Let’s face it: some of the best gifts are intangible. They may not be able to physically be held or seen, but they can be experienced and remembered forever. Atlanta offers many hands-on experiences and events that serve as great gifts for the loved ones in your life. Instead of wrapping up clothes and socks this holiday season, consider putting a bow on show tickets, nature, and many other interactive experiences that we’ve gathered below.
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If you know a future pilot, let their dreams take flight this winter with a gift to the Delta Flight Museum’s Flight Simulator, which simulates a Boeing 737-200 that will make them literally feel like they are flying in the air and through the clouds.
Location: Hapeville - 1060 Delta Blvd; Website: deltamuseum.org; Contact: 404-715-7886
Gift the gift of theatre this holiday season at the Fox, Atlanta’s iconic venue in Midtown. Some upcoming shows on the Fox Theatre lineup include Anastasia: The Musical, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Michelle Obama: The Light We Carry Tour and Nutcracker: Magical Christmas Ballet.
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Location: Midtown - 660 Peachtree St NE; Website: foxtheatre.org; Contact: 855-285-8499
Garden Nights, Holiday Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
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It’s okay to gift date nights, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual Garden Nights, Holiday Lights exhibit is not one to miss. Sip on spiked hot chocolate while meandering through the lighted sculptures with your date, and then complete the night at Longleaf, where you can dine amongst the lights and flowers. Open through Jan. 12, 2023.
Location: Midtown - 1345 Piedmont Ave NE; Admission: Starting at $24.95; Website: atlantabg.org; Contact: 404-876-5859
Georgia State ParkPass and Historic Site Pass
If you know a wilderness explorer in your life who loves hiking and history, consider gifting them a Georgia State ParkPass and Historic Site Pass combo, which provides access to over 60 parks and attractions across the state of Georgia, valid for a year.
Perfect for those who would love to explore their inner artist (or even for those who could use a little bit of destressing), Splatter Studio provides a blank canvas (16x20 inches, to be exact) to unleash creativity. It’s an excellent interactive gift that can be proudly displayed in the home afterward!
Location: Northeast Atlanta - 792 North Highland Avenue NE; Admission: $55; Website: thesplatterstudio.com; Contact: 404-487-3820
Porsche Experience Center
Vroom, vroom. Speed right into the holiday season by getting tickets to the Porsche Experience Center for the special race car driver in your life. Test drive Porsche cars on the 1.6-mile test track full of twists, turns and other surprises.
Location: Southwest Atlanta - One Porsche Dr; Admission: Starting at $395; Website: porschedriving.com/atlanta; Contact: 888-204-7474
Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party
Sure, you can come to this whimsical Candler Park shop to grab a tea, coffee or pastry and sit down to do work, but take it one step further by gifting a literal High Tea Party (just not underwater). Friends and family can gather in the piano room and patio and enjoy pastries and tea on vintage china trays surrounded by eclectic decorations.
Location: East Atlanta - 1645 McLendon Ave NE; Cost: Starting at $365; Website: drbombays.com; Contact: 404-474-1402