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Weekend best bets: Dec. 24-26

Prospecter Yukon Cornelius becomes part of Ruldolph's entourage in the Center for Puppetry Arts' "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Photo: Clay Walker.

Prospecter Yukon Cornelius becomes part of Ruldolph's entourage in the Center for Puppetry Arts' "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Photo: Clay Walker.


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 (closed Christmas Day).

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

Family: The Georgia Aquarium is open 365 days a year, though hoiday hours are a little different. The aquarium will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24; noon-6 p.m. Christmas Day; and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

Stage: Six very unruly children teach a whole church about the true meaning of the holiday season in this Synchronicity Theatre’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” It continues through Jan. 2 (no shows Dec. 25-27) at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta.

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 (no shows Christmas Day).

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, including Christmas Day.

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.

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 daily (including holidays) 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, with the final show at 2:30 p.m. 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 (no shows Christmas Day).

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 (including an 8:30 p.m. performance on Christmas).

Dance: Continuing a holiday tradition, the Atlanta Ballet makes the season bright with “The Nutcracker.” Performances continue through Dec. 26 at the Fox Theatre (no performances Christmas Day).

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. 26 at Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University (no shows Christmas Day).

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, though no show on Christmas Day.

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 (no show Christmas Day).

Stage: Theatre in the Square in Marietta brings an old favorite to the stage for the holiday season with “Sanders Family Christmas.” There is a 2:30 p.m. performance Dec. 24, but no shows Dec. 25-26. The show continues through Jan. 2.


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 (no shows Dec. 24-25).

Recreation, family: Stone Mountain Park becomes a winter wonderland as Snow Mountain returns, continuing through March 6 (closed Dec. 24-25).

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.
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December 27th, 2010
7:35 am

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