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A popular Atlanta attraction is Atlantic Station. The area is technically a neighborhood of Atlanta, but it is primarily known for the area consisting of shops and restaurants. Atlantic Station offers a wide range of shops and restaurants to offer visitors a classic mall experience, but outside. Those who live in the Atlantic Station area also are able to access a grocery store, movie theater, and other shops. For those looking for local shops and restaurants, Atlantic Station may not be ideal, but for those who want to live, work, and play all in the same area, Atlantic Station may be perfect. There is a mixture of local and chain restaurants with a wide range of cuisine, so Atlantic Station is nice for an outing with friends with a variety of tastes. Additionally, Atlantic Station has a variety of events it offers throughout the year making the outdoor mall a regular hangout. There are different events depending on the season as well as local events (e.g., Porsche/Lego exhibit) and opportunities offered by the shops in Atlantic Station (Athleta workout classes). There is an events calendar, so check it out for activities and events throughout the entire year. Since we moved here we have noticed that Atlanta has created more activities and events throughout the year to create a deeper sense of community. The city in general is full of transplants, but recently there has been an emergence of festivals, fairs, and activities that help to create a deeper sense of Atlanta pride so be prepared to see an increase in activities on the calendar as years progress. Since we are currently in the Advent season and approaching Christmas, we wanted to mention for those in the Christmas mood that Atlantic Station has a tree lighting each year, a German wine tasting, a Christkindlmarkt, and an outdoor ice skating rink. Ice skating isn’t as big of a trend as it is further north, so this is a great opportunity for those who enjoy skating to get out and use their skates that have been hiding in their closet. As any mall, there is, of course, the opportunity to meet with Santa. Atlantic Station makes a great day activity for those who want to get out, shop, see a movie, try a new restaurant, or partake in a festival or event.

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