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Chris Kayser plays Scrooge in the Alliance Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol." (Curtis Compton )

Chris Kayser plays Scrooge in the Alliance Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol." (Curtis Compton )

FRIDAY
Stage: Chris Kayser returns to the Alliance Theatre as the miserly Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” which continues through Dec. 24.

Holiday, music: “Elvis and Jesus: A king meets the King” features Kingsized’s Big Mike Geier and Friends and the Good Moves Dancers celebrating the season with Elvis tunes, the Christmas story and a whole lot more in this rocking take on a holiday pageant at Inman Park United Methodist Church. Catch it  7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. It’s free, but donations will be accepted for the United Methodist Children’s Home.

Music: The new Winter Wonder Jam series starts 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Atlantic Station. Other dates for the free concert are Dec 16 and 23.

Music: Max Bemis performs at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at The Masquerade.

Music: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is joined by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Morehouse College Glee Club and the Gwinnett Young Singers for Christmas With the ASO. Runs 8 p.m. Dec. 9; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Holiday, music: Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus present “Bells in Boyland” 8 p.m. Dec. 9; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at Cathedral of St. Philip.

Music: Spend and evening with Noam Pikelny and friends at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at Smith’s Olde Bar.

Holiday: Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World. Through Jan. 8. $15.50-$17.50. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-929-6400, www.fernbankmuseum.org.

Stage: “The Nativity: A Gospel Celebration” is True Colors Theatre Company’s gospel telling of the Christmas story written, directed and choreographed by Patdro Harris. It continues through Dec. 30 at Southwest Arts Center in Atlanta.

Stage: Atlanta Shakespeare Company presents its annual production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the The New American Shakespeare Tavern through Dec. 23.

Stage: “Christmas Gift” is the stage adaptation of Georgia author Ferrol Sams’ tales of  growing up in Georgia just after the depression. The Southside Theatre Guild’s production of the show runs through Dec. 11 in Fairburn.

Stage: Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “The Sound of Music” to the Earl Smith Strand Theatre through Dec. 18.

Stage: When a young man brings his Jewish fiancee home to meet his Catholic parents at Christmas, the holidays get tense in “Greetings.” The Stage Door Players present the Tom Dudzick comedy at North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center in Dunwoody through Dec. 18.

Stage: Megan Gogerty returns to Synchronicity Theatre following her 2010 hit “Hillary Clinton Got Me Pregnant” with the new “Feet First in the Water With a Baby in My Teeth.” Her “whopper” son is now the size of a frozen turkey and is presenting new challenges as she tries to solve the Jenga puzzle that is her life as mother, career woman and feminist. Performances run through Dec. 18 at the Balzer Theatre at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta.

Holiday, visual arts, shopping: If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts, check out the Christmas House Arts and Crafts Show at the Mable House Arts Center in Mableton through Dec. 11.

Stage: Harold M. Leaver returns as Crumpet in “The Santaland Diaries,” an adaptation of David Sedaris’ tale of working as a Christmas elf at Macy’s.The show is at Horizon Theatre through Jan. 1.

Stage: “Christmas Canteen 2011” is a nostalgic musical revue that revisits the best of wartime canteens and sprinkles in some new Christmas standards. It continues at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville through Dec. 23.

Stage: The beloved Rankin-Bass cartoon “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” comes to life in this puppet-tastic version from Jon Ludwig at the Center for Puppetry Arts. The show continues through Dec. 31.

SATURDAY

Holiday: Take a tour of the Stone Mountain Woman’s Club’s Christmas Tour of Homes beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 10. $25; $20 in advance.

HOLIDAY: The Candlelight Tour of Homes in Grant Park, Atlanta’s largest historic district, features up to 10 homes each year built in the Victorian, Craftsman, Italianate and various other styles from the turn of the 20th century. Dec. 10-11. Tickets available at  St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Stage: Reform Jewish Congregation Ner Tamid of West Cobb and Kennesaw State University’s Hillel Chapter present “The Trial & Lynching of Leo Frank,”a free lecture by Marietta Councilman Van Pearlberg. Event is 7 p.m. Dec. 10.

Dance: The Gwinnett Ballet Theatre brings  “The Nutcracker” to the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth through Dec. 17.

