Jodi Benson, best known as the voice of Ariel in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for “A Very Merry Holiday Pops” on Dec. 21 and 22. Photo courtesy the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Family: Synchronicity Theatre brings back its family-friendly holiday hit “A Year With Frog and Toad,” which continues through Dec. 30 at 14th Street Playhouse.
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
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 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.
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, 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.
Stage: Aurora Theatre’s musical revue “Christmas Canteen” mixes World War II favorites with new Christmas standards. It continues through Dec. 23.
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.
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.
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, stage: A mysterious stranger fascinates the girls in Horizon Theatre Company’s production of the musical “Madeline’s Christmas.” It runs through Dec. 31.
Stage: The Alliance Theatre presents its beloved annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” It continues through Dec. 23.
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.
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, stage: Duluth’s New Dawn Theater Company’s “A Not So Silent Night” tells a soldier’s Christmas story. It continues through Dec. 23.
Stage: Next Stage Theatre Company provides an alternative to the holiday offerings with “Cabaret,” the award-winning musical set in Berlin at the dawn of the Nazi era. It continues through Dec. 31 on the Alley Stage at the former home of Theatre in the Square in Marietta.
Holiday, music: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents “A Very Merry Holiday Pops,” with Tony Award-nominated singer and actress Jodi Benson, at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 22 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
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.
Holiday, dance: The Metropolitan Ballet Theatre presents its classical take on “The Nutcracker” Dec. 21-23 at the Blessed Trinity Performing Arts Theater in Roswell.
Stage, holiday: “The Holiday Puckin’ Fuppet Show” is a twisted take on the season from Atlanta’s competitive puppet slam. This is definitely puppetry for grown-ups and gets under way at 11 p.m. Dec. 22 at Fabrefaction Theatre Company.
Party: Kosher Chameleon presents Bagel Bash 2012, which they’re billing as “Atlanta’s biggest Jewish party of the year.” The event, which begins at 9 p.m. Dec. 24 at the Buckhead Theatre, also serves as a benefit for the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s young adults program.
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.