So you’ve made it through the first week of winter break from school; some had just a few days off this past week while others braved a full week! With those who celebrate Christmas, you’re probably still cleaning up from all that wrapping paper, boxes, and figuring out what that extra screw from a toy goes to. Many of you have another week ahead of winter vacation… what to do, what to do?

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

With this unseasonably warm weather, this is a great week to visit Six Flags Over Georgia that has its Holiday in the Park festivities going on until January 3rd. You can still get their 2016 season pass Gold upgrades which includes free parking passes and season passes to White Water park all 2016 – these passes need to be activated by December 31.

Did you miss Georgia Aquarium’s Festival of the Season that was until Christmas Day? Don’t worry!! There is still lots going on this week at the Aquarium. Can’t make it until late in the day? Imagination Nights special discounted tickets after 4pm is still available until December 31.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens still has their Garden Lights to see until January 9. Be sure to go through this breathtaking tunnel of lights!! There is even a model train show old, young, train enthusiasts, and those who just want to see this cool little show.
garden-lights-tunnel-Atlanta botanical Gardens

Have a history buff in your house and not sure what to do this week? Go to the Atlanta History Center to explore the current exhibits, the historic houses, and the 22 acres of Goizueta Gardens.

Local Things to Do in Cobb County

Have you had a chance to go to Marietta Square’s Winter Wonderland outdoor ice skating rink? You still have time, but after January 3rd, to skate anymore this season, you’ll want to go to the Ice Forum Town Center in Kennesaw. This is an indoor rink and if you just want to get out of this summer like heat, this is the place to go this week.

Do you enjoy Bluegrass music? The Australian Bakery has open bluegrass on December 29th from 7-9pm. Come to join in and play or sit and listen to the sounds of this fun music and have some treats to eat at this unusual and tasty restaurant in the Square.

While there has been an unusual amount of rain this past week, with a couple of days where it’s been drier and we’ve seen some sun, this may be a good week to get a day or two to enjoy the outdoors with the family and hike one of the many trails, learn some history along the way, at Kennesaw Battle Mountain. If you go later afternoon (4pm+) to the Burnt Hickory location, you may be fortunate enough to see the families of deer who graze in the large open field. Bring your telephoto lens and quiet peace to capture these beauties before or after an exhilarating hike on a flat or uphill trail.

If you’re at the Stilesboro Road location of Kennesaw Mountain, be sure to leave time to visit the Civil War museum.

Kick off the New Year with a Food Tour in the square every Saturday, starting January 2nd from 11am to 2pm. Explore what the square has to offer, new and updated alike. A great way to get out with the family for lunch around town.

Take advantage of this beautiful weather by bringing the kids, of all ages to Swift-Cantrell Park in Kennesaw. With 2 different playgrounds, one enclosed for younger kids and a larger, open one for older kids, there is bound to be plenty of playing that can be done. There are pavilions for picnic lunches, an open field for running or kite flying on breezy days, paved paths for those new Christmas bikes, roller blading, and skate boarding. For your more experienced skate boarders, the skate park offers a safe place to do tricks and skating time in. You can even bring your dog to play in the enclosed dog park. The public rest rooms are clean and easy to access in the center of the park, so make a day of it here!

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

New Year's Eve Marietta Square poster from mariettacalendar.com

Many of you have kids who are now old enough to stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop and some of them might even be up for getting out and kicking up their Croc heels. This is the first year Marietta Square will be dropping the ball and word has it Kennesaw State University Students designed the ball! It’s been hush-hush for months and finally! we can see it! Come to the square for the first Marietta New Year’s Eve ball drop!

Chik-Fil-A Bowl is one of the country’s most exciting college football games! Lucky you! It’s right here at our very own Georgia Dome, game starts at noon EST!  This year Florida State plays Houston. With an expected sell out, check for tickets here: Chik-fil-A Bowl Tickets 

Prefer an indoor event in comfortable seats listening to music without the crowds? Plan on getting tickets to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, playing New Year’s Eve at University of Georgia. Get tickets and check out more events now.

Have young kids who want to see the ball drop but staying up until midnight’s not gonna happen? How about a Noonball drop at Legoland in Atlanta? Find out more at the their website Legolanddiscoverycenter.

What are YOU Doing this week? Comment below and let us know what else is going on around town this week.

Hope you had a great Christmas and wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!