Last year I took the kids to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see Father Christmas. It was the nicest set-up…outside in the garden, Father Christmas in a long green robe (red is for shopping malls!) and a wreath on his head. And best, you could take as many photos as you wanted- your kids with Santa, your kids alone, Santa alone, other kids- FOR FREE. No being rushed through a cattle line at the mall, only to be overcharged for one sub-par picture. It was perfect.
So, when I noticed that the Botanical Garden has posted their “Holiday Events” schedule, I was excited. I couldn’t wait to find a time that Jason &B I were both off work so we could ALL go. I scanned the scedules and it listed a train exhibit, holiday tea, even a ‘reindog parade’….but no Father Christmas. Not even a mention of Santa Claus or St Nick. How could this be???
I asked around, but nobody knew anything about it. I finally emailed the general Garden information account to ask. Two days later, I received this:
We will not be having Father Christmas this year.
Thank you for your interest.
So, now we’re in the market for a new non-cheesy, non-mall, ideally no-cost Santa. If anybody has any suggestions for around Atlanta, please let me know. If I find anything, I’ll post it here.
Until then, Peace Out Father Christmas. We’ll miss you.
*By the way, I noticed the other day that somebody came across my blog by searching “Father Christmas Atlanta Botanical Gardens”. That’s actually a big reason reason for this post. I can only assume that they were trying to find the same information that I was. If they happen to come across this post, I hope it helps.