The arrival of the holiday season means endless rounds of parties, shopping and events. With a calendar that’s getting fuller by the minute, we’re here to help you check outfit planning off your never-ending list. We’re featuring three amazing Atlanta holiday events and scoping out the best looks for each. Whether it’s the enchanting, outdoor Garden Lights Holiday Nights at The Atlanta Botanical Garden, the family-friendly Noon Year’s Eve at Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the holiday classic, Atlanta Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” at The Fox Theatre, we’ll help you get a jump start on all your holiday to-dos.

The Event: Garden Lights Holiday Nights

  • Now through January 9, 2016
  • Lights twinkle from 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Purchase advance tickets online
  • Learn more at atlantabg.org

In its fifth season, Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights Holiday Nights is quickly becoming a local holiday tradition. Bundle up and grab some friends or family and get ready to walk through a magical winter wonderland. Revisit returning favorites like Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy and the Model Trains, and enjoy new, sure-to-be favorites like the Tunnel of Light. Dinner and drinks are available for purchase. More of a night owl? Book your ticket after 9:15 p.m., and the price is slightly discounted!

What to wear: For an evening stroll in the crisp outdoors, we stopped by Collage Boutique for cute outerwear and accessories. They’ve got three locations in the Atlanta area (Brookhaven, East Cobb and Decatur) so you’re covered, no matter where you call home!

Look #1:

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From Collage Boutique: Chambray shirt, $98; draped sweater vest, $68; coated black jeans, $178; wedge booties, $98; hat, $39

Look #2:

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From Collage Boutique: Sweater cape, $94; jeans, $178; gray snood, $26; faux ostrich clutch, $34

Look #3:

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From Collage Boutique: Sweater dress, $196; vegan leather jacket, $119; taupe booties, $129; beaded wool hat, $32; black tights, $34

Accessories to finish the look:

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From Collage Boutique (L to R): Wedge booties, $98; black clutch, $54; beaded wool hat, $32; fringe gloves, $19

The Event: Noon Year’s Eve at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

  • December 31, 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • All activities are included in the cost of admission to Fernbank Museum — adults $18, children $16 (free for museum members)
  • Learn more and get tickets at fernbankmuseum.org

Looking for the perfect family-friendly way to ring in 2016 without having to sacrifice your bedtime? Celebrate 12 hours early with Fernbank Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve! Not only will there be a kids’ DJ and other fun activities, but there’s a special ball drop at noon. Grab a little sparkle and the kiddos, and get ready to have a blast celebrating a new beginning!

What to wear: For the perfect Noon Year’s Eve look, we headed to Squash Blossom in Decatur. They carry a great selection of some of your favorite brands, plus a ton of fun accessories to complete any look. (SB tip: Allow some time to peruse their gift selection and check a few more things off your shopping list!)

Look #1:

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From Squash Blossom: Long denim jacket, $198; beaded shirt, $115; satin slouchy pant, $146; clutch, $155; flats, $98; necklace, $57; hat, $58

Look #2:

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From Squash Blossom: Velvet top, $269; cardigan, $97; zippered jeans, $98; shoes, $144; hat, $66

Look #3:

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From Squash Blossom: Vest, $252; shirt, $121; skirt, $70; riding boots, $225; necklace, $296; bag, $158

The Event: Atlanta Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

  • Friday, December 11, 2015 through Sunday, December 27, 2015
  • Performed live with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra
  • Learn about tickets, showtimes and more at atlantaballet.com

There’s something about the ding of the “Nutcracker” overture that can transform even the biggest Grinch into Clark Griswold. This year marks the Atlanta Ballet’s 20th anniversary of theNutcracker” as it takes center stage at The Fox Theatre for a few magical weeks in December. We can’t think of a better way to get your holiday spirit in full swing than sipping a glass of Champagne as the curtain rises.

What to wear: To get outfitted for Atlanta Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” we headed to Atlanta mainstay Bill Hallman. We love the chic boutique’s mix of its high quality, in-house label with some of your other favorite brands. Spoiler alert: We even picked out an option to outfit your date! With two locations, you can shop Bill Hallman in Virginia-Highland or Inman Park.

Look #1:

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From Bill Hallman: Cowl neck dress, $179; vegan leather bag, $69; necklace, $80 Image: Bill Hallman

Look #2:

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From Bill Hallman: Flower pencil dress, $149; fringe jacket, $65; vegan leather bag, $115; pendant necklace, $94 Image: Bill Hallman

Look #3:

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From Bill Hallman: Suit, $1,200; dress shirt, $158; glasses, $199; wallet, $70; socks, $12 Image: Bill Hallman

No matter how you celebrate or what events you attend in Atlanta this December, we wish you and yours a very happy holiday season!

For more ideas of where to go this month, read our December happenings article and get a whole list of things to do!