A certain jolly old elf is always an honored guest at the annual Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Kid’s Christmas concerts. Those performances take place on the next two Sundays, Dec. 9 and 16. Photo: Jeff Rothman
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
Holiday: Enjoy a Presidential look at the holiday season at A White House Christmas at Bulloch Hall. It 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.
Holiday: See nativities from all over the world at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany’s Nativities Exhibit through Dec. 9.
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: “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 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.
Music, holiday: Spend Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Stage: Aurora Theatre’s musical revue “Christmas Canteen” mixes World War II favorites with new Christmas standards. It continues through Dec. 23.
Holiday, stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s take on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” utilizes just a handful of actors. It runs through Dec. 23 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern.
Holiday, stage: Make the season merrier and brighter with the Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s production of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.” It opens Dec. 7 and continues through Dec. 23 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.
Holiday, stage: Camerata Theatre’s “The Play of Herod” is a stark, dream-like 12th-century liturgical drama that will be presented at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church and at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers.
Holiday, dance: “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” is one of the city’s most beloved and venerable holiday traditions. It opens Dec. 7 and continues through Dec. 26 at the Fox Theatre.
Holiday, dance: Atlanta Dance Theatre presents “Babes In Toyland,” based on Victor Herbert’s tuneful operetta, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 10 a.m., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
Music, holiday: Atlanta Jazz Vespers brings together vocalists Kathleen Bertrand and Alex Lattimore with musicians Dwight Andrews, Che Marshall, Moffett Morris, Gary Motley and the Atlanta Jazz Chorus. the performances are at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at the First Congregational Church.
Music: Beloved Atlanta duo Indigo Girls is joined by the Georgia Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Music, holiday: Take a lunch break with a festive and unusual Atlanta tradition at Tuba Christmas, which takes place at noon Dec. 7 at Underground Atlanta.
Music, holiday: Spivey Hall Young Artists and Children’s Choir celebrates the season at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Spivey Hall in Morrow.
Music, holiday: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is an Emory tradition that dates back to 1935. They’ll continue the tradition at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 4 p.m. Dec. 8 in Glenn Memorial Auditorium.
Music, holiday: Join the Sanctuary Choir and director Michael O’Neal for Roswell United Methodist Church’s Annual Christmas Festival Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 9.
Music, holiday: Soprano Megan Mashburn is the special guests as the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus presents its 32nd annual holiday show, this year titled “And on Earth, Peace,” at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Cathedral of St. Philip.
Music: Jamey Johnson provides a jarring and welcome contrast to the bloodless, antiseptic stuff that passes for country music these days. He’ll play Wild Bill’s in Duluth at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
Holiday: At Christmas at Callanwolde, the historic estate is transformed for the holiday by some of Atlanta top designers and decorators. It happens Dec. 7-Dec. 18.
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.
Stage: The Alliance Theatre presents its beloved annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” It continues through Dec. 23.
Holiday, music: Immerse yourself in the music of the season at the Johnson Ferry Christmas Festival. The concerts are at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta.
Holiday, music: Rockabilly and swing are on the menu at the Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza, which happens at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Holiday, stage: “An Atlanta Christmas” is a joint production of Atlanta Radio Theatre Company and Academy Theatre. It opens Dec. 8 and continues through Dec. 16 at Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates.
Holiday, stage: A mysterious stranger fascinates the girls in Horizon Theatre Company’s production of the musical “Madeline’s Christmas.” It runs Dec. 8 through Dec. 31.
Home tour: Christmas Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Stone Mountain Woman’s Club, includes visits to six Stone Mountain homes and begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 8.
Pets, holiday: The pooches get in on the holiday fun at the Reindog Parade, which gets going at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Home tour: Houses are aglow for the season at the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes, which happens Dec. 8-9.
Home tour: Take in the Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 8 and noon Dec. 9.
Music: The Winter Wonder Jam 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.
Holiday, music: The Choral Guild of Atlanta presents “Christmas Through the Ages” at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at Northside Drive Baptist Church,.
Holiday, music: Peachtree Road United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, orchestra and soloists. explore “The Many Moods of Christmas” beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
Holiday, music: Peachtree Presbyterian Church Christmas Festival Concert will feature the adult choirs, handbells, youth choir and soloists accompanied by organ, piano, harp. They’ll be joined by the Buckhead Youth Orchestra. the concert begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 9.
Home tour, holiday market: The Avondale Estates 20th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes and Holiday Market happens this weekend. The market opens at noon Dec. 9; tour at 3 p.m.
Holiday, music: Bring the little ones to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Kid’s Christmas, which happens 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Holiday, music: The Dunwoody United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and Brass Ensemble present Rutter’s “Gloria,” a selection of carols and more at 4 p.m. Dec. 9.
Holiday: Join the Marcus Jewish Community Center’s Hanukkah Celebration and Menorah Lighting, which will include live entertainment and Hanukkah songs with Rabbi Glusman. It begins at 5 p.m. Dec. 10-12.
Holiday, music: The Atlanta Opera Holiday Concert will feature soloists from the Atlanta Opera Chorus. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church.
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.