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Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 062016

chinese-lantern-fest-atl-2016-fbI’d like to make it out to this, as it sounds like a gorgeous addition to Atlanta’s mix of festivals:

From December 9, 2016-January 15, 2017, the Chinese Lantern Festival will take place at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.

Alas, it’s not free to attend: Tickets are $16 for individuals age 13+ and $12 for children age 4-12 in advance & $2 more at the door. Families of four & groups of 20+ can buy tickets for $20 each. Want to do more while you’re at Centennial Olympic Park? Snag combo tickets and pair your Chinese Lantern Festival outing with a ride on SkyView Atlanta ($22) or a skating time at the ice rink ($21); combo tickets only available on select evenings.

That said, it does sound like it’ll be fun: Each night, the park will be illuminated with 25 decorative lanterns, plus there’ll be hand-crafted flowers, a three-story pagoda, and a 200-foot-long dragon. Craftsmen will be set up throughout the park creating everything from edible sugar dragons to Chinese paintings. And there’ll be live entertainment each evening, including acrobatic, dance, and theatre performances.

The Chinese Lantern Festival at Centennial Olympic Park is located at 265 Park Avenue West NW, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 062016

spruill-holiday-market-2016Last season, I shopped Spruill Gallery’s Holiday Artists Market for the last few gifts on my list, and I found exactly what I needed–a cute pair of hand-crafted earrings, a Glak Love ornament, & a quirky set of drink markers. I’ll be heading back soon, as I’m behind on this season’s shopping.

The Holiday Artists Market features a diverse mix of gifts & decor, from ceramic & wood-carved wares to glassworks & jewelry, created by dozens of artists & makers. And it’s not just a few items…it’s about a half-dozen rooms filled with all things affordable & cute.

Procrastinators, you’re in luck: If you shop on Friday, December 23, 2016, you’ll save 20% on your entire purchase, thanks to the Last-Minute Shoppers Holiday Sale.

Spruill Gallery is located at 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta. The Holiday Artists Market is open from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Monday-Saturday & noon-5:00 p.m. on Sunday through December 23, 2016.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 062016

root-city-holiday-2016On my list of places to shop on Saturday:

From 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on December 10, 2016, head to Armour Yards in Atlanta for the Root City Holiday Pop-Up Market.

There’ll be 45+ “makers,” including Bitter Southerner, Block & Hammer, Jou Jou My Love, Peach or Plum?, Revive Bath and Body, Yes Ma’am Paper + Goods, and Maelu Designs, to name a few. Plus there’ll be local eats, live music by Max Godfrey & Tre Watts, and more.

FYI: The first 50 early birds will take home a swag bag, and all attendees can enter to win a giveaway of goods from the makers ($500 value). Admission is $5 per person; kids age 12 & under will be admitted free.

The Root City Holiday Pop-Up Market will take place at Armour Yards, located at 120 Ottley Drive, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 062016

IceRinkThis holiday season, you have quite a few reasons to stop by Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.

Holiday in Lights runs through January 15, 2017.

Even if you’ve seen Holiday in Lights at Centennial Park in previous years, it’s worth going again: They make a new holiday lights display each season. Since it’s free to check out thousands of holiday lights, it’s an excellent add-on outing when you happen to be near Centennial Park after dark.

And through January 15, 2017, you can go ice skating at Centennial Park’s ice rink.

The outdoor ice skating rink at Centennial Park is generally open from 4:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 4:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. on Saturday, & 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. on Sunday. During Winter Break (December 19-23 & 26-30), the rink will be open from 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. On Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, it will be open from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. And you can skate from 1:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. on Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.

Admission is $12/90 minutes of skating, including skate rental. On select Monday & Tuesday nights, college students & members of the military with ID can get tickets for $9 each. And if you plan on checking out the newest addition to Atlanta’s mix of festivals, the Chinese Lantern Festival, while you’re at Centennial Park, you can snag combo tickets for $21 each on select evenings.

As always, MARTA is your best bet. If you’re driving, parking is available at the Red Parking Deck, located beside the Georgia World Congress Center at 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Dec 062016

concert grouponLive music fans, take note: While they last, you’ll find discount tickets to select concerts on the deal sites.

Here’s a sampling:

  • Goldstar: Discounts to Jack Ingram at City Winery on December 8, 2016
  • Goldstar: Discounts to Ambrosia at City Winery on December 9, 2016
  • Goldstar: Discounts to A Christmas Tradition at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre on December 9, 10, or 11, 2016
  • Goldstar: Discounts to Hartswick/Coffin at City Winery on December 23, 2016
  • Goldstar: Discounts to Yule Be Swingin’ at Infinite Energy Center on December 12, 2016
  • Goldstar: Discounts to Keith & Kristyn Getty’s Joy: An Irish Christmas, With Ricky Skaggs at the Fox Theatre on December 12, 2016
  • Goldstar: Discounts to Home By Dark: Christmas Edition at Infinite Energy Center on December 15, 2016
  • Groupon: Discounts to Christmas with Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Jordan Smith from “The Voice” at Infinite Energy Arena on December 16, 2016
  • Groupon: Discounts to Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church on December 16 & 17, 2016
  • Goldstar: Discounts to Natural Wonder at City Winery on December 23, 2016
  • Goldstar: Discounts to Latkes and Vodkas at City Winery on December 24, 2016
  • Goldstar: Discounts to Cameo’s Charlie Singleton at City Winery on December 27, 2016
  • Goldstar: Discounts to Locash at Terminal West on January 5, 2017
  • Groupon: Discounts to Alan Jackson at Infinite Energy Arena on January 28, 2017
  • Groupon: Discounts to TobyMac at Infinite Energy Arena on March 9, 2017
  • –Jennifer Maciejewski

    Dec 062016

    snow-mountain-grouponHere are a few of the highlights from ATL’s daily deals sites. And you can browse deals by category, complete with pics, on the Atlanta’s Daily Deals page.

