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Weekend best bets (with a side of Turkey Day): Nov. 25-28

The Macy's Great Tree Lighting is a Thanksgiving tradition. "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee is this year's musical headliner. Photo: Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com

The Macy's Great Tree Lighting is a Thanksgiving tradition. "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee is this year's musical headliner. Photo: Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com

THURSDAY

Holiday, lights, music: Katharine McPhee, Chuck Wicks, Bobby V and Austin Renfroe are among the performers set to appear at this year’s Macy’s Great Tree Lighting Celebration at Lenox Square in Buckhead. The pre-show concert begins at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 25; tree-lighting celebration 7-8 p.m.

Light show, holiday: Lake Lanier Islands Resort shines again with the Magical Nights of Lights, a seven-mile drive-through tour of animated holiday light displays. At the end, the Holiday Village awaits with carnival rides and games, pony rides and holiday treats. The lights sparkle 5-10 p.m. daily (including holidays) through Dec. 30.

Holiday, lights: Head to the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville for the 23rd annual Lighting of the Tree. The free festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 25.

Stage: The fanciful and awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil returns with “OVO.” It continues through Dec. 19 under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau at Atlantic Station.

Light display: It’s a bit of a drive from most of the metro Atlanta area, but the beautiful holiday displays at Fantasy In Lights are worth the trip. The sparkling yearly event continues through Dec. 30 at Callaway Gardens, at the intersection of Ga. 18/354 in Pine Mountain.

FRIDAY

Stage: The Alliance Theatre’s beloved annual production of “A Christmas Carol” returns, opening Nov. 26 and continuing through Dec. 24 at the theater’s Woodruff Arts Center stage.

Rudolph and Santa head the cast of the Center for Puppetry Arts' "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Photo: Clay Walker / Center for Puppetry Arts

Rudolph and Santa head the cast of the Center for Puppetry Arts' "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Photo: Clay Walker / Center for Puppetry Arts

Stage: Center for Puppetry Arts Artistic Director Jon Ludwig’s faithful adaptation of the beloved animated holiday special “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” includes characters such as Hermey, the elf who wants to be a dentist, and the discarded playthings on the Island of Misfit Toys. The show continues through Jan. 2 at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

Stage: Take a visit to small-town Texas for the holidays with Theatre in the Square’s production of “A Tuna Christmas.” Through Jan. 2.

Stage: “The Second City: Miracle on 1280 Peachtree Street” pokes a little fun at Atlanta. The show continues through Dec. 12 at the Alliance Theatre.

Stage: Theatre in the Square in Marietta brings an old favorite to the stage for the holiday season with “Sanders Family Christmas.” The show continues through Jan. 2.

Tree lighting, holiday: The Forum on Peachtree Parkway Tree Lighting Celebration includes musical acts, lighted dancers and hand balancers from Luminocity Atlanta, a juggling stilt walker, face painting, a magician, prizes and more. It’s happening in Norcross 6-9 p.m. Nov. 26.

Music, family: Celebrate Disney’s 55th anniversary in this salute in images and songs to the famed studio’s theatrical releases and cartoons with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Disney In Concert: Magical Music From the Movies. 8 p.m. Nov. 26-27 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company presents “Timon of Athens,” the Bard’s tale of an Athenian nobleman whose former friends desert him when the money runs out. The show continues through Nov. 28 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta.

Stage: The musical review “Christmas Canteen 2010” takes a nostalgic trip back to the mid-20th century with a big helping of  Christmas standards. Through Dec. 23 at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

Stage: Alpharetta’s Act! Theater offers the play-within-a-play tale of a theater performing the holiday classic with “A Dickens’ Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts.” It opens Nov. 26 and continues through Dec. 19.

Dance: The Gwinnett Center plays host to the Northeast Atlanta Ballet’s take on “The Nutcracker.” Nov. 26- Nov. 28 in the venue’s Performing Arts Center.

Stage: It’s become a favorite Christmas treat for many Atlantans and Horizon Theatre Company’s production of “The Santaland Diaries” is back for its 12th year. The show opens Nov. 26 and continues through Jan. 2 at the company’s Little Five Points home.

Stage: Not in the holiday mood just yet? Try the Rosewater Theatre’s take on the classic Amadeus.” The Roswell theater will debut the production Nov. 26 and it runs through Dec. 18.

Stage: If you are in a festive frame of mind, Roswell’s  Rosewater Theatre is also doing “Christmas Belles.” It opens Nov. 26 and continues through Dec. 18.

Stage: “The Hallelujah Girls” is a comedy about the feisty ladies of Eden Falls, Georgia. It opens at Onstage Atlanta in Decatur on Nov. 26 and runs through Dec. 18.

SATURDAY
Stage: The Langston Hughes gospel musical “Black Nativity” is presented by True Colors Theatre Company. The final preview is at 3 p.m. Nov. 27 and the show’s official opening is the same night is 8 p.m. The show runs through Dec. 30 at the Southwest Arts Center in Atlanta.

Dance: Continuing a holiday tradition, the Atlanta Ballet makes the season bright with “The Nutcracker.” Performances begin Nov. 27 and continue through Dec. 26 at the Fox Theatre.

Movie: The Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta will screen the blockbuster film “Avatar” at 8 p.m. Nov. 27.

Music: Smooth jazz sax man Dave Koz celebrates the holidays with help from Jonathan Butler, Candy Dulfer and more. They perform at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. Nov. 27.

SUNDAY

Music: Take a European holiday with the Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna. At 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the  Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

For more music happenings, check out our Live Music Picks on the Atlanta Music Scene blog. This is just a selective list of events happening around town, so if there’s something going on this weekend that you’re excited about and you don’t see it here, please feel free to share the info in the comments.

Follow me on Twitter at @ajchottix and @ajcatlevents for info on tickets going on sale and more upcoming events.


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