The Christmas spirit is in full swing in Atlanta, and Kevin and I had a free adventure pass for Stone Mountain burning a hole in our pockets, so we went out to Stone Mountain for a winter hike and some Christmas festivities.
So many lights! During the Christmas season, Stone Mountain Park is decorated with more than 2 million lights. They cover the trees and buildings, they light up the mini golf course, and they even adorn the top of Stone Mountain itself. The lights coupled with the festive music make this the most holly-jolly village with tons of Christmas fun.
Rudolph’s Merry Little Meet and Greet
Rudolph, Bumble, and Clarice have come to visit from the North Pole! And I got to meet Bumble! Since I am tall enough to reach to put the star on top of the Christmas tree, I am my family’s Bumble, so he and I hit it off really well. Characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer have been coming to the park for years to meet kids (and kids-at-heart) and take part in the Christmas Parade.
Skylights Spectacular: A Musical Walk-Through Experience
Skylights Spectacular has been transformed into Santa’s Workshop, and as Christmas grows closer, the elves are finishing up their work and getting ready to party. The walk-through experience puts you right in the middle of the celebrations with lights, projections, photo opportunities, and snow.
It’s 5 miles of Christmas joy aboard the Singalong Train as you ride along the base of Stone Mountain singing along to famous Christmas Songs. The open-air train cars are decorated with lights and you can even spot some decorations set up around the mountain along the way.
Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf
It was a cold night to be putt-putting around, but that didn’t stop us! With hot chocolate in hand, we made our way through 18 holes following the adventure of the stolen General locomotive, complete with Christmas lights.
The cooler weather makes hiking to the summit of Stone Mountain a little easier than my summer hike. We took in the views, caught our breath, and played in the rock pools before making our way back down the mountain on the Summit Skyride. The Swiss cable car provides a stunning view of Snow Mountain complete with Avalanche Alley, Tube Runners, and the Snow Zone. Maybe we’ll make it back to that winter wonderland in January.
How do you celebrate the holidays? Let me know in the comments!