Atlanta Holiday Celebrations

Photo Credit: Searching Atlanta

Photo Credit: Searching Atlanta

Will you be staying in the Atlanta region over the holiday season this year? If so you’re lucky! Even though the temperatures are fairly mild, Atlanta is filled with festive holiday spirit! Here’s a short list of the events, festivals and happenings in the city that are worth checking out during the period from Thanksgiving to New Years.

Thanksgiving Tree Lighting
As night falls on Thanksgiving, there will be the annual lighting of one of the city’s biggest and brightest Christmas Tree, at Macy’s at the Lenox Square Mall. The tree lighting always draws a crowd, and it truly marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Atlanta.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Looking for a place to tuck into some turkey before or after the tree lighting? Hudson Grille will be serving a delicious three-course Thanksgiving Dinner at all five of their Atlanta restaurants, we’re regulars at their Sandy Springs location. At Hudson Grille, you can have a turkey dinner with all the fixings, for only $19.95 a person, and best of all, it’s all-you-can-eat!

Holiday Light Spectacular Gift of Lights
One of the holiday events that we look forward to most over Christmas is the incredible drive through the Christmas Light Park. What makes this drive through special, compared with your regular neighborhood to see Christmas lights? This drive takes place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, and part of the route is on the race track! How many people get to say they’ve driven on a professional race track? The drive takes place nightly until January 3rd.

Ice Skating
Lace-up your skates and enjoy a skate amidst a winter wonderland at the rink in Centennial Olympic Park. Don’t fret if you didn’t pack your skates, a pair is included as part of the admission fee of $12. Even if you don’t skate, a trip to Centennial Park is truly worthwhile to see all of the lights and decorations.

The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is the first introduction many of us have to classical music as children. Relive some of your favorite moments and songs by taking in a show. There are multiple Nutcracker performances to choose from in Atlanta, depending on what suits your interests and timetable. One that we recommend is the show at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, presented by the Northeast Atlanta Ballet.

New Year’s Eve
New York City may have its Ball Drop, but in Atlanta, it’s all about the Peach Drop. At midnight a giant peach will be dropped at the Underground Atlanta, after an all day, family-friendly festival. After the clock strikes twelve, and the peach has dropped, there will be an impressive fireworks display. For those of you looking to party, the festivities keep going until 4am.

Have you spend the Holidays in Atlanta? Did we miss your favorite Atlanta Holiday Celebration? If so, let us know in the comments!






Indianapolis’ Massachusetts Avenue Cultural District

Photo Credit: Doing Indy

Photo Credit: Doing Indy

The city of Indianapolis is home to six unique and exciting cultural districts. In one of our earlier posts, we discussed the highlights of Indiana Avenue. In this post, we’ll cover how to best spend a day in the Massachusetts Avenue district, also know as Mass Ave.

Start your day on Mass Ave with an invigorating workout at Invoke Studio. The fitness center focuses on yoga and Pilates classes, along with the newest it-class, barre. It’s a fun way to exercise, and it will leave you feeling guiltless about ordering dessert at dinner.

After class, maintain your energy by paying a visit to Natural Born Juicers, and grabbing one of their freshly pressed juices or smoothies. We find their The Refresher blended juice to be extremely refreshing.

Indianapolis’s Massachusetts Avenue district is home to two outstanding art galleries, including the Art Bank, features inspiring, mostly modern pieces of art, in a beautiful space that used to be an old bank building.  For Mid-Western inspired art, take a visit to The Frame Shop & Franklin Barry Gallery. We won’t be surprised if you end up picking up, a new piece for your home.

Be sure to take some time and explore the shops of Massachusetts Avenue. The district has a wide range of independent stores and boutiques that you won’t find anywhere else. Not only does Indy Reads Books have a great selection of novels, but the profits go to a non-profit organization that helps improve the literacy skills of the community. Need to find a gift for the person who has everything? Take a spin into Arts a Poppin LLC, home to many one-of-a-kind items and gifts.

For the evening’s dinner, sit down for a delicious, local meal at R Bistro. The restaurant is run by two women who focus on local and seasonal cuisine. They change the menu weekly, depending on what they find at the market, so you’ll find a few favorite dish every time you dine there. The Bistro is popular with locals and visitors alike, so we recommend making a reservation.

End your day on Mass Ave with a little (lot) laughter. Take in a performance by ComedySportz Indianapolis, an incredible improv group. They base their entire show around audience suggestions, so if you have an idea for an act, don’t be afraid to speak up. Rather end the evening by listening to live music? Pop into the Chatterbox Jazz Club, the venue features live music every night of the week.

We hope you enjoy your time exploring Indianapolis. Let us know if you have any other favorites in the district!



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