5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: November 28-December 4

Wave to Santa, tour historic bungalows in Virginia-Highland, and celebrate LGBTQ women in food

Children's Christmas Parade

Photograph courtesy of Children's Hospital of Atlanta

Children’s Christmas Parade
When: December 1, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Starts at Peachtree Street at 16th Street in Midtown and runs south to 5th Street
Cost: Free
Details: The annual Atlanta holiday tradition once again brings floats, balloons, and of course, Santa Claus himself, to Peachtree Street. If you can’t make it to the parade, it will be televised live on WSB-TV.

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes
December 1-2
Where: Virginia-Highland
Cost: $25 before 5 p.m. November 30, $30 after
Details: If you need a break from the holiday cheer, head to VaHi to walk through seven historic homes. Several local restaurants, including DBA Barbecue, the General Muir, Murphy’s, and Whiskey Bird, will also offer tastings at the homes and the Virginia-Highland YWCA.

Victorian Holiday at Oakland
December 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Oakland Cemetery
Cost: Free; Tour of Eternal Homes: $16
Details: Or if you’d prefer, you can take a “Tour of Eternal Homes” at Oakland Cemetery during this fourth-annual holiday-themed event, which raises money for the historic cemetery’s foundation. You can also pick up a wreath at the holiday market, pose for a photo with Santa, and little ones can try their hand at Victorian ornament making.

Southeast Exotic Bird Fair
December 1-2
Where: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, Lawrenceville
Cost: $4
Details: Aimed primarily at those looking for a new feathered friend, this show features plenty of birds, plus everything you need to take care of them (cages, toys, food, etc.).

Julia Turshen, Now and Again
When: December 4, 7 p.m.
Where: Atlanta History Center
Cost: $20
Details: The New York-based author and founder of Equity At The Table, a database for women and gender nonconforming people in the food industry, visits Atlanta to promote her latest cookbook, Now and Again, and host a panel on LGBTQ women in food. Panelists include New York Times writer Kim Severson, Twisted Soul chef Deborah VanTrece and her partner Lorraine Lane, cookbook author Virginia Willis, and agent Lisa Ekus, and will be moderated by the AJC‘s Rosalind Bentley. The event also features cocktails from Tiffanie Barriere and food from Arepa Mia‘s Lis Hernandez.