Thanksgiving in Marietta: A Feast of Activities and Traditions

Thanksgiving in Marietta: A Feast of Activities and Traditions

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, enjoy delicious food, and spend quality moments with loved ones. If you find yourself in Marietta during Thanksgiving week, you’re in for a treat. This charming city offers an array of activities and events to help you make the most of your holiday break. From exploring historic sites to indulging in seasonal delights, here’s a list of things to do in Marietta during Thanksgiving week.

Explore the Marietta Square

Start your week by strolling through the historic Marietta Square. Admire the charming holiday decorations and vibrant art galleries. Get a head start on your holiday shopping by exploring the local boutiques and specialty shops in Marietta. You’re sure to find unique and thoughtful gifts for your loved ones. The square has a variety of restaurants offering delicious food. Or, enjoy one of the many events below.

Take Part in the Annual Gobble Jog

For a healthy start to your Thanksgiving Day, participate in the 21st Annual Gobble Jog, benefiting MUST Ministries. This annual event includes a 10K, 5K, 1K, and a Tot Trot. It’s a fantastic way to give back while enjoying some exercise. Register today:

See DEPARTURE: The Journey Tribute Band at the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre

DEPARTURE replicates the look, sound and feel of the original 80’s rock super group, Journey.  Enjoy an incredible high-energy, qualitative stage show from start to finish. DEPARTURE plays all the hit songs everyone knows and loves. Performance time: Saturday, November 25 at 8PM. Ticket information can be found at The Strand’s website.

Take in a Movie

Check out the classic Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye holiday favorite, White Christmas at the Strand. Come early for a free organ pre-show on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ starting a half hour before showtime. Movie time: Sunday, November 26 at 3PM. Ticket info.

Don’t forget to check out local movie listings for the latest Hollywood releases. Catch the newest blockbusters like Wish, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Trolls Band Together, and The Marvels. It’s a great way to unwind and enjoy the latest cinematic adventures at one of Marietta’s movie theaters.

Discover the True Meaning of Christmas -See The Gift of the Magi 2.0 at Marietta Theatre in the Square

While you’re out for dinner in Marietta Square, plan on seeing a play that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit, The Gift of the Magi 2.0. Set in Atlanta during the 1950s two couples must sacrifice in order to discover what the holiday season is all about

Show times: 

  • Saturday, November 25 at 8PM
  • Sunday, November 26 at 3PM

 Get tickets at Marietta Theatre in the Square.

Hike Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

For those who enjoy the great outdoors, a visit to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is a must. Explore the trails and take in the scenic beauty while learning about the area’s history. 

For a Magical Holiday Experience-See GMDT’s Performance of The Nutcracker Ballet

Attend the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre’s (GMDT) performance of The Nutcracker. GMDT’s rendition of this classic holiday ballet is a visual feast featuring exquisite costumes, stunning choreography, and talented dancers that bring Clara’s enchanting journey to life. Purchase tickets.

Explore the Museums of Marietta

Explore artworks and culture during your stay in Marietta. Learn about the rich history of Marietta at the Marietta History Center. This educational attraction offers insights into the city’s past through engaging exhibits and artifacts. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, which showcases an impressive collection of art. The week of Thanksgiving, both museums are only open on Saturday, November 25.

Witness the Holiday Lights at Six Flags White Water, Life University, and Jim R. Miller Park

Make sure to visit Life University to witness the mesmerizing holiday lights. The campus comes alive with festive decorations and sparkling displays, creating a magical atmosphere.

Also check out Six Flags White Water for their spectacular holiday light display, part of the World of Illumination’s Enchanted Safari. It’s a dazzling wonderland with millions of colorful lights, displays, and festive music. 

Infuse your holiday season with a mega dose of Christmas cheer as Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, partnered with Cobb County PARKS, makes its grand debut at Jim R. Miller Park and Event Center. It’s a magical journey through custom-built light displays perfectly synchronized to the merry melodies of Christmas, all from the comfort of your vehicle. This all-new, award-winning drive through light show is sure to be a highlight of your festive celebrations.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be captivated by these stunning light shows.

Marietta offers a delightful blend of history, outdoor activities, and cultural experiences, making it an excellent destination for a memorable Thanksgiving week. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this charming Georgia city during the holiday season.