Snow Mountain: Our New Family Holiday Tradition

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Every year, Stone Mountain Park transforms into a magical Christmas wonderland, full of family-friendly activities and performances to get everyone into the holiday spirit. With over two million lights – and lots of trees, garlands, and ornaments – the park is a festive destination located just minutes away from downtown Atlanta.

My family and I had the opportunity to visit Stone Mountain over the weekend, and we had the BEST day. From wandering around the festive streets of Crossroads Village to tubing down the steep hill of Memorial Lawn, the whole experience was the perfect way for us to bond as a family and create new holiday traditions.

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My personal favorite activity of the day was playing in the snow at the Snow Zone. We built a snowman named Frosta…

frosta-snowman…engaged in a bit of a friendly snowball fight…

snowball-fight-snow-mountain…built a snow fort…

snow-fort…and hit the slopes…

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Upon entering the Snow Zone, a friendly attendant measured Danger so that we would know which rides, tubes, and activities would be appropriate for someone her size. Thankfully, Danger was able to do everything except the single tube down the 400 foot drop. She especially enjoyed the Avalanche Alley family tube, and giggled all the way down (while I might have screamed squealed a little bit).

We also walked around Crossroads – exploring all of the Christmas trees and decorations along the way, took the Summit Skyride to the top of the mountain and gazed down at the world below, and met the beautiful and kind Snow Angel in her magical Snow Palace.

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We also enjoyed a delicious dinner at Showtime Snacks and watched a lovely little Christmas Parade through the streets of Crossroads. Guess who made an appearance?

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Immediately following the parade, we dashed off to watch the Polar Express 4-D Experience. Danger really enjoyed the “snow” during the film, as well as the glasses, of course. Check out these awesome yellow shades her daddy purchased from the Stone Mountain Gift Shop:

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Oh, yes. That’s right. We also got to decorate cookies! Fun – and yum!

In addition to all of the fun activities pictured above, Stone Mountain Park also offers:

  • Interesting and elaborate stage shows, like “Forever Christmas,” “Holly Jolly Cabaret,” “A Crossroads Christmas Carol,” and “The Gift” Train Show, as part of the Stone Mountain Christmas. 
  • Meet and greet with Santa Claus and the Snow Angel.
  • Nightly Christmas parade.
  • Plus, all of the great activities that Stone Mountain offers year-round (mini golf, sky ride, hiking, and more!)

The Stone Mountain Christmas celebration runs from now until January 1. Snow Mountain is open on select dates until February 18th, 2013, so take advantage of this window of opportunity and visit often!

stone-mountain-christmasI am of the opinion that it should only snow when it is 70 degrees outside. We were spoiled with the most perfect weather! What’s the weather like in your part of the world?

I was provided with tickets as part of a promotional campaign with Stone Mountain Park. All opinions shared come from my own personal experiences. 

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5 Responses to Snow Mountain: Our New Family Holiday Tradition

  1. Aimie says:

    Love and miss you guys! Danger is getting so big and so beautiful! Hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas and know that you are in our hearts and minds!

    The Alago Family

  2. Katherine G says:

    This looks like so much fun!!! I hope my family and I can make it this year.

  3. Such beautiful photos! And looks like you guys had a great time. I can’t wait until Red is old enough to really enjoy it!

  4. Looks like fun. Snow was a big part of my childhood living in New York and children in the South sometimes miss out.
    I’m glad Stone Mountain offers some winter fun for family.

  5. It looks like it was a great time..so bummed that I missed it!

    You got some great shots. I don’t think y’all could have asked for better weather.

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