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Best bets: Nov. 27-Dec. 3

70432982Comedian Kevin Hart headlines at Philips Arena on Saturday, Dec. 1. Photo: Getty Images

FRIDAY
Holiday: The Atlanta Botanical Garden sparkles during Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, which continues through Jan. 5. For more places to experience holiday light shows, check out this list.

Stage: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” returns to the Fox Theatre through Dec. 2.

Holiday, festival: The holidays start early at Stone Mountain Park, as it gets dressed in festive garb for Stone Mountain Christmas, which continues through Dec. 31.

Holiday: Lake Lanier Islands Resort’s Magical Nights of Lights continues 5 to 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31 in Buford.

Holiday: More than 1 million lights fill Hampton’s Atlanta Motor Speedway in Gift of Lights, a 1.5-mile drive-through experience. The display continues through Jan. 6

Stage: Cirque du Soleil’s Totem sets up the big tent in Atlanta, with shows continuing through Dec. 30  near Atlantic Station at 20th and Market streets. Read our review of the show.

Holiday: Enjoy a Presidential look at the holiday season at A White House Christmas at Bulloch Hall. It opens Nov. 17 and runs through Dec. 30.

Holiday: The Pink Pig, one of Atlanta’s most beloved holiday traditions, is back. Ride Priscilla the Pink Pig on train tracks through a life-sized storybook featuring Priscilla and her friends. Daily through Jan. 1 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) at Macy’s Lenox Square.

Stage: The beloved Rankin-Bass cartoon  “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” comes to life in a puppet-tastic version from Jon Ludwig. The show continues through Jan. 6 at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Stage: Horizon Theatre Company’s production of “The Santaland Diaries,” based on the work of David Sedaris, has become an Atlanta holiday tradition. It runs through Dec. 30.

Stage: In “Wolves,” Ben is a timid young city-dweller who freaks out when his roommate Jack brings home a big bad wolf for a one-night stand. The premiere continues through Dec. 2 at Actor’s Express.

Stage: “The Mountaintop,” the play about Martin Luther King Jr.’s last days, makes its Atlanta debut, with True Colors Theatre Company’s Kenny Leon directing. It continues through Dec. 16.

Stage: Theatrical Outfit’s “The Gifts of the Magi” is a musical based on the heartwarming O. Henry story. It opens Nov. 29 and continues through Dec. 23 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s.

Stage: Dad’s Garage Theatre Company throws a twist into a classic with “Invasion: Christmas Carol,” in which a different “invader,” a character or personality totally alien to the original script, is introduced to the stage each night. The identity of the invader is unknown to the cast, which must incorporate this outsider into the action. It continues through Dec. 23.

Stage: Aurora Theatre’s musical revue “Christmas Canteen” mixes World War II favorites with new Christmas standards. It opens Nov. 23 and continues through Dec. 23.

Stage: The Alliance Theatre presents its beloved annual production of  “A Christmas Carol.” It continues through Dec. 23.

Holiday: Get one-of-a-kind gifts at the Euclid Arts Collective Annual Holiday Sale and Studio Tour, which happens Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Little Five Points Community Center.

Holiday, music: The Festival Singers of Atlanta present “Noel” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany. They’ll also perform the concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at St. Mark United Methodist Church.

Holiday, music: Atlanta Baroque Orchestra’s “Holidays in Dublin” will feature Handel’s “Messiah,” performed with the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. The concert will also be performed at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at Roswell Presbyterian Church.

Music: Emanuel Ax joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 at 8 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Symphony Hall.

Holiday, music: The holidays get jazzy as the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour comes to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. Nov. 30.

Music: The Carolina Chocolate Drops will play the Variety Playhouse at 8 p.m. Nov. 30. Check out our interview with the band.

Stage: Act1 Theater brings beloved classic Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to the stage at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. It continues through Dec. 16.

Dance: It’s time for sugar-plum fairies and toy soldiers at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center as the Roswell Dance Theatre presents “The Nutcracker,” which continues through Dec. 2.

Stage: The Little Sisters of Hoboken are back in “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical.” The OnStage Atlanta production runs through Dec. 22 at the company’s Decatur home.

SATURDAY
Sports: Georgia meets Alabama in the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome at 4 p.m. Dec. 1. Check our our SEC Championship page for full coverage before, during and after the game.

Holiday: See nativities from all over the world at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany’s Nativities Exhibit Dec. 1-9.

Comedy: Actor and comedian Kevin Hart brings his stand-up act to Philips Arena at 9 p.m. Dec. 1.

Holiday, music: Get a preview of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus Annual Holiday Concert at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1. It’s part of Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth.

Holiday, music: Christian music star Sandi Patty presents Christmas Live with Jason Crabb at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Mount Paran Church of God.

Holiday, music: Another longstanding holiday tradition happens this weekend at the 86th annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert. It’s at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Spelman’s Sisters Chapel and at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at King Chapel on the Morehouse College campus.

Holiday, music:Atlanta Boy Choir Holiday Extravaganza takes place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Cathedral of St. Philip.

Holiday, music: Atlanta Schola Cantorum presents “Christmas in the New World” at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.

Holiday, music: Georgia State University’s 15th Annual Gala Holiday Concert happens at the Rialto Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

Music: The Winter Wonder Jam series gets under way at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 with  Justin Townes Earle and Deer Tick’s John McCauley. The series continues Dec. 8 with Marc Broussard, David Ryan Harris and Ben Deignan; Dec. 15 with AWOLnation and Dec. 22 with an artist to be announced. The shows take place at Atlantic Station’s Central Park.

Recreation: Hit the slopes at Snow Mountain, where it’s always a winter wonderland. The annual attraction at Stone Mountain Park continues through Feb. 18.

SUNDAY
Holiday, festival: “Christmas Packages” is a holiday festival of food, fun and Christmas traditions that includes carriage rides, live reindeer, living nativity, crafts, games, carolers, hayrides and more. It starts at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta.

Holiday, music: The Michael O’Neal Singers present “Welcome Christmas” at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Roswell United Methodist Church.

Holiday, music: Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra’s Winter Concert, “New Year’s in Vienna,” takes place at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at Virginia Highland Church.

Holiday, music: Boston-based brass quintet Empire Brass brings “The Sound of Chritmas” to the Fesrt Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech at 5 p.m. Dec. 2. They’ll be joined by Elisabeth Von Trapp, granddaughter of Maria von Trapp, whose life inspired “The Sound of Music.”

Music: Members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program perform in a Fall Musicale at 7 p.m. Dec. 2. The show is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved.

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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November 29th, 2012
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November 30th, 2012
8:16 am