Top 10 Things to Do on Christmas Day in Atlanta

Once you’ve opened all of your gifts and wished your friends and loved ones a Merry Christmas, you may be wondering what else there is to do in Atlanta. Most of the places will be closed for Christmas. But, with the little imagination, there could be cool things to do in Atlanta during Christmas Eve. Here is a list of 10 things you could do on Christmas Day in Atlanta.

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Christmas Day may mean hibernating at home with family and friends for many. But you may not celebrate this holiday or would prefer not to be alone. If you are in Atlanta on Christmas Day and want to find something to do or somewhere to eat, you will find plenty to choose from in this bustling urban mecca on December 25th.

1.    Eat at the Waffle House

Almost all of the fast food restaurants and most of the fine dining establishments will be closed on Christmas Day. Join the rest of the people in Atlanta who are trying to find somewhere to eat on Christmas Day by going to the Waffle House. A southern tradition that is open 24/7, you can find plenty on the menu, including its signature waffles, hash browns covered in a variety of toppings and a nice selection of pies.

2.    Medieval Times

If you are looking for somewhere a bit more elegant, and warmer, than the Waffle House to eat on Christmas Day, you are in luck. Medieval Times will serve an epic dinner at 5 pm that includes live entertainment. A jousting tourney, as well as a falconry exhibit, will be presented while you savor a royal 11th century meal of oven-roasted chicken or spare rib, along with tomato bisque soup, herb potatoes and a pastry for dessert.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament  
5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(888) 935-6878

3.    The Santaland Diaries

If you need to get yourself out of the sentimental rut on Christmas Day, check out The Santaland Diaries written by comedian David Sedaris of NPR fame. The live comedy details the real life situation of a writer who worked at the Macy's as a holiday store elf. Tickets range from $25 to $45, while VIP access is $40 to $100. The play runs Christmas Day starting at 6 pm in the Little Five Points district.

Euclid & Austin Avenues
in Little Five Points

4.    Holiday in Lights

Take a walk to work off that extra dozen of Christmas cookies with a stroll through Centennial Olympic Park's Holiday in Lights. The 21-acre park will be alight with millions of twinkling holiday lights, turning this downtown green oasis into a winter wonderland. Open Christmas Day from 7 am to 11 pm, admission is free.
Centennial Olympic Park Drive Northwest, Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 223-4412

5.    Outdoor Ice Skating

Take a spin on the ice of Atlanta's outdoor skating rink located at Centennial Olympic Park. Open on Christmas Day from 1 pm to 11 pm, admission to the rink is $7 per person for a 90 minute skating session; skates can be rented for $2.

6.    Holiday Afternoon Tea

St. Regis Atlanta, one of the city's most luxurious hotels, presents Holiday Afternoon Tea on Christmas Day from 2 pm to 5 pm. Rub shoulders with the upper echelon of Atlanta while sipping gourmet teas and nibbling on delightful deserts in the fabulous Long Gallery.

The St. Regis Atlanta  
88 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 563-7900

7.    The Astor Holiday Ice Skating Rink

Venture inside for a spin on the ice of the luxurious St. Regis Atlanta hotel's Astor Holiday Rink. Located indoors in the transformed ballroom, wear your finest furs and sparkling diamonds as you glide around the rink. Reservations are a must for this exquisite tradition, held on Christmas Day from 11 am to 9 pm.

The St. Regis Atlanta  
88 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 563-7900

8.    Holiday Dining with Paces 88

Paces 88 American Bistro will serve Christmas Day Brunch from 10 am to 3 pm at the high-end hotel St. Regis Atlanta. This brunch buffet is presented by Paces 88 Executive Chef Jonathan Jerusalmy; reservations recommended.

9.    Gift of Lights

If the weather is frightful, stay in your car for a ride around the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Gift of Lights. More than 1.5 million lights will brighten the eyes of all ages. Admission is $15 per car. The Gift of Lights will be open Christmas Day from 6 pm to 9 pm.

88 West Paces Ferry Rd
Atlanta, GA 30305

10.    Georgia Aquarium

Spend your holiday perusing through the millions of water creatures at the world's largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium. With 10 million gallons of water, 60 exhibits and a walk-through tunnel where you'll find yourself beneath whale sharks and sting rays, you'll experience one of the most magnificent displays of water life in the world. Open on Christmas Day from 12 pm to 6 pm.

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