10 Affordable Things To Do This Holiday Season


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Gaze in awe at Garden Lights, Holiday Nights!

Head over to Atlanta Botanical Garden to feast your eyes on an electrical extravaganza of orchestral orbs and a glittering rainforest. Immerse yourself in the world's largest synchronized curtain of 70,000 color changing LED light pixels. Purchase online to save $$ or attend after 9PM for a discounted rate of $13.95. Check their calendar now through Jan 7, 2018 to catch this Atlanta holiday tradition. 


Ooh + aah over the Winter Wonderland Exhibition


From now until January 7, 2018, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History will be hosting intricately decorated trees highlighting celebrations, traditions, & holidays from around the globe. Check out the 21+ Fernbank After Dark Holiday Party on December 8 to discover live music, craft beer, and cocktails!


Skate Atlantic Station


Still have that college ID stashed in your underwear drawer? Well dust it off and grab your girlfriends because Taco Tuesday just got even better. After drinking a few margaritas responsibly, uber over to Atlantic Station for a $12 (regular $15) skate session. Purchase tickets online and skater over on a weeknight & before the kiddies get out for the holidays to avoid long lines.  


See A Christmas Carol for date night

Photo by Chris Bartelski

Photo by Chris Bartelski

Anthony Rodriguez will be wearing many hats in Aurora Theatre's one-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol from November 24 - December 23. Journey through Christmas past, present, and future in this intimate, Tony Brown directed adaption of Charles Dickens' classic.


Enjoy a Hip Hop takeover of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker 

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center will be gracing Atlanta with The Hip Hop Nutcracker next Sunday, November 26, at The Fox. The choreographers have crafted a show that plays with a contemporary flair to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. With ticket prices starting at $25, there's no excuse to not treat yourself to a magical night of a re-imagined classic.


Believe in a Miracle On Monroe


Miracle Bar Atlanta is back from November 24 - December 24 to spread holiday cheer at TWO locations (931 Monroe Drive & Miracle Two in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta). The month long celebration will include holiday-themed drinks, small plates, and plenty of holiday decorations to take the ba humbug out of the moodiest Grinch. Sip on cocktails like Muletide (Mezcal, Amontillado Sherry, Allspice Dram, Ginger, Lemon) Wednesday - Sunday from 5- midnight (Fri & Sat til 1:30A).


Get dream home inspiration in Virginia-Highland

Get your pinterest app ready for mood board inspiration with the Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes. Plan your dream home with inspiration from eight beautiful homes in my favorite neighborhood (3 year resident and counting). Fontaine's Oyster House, Press & Grind, and other neighborhood restaurants will be providing nibbles as you shuttle between houses. Grab your girlfriends for a tour of homes and brunch date! ($25-$30)


Spread holiday cheer at The Children's Christmas Parade 

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Photo by digidreamgrafix/iStock / Getty Images

Experience an Atlanta tradition on Santa Claus Lane for the Children's Christmas Parade. Grab a hot chocolate and stake a spot on Peachtree on December 2, 2018, as marching bands, floats, and helium-filled balloons fill Peachtree St. for the largest holiday parade in the southeast. The parade will step-off at 10:20A at Peachtree St. & 16th St. If you want to see the action live from the comfort of your bed, catch it on WSB-TV Channel 2 at 10:30A.


Sip through holidays around the world 

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Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images News / Getty Images

The World of Coca-Cola has created an experience at Pemberton Place to capture the holiday spirit. Bring the whole family out to enjoy giant holiday Coca-Cola bottles, oversized holiday ornaments, & chocolate cherry coke. Visit before 11A to experience smaller crowds, then head over to Atlanta Breakfast Club for lunch! ($13-$17


Sip champagne while touring Candler Mansion 


Brownie points for this date night tour of the Tudor-Revival Mansion. You and your guest will be greeted with complementary glasses of champagne and a map to tour the historic home. Catch glimpses of the Callanwolde School of Dance's performances of different selections of The Nutcracker as you wander romantically tete-a-tete through the impeccably decorated mansion, and float through the courtyard for decadent dessert provided by Murphy's restaurant. Set down a hard date between December 4 - 7, 2017, make a dinner reservation, and you my friend just might get lucky. It's not cute to be late, so heads up the dance experience begins at 6P sharp. ($20-$25)

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Bianca is a lifestyle, travel, and well-being blogger living in Atlanta, GA. When she's not exploring an LGBTQ-welcoming city, you can catch her in the kitchen creating vegan versions of classic dishes or getting to know a local at a neighborhood bar. She's a hot toddy tea sippin, yoga and skin obsessed adventurer who cherishes her self-care.