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December 07, 2023

Winter Festivities at Fernbank Museum

With Atlanta approaching freezing temperatures and the hustle and bustle of the city increases as residents indulge in gift-shopping, it can become difficult to find things to do this holiday season that’ll keep you warm, aren’t hectic and most importantly bring in the holiday cheer. Fernbank Museum is the solution! We have loads of festive fun things to do starting with the holiday edition of Fernbank After Dark: Cocktails and Candy Canes!

Escape the holiday chaos and ring in your holiday season with a festive fun-filled night featuring after-hours access to our exhibits, the captivating lights of WildWoods: AGLOW, holiday-themed activities, music and so much more! PLUS, it wouldn’t be a party if we didn’t have themed COCKTAILS available!

Fernbank After Dark: Cocktails and Candy Canes is a time for adults to unwind, connect and celebrate. Join us on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, from 7pm-11pm for a unique 21 and up experience.

If you aren’t able to make it out to this month’s Fernbank After Dark, we have put together a list of cocktails to make at home, a DIY holiday experiment and exhibits to explore for the next time you visit Fernbank!

Specialty Cocktails to enjoy at our upcoming Fernbank After Dark or make at home!

  1. Peppermint White Russian


  • 2 oz Peppermint schnapps
  • 1 oz Kahlúa
  • 5 oz Heavy cream or half and half


Combine peppermint schnapps and Kahlúa in a short glass; fill with ice. Pour in the cold heavy cream.

  1. Mistletoe Martini


  • 5 oz Cranberry Vodka
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 75 oz Elderflower Liqueur


Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice, then strain into a glass with or without ice.

 DIY Fun Holiday Activity!

Wanna build a snowman? Though it may not be snowing in Atlanta, don't miss out on a chance to make your own! Test out this cool experiment and make your own snow with two simple ingredients that can be found in your home —baking soda and shaving cream!

Baking soda mixed with shaving cream creates a mixture that is cold to the touch. This is due to an endothermic reaction which occurs when something absorbs heat from its surroundings.


You need equal parts baking soda to shaving cream. Any brand works!

Mix the baking soda and shaving cream together to make a snow-like mixture. Form three spheres to assemble into your snowman!

To get a more snow-like texture that can be packed together, just add water. For instance, if you do 1 cup of shaving cream to 1 cup of baking soda, stir in about 5 teaspoons of water a little at a time.

Video Instructions Here

Exhibits to explore at Fernbank Museum:  

  1. See the captivating lights of WildWoods: AGLOW

WildWoods: AGLOW is a multi-sensory adventure that immerses visitors in the wonders of nature through a blend of the real environment, contemplative music and glowing displays. This is uniquely curated to highlight the native flora and fauna within WildWoods. While this experience is located outside, our AGLOW Lounge, which is located inside, offers hot chocolate and light bites!

  1. View holiday traditions from around the world in Fernbank’s Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World is an annual exhibit that highlights festivities and traditions that tell unique stories from different cultures around the world. Don't forget to grab an activity sheet on the entry level to help you while you explore this two-floor exhibit.

  1. Explore the Viking age in Vikings: Warriors of the Sea

Explore Viking culture, society and technology as you may have never known it. Have the chance to see a full-size replica of a Viking ship, touch the personal equipment and weapons of the Viking warrior, and discover 140 authentic artifacts that give a well-rounded view of Viking culture. Ultimately, decide for yourself: were Vikings blood-thirsty plunderers or misunderstood explorers, farmers, traders, and highly skilled craftsmen? 

Fernbank Museum offers many opportunities to bring your friends and families together to enjoy the holiday season. Want to learn more about things to do inside and outside of Fernbank? Check out last week’s blog post here: Celebrate the Holiday Season with Fernbank