Stage, music: A long-running local tradition, the Atlanta Camerata’s production of “The Play of Herod” recreates this medieval drama, found in a Benedictine monastery in France. It’s among the earliest known dramatic works of the Christian era. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, in Atlanta.
Music: In the yearly Christmas With the ASO concerts, Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the ASO Chorus, the Morehouse College Glee Club and the Gwinnett Young Singers. 8 p.m. Dec. 9-11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Music: You have three chances to catch the Roswell United Methodist Church Christmas Festival Concerts. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10; 3 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12. The concerts are free, but tickets necessary to ensure seating.
Music: The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus offers its annual yuletide concert, “Holiday Lights.” The chorus is joined by the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta.
Family, holiday: Lawrenceville’s Holiday on the Square offers self-guided tours of the decorated courthouse, holiday music in the outdoor gazebo, Santa visits and kid’s crafts in the elf workshop. Dec. 10-21 at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.
Stage: Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents “42nd Street,” the Tony Award-winning singing, dancing extravaganza inspired by the 1933 Busby Berkeley film. It runs through Dec. 19 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.
Comedy: Join the laughter as Craig Shoemaker brings his leering alter ego, the Lovemaster, to the stage at the Punchline in Sandy Springs Dec. 10-12.
Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company brings it’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” to the stage at the New American Shakespeare Tavern. It continues through Dec. 23.
Holiday, light display: Lights Of Life is an annual tradition that dates back to 1989. 6-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 6-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Dec. 31 at Life University in Marietta.
Holiday: Live entertainment, beautiful decorations and an artist studio sale are just a few of the highlights during “Christmas at Callanwolde.” Continues through Dec. 12 at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta.
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.
Stage: Anthony Rodriquez reprises his one-man take on the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.” It will run through Dec. 19 at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.
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.
Stage: The Alliance Theatre’s beloved annual production of “A Christmas Carol” returns, playing through Dec. 24 at the theater’s Woodruff Arts Center stage.
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: Learn to cope with the season through songs and vignettes in “A Christmas Survival Guide.” The Stage Door Players production is staged at the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center in Dunwoody and runs through Dec. 19.
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.
Stage: The ART Station production “Christmas Gift” was written by David Thomas with original music by Patrick Hutchison and adapted from an autobiographical story by Ferrol Sams. It runs through Dec. 23 at the Stone Mountain venue.
Stage: Alpharetta’s Act1 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 continues through Dec. 19.
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 continues through Jan. 2 at the company’s Little Five Points home.
Stage: The Langston Hughes gospel musical “Black Nativity” is presented by True Colors Theatre Company. 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 continue through Dec. 26 at the Fox Theatre.
Holiday, history: “A Dickens of a Christmas” presents “A Christmas Carol” as a tour through Kennesaw’s Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in a series of vignettes, followed by a party. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10; 5-9 p.m. Dec. 11.
Music: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra cranks Christmas music up to 11 at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.
Music: Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins and Chely Wright join forces for an evening of holiday tunes with “Holly Happy Days” at the Tabernacle Dec. 10.
Stage: Center Theatre presents “Hairspray,” the musical about pleasantly plump Tracy Turnblad, who becomes a teen celebrity on a TV dance show. Through Dec. 19 at Center Theatre at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in Dunwoody.
Stage: Ralphie and the coveted Red Ryder air rifle come to the stage in Georgia Shakespeare’s adaptation of the beloved film “A Christmas Story.” It continues through Dec. 24 at Conant Performing Arts Center at(Oglethorpe University).
Recreation, family: Stone Mountain Park becomes a winter wonderland as Snow Mountain returns Dec. 11-March 6.
Comedy: Comedian Louis CK, most recently the star of his own FX series, takes the stage at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. Dec. 11.
Holiday, art: Get a little more of that holiday shopping behind you at the Decatur Market & Gallery Holiday Open House, which begins at 5 p.m. Dec. 11.
Music: The Johnson Ferry Christmas Festival is sure to make the season bright. The free concerts happen at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta.
Music: The Dekalb Choral Guild presents “Be of Good Cheer! Songs That Make the Season Bright” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur.
Music, holiday: Big Mike Geier’s Kingsized Holiday Jubilee & Toy Drive featuring Kingsized Holiday Orchestra with Dames Aflame Dancers puts a little spice into the holidays. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Variety Playhouse.
Stage: “Madeline’s Christmas” is a musical play adapted from Ludwig Bemelmans’ beloved book. It’s being presented by Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta Dec. 11 through Jan. 2.
Music: The Decatur Civic Chorus will perform John Rutter’s Magnificat and other Christmas music at the ensemble’s 62nd annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the First Baptist Church of Decatur.
Comedy: Comedian, actress and part-time Atlanta resident Margaret Cho returns to the Tabernacle at 8 p.m. Dec. 12
Music: Cobb Wind Symphony’s holiday concert is titled “Sounds of the Season.” It takes place at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at Kell High School in Marietta.
Music: The Cherokee Chorale Christmas Concert happens at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at Canton First United Methodist Church.
Music: Atlanta Wind Symphony Holiday Concert is free with a toy donation and begins at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
Music: Dunwoody United Methodist Church will present the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Dec. 12.
Music: The Choral Guild of Atlanta Christmas Concert is at 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Music: “Santa’s Favorite Chopin and Schumann” continues the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta Family Series and is part of Emory University’s celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of the two composers. At 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Michael C. Carlos Museum.
Music: The Wieuca Road Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra perform Handel’s holiday favorite, “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Dec. 12.
Music: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Kid’s Christmas program will include Lee Harper and Dancers, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Georgia Regional Girls Choir and WABE’s John Lemley as the narrator. 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
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