code with MODA. At MODA, we celebrate design in all of its forms, and this Family Free Day, we’re hosting an Hour of Code in honor of Computer Science Education Week (December 4 – 10). Held in recognition of the computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, MODA will join millions of coding enthusiasts in over 180 countries around the world for an afternoon of edutainment.
Georgia Aquarium is kicking off College Bowl Season with a fun afternoon of college football activities! Join us in the Atrium from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for classic tailgating games including corn hole and pin the football on the goal post.
Come join Santa for Breakfast December 17th 10am- 1pm. Tickets will include a breakfast buffet, a $10
power card with unlimited video game play, the chance to take a photo with
Santa. For more information please contact us at (678)256-1107. Tickets are
on sale at ticket bud. (link below)
Enjoy a 2-mile hike on one of the best trails at the park. You will learn interesting facts about the geology and history of the canyon. By the end of the hike, we will be in the dark, enjoying the trail by moonlight and listening for night sounds. Ages 10 and older. Reservations Required. Snacks and water will be available for you take with you on the hike and headlamps will be provided. Please bring a small pack to carry your items. Trekking poles or a walking stick are helpful as well.
Bring the whole crew and take a winter art break with the High! Shine a little light into the world when you create a lantern in our hands-on workshop.
Looking for a unique and enriching activity for the kids this holiday break?
This 60 minute workshop will introduce concepts of mindfulness and meditation through fun exercises to help participants better manage emotions and improve attention.
Workshop participants will also work on a mindfulness themed craft to take home.
Wednesday, December 27 at 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Registration in advance required: https://goo.gl/X7DBr1
A Feng Shui inspired discussion energetically connecting our mindful preparation for the new year with the readiness of the entry ways into our homes.
This discussion led by Diane Berntson, a certified interior decorator and Feng Shui consultant, will be presented in a relaxed atmosphere where shared thoughts and
ideas may help inspire each other as this busy year and holiday season comes to a close and our expectations for 2018 begin.
This is a free event.
This special aerial class involves the use of hammocks that are ~6 inches off the ground to serve as a prop for traditional yin and restorative poses. We will end with an extended guided relaxation and savasana in the hammock at the end of class.
Space is limited to 8.
Cost is $30
Sign up in advance: https://goo.gl/BddW4j
Grab the kiddos and head to Skyline Park for a special “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 31! Families and children of all ages are invited to enjoy early New Year’s Eve fun on The Roof including a balloon artist, live music from Ms. Gail of The Jumpin Jam Band, stilt walkers, and food and drink specials. When the clock strikes 11:59 a.m., the crowd will gather for a countdown to noon, celebrated by a rooftop balloon release. And don’t worry — we will be using bio-degradable balloons to keep the release eco-friendly! Tickets are $15 per person and will be available for purchase day-of at the door. (No advance purchase)