Well for many of the local counties, Winter break has begun! This means the kids are off from school for the next 2 weeks! While much of this upcoming week may be filled with the hustle and bustle of the last shopping stops, office holiday parties, and friends and family holiday parties, there is still going to be idle time to be filled with kids asking, “WHAT can we DOOOOOO?!”  “Playing In The Snow” by sattva

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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

Some of these things were noted last week and if you missed it or don’t remember, this will help give you a first time or refresher glance so you can plan for this upcoming week.

It’s not too late for…..:

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!

     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.

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

Prefer to Skate Indoors and on wheels? Go to Sparkles Family Fun Center in Kennesaw (with locations also in Smyrna and Hiram for the west side of metro Atlanta). The whole family, even the tiny tots can have fun. With laser tag, video arcade area, and play area, along with the skating rink, everyone is sure to have fun. Pizza and snacks will keep your energy up! Sparkles is open at 11 am Monday through Wednesday of this week and 10am on Christmas Eve.

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.

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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) !

Want to tire out your kids so you can get those presents wrapped? Bring them to Xdrenaline in Marietta at 1611 Roswell Road. This indoor trampoline, foam pit, rock climbing, hoops, and Ninja course is sure to use up all that energy we wish we could bottle! (Racing simulator and batting cage coming in 2016!) AND – If you bring a Toys for Tots gift, you’ll get TWO Free Rock Wall Climbs – HURRY! This deal ends soon so call Xdrenaline to find out exactly when their drive is done. Phone number is (770) 604-1367.

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 +.

Want to see the old classic A Christmas Carol? You still have time! There is one more show, on Christmas Eve at 2PM being shown at Located at

City Center Auditorium
8534 Main St. Woodstock, GA 30188
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Things to Do in Paulding County

Do you or your kids love to skate? Sparkles family fun center, with locations in Hiram, Smyrna, and Kennesaw, makes it easy to find fun activities for the whole family, yes, even the tiny tots!! Sparkles is open at 11 am Monday through Wednesday of this week and 10am on Christmas Eve. With laser tag, video arcade area, and play area, along with the skating rink, everyone is sure to have fun. Pizza and snacks will keep your energy up!

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!

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 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!!

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