Ugly Christmas Sweater Day: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

  • Kelly Sundstrom
  • For the AJC
Dec 14, 2017

Time to get your dancing shoes on, Atlanta, because you won't want to miss the year's best Christmas parties and celebrations taking place around the Metro.

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 From kid-friendly events to grown-ups-only bashes, there's a reason for everyone in your family to Deck the Halls this weekend. For those of you who don't feel like a crowd, you'll also find a few creative workshops to get you in the holiday spirit.

Check out this weekend's festive lineup:


Ugly Christmas Sweater Night at McCray's. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. McCray's Tavern Smyrna. 4500 West Village Place SE. Smyrna. 678-370-9112.

Put on your ugliest sweater this Friday as McCray's hosts a holiday celebration like no other. This festive and gaudy event will include contests, live music, drink specials and more. 

Christmas Royal Tea and Grand Yuletide Ball. 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. $15 per person. Earl Smith Strand Theatre. 117 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080.

Enjoy a truly royal Christmas event with your children at The Strand this Saturday, which will feature delicious sweets, tea and juice, a visit from the Prince and Princess, who will teach the children dances for the Grand Yuletide Ball, and special goodie bags for the guests. 

26th Annual Atlanta Santa Pub Crawl Photo: Courtesy of RSVP ATL/For the AJC

26th Annual Atlanta Santa Pub Crawl. 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. $10 to $20 per person. The Battery Atlanta. 825 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta.

Don't miss the 26th Annual Atlanta Pub Crawl on Saturday, which will take you through Coors Banquet, PBR, Sports & Social, Yard House, Todd English, Antico, Terrapin Taproom and C. Ellets and Feed. Benefits Toys for Tots. 

Stronger than the Storms benefit concert. 8 p.m. to midnight. Saturday, Dec. 16. $25 per person. Marietta's New Theatre in the Square. 11 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta. 770-426-4800.

Help raise money for Contigo Puerto Rico this Saturday at the Stronger than the Storms benefit concert. Along with live music and performances, guests will enjoy poetry readings, acting and dancing, auctions, food and more.


Fernbank Birding Basics Workshop and Tour. 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. $10 for members, $28 for adults, $27 for seniors, $16 for children. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6400.

Learn the basics about birding at this family-friendly workshop and tour. Fernbank Museum scientists will teach guests how to identify native birds found around the Georgia Piedmont, followed by a tour around Fernbank Forest to test out birding skills. 

2D Felt-A-Stocking Workshop. 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. $30 for members, $36 for non-members, $15 supply fee. Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance. 3420 West Hospital Ave., Chamblee. 678-235-4328.

Experience the art of needle felting at the 2D Felt-A-Stocking Workshop hosted by the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance this Saturday. You'll find out how to create and attach a needle felt applique' and make a wool stocking to keep.

"Bloom Your Self" Intuitive Painting Workshop. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. $140 per person, $20 supply fee. Spruill Center for the Arts. 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770-394-3447.

Explore your creative side at an intuitive painting workshop featuring European artist Diana Toma. Whether you're a seasoned painter or a newby, this workshop will help you unleash your inner artist and help you feel empowered as you create an expressive masterpiece.

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Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. $8 for adults, $6 for students, seniors and children, free for members and Emory students. Michael C. Carlos Museum. 571 South Kilgo Circle NE, Atlanta. 404-727-4282.

The Carlos Museum will feature the Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles exhibition this Sunday, which will explore the history and development of indigenous fiber arts throughout America with over 149 examples on display. 


Alternative Holiday Warehouse Sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Free. Alternative Apparel. 1650 Indian Brook Way, Norcross. 678-380-1890.

Stop by the two-day holiday sales event at Alternative Apparel and help raise money for Bert's Big Adventure, a local non-profit that helps Atlanta children with chronic or terminal illnesses. 

We Celebrate Christmas Multi Cultural Festival. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Free. Duluth Town Green. 3142 Hill St. NW, Duluth. 404-244-3641.

Celebrate Christmas at a free festival this Saturday put together by Reynolds Printing, First Baptist Church Duluth, Stonemill Church Atlanta, Heart Strong Church and Korean Church of Atlanta UMC. It all takes place on the Duluth Town Green and will include a parade and a culturally rich collection of live music, dance performances and theatrical presentations.

Writing Workshop with Journalist Drew Jubera. 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Free. Gwinnett County Public Library Lilburn Branch. 4817 Church St. NW, Lilburn. 770-978-5154.

Learn how to write like a pro at this special writing workshop hosted by the Gwinnett County Public Library and Atlanta Writers Club and given by Pulitzer-nominated author and journalist Drew Jubera. 

3hr Salsa Boot Camp and Salsa Party. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. $50 per person, $90 per couple. Dancing 4 Fun Dance Studio. 6025 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners. 678-304-7343.

Even if you've never tried Salsa dancing before, you'll pick it up in no time at this 3hr Salsa Boot Camp and Salsa Party. Bring a partner or come alone as you learn everything you need to know to dance your heart out.

North Fulton

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Free. Avalon. 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-1000.

Avalon celebrates National Ugly Sweater Day on Friday with promotions and special discounts at stores and restaurants for participants and a photo contest. 

Pajama Party with Santa at East Roswell Park. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. $38 for residents, $57 for non-residents. East Roswell Park. 9000 Fouts Road, Roswell. 770-641-3705.

Bring your kids over to East Roswell Park for a Pajama Party with Santa, where children dressed in PJs will enjoy watching "The Polar Express" while eating snacks, making a craft and having a blast. 

The North Pole Fa La La La La Follies Photo: AJC Stock/For the AJC

The North Pole Fa La La La La Follies. 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16. $5 per person, free for children under 2. Roswell Cultural Arts Center. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-817-6674.

This family-friendly presented by "That Puppet Guy" Lee Bryan combines a silly array of characters, live music and vocal performances into a festive holiday show you'll want to see again and again.

Taps for Tots Charity Event. 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Donations accepted. Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar. 900 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 678-266-6218.

Bring an unwrapped toy to Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar this Saturday to help make the season bright for local children in need. Everyone bringing a donation to Barleygarden will be entered into a drawing for a prize basket from a local brewery.