Family Fun Dec. 9th + Enchanted Woodlands at CNC

By Jon Copsey

The year’s most popular Family Fun Day returns with a twist! This holiday highlight brings you and your family live reindeer, performances, winter crafts, face painting, and more all under the twilight sky. Let Chattahoochee Nature Center help you get in the holiday spirit, bring a picnic, and plan to enjoy our fun activities. (Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

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Chattahoochee Nature Center puts on four seasonal “Family Fun Days” throughout the year; but none is as much anticipated as this year’s Enchanted Woodland Wonders day on December 9, 2018.


WINTER IS THE PERFECT TIME to explore the world around you – everything is changing and preparing for the colder days. Leaves falling, animals are getting ready for hibernation, days are getting shorter and everything is just slowing down.

But there’s also magic out there, if you know where to look. Fairy houses and gnome homes will pop up like mushrooms throughout the wooded trails of the Chattahoochee Nature Center. This Enchanted Woodland Trail is only from Dec. 9-Feb. 28, so be sure the catch those fairies while you can.


These truly tiny houses are spotted around the trails at CNC, hiding in the leaves or around trees. Children and families are encouraged to explore along the wooded trails and hunt for the houses when they visit – who can find them all?

Tracy Kane, a local children’s book author, was one of the members of the community who made a fairy house last year. She says the fairy houses and gnome homes can play an important part in helping children get into nature.

“Children first need to enjoy nature before they can appreciate it as adults,” said Kane. “Fairy house building offers a fun, creative way for kids to get to know about nature. Unplug and get outside to explore. Fairy houses encourage kids to use their imaginations and enjoy the wonders of nature, all while creating their own fairy habitats.”

The trail is kicked off Dec. 9 (and runs through February 28th!!!) with Enchanted Woodland Wonders, a family fun day at CNC. Along with announcing the arrival of the fairies, guests can see live reindeer, relax and hear a story, get their face painted and create some winter crafts. Of course, no winter afternoon is complete without a campfire and some hot chocolate. If you need a little food to keep you going, there will be food trucks too.

Now, if you are wondering what about the reindeer, where are they? They will be able to make a quick visit to CNC, but only briefly at the beginning; after all, they have a busy holiday season ahead of them. Enchanted Woodland Wonders is Dec. 9 from 2-6 p.m. and is included with general admission and is free for CNC members.


Both the Enchanted Woodland Wonders day and Enchanted Woodland Trail are supported by Northside Hospital and are included with general admission to CNC. Members get in free.


Presented by Northside Hospital

Live Reindeer will make an appearance from 2-5pm

Reindeer Games


Campfire & Hot Cocoa with

Camp Kingfisher

Winter Crafts & Face Painting

Food Trucks

Find Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes on the Enchanted Woodland Trail

Chattahoochee Nature Center
9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell GA 30075
(770) 992-2055 X238 |
Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 2pm - 6pm

Enchanted Woodland Wonders Schedule of Events (subject to change)
2pm – Creature Feature
2-5pm – LIVE Reindeer
2-6pm – Enchanted Woodland Trail: featuring fairy houses and gnome homes
2:30pm – SkyDance
3:30pm – Johns Creek Orchestra Performance
4pm – Animal Encounter
5pm – Storytime

Partner Booths, Campfire & Hot Chocolate with Camp Kingfisher ($)
Crafts & face painting, Photo Booth , Reindeer Games, Food Trucks ($)