27 Things to do in December

First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating!

If there is no snow this year, there’s always Snow Mountain in Stone Mountain and the Magical Winter Village in Alpharetta. As for ice, we’ve got Skate the Station and The Rink at Park Tavern in Atlanta. You can “Skate the Sky” at Ponce City Market, and closer to home, whirl through Avalon on Ice. With the festivities always comes food; Buddy the Elf reminds you to stick to the four basics: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.

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Light The Night

Saturday, December 1 in Alpharetta
The magic of the holiday season glistens at Alpharetta’s annual tree lighting event on Dec. 1 in downtown Alpharetta. The fun starts at 4 p.m. with pre-event festivities including free visits with Santa, falling snow, marshmallow roasting, free children’s crafts, face painting and balloon art. Festival goers can plan to have dinner or enjoy warm beverages from the downtown restaurants and food trucks.
Alpharetta community groups will present festive programs on the large stage which will be filled with great music, exciting performances, and lots of fun for the whole family. At 6:15 p.m., everyone will cheer as the grand 45-foot live spruce tree is lit with 10,000 white lights.
Festivities do not end with the tree lighting. Festival goers can cheer on their favorite team as this year’s SEC Championship game will be broadcasted live on the big screen beginning at 4 p.m. on the Village Green.

Sparkle Sandy Springs

December 1 and through 31 in Sandy Springs
The 2nd Annual Sparkle Sandy Springs is a month-long holiday light and art display the whole family will enjoy. Walk through a wonderland of festively decorated six-foot-tall wooden houses, painted by local businesses, schools and non-profit organizations. The houses, as well as the surrounding area, will be adorned with lights to create a magical, walkable light display. The free event will kick-off December 1 at 6:00 p.m., and the display will remain open to the public through December 31. On the City Green.

Holiday Lights Celebration

December 2 in East Cobb
Friends for the East Cobb Park, along with other local community organizations, will be hosting a tree lighting, featuring musical performances on the park stage. Don’t miss this magical night where the community will gather to celebrating the lighting of our park tree, enjoy holiday music from local performers, and welcome the arrival of Santa on his light-powered sleigh. This holiday event is free for all ages, and Santa will be on-hand after the musical performances to hear each child’s wishes.
Light refreshments will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefitting future park improvements. Free.

The Nutcracker

Now through December 2 in Sandy Springs
Roswell Dance Theatre is thrilled to present its 30th anniversary production of The Nutcracker, directed by Nancy Tolbert Yilmaz and Mary Lynn Taylor at the Byers Theatre. With 350 performers, this Nutcracker is the largest and oldest in North Fulton. Gorgeous costumes, magical scenery, beloved music and exquisite dancing will delight all who enter.
The cast includes world-class professionals who have danced nationally and internationally and aspiring young professionals from the Roswell Dance Theatre, the performing company of the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance.
To commemorate the shows, there is an extensive Nutcracker-themed gift boutique to find the perfect souvenir to take home and enjoy.
Byers Theatre at City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, 30328. Tickets: $10-$35.

Magical Winter Village

Saturday, Dec. 8
Enjoy a weekend of holiday fun at downtown Alpharetta’s Village Green. The Magical Winter Village will include visits with Santa, strolling holiday characters, musical performances, snow, free children’s crafts, marshmallow roasting, and festive foods. The surrounding stores will stay open, so everyone can get some extra holiday shopping done, then get their gifts wrapped at the complimentary gift-wrapping station.
Festival goers will have the opportunity to give back to the community by donating to the Holiday Food Drive for the North Fulton Community Charities. Bags for non-perishable food donations can be picked up at the Dec. 1 event and brought back on Dec. 8 for a booklet filled with holiday discounts to more than 50 local businesses.
“The lighting of the tree has been a long-standing tradition for downtown Alpharetta and it is so exciting to add an additional event to the holiday season,” said Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This year, residents and visitors have two weekends of holiday fun to look forward to enjoying. The downtown Alpharetta area will be magical with all the holiday activities, lights, snow, shopping and merriment.”
Both events are free. Free parking is available on the street or at the Alpharetta City Hall Parking Deck, 2 Park Plaza. awesomealpharetta.com.

