4 things to do in Atlanta today: Vinings Christmas tree lighting

Four things to do around Atlanta on Thursday, Dec. 3:

Celebrate the season in Vinings Jubilee for the annual Christmas tree lighting. The family friendly event will have food, music and photo ops with Santa himself. [There are more Christmas tree lightings happening soon around Atlanta, don't miss out.]

All Pike Nurseries garden center locations will host their annual Christmas Garden party from 4 until 9 p.m. where customers can enjoy complimentary treats, including a Poinsettia champagne drink, while they shop for holiday home accessories. [Want to keep the party going? Celebrate Friday early with a bourbon-focused $6 cocktail menu crafted by beverage director Blake Carter at Sweet Auburn Barbeque.]

Get your snack and drink on at Osteria 832's 'Appy Hour where you can get half-price appetizers from 5 until 7 p.m.  [Need more holiday spirit(s)? Ask Santa out on a date this weekend to one of these Atlanta restaurants. Reservations required.] 

Catch the new Pixar film The Good Dinosaur in 3D at Atlantic Station. It's an epic adventure sure to leave your heart full. [With little ones in tow, the movie theater can be a great or terrible experience. Here are some of the best movie theaters in Atlanta for kids.]