This year was our first trip to the Stone Mountain Park Christmas event. I will note that it is not a holiday celebration or winter festival; it is a Christmas event featuring the story of the birth of Jesus. Santa, Rudolf, and a Snow Angel are there as well, but they do include the Christian basis for the holiday as well.
We did not get there early enough. I had in my mind that it was an evening event with some lights and such. I really didn't realize all there was to do. We took the skylift to the top of Stone Mountain. The Proper Southern Baby Girl absolutely loved it. She is outdoorsy like her daddy. I stayed in a state of panic. The appearance is that your small child could just slide right over the edge at any moment. They can't, but my severe mommmy anxiety kicked in up there. It was gorgeous and an amazing sight otherwise. The baby girl was enthralled with the Snow Angel. You couldn't tell when she went up to get her picture. It was a whole lot like the Santa picture; you know, screaming and gnashing of teeth. The fairy angel lady offered her a chance to hold her wand. She wouldn't take it from her. I knew what that meant. Two seconds after leaving the fairy angel lady, we heard "I wanna hold that waaaaannnnnddddd!" She still brings it up on occasion. Thanks fairy angel lady. We all had a great time playing mini-golf...if you enjoy a two year old running after every ball saying, "I get it!" We all scored two on every hole. It was the toddler scoring system. We ate some pizza while watching the parade and then caught a very very loud muscial performance. The performers were great and very talented, but the sound system was a bit too good. We could hear it inside our car as we were leaving. The highlight of the night for us was the train ride. It's a real train, not a zoo train or the train at the mall. All onboard participated in singing Christmas songs as they popped up on the monitors. During the ride, we stopped and a man told a story called "The Gift." He was a great storyteller and made the event worth the trip. I heard most of the story, although the great majority of what I heard was "What's that man doin'? What's that man doin'?" We have decided that we will make a full day of it next year and throw in some time at Snow Mountain as well. I highly recommend the Christmas event and wish I had gotten to this a little earlier so that you could run out to Stone Mountain. I wish you all the Happiest New Year!