Every season in Atlanta brings with it a myriad of festivals to enjoy and partake in. Winter is no exception! Atlanta’s weather remains fair through most of the winter, so both indoor and outdoor festivities are a great way to keep occupied during the gloomy winter months you so often find all over Georgia.

Whether you want some holiday cheer or just an excuse to get out of your house, there are plenty of options to choose from in the Atlanta Metro Area. Not to mention, festivals are a great way to get a dose of culture and explore something new. The list below is just a small cross-section of things to do, so be sure to explore for yourself—your local library or hangout should have a spot for posters and fliers highlighting upcoming regional festivals.

Children’s Christmas Parade

 

When: December 7 | Where: Peachtree Street & 16th Street
Website | Free to the Public

The Children’s Christmas Parade is the largest holiday parade in the Southeast. The parade features floats, balloons, marching bands, and plenty of holiday spirit! Proceeds from the parade benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. At the parade, you can have breakfast with Santa, watch two-story-tall floats in the parade, and listen to marching bands and dancers on the parade route!

What to expect: a large, outdoor parade with Christmas-decorated floats.

Elevate Conservatory’s First Winter Showcase

When: December 12, 15, & 19 | Where: The Auditorium at Calvary Hill
Buy Tickets | $5 and up

Elevate Conservatory is starting a new annual tradition with its first-ever Winter Showcase. The showcase is meant to feature young dancers and performers from the surrounding community. At just $5 for general admission tickets, Elevate Conservatory’s Winter Showcase event could be your new winter tradition!

What to expect: performances by local dancers with a winter theme.

WinterFest 2019

When: December 13, 14, & 15 | Where: 345 Killian Hill Rd NW, Lilburn, GA 30047
Register for a Ticket | Free

WinterFest is upon us once again. With three full days of entertainment starting with MusicFest, then FoodFest, and finally JoyFest, there’s plenty of variety for everyone to enjoy. Sponsored by Alfa Radio Atlanta, WinterFest is a family-friendly Latin-inspired winter festival that blends Latin American food with games, music, and even prizes! All ages are welcome.

What to expect: a Latin-centric 3-day festival celebrating music, food, and fun.

Winter Gamesfest 2019

When: December 14 & 15 | Where: VS Realm eSports Arena

Buy a Ticket | Free to Spectate, $10 to Participate
If anyone is your family happens to be a gamer, then Winter Gamesfest is the perfect way to spend a day or two. Proceeds go to charity and there will be video gaming, snacks, trivia, a DIY ugly sweater content, and a white elephant gift-giving event to keep everyone entertained all night. Best of all, there will be a silent auction where you can snag some exclusive gaming gear!
What to expect: everything a lover of video games would want: gaming, trivia, and competition.

Chinese Lunar Near Year Festival

When: February 9 & 10 | Where: Culture Center of Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Atlanta
Website | $5

Explore the traditions of China by participating in the annual Chinese Lunar New Year Festival. Watch traditional lion and dragon dancers, discover local artists and enjoy traditional Chinese food vendors to get a taste of the many dishes traditionally served during the Chinese New Year.
What to expect: a festive (and indoor) demonstration of the Chinese dance and food that represent their Lunar New Year.

Callanwolde Artist Market

When: February 9 & 10 | Where: Culture Center of Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Atlanta
Website | $10

The Callanwolde Artist Market is a winter indoor art festival that brings unique art vendors to the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center once a year. With over 80 artists working within a myriad of media there’s something for everyone! The purpose of the festival is to bring original yet affordable art to the public. Even if you’re a window shopper, there’s plenty to see and do.

What to expect: an indoor artist’s market full of local artisan wares.

Groundhog Jugglers Festival

When: February 7,8, & 9 | Where: Yaarab Shrine Center
Website | Free

Bill Murray isn’t the only one that can have fun on Groundhog Day. Join jugglers, unicyclists, hula hoopers, and many other unorthodox performers at the Groundhog Jugglers Festival. It’s a family-friendly affair with games, juggling lessons and even a Saturday Night Cabaret for the adults!

What to expect: performances from juggling to hula-hopping as well as free lessons!