The Suitcase Diaries: Stone Mountain Christmas   

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Stone Mountain Christmas

I have lived in Atlanta for 9 years and have never been to Stone Mountain, so when I had the chance to go to Christmas at Stone Mountain , I jumped at it. I was so excited to able to take my youngest girls on a special date with just the 4 of us.


When we arrived, the girls could barely contain their excitement, the park is literally decked out from top to bottom in one of the most beautiful displays of lights I have ever seen. Every tree and every building are covered in lights and really are simply breathtaking.

The girls we starving by the time we got there so we headed straight for dinner in the Campfire Grill. The Campfire Grill is a lodge style restaurant, is is very cozy and reminded me of camping, in fact the tables are called campsites and your servers are camp counselors. While we were eating, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, the abominable snowman, the Snow Fairy and Santa Clause all stopped by to visit. The girls were excited to spend some time with some of their favorite Christmas characters.

After we had our bellies full, we took some hot chocolate to go and headed out to explore this magical place. We were headed towards the Sing a long train, but were immediately distracted by a glass blowing demonstration. There was a woman behind glass making the most beautiful glass Christmas ornaments. I loved that she explained everything she was doing to us. I learned so much and the girls were fascinated the whole time.



The sounds of parade starting had us dashing outside to get good seats for the Christmas Parade. The parade had appearances by Santa and Mrs. Clause, the abominable snowman, Rudolph and, of course. the Snow Fairy. There we also dancers and other people dressed up as toys, singing and dancing to our favorite Christmas carols.

When the parade ended we headed to the Polar Express 4D experience. We were met at the gate by Sharyn. Sharyn gets her own shout out, she was one of the highlights of our visit. She made such a big deal about my girls and made them feel so special. She knew everything about the park and bestowed all her knowledge on us so we wouldn't miss a thing. Thanks Sharyn!! The Polar Express 4D experience was nothing short of amazing. It was a complete sensory experience based on one of our favorite Christmas books and the girls and I wanted to ride it over and over again.

After we had gone on the Polar Express several times, we headed to the Sing a long train. I have to confess that I was disappointed in this attraction. It was the only thing about our visit that was just okay. The train takes you through the woods that surround Stone Mountain, and I'm sure during the day it is beautiful, but we were there at night and the only thing we saw was darkness. There were a few light displays along the way, but nothing like I expected. We stopped about halfway through the ride to watch a show about the story of Christmas. The show was good if you had the right seat on the train, if you didn't pick the right train car, you were stuck standing up in the train car and getting very close with your train mates while trying to see the performance. I did enjoy the sing a long. It was a lot of fun to hear voices singing Christmas carols in unison as we chugged along on the train.

When the train ride was over we decorated giant cookies and had our pictures taken with Santa and then the Snow Fairy.

Our last stop was to see the show Toyrific! It was a hit! The show is about a group of misfit toys that must save Christmas. The acting was great, my girls were fascinated and giggled throughout the whole show. So fun!

There were several other little things that made this night so fun for us. There were carolers that walked throughout the park, they were lovely and made for a complete Christmas experience. We also enjoyed the man with the bubble cart, he did a fantastic job of entertaining the kids with his magic bubbles.
The night ended with the Snow Fairy flying into the park and making it snow (so cool!!) followed by a small fireworks show.
We had such a great time there, I know that we will be visiting next Christmas for sure. This may be a new tradition for our family.

Christmas at Stone Mountain runs from November 9th – January 1st on most days (please check their website for a complete schedule). Tickets are $28 for adults and $22 for children (ages 3-11).

Disclosure: This review is based on a complimentary visit to Christmas at Stone Mountain. I received no other compensation and these opinions are entirely my own. 

2 comments:

  1. What a magical time! Looks like your family had a blast.

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  2. My husband and I talked about doing this last year, but never made it over there - we are going to have to go this year! It looks even more magical than I thought it would be!

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