Milton Fire Department Pancake Breakfast with Santa

December 8 in Milton
Fire trucks, Santa and pancakes! If any of these three things interest you, don’t miss the Pancake Breakfast with Santa Claus hosted by the Milton Fire Department on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Fire Station 43, located at 750 Hickory Flat Rd.
This free event will feature fire station tours, pancakes cooked and served by City of Milton fire fighters, and Santa! Unwrapped toys for North Fulton Community Charities’ Santa Shop Toy Drive will be accepted. No reservations are required, and syrup is provided. For more information, contact Courtney Spriggs at 678-242-2533 or courtney.spriggs@cityofmiltonga.us. www.cityofmiltonga.us

Southeastern Railway Museum

December 1, 8, and 15 in Duluth
The Southeastern Railway Museum will celebrate the holiday season with special events. The Duluth Historical Society will host its 4th Annual Festival of Trees at the museum. The event, featuring more than two dozen community-sponsored and decorated trees, will be open during museum operating hours now through Dec 31.
On Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, guests can enjoy breakfast or lunch with Santa during a meet-and-greet that also includes a craft, a hayride and a train ride with Santa.
Breakfast or lunch tickets are $18. Southeastern Railway Museum

The Nutcracker

December 7– 9 in Roswell
After nearly 25 years of the endearing tradition, Babes in Toyland, Atlanta Dance Theatre announces the addition of The Nutcracker, Land of Sweets to its holiday program. This year, the company presents the best of both worlds for audiences; featuring a condensed version of Babes in Toyland, combined with an excerpt of the Land of Sweets from the Nutcracker. This timeless tradition fills the stage with beautiful custom-made and designed costumes, beautiful sets and choreography by Artistic Director Shelley Grames. They’ll be complemented by the high caliber, professional guest artists Jonah Hooper, Nick Hagelin, Lonnie Davis, Robert Chabot, Erick Jackson, Eric Nash, and Katherine Ricardo. At the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075 Atlanta Dance Theatre.

The Nutcracker

December 8 – 24 in Atlanta
The Atlanta Ballet’s first new Nutcracker in 20 years marks a milestone in dance history—with world-class choreography by Yuri Possokhov, awe-inspiring set designs by Tony Award nominee Tom Pye, groundbreaking projection design by Tony Award winner Finn Ross, stunning costume design by Sandra Woodall, and imaginative lighting design by David Finn.
Be among the first to experience the magic of The Nutcracker for The Next Generation at the Fox Theatre! Atlanta Ballet

Elf the Musical

December 7 –16 in Sandy Springs
City Springs Theatre presents Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley and Broadway’s Autumn Hurlbert in Elf the Musical playing at Byers Theatre at The Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center.
Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Have you seen the movie a dozen times? Then you know the story, but watch it come to life with Georgia native and Tony-award winning Shuler Hensley as Buddy. “I am excited and honored to be a part of City Springs Theatre’s holiday spectacular!” said Hensley. “It is a wonderful show for young and old and will definitely have you claiming that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”
Broadway’s Autumn Hurlbert plays Jovie, the tough-around-the-edges target of Buddy’s complete adoration. Hurlbert is best known for her appearance on MTV’s reality competition series “Legally Blonde: The Musical—The Search for Elle Woods,” which catapulted her to the Broadway company of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” At the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center’s Byers Theatre. 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. For tickets and information call 404-477-4365 or CitySpringsTheatre.com.

A Christmas Carol

December 8 – 24 in Marietta
Palmer William Jr., from Tyler Perry’s House of Pain and Love thy Neighbor stars as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Marietta Theatre in the Square. Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed. This performance will entertain the Whole Family. Come out and see this Christmas classic brought to life by Atlanta’s best local actors and stars. 11 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064. Marietta Theatre in the Square

Enchanted Woodland Wonders Family Fun Day

December 9 in Roswell

Held Dec. 9, from 2 - 6 p.m., Enchanted Woodland Wonders invites you to find the magic in nature all around you. Get up close and see live reindeer, who have taken a break in their busy holiday schedule to visit. These holiday favorites return to CNC, but only for the first few hours; come early if you want to catch them. As you explore the wooded trails of CNC, you might just come across a fairy house or gnome home. How many can you find? The fairies and gnomes are hidden throughout the forest. After you’re done exploring the trails, be sure to get your face painted and create some winter crafts in the lakeside pavilion. 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 to satisfy any hunger.

The Enchanted Woodland Trail exhibit with fairy houses and gnome homes, will run through Feb. 28. Both events are included with general admission and free for CNC members. For these and more events in nature, visit Chattahoochee Nature Center

A Christmas Carol

December 12 – 24 in Atlanta
Celebrate the holidays with the beloved Dickens classic in this Broadway-scale production with beautiful live music and an all-star Atlanta cast. See the Alliance’s 29th annual production of A Christmas Carol at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge, an old man well-known for his miserly ways, is visited by ghosts offering him a chance at a better future—his old partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future—who teach him it is never too late to change. 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta Georgia 30339.

