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9 Things to Do in Atlanta in Fall and Winter

Visiting Atlanta for a weekend to scout out your new home, or just moved in and looking for some family-friendly fun? Check out Occupy My Family’s can’t-miss fall and holiday 2016 events below, and head over to occupymyfamily.com for even more metro Atlanta events and happenings.

Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade (Oct. 15)

Atlanta’s ultimate Halloween extravaganza is set for one of the city’s most beloved districts. The parade is the centerpiece of a day-long celebration where costumes are welcome and encouraged. For more information, visit l5phalloween.com.

Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival (Oct. 21-22)

Each night, the skies of Kennesaw light up with the glow of numerous hot air balloons as part of the festival. In addition, there are stages filled with live, family-friendly entertainment and merchants. For more information, visit owl-o-ween.com.

Taste of Atlanta (Oct. 21-23)

Friday night’s party kicks off the annual Tech Square event featuring some of Atlanta’s best chefs before the streets get turned over to the restaurants that make up the annual event on Saturday and Sunday. Children 13 and younger get free admission. For more information, visit tasteofatlanta.com.

The Elegant Elf Marketplace (Nov. 5-6)

A Sandy Springs tradition, The Elegant Elf Marketplace features a marketplace full of vendors selling handcrafted goods suitable for holiday gift giving. Proceeds from the event benefit education, arts, environmental, heritage and social service initiatives in Sandy Springs. For more information, visit sandyspringssociety.org/elegant-elf.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights (Nov. 12- Jan. 7, 2017)

The sights of Atlanta Botanical Garden light up with LED displays. For 2016, fan favorites include the Tunnel of Light, Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest and model trains will return. The family-friendly experience also features beer, wine and hot cocoa for sale. For more information, visit atlantabg.org.

Stone Mountain Christmas (Nov. 12- Jan. 4, 2017)

On select dates throughout the holiday season, families are invited to experience a Christian Christmas celebration surrounded by more than two million lights, festive music, and visits from some of the season’s most beloved characters. For more information, visit stonemountainpark.com.

Snow Mountain (Nov. 19-Feb. 25, 2017)

Snow in Atlanta? You won’t need your ice scraper or snow scoop for this wintertime adventure. Just bring your warm, waterproof clothes and be ready to have fun tubing at Stone Mountain Park. For more information, visit stonemountainpark.com.

The Lighting of Avalon (Nov. 20)

This year’s event marks the kick off of the holiday season at the Alpharetta live, work, play development. There will be a tree lighting, the ice rink will open for the season, the stage will be filled with live performances and free activities for the whole family. For more information visit experienceavalon.com.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade (Dec. 3)

The hallmark event of Atlanta’s Christmas season, the annual Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade closes Peachtree Street through Midtown for hours of fun culminating in an appearance from Santa. For more information, visit choa.org/parade.

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