Celebrate the Holidays at The Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta

If you’re in Atlanta and are looking for the perfect way to celebrate the holidays, please visit The Woodruff Arts Center. They have a really fun holiday lineup filled with a variety of events in the coming weeks. For instance, how about gathering up the family and heading to Table 1280 (Woodruff’s Restaurant) for a swanky Breakfast with Santa?

Not only will you have a delicious meal filled with cheese blintzes, blueberry pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, pastries, and more (check out the menu)

…but you will also get a picture with Santa himself.

Santa and Mrs. Claus even visit every table during breakfast for even more photo opps…

There are also crafts and goodie bags for the kids. Lots of fun!

Table 1280 is also hosting High Tea, Cookie and Cupcake Decorating, Gingerbread House Decorating, Holiday Brunch and more this holiday season!

After a yummy breakfast, how about seeing a family movie? The Woodruff Arts Center is offering free screenings of fun, family movies this holiday season. Movies include Happy Feet, A Christmas Carol, The Dog Who Saved Christmas, MGM Cartoon Christmas and more. You can see the full schedule HERE.

After the movie, you and the kids can do crafts. We made these beautiful holiday cards!

Then, head to the Visions of Santa Exhibit and look at all the artwork while the young kids listen to a fun holiday story told by one of Atlanta’s premier storytellers…

And, for the ultimate in holiday family events–stay for A Christmas Carol. Oh my goodness, A Christmas Carol at the Alliance Theater is a-m-a-z-i-n-g. It is an impeccable performance. The acting is superb. The singing is phenomenal. Mike, Lucas, and I LOVED it!

About A Christmas Carol
Back for its 22nd smash year, the most heartwarming story of the entire season comes to life with Ebenezer Scrooge’s discovery of the true meaning of Christmas over the course of one fateful evening. Journey through the beloved Dickens tale meeting favorite characters along the way like the generous Mr. Fezziwig, the selfless and beautiful Belle and the adorable Tiny Tim. And with a new-this-season surprise – all we can tell you is you might want to warm up your singing voice before you arrive.

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by David H. Bell
Directed by Rosemary Newcott

For more information about holiday events at The Woodruff Arts Center, please visit woodruffcenter.org.


Thank you to The Woodruff Arts Center for providing my family and I complimentary access to all of the above holiday events. We had a fabulous time! Please refer to this site’s Terms of Use for more information. 

Celebrate the Holidays with Priscilla, the #PinkPig–an Atlanta Tradition!

If you’re an Atlanta native, you have undoubtebly heard of Priscilla, The Pink Pig. It is a 50+ year old Atlanta holiday tradition that should be experienced by all Atlanta children (and parents).

What is the Pink Pig you ask?

Priscilla – the original Pink Pig – began asa.m.norail along the ceiling of the downtown Atlanta Rich’s store, giving children the experience of “flying over” the toy department. Later, another pig – Percival – was added and they became known as the Pink Pig monorail twins. Years later, the monorail was relocated to the roof of the department store and the monorail twins took passengers on rooftop rides viewing downtown Atlanta and encircling the Great Tree.

In 2003, Priscilla, the Pink Pig, was re-introduced to a new generation of Atlantans. Since then, she has been back on track beneath a 170-foot, 1950’s retro-themed Pink Pig Tent at Macy’s Lenox Square Mall on the upper-level parking deck. Atlanta’s most “pink-tacular” ride travels along train tracks to carry children and their families through a life-sized storybook that includes the original Pink Pig and other holiday friends.

True to tradition, a portion of the proceeds from each ride will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. To date, Macy’s has donated more than $400,000 to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Last week, a group of Atlanta bloggers, our kids, and I all went to ride the beloved Pink Pig. This was my first time at the Pink Pig so Mike, Lucas, and I were excited!

The kids had a great time, of course! Thankfully, we were able to ride the train a couple of times because the kids did not want to get off LOL.

It’s a quick ride, but the good thing is that it is affordable. Each ride costs $3 and repeat rides have a special discounted price: 2 rides for $5.50, 3 rides for $7.50. Rides will continue through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

To learn more about the Pink Pig, click HERE.



I was compensated for coordinating this holiday blogger event at the Pink Pig. Please refer to this site’s Terms of Use for more information. 

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas! The Musical in Atlanta NOW

Last night we got the opportunity to see Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas! The Musical at The Fox Theater and it was such an amazing show. If you live in Atlanta and are looking for a special and very memorable way to ring in the holidays, this is it! Not only is the Fox Theater all dressed up for the holidays with twinkling lights and Christmas trees, but the show is truly spectacular! The set is beautiful. The music is amazing. The actors are perfection. 

 

 

The Grinch who is obviously the star of the show deserves every bit of praise and attention given to him because he is fabulous. He literally stole the show. He is everything you imagine The Grinch would be from the beloved Dr. Seuss book. Love, LOVE him! We even got to meet The Grinch and hang out a bit before the show, which was really cool.

 

 

ABOUT THE SHOW:
Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas then he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small”, decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch bursting with holiday spirit. Celebrate the holidays with this heart-warming holiday classic.

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is playing at the Fox Theatre from November 29-December 4 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2011-12 season. For more information, please click HERE.

 

**We were provided with complimentary press passes to see the show for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions in this post are mine and not influenced by anyone. Please see this site’s Terms of Use for more information.

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens: Affordable and Spectacular Holiday Getaway for Families

If you live in the Southeast and are within driving distance of Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia–you must visit them this holiday season! Their Fantasy in Lights holiday light and sound show is truly spectacular and…magical. Starting at $99, you can take your family of four to the beautiful Callaway Gardens, stay at the Inn overnight, see the Fantasy in Lights show, walk through the Christmas Village, get pictures with Santa, and enjoy the gardens and all it has to offer (featuring the Day Butterfly Center, Sibley Horticultural Center, Callaway Discovery Center, live Birds of Prey Shows, seven miles of nature trails and their 10-mile Discovery Bicycle Trail). For $99 per night. $99. A family of four.