Santa’s Missing Mail

December 13 –15 in Roswell
All Hands Productions Presents Santa’s Missing Mail. Ominous Crook and his sidekick, Skellmutt, are two dastardly bad-guys who are out to stop Christmas by stealing Santa Claus’ mail. You’ll meet some panicked elves, a wise-cracking reindeer, a dim-witted superhero and Santa, himself. The audience will also give David’s friend, Fitzgerald, some help in writing a letter to St. Nick. This 40-minute show incorporates moving-mouth hand puppets and is guaranteed to bring a smile. At the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075. Santa’s Missing Mail.

CHRISTMAS GALA HOLIDAY POPS

December 15 in Johns Creek
The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will continue its 2018-2019 season by celebrating the Most Wonderful Time of the Year with Christmas Gala Holiday Pops on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for the littlest ticket holders to visit with Santa from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. A complimentary post-concert reception will follow in the church’s Gathering Room.
This family-friendly concert, conducted by Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Music Director J. Wayne Baughman, will include holiday favorites that will be enjoyed by both the young and young-at-heart. In the Boston Pops style, this performance will include a variety of seasonal, sacred, and secular music, including “Joy to the World,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Festival Gloria,” “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” and much more. Guest artists include soprano Caitlin Hammon Moore, Johns Creek Chorale and Tapestry Women’s Ensemble, both of which are directed by Nathan Frank.
This concert will be a drop site for the 2018 Atlanta Toys for Tots campaign. All ticket holders are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the performance for an Atlanta child in need.
Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek GA 30097. Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra

Grand Yuletide Ball

December 15, 22, 23 in Marietta
A royal Christmas experience for kids filled with decadent sweets, tea and juice, a visit from the Prince and Princess of the Grand Yuletide Ball, and a Nutcracker dance performance by the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre’s sugarplum dancers. Tickets include a gift bag of goodies for our young guests. Program runs about 45 minutes. Limited space available. Admission:
$18. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre 
117 North Park Square, Marietta 770-293-0080 or visit Earl Smith Strand

Joe Gransden’s Big Band: I’ll Be Home For Christmas with Francine Reed

December 17, 2018 in Roswell
Back by popular demand, Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee Francine Reed is ready to get you into the Holiday spirit! Enjoy your favorite Christmas Classics performed by one of today’s top jazz/blues vocalists! Hits like “Let it Snow,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Silver Bells,” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside” are sure to be on the program! 8 p.m. at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075. Georgia Ensemble Theater

Trouble in Toyland

December 20 – 22 in Roswell
Lee Bryan “That Puppet Guy” Presents Trouble in Toyland. Oh no! It’s Christmas Eve, but the toys aren’t finished, the elves are on strike, Santa has lost his laugh, and Rudolph has a runny nose! Will we have to cancel Christmas? Of course not! Hilarious holiday hijinks and fun for the whole family. At the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, Georgia 30075. Trouble in Toyland

Emmanuel Christmas Cantata

Friday, December 21 in Duluth
The vision of this concert is to bring together individuals and church choirs to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ through song and music in a Christmas Carol Concert. We aim to honor the birth of Christ while helping churches to unite on a musical standpoint, thereby allowing for the reinstallation of hope and the true meaning of Christmas.
The following artists have been carefully chosen to perform at the 5th edition of Emmanuel Cantata: The Chosen Aggregation Choir, Stella Damasus, King David, Abraham Ogunlade, Brooke Alford, Wura Grant, and Monica Hargrave. The Emmanuel Cantata main event is December 21 at the Infinite Energy Theatre, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Concert at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $69.00 – $119.00.

High Museum Infinity Mirrors

Now through February 17 in Atlanta
“Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” at the High Museum of Art has sold out. However, a limited number of tickets (approximately 100) will be available on-site at the Museum each day for walk-up purchase. Those tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be valid for that date only. Those who score tickets will be taken on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through more than 60 years of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s creative genius, focusing on the evolution of her iconic kaleidoscopic environments called Infinity Mirror Rooms. Check out #InfiniteKusama for photos of the rooms.
The exhibition features six of the rooms as well as additional large-scale installations, sculptures, paintings, works on paper, archival photographs and films from the early 1950s through the present. The 89-year-old artist, who is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, is still very active in her Tokyo studio.
This exhibition previously sold out in cities from Washington, D.C., to Toronto to Cleveland. The exhibition’s momentum and excitement has continued as it finally makes its way to the last stop on its multi-city tour at the High Museum of Art.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Now through December 30 in Atlanta
Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage. You won’t want to miss it!
The Center for Puppetry Arts presents a wide variety of family fun, including innovative adaptations of classic stories and dynamic new works by the Center’s company as well as other American and international artists. Advance purchase is highly recommended because performances often sell out.
Mainstage Theater, Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Winter Wonderland at fernbank

