The Atlanta Children's Christmas Parade is a favourite holiday tradition for many local families since 1981. The annual parade takes place every December transforming downtown Atlanta into Santa Claus Lane. It features huge floats, colourful helium balloons, marching bands, and various performers.
There are dancers, musicians, clowns and lots of kids' favourite characters: princesses, robots, knights, superheroes and of course elves. The proceeds from the parade go to a great cause—Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
The parade starts at Peachtree Street and 16th Street at 10:20 a.m. It ends at Peachtree and 5th streets. Thousands are lined up along these streets to greet Santa and the official start of the holiday season.
The Children's Christmas Parade features two breakfast events before its start. Breakfast with Santa starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Four Seasons Atlanta Hotel. After breakfast, kids can enjoy special Christmas crafts and greet Santa and Mrs. Claus before they get in their sleigh. Smiles for the Season Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. at 5Church Atlanta. Guests are entertained by various characters, like princesses, a snowman, and more. It doesn't include a visit from Santa.