If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, and you want to stay in (or get in) the holiday spirit, consider a trip to two family-friendly attractions, located only a mile from each other in northeast Atlanta.
FernbankTo celebrate Christmas around the world, you only need to drive to Atlanta.
It’s a short trip to see more than 20 Christmas trees, each decorated after the fashion of a different country or culture, and it’s all at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
From Switzerland and Liberia to Japan and the Bahamas, the evergreen trees are beautifully embellished from top to toe.
This is where you’ll see Turkish evil eye beads, a “parol” lantern common in the Philippines, miniature Grecian vases, Peruvian bamboo flutes and an Inuit navigation tool. The trees are decorated courtesy of consulate offices and community cultural organizations.
Besides enjoying the ornaments, visitors can learn about international holiday customs. Find out when Argentinean families decorate for the season or read about German marzipan sweets.
Planned to become an annual tradition, the Winter Wonderland exhibit will be on display through Jan. 5. Admission is included with your ticket to the museum: $15 for adults, $14 for students and seniors and $13 for children.
Winter Wonderland has extended hours to 7 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 26. It is also open until 11 p.m. with the Martinis & IMAX program today. Admission to the exhibit is included with your museum ticket.
Download a related activity sheet for kids that they can fill out during their visit. Go to www.fernbankmuseum.org/exhibitions/special/Winter-Wonderland.
CallanwoldeTo celebrate Christmas back in time, visit Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.
This Gothic-Tudor historic home is decorated in the style of a roaring ’20s Christmas. With opulent decorations inside and out, the mansion is a festive setting for two events this weekend: Breakfast with Santa and Teddy Bear Tea.
The breakfast, catered by Chick-fil-A, includes live, kid-centered music and a goody bag for each child. The tea features sandwiches, pastries, entertainment and elegantly decorated tables.
Both events include a chance for children to meet the popular man in red and share their holiday wish lists. Kids will also enjoy the costumed characters who join in on the festivities.
Bring your camera — there are plenty of photo opportunities. Admission is $20 per person for the breakfast, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. It’s $25 for the tea, which starts at 3 p.m. Sunday.
For the tea, kids should be 4 or older. No more than four children admitted per adult. Tickets must be reserved in advance by visiting www.christmasatcallanwolde.org. Be sure to print out your online ticket and bring it to the event.
The nonprofit arts center is located at 980 Briarcliff Road N.E. On-site parking is available.To learn more about the 12.5-acre estate, which features exhibitions and performances throughout the year, visit www.callanwolde.org.