“Young Children Running In Nature” by chrisroll

You’ve just finished a relaxing and filling Sunday dinner with your family. You’ve had a fun filled weekend enjoying the fun educational, and interesting activities Atlanta and the surrounding cities have to offer. Now you’re ready to prepare for the coming week (or even a little beyond) and don’t want to have to think too hard.

Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the upcoming week of Local Things to Do in or around the areas of Cobb County, Cherokee County, Paulding County, and Fulton County. Bookmark Neighborhoods Around Atlanta so you can easily come back here each Sunday evening to make plans for the next week. It’s easy when we give you an events calendar at a glance!

Outside the Metro Area – Local Things to Do in Georgia

If you want to have a mini getaway, you might like the Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens. 8 Million lights. 15 Dazzling Scenes. 1 very magical night. See the gorgeous gardens transformed then the next day, see the hubbub of the

Been there, done that? How about a night (or two) At the Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier? Drive across the bridge just before sunset and take in the beauty of over a million lights as the islands are lit up just past sunset with holiday scenes that will take away your breath. Stay to have hot chocolate, carnival rides, and more.

If you love holiday lights and rides, Six Flags is in the midst of their Holiday in the Park where this amusement park is transformed with thousands of lights, tree lighting, special holiday events, cocoa, and more!

Local Things to Do in Cobb County

 Cobb Energy Center Easy to get to using local roads, I-75 and I-285, easy to park, affordable, family friendly, and intimate theaters mean every seat is a good seat, the Cobb Energy Center always has wonderful concerts, musicals, and shows worth getting tickets to. A fan of Dancing with the Stars or know someone who is? Get tickets for the New Year’s Eve show “Dance All Night Tour” from 8 to 9:30 pm then go celebrate by dancing the New Year!

Kennesaw State University has lots of fun activities they have open to the community. Love music? There is still time to get tickets to the Friday, December 18th concert from 8 to 10 pm of “Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: A Very Merry Holiday Pops” at the Bailey Performance Center, Morgan Concert Hall. This is a great way to have a Date Night with your special someone!

     Marietta Square There are so many things to do in the square all year round. It’s easy to park, very affordable, and extremely family friendly.

Tonight – come for the Menorah Lighting from 6:30 to 7:30 menorah-lighting-color-marietta sq 2015 244x300

Be sure to visit the First Time outdoor ice skating rink Marietta Square Winter Wonderland open until January 3, 2016. Tickets are just $12 and includes both ice time AND rentals.

This week’s hours are:
Monday-Thursday 10:00a – 10:00p
Friday-Saturday 10:00a – 11:00p
Sunday 12 Noon – 8:00p

If you’re in the mood to see a show, stay close, and keep it affordable, go to The Strand on the Square. Currently showing 3 amazing plays to choose from:  “A Christmas Tradition”, “A Christmas Carol”, and “Deep in the Heart of Tuna” right now.

Have some final shopping to do? Plan it for Friday, December 18 for Holiday Shopping in Marietta Square when the shops will be open late, you can revel in the beautiful lights of the square, then take in a show at The Strand!

Be SURE to visit the Square on Saturday, December 19th or 20th! Santa & Mrs Claus will be taking photos with friends from 10am to 6 pm on Saturday while helping with Toys for Tots on Saturday from 10am to 1 so be sure to bring a new, unwrapped gift to give back in the spirit of the season. Santa will be back on Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Monday Night Madness at Main Event Entertainment Don’t let the Monday blues get you down! Instead, look forward to either the Smyrna/Vinings Or the Alpharetta location where you can eat, bowl, play video games, do adventurous rock climbing, play multi-level laser tag, participate in thrilling high ropes course, practice your mini golf swing, and so much more; choose from 3 amazing offers for just $9.95 each (see details online) ! Got a gamer on your hands? From now until December 18, take advantage of the 2 hour video game spree for just $9.95!!

Local Things to Do in Cherokee County

Come celebrate the beauty and spirit of the season, nightly at 6pm by ending your evening at Hobgood Park in Woodstock until December 22 for Holiday Lights of Hope with 1,000,000 LED lights . This hometown community tradition benefits the Anna Crawford Children’s Center. There is holiday shopping, inflatables for kids, games, concessions, and more. Free for those 14 years and younger, only $10 for those 15 years +.

Things to Do in Paulding County

Nothing to do this Thursday, Dec 17th? Don’t fear! I have you covered! Come from 6pm to 8pm to the Aspen Village Annual Family Celebration! Get your photo taken with Santa in a special booth to preserve your memories! RSVP by the 16th by calling Gerald Crowder at (770) 635-1780,

Hey – we all need to eat! Why not come together with others in your community, do a little crafts shopping, support your local businesses, and explore the drinks & tastes of Uncensored Food Truck Saturday on December 19th at PB Ritch Middle School? Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays, this is a great way to get a quick bite between the hustle and bustle of the holiday events!

Local Things to Do in Fulton County

Want to bring the kids to see a classic? Go to the Center of Puppetry Arts, showing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer now through December 27 (no shows on Dec 25 and recommended for ages 4+). Already a member? Get 45% off tickets!

Who’s got a red suit and a beard of white? Santa’s got a red suit & a beard that’s white.
Who’s got a red suit and SCUBA Suit? SCUBA CLAUS! SCUBA CLAUS! SCUBA, SCUBA Claus!!
Come the largest aquarium in the United States and join the Festival of the SEAson filled with amazing holidazzle light show, Symphony of the Snow, Hanukkah Celebrations, Tree lightings, an underwater Menorah, and much, much more at the Georgia Aquarium!! Hurry! This special celebration ends December 25th!

The holiday season is never complete without a trip to the ice skating rink!! This season, be sure to get your ice time at the outdoor Centennial Olympic Park’s Ice Skate Rink  where tickets are only $12 for 90 minutes and includes your skate rentals! You have until January 10th to enjoy this transformed park!
You can order your tickets ahead of time, online, or get them at the park entrance. After a bit of skating, stay for the holiday in lights where the park is transformed with thousands of lights making up a memorable sparkling display.

Ice Skating Hours are:

Monday – Thursday 4:30pm – 10:00pm
Friday 4:30pm – 11:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 11:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 10:00pm

In the mood for some Reindeer Games? How about … Reindeer Hunger Games? This fun take on the popular Hunger games books & movies can be seen at Agatha’s “A Taste of Mystery” Dinner theater. These reindeer games are only until January 6th!

Don’t know what to do with that Ugly sweater Aunt Betty gave you years ago? Why not run in it next Saturday, Dec 19th in the 5k Ugly Sweater Run? Even your children can finally tell Aunt Martha they wore the sweater she gave them last Christmas …. they might even get a prize for Ugliest sweater … but you don’t want to tell Aunt Martha that … she might send you another ugly sweater this year!

Monday Night Madness at Main Event Entertainment Don’t let the Monday blues get you down! Instead, look forward to either the the Alpharetta or Smyrna/Vinings location where you can eat, bowl, play video games, do adventurous rock climbing, play multi-level laser tag, participate in thrilling high ropes course, practice your mini golf swing, and so much more; choose from 3 amazing offers for just $9.95 each (see details online) ! Got a gamer on your hands? From now until December 18, take advantage of the 2 hour video game spree for just $9.95!!

Got Suggestions?

There are SO many great events happening all the time! I am highlighting a handful! If there is something that is a MUST Do, comment below to let me know! Click share to your Facebook page so it will be easy for you to go come back here this week and so you can make plans with your friends!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!
Jeff Buffo and The Jeff Buffo Team