Whether you’re traveling or having relatives come to you, sometimes all that family during the Thanksgiving holidays can be a little bit too much. Instead of picking around the leftover turkey or at each other, here are some fun and budget-friendly ways to get out of the house and make joyful memories.
Appalachian Christmas at Babyland General Hospital, Cleveland, Nov. 21: Start the day enjoying pancakes with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Afterward, peruse the 75 decorated trees (maybe head out to buy one of your own). There will be carolers, hourly prize drawings, pictures with Santa, and specially priced Cabbage Patch Kids. The evening culminates in the lighting of BabyLand’s holiday tree. Admission is free. Pancake breakfast is $10.
Lights, Lights, Lights Festival, Moultrie, Nov. 26: Leave the dishes for tomorrow, and head to the Courthouse in Downtown Moultrie to welcome the holiday season. There is a nighttime lighted Christmas parade, visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, and holiday shopping. It’s all under a canopy of lights that stretch from the courthouse cupola to the four corners of the square. The lights stay up until New Year’s Day.
The Nutcracker and other holiday shows, Atlanta: Atlanta has several wonderful local theater companies in addition to nationally touring troupes. With so many options, there is a holiday show for any budget and taste. I’m personally looking forward to seeing Elf the Musical at the Fox Theatre.
Mistletoe Market and Sugar Plum Tea Room, Blairsville, Nov. 28-29: Leave the kids at home with their cousins and do some holiday shopping for unique locally crafted gifts. Bypass the leftovers and enjoy soup, sandwiches, salad and desserts in the Sugar Plum Tea Room.
Embassy Suites and World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, Nov. 10, 2015-Feb. 3, 2016: Get away entirely with this Explore Georgia deal at the Embassy Suites Centennial Park & World of Coca-Cola. The package includes two adult tickets to the World of Coca-Cola, two bottles of Coca-Cola, and a welcome amenity. Enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast and a nightly evening reception. Kids optional.
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