The Battery’s 1st holiday: Ice skating rink, Santa pics, tree lighting


Hopefully Santa Claus has an updated map because The Battery didn’t really exist last holiday season.

But this year, he’ll be bringing cheer to the mixed-use development connected to the Braves’ new SunTrust Park.  

The Battery announced a bunch of events for its first holiday season since opening.

According to a news release, there’ll be an ice skating rink, a tree lighting and opportunities for pictures with the jolly man.


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• Ice skating rink

The cost for adults is $13 and $10 for children 12 and younger.

The rink will be open from Nov. 18, a Saturday, to Jan. 14, a Sunday. You can skate Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. — the rink will stay open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

It’ll be open on Christmas Eve but closed on Christmas day.

The Battery said groups of more than 15 people get a $2 discount, and it costs $800 per hour to rent out the rink.


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• Tree lighting

The tree is getting lit at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1. Of course Santa will be there, but there will also be some unnamed Braves players, The Battery said.

There will also be a free screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” on the Georgia Power Pavilion at 7:20 p.m.

• Santa pictures

Beginning on Nov. 24, a Friday, families will be able to get a free photo with Santa. Starting at noon, he’ll be available Fridays and Saturdays until 8 p.m. and until 6 p.m. on Sundays at SunTrust OnUp Experience, 800 Battery Ave. SE.

Organizers said holiday visitors can park in the Red Deck for the festivities, including the tree lighting and ice skating. Though it doesn’t address where to stash a sleigh, you and Santa can use this stress-free parking guide.

The Atlanta Braves Foundation will hold a toy drive from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3. Folks are encouraged to bring any packaged, unused toys to a designated donation center in The Battery’s plaza. 

Multiple restaurants and shops will offer discounts to those who can show ice skating tickets. For that list and those deals, check out The Battery’s website.


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