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Best bets: Dec. 11-17

Demetria McKinney and Danny Johnson star in "The Mountaintop."

Demetria McKinney and Danny Johnson star in "The Mountaintop."

FRIDAY

Stage: “The Mountaintop. True Colors Theatre Company presents this re-imagining of events the night before the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Continues through Dec. 16. $20-$60. Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta. Here’s a review of the show.

Stage: “West Side Story.” Part of the Gas South Broadway Series. Dec. 13-16. $17-$60. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.

Comedy: Maz Jobrani. Dec. 14-15. $25. The Punchline, 280 Hilderbrand Drive N.E., Atlanta. 404-252-5233.

Family: Synchronicity Theatre brings back its family-friendly holiday hit “A Year With Frog and Toad.” $15-$40. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-484-8636, www.synchrotheatre.com.

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.

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 5-10 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 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: 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.

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 continues through Dec. 23 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

Holiday, dance: “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” is one of the city’s most beloved and venerable holiday traditions. It continues through Dec. 26 at the Fox Theatre.

Holiday: At Christmas at Callanwolde, the historic estate is transformed for the holiday by some of Atlanta top designers and decorators. It continues through 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.

SATURDAY

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

Holiday, music: Atlanta Boy Choir. 7 p.m. Dec. 15. $15-$20. Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Ga. 212 S.W., Conyers. 770-483-8705, www.trappist.net.

Holiday, stage: “An Atlanta Christmas” is a joint production of Atlanta Radio Theatre Company and Academy Theatre. It 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 through Dec. 31.

Music: The Winter Wonder Jam series continues Dec. 15 with AWOLnation and Dec. 22 with an artist to be announced. The shows take place at Atlantic Station’s Central Park.

SUNDAY

Holiday, music: Join the  Michael O’Neal Singers in their 7th annual “Messiah Sing-Along” where the audience sings the solos as well as the choruses. This is a holiday experience for all ages.  3 p.m. Dec. 16. $10. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. 770-993-6218, www.rumc.com.

Holiday, music: Bring the little ones to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Kid’s Christmas, which happens 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

MONDAY

Music, free:  Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. 8 p.m. Dec. 17. Free. Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. 404-727-5050, www.arts.emory.edu.

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.

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 Shane Harrison on Twitter at @ajchottix and @ajcatlevents for info on tickets going on sale and more upcoming events.

2 comments Add your comment

henry disharoon

December 11th, 2012
11:22 pm

some ideas 4 u

Mister Pants

December 12th, 2012
2:32 pm

I will be sharing the joy of pants throughout the community.