10 queer un-Christmassy things to do on Christmas (and all week) in Atlanta

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Not doing Christmas? Have an un-Christmassy holiday week by finding your own reason for the season with 10 queer things to do on December 24-25 and beyond.

Those are below, and when you're done, of course we also offer the Best Queer Things to Do in Atlanta This Weekend.

Tour Atlanta

The lights are up and the crowds are down. Check out these sites decked for the season.

1. Chinese Lantern Festival

Centennial Olympic Park

centennialpark.com

2. Garden Lights

Atlanta Botanical Garden

atlantabg.org

3. Fantasy Lights

Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain

callawaygardens.com

4. Georgia Aquarium

georgiaaquarium.org

5. Ice Skating

The Park Tavern rink is closed Christmas Day, but Astor Ice Skating is open and fabulous at St. Regis Atlanta.stregisatlanta.com.Park Tavern reopens Dec. 26,parktavern.com

6. Gather Together

Friends and fr-amily make the season bright

7. Hike It Up

All of Georgia’s state parks are open, several within metro Atlanta.gastateparks.org

8. Netflix & Chill

Alone or with a buddy, binge on your own brand of holiday fare. Check these with our highest recommendations:

Black Mirror

Bojack Horseman

GLOW

The Great British Baking Show

The Haunting of Hill House

Maniac

She-Ra Princess of Power

Wanderlust

9. Get Out

Movies followed by Chinese food used to be called “Jewish Christmas” because they were the only venues open that day. Times have changed and options have expanded, including these two super-queer recommendations:

The Favourite(photo) is in area theaters.

Southern Art restaurant, owned by Chef Art Smith, serves a holiday menu all day,southernart.com

10. Volunteer

Giving of yourself could help stave off loneliness, or just warm that cold spot you’re harboring.

Hosea Feed the Homeless Christmas Dinner,4hosea.org; Furkids Animal Rescue,furkids.org; Other Opportunities,handsonatlanta.org

This feature originally ran in Q magazine. Read the full issue below.

Pick up a new edition of Q each week at queer and LGBTQ-friendly venues around town.

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