5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: November 20–26

Instagram photo ops, a vegan Thanksgiving, and an early Christmas tree lighting

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A couple poses in an upside down Christmas room

Photograph courtesy of BRAVE Public Relations

TFTI
When: Through January 5, 2020
Where: Lenox Square
Cost: $20–$25
Details: After moving through Dallas and Houston, TFTI (short for “thanks for the invite”) is bringing “the ultimate photo experience” to Atlanta. With more than a dozen rooms designed to take fun selfies or group photos (think: an upside down Christmas room, a mirror room filled with colorful LEDs, or a room where you can have feathers raining around you during a pillow fight), you’ll definitely have the photo you need for your Christmas card (and Instagram).

Indie Craft Experience’s 15th annual Holiday Shopping Spectacular
When: November 23–24
Where: Georgia World Congress Center
Cost: $5 at door, free for kids 12 and younger
Details: Not sure what to get someone for the holidays? With more than 200 craft vendors, you won’t have to look any further. Expect custom clothes, pottery, jewelry, paintings, soaps, candles, and much more—alongside other fun experiences such as palm readings and custom gift wrapping.

Atlantic Station Christmas tree lighting

Photograph by Haley Haas (The Wilbert Group)

Light the Station
When: November 23, 1–9 p.m.
Where: Atlantic Station
Cost: Free
Details: Thanksgiving is late this month, so Christmas is coming early this year. Watch Atlantic Station’s 50-foot tree light up while spending an evening enjoying food trucks, live music, an activity village, and bringing the kids to meet Santa’s reindeer. Or spend some time ice skating at the self-proclaimed “largest outdoor ice rink in the Southeast.”

Chinese Lantern Festival
When: November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Where: Centennial Olympic Park
Cost: $18, $14 for kids 12 and younger
Details: With a theme of “into the wild,” Centennial Olympic Park is about to transform into a field of interactive lanterns. To raise awareness, the handcrafted lanterns will depict various endangered species. Get a (literal) taste of Chinese culture with various foods while enjoying live acrobatics performances and crafts booths featuring Chinese paintings and other homemade goods.

Plant Based Drippin Festival & Concert
When: November 23, noon–8 p.m.
Where: 680 Murphy Avenue SW
Cost: Free, requires online registration
Details: Vegans who still want to celebrate Thanksgiving: this one’s for you. Expect trap yoga, a 5K run, live performances and DJs, games, and of course, plenty of vegan food.

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