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Best Atlanta holiday tradition

102912 weekend roundup 7Children and adults ride Macy’s Priscilla the Pink Pig during this year’s grand opening in the big tent on the upper parking deck of Lenox Square in Atlanta on Saturday Oct. 27th, 2012. Photo: Phil Skinner / pskinner@ajc.com

YOUR PICKS
1. Macy’s Pink Pig
You say, “The Pink Pig (of course I’m an Atlanta native, thus I remember riding it when I was a wee one … truly magical.”

2. Macy’s Great Tree Lighting
3. “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” at Fox Theatre
4. Santa at Phipps Plaza
5. “A Christmas Carol” at Alliance Theatre

OUR PICKS
1. Macy’s Pink Pig
We say, “Now perched atop the Lenox Road parking deck at Macy’s Lenox Square, you can still hitch a ride with Priscilla through a storybook landscape more than 60 years after the ride first opened in 1953. Back then, it was at Rich’s department store in downtown and began with a ride through the toy department. To make it even better, part of the money raised from the ride goes to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.”

2. Macy’s Great Tree Lighting
3. “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” at Fox Theatre
4. “The Santaland Diaries” at Horizon Theatre
5. “A Christmas Carol” at Alliance Theatre

10 comments Add your comment

Sharon

November 5th, 2012
3:15 pm

Atlanta Camerata’s “The Play of Herod”, which will be performed this year on Dec. 7&8 at St. Bart’s Episcopal Church. It’s a stripped-down reminder of what Christmas is about, with absolutely no Santas, carols, wrapping paper, or even English. It serves as my annual palate refreshment among the fruitcake-sweet pre-Christmas hubbub.

TheSocialSingle.com

November 5th, 2012
3:47 pm

Christmas in ATL is fabulous. I ‘used’ to enjoy the Festival of Trees at the WCC then it moved to the ATL History Center……. alas….. I think it’s sadly gone by the wastesad…HOWEVER….. A Christmas Carol at the Alliance, Chirstmas at Callonwolde… The Pink Pig (of course I’m an Atlanta native, THUS I remember riding it when I was a wee one…. truly magical). The Santa Claus explerience at Phipps Plaza…..even though my kids are grown it’s merriment to go watch the kids with the ‘true’ Santa. Can’t wait for the holidays! Cheers!

KK

November 5th, 2012
4:36 pm

The Nutcracker at the Fox, The Santa Land Diaries, Santa Claus at Phipps, and the lights at the ABG are some of my favorite holiday traditions!

SAWB

November 7th, 2012
1:26 am

The whole Lenox Square scene along with the Phipps Santa is pretty much a mainstay.

A nighttime visit to Stone Mountain Park is not too bad, but be sure to get out and walk around.

Also, a lot of communities have Christmas celebrations and those can be really neat and a lot less commercial. I know the one in Tucker was pretty neat.

Also, simply riding around and checking out decorations followed by a late night visit to the Varsity. This was a lot more fun when Mid-Town was a little more shall we say eclectic.

Dee Osborne

November 7th, 2012
7:34 pm

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting is my annual event. I have been there every year for the last 10. I always get goose bumps when they begin “O Holy Night”.

Kat

November 7th, 2012
8:38 pm

@Dee Osborne, etc.: Having never been to the Tree Lighting, but hearing about it every year – I’m always thinking (while watching it on TV), how early do you have to get down there to see it and where should you park?

Smanta Claws

November 7th, 2012
8:53 pm

I ike living out my own version of “The Nutcracker” I go to Greens on Ponce and get a handle bottle of Beam.i watch “Badder Santa” and sip on the tasty nectar from my bottle and chase it with chilled eggnog . I dress as Santa and go to Atkins Park where I find a Smatnas little helper with daddy issues and have her kick me in the testicles and yell NUTCRACKER!!!! at the top of her lungs. then buy a round for the bar in the spirit of the holiday.

Scott

November 7th, 2012
9:43 pm

Making sausage balls with my mom. We also about he time I was 8 or 9 years old – abandons the traditional Ham and Turkey and started frying shrimp every Christmas. We have eaten shrimp ever since.

GeorgiaGirl

November 8th, 2012
11:44 am

I would say the Pink Pig, but whatever they have over there at Lenox is NOT the Pink Pig that I remember from when I was little. When they brought it back a few years ago I was so excited to take my out-of-town guests. After waiting in line for over an hour we finally got on, and all I could think of was, ‘this is it?’. So I guess I would have to say going to see the Nutcracker at the Fox. I’ve been going since I was little.

SAWB

November 9th, 2012
12:43 am

They had one of the original Pink Pig cars at Lenox one year and those things are a lot smaller than I remembered. I doubt seriously I would want to squeeze into one of them now, but it would be neat to see the old set up operational.