Now through January 6 in Atlanta
Prepare to ooh and aah over two floors of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees showcasing celebrations around the world in the enchanting Winter Wonderland exhibition. Twinkling with lights, glimmering with color and shining with a variety of cultural objects, a variety of decorated trees and displays recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world. Admission to Winter Wonderland is included with Museum admission and is free for members. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. fernbankmuseum.org

Christmas at Callaway

Now through January 5 in Pine Mountain
Treat your family to a fun tradition that’s filled with holiday cheer! It’s Christmas at Callaway, featuring Fantasy In Lights, one of National Geographic’s Top 10 Light Displays in the world. Come make merry in the Christmas Village, meet holiday characters up close, and ride through the dazzling illuminated forest. Extend the celebration with an overnight stay, enjoy mouthwatering meals or cozy cups of cocoa in our beautiful accommodations, and explore 2,500 acres of stunning natural landscape.
Guests can choose to see the lights in an open-air Jolly Trolley, the most popular option and our recommendation, or drive their personal vehicle. Callaway Resort & Gardens, 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822, callawaygardens.com.

Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain

Now through January 6 in Stone Mountain
Situated on what is commonly known as the “Laser Lawn” throughout warmer months, Georgia’s largest snow park features several feet of actual snow sculpted into 14 single or double rider lanes, plus four family tube lanes that can now accommodate as many as eight passengers in giant 10-foot tubes. Guests 36 inches and taller can scream their way down the Avalanche Alley family tube ride, while those 42 inches and taller can take on a single tube lane. Little Angels , designed for kids 3 and under, is the perfect place for your little angels to find their snow legs with smaller snow hills and SnoBoggans.
The Snow Zone area is open for younger kids to tube, make the ultimate snowpeople and snow angels, or throw snowballs in a snowball shooting gallery. All guests must have a Snow Mountain ticket to enter Snow Mountain/Snow Zone area. Children under 16 require adult supervision. Please check calendar for dates and hours of operation prior to your visit. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, GA 30083. Stone Mountain Park

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

Now through January 6 in Atlanta
Garden Lights, Holidays Nights brings back its spectacular high-tech display—the world’s largest synchronized curtain of light—when the eighth annual show returns to the Atlanta Botanical Garden now through January 6.
In the “Nature’s Wonders” display, which debuted at last year’s show, guests will be immersed in cutting-edge technology that allows lights suspended from the grand treetops of Storza Woods to be choreographed to music and sound effects.
The symphonic display features a massive stage-like curtain of vertical lights forming a wall of brilliant colors, programmed to music and special sound effects to create illusions of natural phenomena, including Northern Lights, a storm at sea, and a gentle snowfall.
This year brings the debut of the Skylights Lounge in the Skyline Garden. Plus several larger-than-life plant giants from Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time will be awash in holiday glow.
See the Ice Goddess and Tunnel of Light along with the Orchestral Orbs, Radiant Rainforest, Model Trains and other favorites that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is open nightly from 5 – 11 p.m. atlantbg.org. 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, 30309. 404-876-5859. Atlanta Botanical Garden

Classic Nashville Christmas

December 22 in Roswell
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…country music style! Jason Petty and Katie Deal bring you the greatest collection of country Christmas songs and the stories behind them. See page 4 of The Current Hub for the back story. If it does not come to your mailbox, pick it up around town at restaurants and shop. Live! in Roswell Shows

Million Dollar Quartet

December 14 through January 12 in Brookhaven
Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), the professional North Fulton theatre company, will remount its 2017 smash hit, the Tony Award-winning musical, Million Dollar Quartet, at the Conant Performing Arts Center on the campus of Oglethorpe University. Georgia Ensemble Theater. 

On December 4, 1956, history was made when rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest impromptu jam sessions ever. It brings to light the extraordinary story of broken promises, secrets, and the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four friends that is both poignant and heartwarming. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.

Speaking with Producing Artistic Director Anita Farley about bringing back this production she said, “This show was loved by our audience and was one of our biggest hits ever. I’m so glad to be bringing this back to our current patrons but also to new ones as we partner with Oglethorpe University for the first time.