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Weekend best bets: Dec. 17-19

A cappella outfit Straight No Chaser brings its holiday show to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, Dec. 19. Photo: Andrew Zaeh / Atlantic Records

A cappella outfit Straight No Chaser brings its holiday show to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, Dec. 19. Photo: Andrew Zaeh / Atlantic Records

FRIDAY

Stage: Theatrrical Outfit’s artistic director Tom Key returns in his one-man adaptation of Truman Capote’s short story  “A Christmas Memory.” Through Dec. 23. At the Balzer Theater at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta.

Family, holiday: The Atlanta holiday tradition continues atop the Lenox Road parking deck at Macy’s Lenox Square, where you can hitch a ride with Priscilla the Pink Pig. The porcine journey continues through Jan. 2.

Comedy: Actor and comedian Tim O’Rourke is also a writer for “Spongebob Squarepants” and does voice work on “Family Guy.” He’ll be at the Punchline in Sandy Springs through Dec. 19.

Dance, performance, holiday: Holiday Ice Spectacular tells its tale through music, skating, dance and comedy. It continues through Dec. 24 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Dance, holiday: Academy Dance Company performs “The Winter Polar Express.” At 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and  2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

Stage: The fanciful and awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil returns with “OVO.” It continues through Jan. 2 under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau at Atlantic Station.

Dance, holiday: Metropolitan Ballet Theatre offers its take on “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Dec. 17;  2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18; and  2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell.

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. It’s happening daily Dec. 17-21 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.

Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company brings its 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.

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: 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 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: 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.

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, continuing through March 6.

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: “Madeline’s Christmas” is a musical play adapted from Ludwig Bemelmans’ beloved book. It’s being presented by Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta through Jan. 2.

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.

SATURDAY

Music: Atlanta Schola Cantorum presents “Angel Song” at 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta.

Stage: Center Theatre presents “Hairspray,” the musical about pleasantly plump Tracy Turnblad, who becomes a teen celebrity on a TV dance show. The final shows are Dec. 18 and 19 at Center Theatre at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in Dunwoody.

Music: Emory professor and Irish drama scholar James Flannery hosts the 18th annual Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert. There are three chances to catch the show this weekend, at 8 p.m. Dec. 18 and 2:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

SUNDAY

Music: Formed at Indiana University, the 10-piece a cappella outfit Straight No Chaser debuted with a Christmas album, so it should come as no surprise that their holiday shows are big hits. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Kids, family: In “Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show,” the famed cartoon mouse is joined by many more of Disney’s beloved characters. At noon and 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

Music: New Trinity Baroque’s Baroque Candlelight Christmas is another of Atlanta’s great holiday traditions. It happens at 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta.

Music: Celebrate Creole Christmas with legendary New Orleans institution the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. At 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

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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