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    15 Things To Do In Atlanta During Winter Break

    Need a reward for completing another semester at Emory? Worried you'll be bored in Atlanta the next few weeks? We compiled a list of things to do around the city, so you'll never have a dull moment during your break!

    1. Climb up Stone Mountain


    Now that you’ve conquered the semester, feel even more victorious by climbing to the top of Stone Mountain for breathtaking views of the area. Plus, Stone Mountain is transformed into Snow Mountain until February 22nd. So grab friends and enjoy a “snow”-filled day of tubing, S’mores, and more.

    2. Go ice-skating in Centennial Olympic Park or Atlantic Station

    Lace up and skate with the scenery of downtown Atlanta until January 15th in Centennial Olympic Park or until February 15th in Atlantic Station. Enjoy an activity that you can only experience during this time of year. Don’t forget to ask for student discounts!

    3. Visit the Georgia Aquarium

    Spend a day exploring the many exhibits of the world’s largest aquarium, conveniently located right in our backyard. Join in on their Festival of the SEAson for holiday light shows, holiday editions of live entertainment, and other holiday themed activities!

    4. Take a walk through Atlanta Botanical Gardens for their holiday nights’ garden lights

    If the holiday lights outside the Emory University Hospital aren’t enough for you, make your way to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Explore the “Radiant Rainforest,” “Glittering Galaxy,” “Orchestral Orbs,” and other attractions. There’s new color schemes this year, so even if you’ve been before, it’s time to go again!

    5. Grab some friends and enjoy a day in Piedmont Park

    Mix up your routine of going to Lullwater Park, by spending an afternoon picnicking, biking, or playing outdoor sports with a view of the Midtown skyline. Piedmont Park is 189 acres of open areas perfect for your leisurely activities.

    6. Take in some holiday shows


    It’s the time of year to relax and watch some holiday favorites. Who doesn’t love a good show? Begin your holiday season by attending Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on December 13th and 14th. Then, join Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Alliance theatre until December 24th. Also, enjoy Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts until December 28th.

    7. Order 3 AM eggs at the Majestic

    Having late night cravings? Instead of making a Zayas run, enjoy "food that pleases" at a diner that’s been serving Atlantans since 1929. The Majestic Diner is open 24 hours, 7days a week and it's the holidays, so go ahead and order that classic vanilla milkshake.

    8. Explore the World of Coca-Cola

    This is a must on every Emory bucket list, so might as well cross it off during their holiday festivities! Learn the history of Coca-Cola, sample specialty holiday beverages in addition to Coca-Cola from around the world, and visit their special holiday exhibit.

    9. Spend a day at the museum

    Visit the Winter Wonderland exhibit at the Fernbank Museum, where over thirty decorated trees and other exhibits adorn the museum’s floors until January 11th. You can also check out the current exhibitions at the High Museum, the Bodies Exhibit, or visit the new galleries at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

    10. Ride the attractions at Six Flags Over Georgia

    If you’re feeling adventurous, take a trip to Six Flags for a fun-filled day of rides and other attractions. Six Flags is currently holding Holiday in the Park, so there are extra attractions dedicated to the holiday season. You’ve had a roller coaster ride of a semester, so why not ride a real one?

    11. Ride Priscilla the Pink Pig

    If you’re a sucker for holiday traditions, join other Atlantans this holiday season by riding Macy’s Pink Pig train on top of Lenox Square Mall. It’s a 60-year-old tradition and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Tickets can be purchased at the Pink Pig kiosk by the east entrance of the mall.

    12. Cheer on your favorite Atlanta sports teams

    Although the Braves season ended, support other Atlanta teams throughout the month of December. Cheer on the Falcons at the Georgia Dome or the Hawks at the Phillips Arena. On December 31st, join the fun at the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl where the college football season begins to wrap up.

    13. Challenge your friends to a game of WhirlyBall

    Bored of playing soccer on McDonough Field or throwing frisbees on the Quad? Invite your friends to WhirlyBall Atlanta for a different kind of fun! It's essentially a combination of lacrosse and bumper cars and is a guaranteed night of fun. Plus, this game can be found in a selection of states.

    14. Eat at the Atlanta Food Truck Park & Festival

    We know you love the Loaded Burger, Yumbii, VietNomie’s and Nectar food trucks on campus every week ... so why not munch on other unique dishes from Atlanta food trucks during the break? Go on the weekend for a community farmers' market!

    15. Train for the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K!

    Grab your sneakers and buy all the chocolate you can to train for this year's Hot Chocolate 15K/5K in Atlanta! You've got plenty of time to whip into shape for the January 25th race, and let's be honest - it's really all about the massive chocolate bowl of chocolate deliciousness you're going to devour after crossing the finish line.

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