Looking for something to do on Thanksgiving weekend in Atlanta? Try taking the train to these three fun events to avoid crowds and enjoy some entertainment. One-way tickets are $2.50, children 46 inches and below ride free.  MARTA will be operating on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, so plan accordingly.

Atlanta Half Marathon

The oldest marathon in the southeast is held Thanksgiving Day in Atlanta.  Runners doing the Atlanta Half Marathon or the 5K start and end at Turner Field, closest to the Georgia State MARTA station (see walking directions).

Macy’s Tree Lighting

The famous lighting of the Macy’s tree at Lenox Square Mall is on Thanksgiving Day evening.  Inside the mall kids can also get a photo with Santa and ride the Pink Pig train . Take a red line train to the Buckhead station or a gold line train to the Lenox station (see walking directions).


Avoid the Black Friday crowds by taking MARTA to Lenox Square Mall, Phipps Plaza, Perimeter Mall and other shopping destinations near MARTA.

Ice Skating Rinks

The ice skating rink at Park Tavern opens on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to skating fun, the tavern has outdoor fire pits, indoor fireplaces, sushi, pub food and a full bar with TVs. Walk to Park Tavern from the Midtown MARTA station or take a bus. The ice skating rink at Centennial Olympic Park is another option near two MARTA stations (see walking directions).