 

 

You don’t have to pay extra to see the light show. You don’t have to pay extra for your kids to sit with Santa and tell him their wish list. You can even take your own pictures like we did below…

 

 

Amazing, right?! In addition, veterans, active, and retired military get a special rate of $69 per night. Even more amazing. 

The most spectacular thing of all though is the light show. It features over a dozen lighed scenes and more than eight million twinkling lights. By scenes–I mean moving scenes. Toy soldiers that appear to march. Frogs that hop onto a lily pad. Elves building toys. Then, there’s Snowflake Valley, which is without a doubt one of the most beautiful, most stunning things that I have ever seen. A truly amazing light show unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. You can either see the light show from your own car or even better, hop on the open air trolley! Bring some blankets, grab a cup of cocoa, and enjoy the beautiful lights, sounds, and Christmas carols. 

 

For more information, please visit CallawayGardens.com.

 

 

Thanks to Callaway Gardens for providing my family and I with complimentary tickets to Fantasy in Lights and an overnight stay.

Spirit of the Holiday Season Comes Early to Atlanta: “12 Days of Arthur Christmas”

For my Atlanta readers! Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to get into the holiday spirit? Bringing the spirit of the season early to Atlantans, Aardman and Sony Pictures Animation is hosting the “12 Days of Arthur Christmas” events throughout metro-Atlanta. It all started with a Snow Celebration at Centennial Olympic Park on November 12th and will conclude with a Jingle Bell Rock Party at Atlantic Station on November 23rd.

 

 

Guests will be merry as they participate in the multitude of festivities which includes an Army of Elves, meet-and-greet with Santa’s reindeer, Lake Lanier holiday lights or even a chance to test the ice at the igloo village at the Georgia Aquarium. Check out the remainder of the events listed below!

Day 5, Wednesday, November 16, 2011

 
Arthur’s Reindeer Round Up
Atlantic Station Central Park
3:00PM-6:00PM
Meet Santa’s Reindeer before they depart for the North Pole at Atlantic Station’s Central Park, located at 1380 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta, and don’t forget your camera for a free photo op in Santa’s sleigh. Open to the public.

Day 6, Thursday, November 17, 2011

 
Operation: North Pole Post
Imagine It! Children’s Museum
10:00AM-2:00PM
Arthur’s Letters to Santa Campaign kicks off at the Imagine It! Children Museum, located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive Northwest, Atlanta, with activities and giveaways. Visit www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org for more details.

Day 7, Friday, November 18, 2011

 
Arthur Lights Up Lake Lanier’s Holiday Village
Magical Night of Lights Holiday Village
5:00PM-10:00PM
Join the Arthur Christmas party in Lake Lanier Island’s Holiday Village at the Magical Night of Lights Opening Night Extravaganza to make ornaments and letters to Santa and the chance to win prizes! Visit www.lakelanierislands.com for more information.

Day 8, Saturday, November 19, 2011


Grandsanta’s Grand Screening
Regal Mall of Georgia
11:00AM
Calling all grandparents and grandkids! Grab your favorite ugly sweater and attend a very special screening of Arthur Christmas! The best sweater will win a GRAND prize. Attend any of the events listed above for opportunities to win passes to this screening at the Regal Mall of Georgia theater, located at 3379 Buford Drive in Buford.

Day 9, Sunday, November 20, 2011


Rock Around the Ice Skating Rink!
Centennial Olympic Park Ice Skating Rink
1:00PM-5:00PM
Arthur Christmas takes over Centennial Park’s Ice Skating Rink with activities, games, photo opportunities and giveaways! Visit www.centennialpark.com for more information.

Day 10, Monday, November 21, 2011


North Pole Portraits
Zoo Atlanta
10:00AM-1:00PM
Discounted tix and free pix in celebration of Arthur Christmas! Receive $3 off general admission to Zoo Atlanta, located at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE , Atlanta, for up to four people with a donation of ONE new toy for Toys for Tots. And, pose for a free photograph featuring scenes from Arthur Christmas. Visit www.zooatlanta.org/arthur_christmas for more information.

Day 11, Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Arthur’s Ice-Stravaganza!
 Georgia Aquarium
10:00PM-2:00PM
Visit the Georgia Aquarium, located at 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, for a North Pole-Palooza! Arthur’s elves will construct his very own Igloo featuring scenes from the film. Visit www.georgiaaquarium.org for more information.

Day 12, Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Jingle Bell Rock Party!
Arthur Christmas is released in theaters across the country!
Regal Atlantic Station
11:00AM-3:00PM
Join the opening day bash at Regal Atlantic Station, located at 261 19th Street NW, Atlanta, for ornament decorating, wrapping competitions, prizes for ugly sweaters and more!

 

About the Movie:

The 3D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last reveals the incredible, never-before-seen answer to every child’s question: “So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic – a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero: Santa’s youngest son, Arthur. When this amazing operation misses one child out of hundreds of millions, Arthur, the least capable Claus, embarks on a hilarious, exciting rogue mission against the clock with his politically incorrect grandfather Grandsanta and a giftwrapping-obsessed elf named Bryony, to deliver the last present before Christmas morning dawns. The film is directed by Sarah Smith, written by Peter Baynham & Sarah Smith, and produced by Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Carla Shelley, and Steve Pegram.

Please visit www.arthurchristmas.com for more information.

Wordless Wednesday: Apple Picking at Hillcrest Orchards

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Apple picking at Hillcrest Orchards last weekend. So much fun!