Thanksgiving weekend in Atlanta typically means mild weather and plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. The holiday weekend also marks the official start to holiday shopping traffic — even more reason to try a MARTA commute to avoid stress and crowds.
Here are some of the best options for holiday fun on transit. A reminder that MARTA will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving and a Saturday schedule on the day after. Trains will operate every 20 minutes Thursday to Sunday, but you can view real-time train arrivals on the MARTA on the Go app to plan your trip to avoid long waits.
Atlanta Half Marathon
This annual race on Thanksgiving Day helps participants burn calories before eating that big Thanksgiving dinner. The course begins near Turner Field, which is a 25-minute walk south on Piedmont Avenue from the Georgia State MARTA station. If you want to cheer on the runners, exit at the Dome or Arts Center stations.
Great Tree Lighting and the Pink Pig
Thanksgiving evening, head to Lenox Mall via the Lenox or Buckhead station for the lighting of Macy’s Great Tree. Nearby rides on Priscilla the Pink Pig, a tradition since the 1950s, will be available Friday-Sunday Thanksgiving weekend.
Even though the weather won’t be cold enough for real ice, you can still enjoy ice skating fun at the rink in Centennial Olympic Park. The rink sets up in the north end of the park near the World of Coca-Cola. For easiest access use the Harris Street exit out of the Peachtree Center station or the Philips Arena exit out of the Dome station.
In addition to Lenox Square, Atlantic Station also has holiday decorations and shopping. Catch the free Atlantic Station shuttle at the Arts Center station. Perimeter Mall is another great option that is directly next to the Dunwoody MARTA station on the red line. For unique gifts, head to the downtown Decatur shops above the Decatur MARTA station.