    Extra Savings




    Theatre, Concerts & Sports
    Don’t forget to check out today’s mix (December 6) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to select shows, including these & more:

    –Jennifer Maciejewski

    Dec 052016

    peter-pan-atlanta-lyric-goldstarOn December 9 & 10, 2016, Atlanta Lyric’s production of Peter Pan will be at the Cobb Energy Centre.

    Per the summary: “Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris ‘Moose’ Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time.

    Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook.

    Featuring the iconic songs ‘I’m Flying,’ ‘I’ve Gotta Crow,’ ‘I Won’t Grow Up,’ and ‘Never Never Land,’ and a rousing book full of magic, warmth, and adventure, Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.”

    Want to see Peter Pan on the cheap? You can save:

    • While they last, you can save almost 50% on tickets to Peter Pan, thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (December 5), Goldstar has discount tickets available for the 8:00 p.m. performances on December 9 & 10 as well as the 2:00 p.m. performance on December 10, 2016.
    • Tickets to Atlanta Lyric’s Peter Pan are regularly $40.25-$61.50 each + fees. Discount tickets to most performances are available for students & seniors.

    The Cobb Energy Centre is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.

    –Jennifer Maciejewski

    Dec 052016

    lego knight atlSearching for discount tickets to Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta? You’re in luck. You’ve got a few ways to treat your kids (or yourself) to a day of play at Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta on the cheap, no coupon code required.

    And now’s a good time to head out: 2016’s Holiday Bricktacular at Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta continues each weekend through Christmas. You can learn to build LEGO holiday trees, enjoy the Miniland Santa takeover, & more.

    Plus, the annual Noon Year’s Eve event is happening on December 31, 2016. Little ones can ring in the new year on their schedule, complete with festive activities & a balloon drop at noon.

    The deals:

    Your ticket includes entrance to the Legoland Discovery Center + unlimited admission to Lego rides, the 4D cinema, and the attractions, including Lego Miniland, Pirate Adventure Island, a Lego Racers: Build & Test area, Earthquake Tables, a Duplo Village, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, & more.

    FYI–Since Legoland is a children’s attraction, adults visiting must be accompanied by a child unless they’re attending an adults-only event. The next Adult Night will take place on December 15, 2016, and it’ll have an Ugly Holiday Sweater Night theme; you’ll save $5 on tickets to December’s Adult Night if you purchase them online in advance. Can’t make it? Save the date: January’s Adult Night is scheduled for January 19, 2017.

    Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta is located in Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta.

    –Jennifer Maciejewski

    Dec 052016

    snow queen serenbeThe Snow Queen will be at Serenbe Playhouse through December 30, 2016.

    This is on my short list of shows to see this December, as it has all the makings of a fun holiday tradition. Want to go? You can get discount tickets to The Snow Queen, no coupon code required.

    Here’s the quick summary: “From the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale that inspired Frozen, The Snow Queen illuminates the wintry Serenbe woods with the whimsical story of love’s sovereign power over evil. Back after two sold out seasons, this Playhouse holiday tradition is beloved by parents and kids alike. Watch as Gerda overcomes fear on a journey to save her brother, Kai, from the Snow Queen’s powerful enchantment before her icy spirit overtakes his heart. Ring in the holiday season with this strikingly beautiful adaptation in which love proves stronger than cynicism, complete with a celebratory snowfall at the end of the play.”

    The deal:

    Tickets are regularly $20, but seniors and children under age 12 can get tickets for $15 each.

    Want to see it on the cheap? You’ve got a pair of ways to save:

    • While they last, you can save on tickets to The Snow Queen, thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (December 5), discount tickets are available for select performances from December 7-20, 2016. That said, discount tickets are starting to sell out, so be sure to get yours before they’re gone.
    • While they last, you can save on tickets to The Snow Queen, thanks to an offer on Poshdealz. As of today (December 5), discount tickets are available for select performances from December 7-21, 2016.

    The Snow Queen will take place at the Natural Playground at Serenbe, located at 10642 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. FYI: When they say it’ll take place at the Natural Playground at Serenbe, they mean that literally–Serenbe’s productions take place outdoors, so dress appropriately & be prepared to bring your own chair if you desire one & they’re not providing it (a couple of days before the show, they’ll let you know by email if you’ll need it).

    –Jennifer Maciejewski

    Dec 052016

    atlfalconsTicket discounts for Falcons football? Yes, please:

    Based on previous years & the first part of this season, discounts and coupon codes for Atlanta Falcons tickets can be rather tricky to come by. As always, I’ll update the post whenever I find them.

    Until then, you can save a bit with these deals:

    While they last, Goldstar has discount tickets available for select games:

    FYI: You can head out to select Publix locations to hang out with the Atlanta Falcons Tailgate Team, meet players, enter to win tickets, and more.

    I typically watch from home, but I’m very tempted to snag a few & head to the Georgia Dome this season. It’s been too long since I’ve had the stadium experience.

    Rise up!

    –Jennifer Maciejewski