Holiday: Bring Fido dressed in his holiday finest for a costume parade and contest, doggie expo and more for the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Reindog Parade. It starts at 11 a.m. Dec. 10.

Holiday: Still looking holiday gifts? Look for special finds at the Christmas House Arts and Crafts Show through Dec. 11 at Mable House Arts Center in  Mableton.

Stage: There are several takes on “A Christmas Carol” on offer these days, but Act1 Theater in Alpharetta revisits another Dickens classic with “Oliver,” the musical based on the author’s novel “Oliver Twist.” The show continues through Dec. 18.

Holiday: More than 1 million lights and hundreds of individual light displays fill Atlanta Motor Speedway in Gift of Lights, a 1.5 mile drive-through experience. It runs trough Jan. 1.

Stage: Another long-running holiday tradition, “Sanders Family Christmas” is back at Theatre in the Square in Marietta for the 13th season. Visit with the bluegrass gospel singing family through Dec. 31.

Stage: See what happens behind the scenes as a group of radio players attempt the Dickens holiday tale in “A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol.” This latest production from OnStage Atlanta in Decatur runs through Dec. 18.

Stage: If you’re looking for a different take on a holiday favorite, check out Dad’s Garage Theatre Company’s “Invasion: Christmas Carol.” The company’s talented improvisers have a new character added to the Dickens classic for each performance, but the performers don’t know who (or what) it will be. The show continues through Dec. 23.

Stage: Revisit the biblical tale of Joseph and his brothers in the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” It’s a production of the New London Theatre in Snellville and runs through Dec. 18.

Holiday: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Lake Lanier as the Magical Nights of Lights spectacular gets going this weekend, for those who like to start their holiday activities a little early. The display happens nightly through Jan. 1.

Stage: “Sex and the Second City” takes a look at relationships in the age of social networking. This production from the acclaimed Second City comedy theatre  runs through Dec. 18 at the Alliance Theatre.

Kids: An Atlanta holiday tradition continues atop the Lenox Road parking deck at Macy’s Lenox Square through Jan. 1, where you can hitch a ride with Priscilla the Pink Pig.

SUNDAY

Music: The Decatur Civic Chorus will host its 64th annual Christmas Concert, featuring The Song of Christmas narrated by John Lemley. The concert is free and starts at 3 pm. Dec. 11 at First Baptist Church of Decatur.

Music: Big Sean, this year’s breakout star and MTV’s 2011 VMA Best New Artist Nominee Big Sean will present his “I Am Finally Famous World Tour” 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at The Masquerade.

Stage: Fabrefaction Theatre Company’s latest production is the decidedly un-Christmas-y  “Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show,” the original stage musical that later became the cult hit film.  It continues through Dec. 23.

Stage: Lionheart Theatre Company in Norcross takes on the David Sedaris tale of Macy’s elfdom with “The Santaland Diaries.” The show runs through Dec.  11.

Music: A Kid’s Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra happens at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Dec.  11 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Music: Nervous But Excited perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Smith’s Olde Bar.

Music: Just Voices, an A Cappella chamber chorus conducted by Liz Frazer, presents their 11th Annual Christmas Concert. The program features carols and anthems on the theme “We Have Seen His Star,” at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at Holy Trinity Parish – Episcopal in Decatur.

Holiday, families: At Stone Mountain Christmas, Crossroads at the base of Stone Mountain is decked out with more than 2 million lights. The park also offers many more Christmas-themed activities and entertainment options. The season continues through Jan. 1 at Stone Mountain Park.

Holiday: The Atlanta Botanical Garden kicks off the holiday season with Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, a dazzling show that features nearly 1 million lights crafted into displays inspired by nature. The show runs through Jan. 7.

Exhibition, religion: “Passages” is a traveling exhibition of the world’s largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts.  It continues at the Perimeter Expo in Dunwoody through May 13.

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.

2 comments Add your comment

Drama princess

December 9th, 2011
12:50 am

Chris Kayser is excellent! Worked with him when he did a show with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance – cool guy and great actor.

downsouth

December 9th, 2011
11:33 am

Reindog Parade (& the outdoor Santa!) at ATL.Botanical rocks!!

see you there!!