For two months of the year, normally warm-weather Atlanta morphs into a wintry paradise during Global Winter Wonderland. The annual event stretches into January, ushering in featured entertainment, family-friendly happenings, and meet-and-greets with Santa. Here, participants can head to the Global Village to visit replicas of famed sites such as Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House, and the Great Pyramids of Giza, which were originally made out of snow. Elsewhere, holiday fun in the form of giant candy canes, a snowman, and a Christmas castle infuses the grounds with festive cheer. The whole event is set to a rotating soundtrack of live music from artists including funk band DC Cooper, pop singer Lexi, singer Coco Jones, plus dance performances by UniverSoul Circus and SALSAtlanta.
The Atlanta Fair is one of the largest inner-city fairs in the Southeastern United States. It offers a multitude of rides, food, games, and entertainment. Food and games are cash only, so bring some dollars if you're planning on winning a stuffed snake or snacking on funnel cake. Spend some time meandering around the family-friendly grounds in between the coasting, spinning, and whirling of your unlimited rides. Fair-going thrill seekers must abide by the rules of the rides; meaning "you must be this tall to ride," "keep your hands inside the vehicle," and "no affixing flux capacitors to the Tilt-a-Whirl in hopes of achieving time travel."
Centennial Park falls away as the SkyView Ferris wheel lifts its passengers nearly 20 stories into the air. At its peak, the attraction provides bird's-eye views of the downtown sights?views that earned praise from both Atlanta magazine and USA Today. The wheel supports 42 enclosed, climate-controlled gondolas, each of which can hold up to six friends, family members, or aspiring astronauts on a budget. Rides can take as long as 15 minutes while the wheel makes four full rotations, providing guests with multiple opportunities to spot their favorite landmarks as the gondolas gently rise and then sink back toward the ground. SkyView also offers a VIP experience inside a luxury gondola with cozy leather seats and a glass floor.