There aren’t many options if you’re planning to get out of the house on Christmas Day. Even many churches have closed up shop to allow church employees and volunteers to spend the day with family, as the AJC reported earlier this week.
But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Most of the Christmas light shows will be shining bright, Horizon Theatre Company’s production of “The Santaland Diaries” will hit the stage at 8 p.m. Christmas night and Atlanta music legend Col. Bruce Hampton will play a free show at the Five Spot.
After the family, food and presents, if you’re looking for something to do Christmas Day, here’s a list of possibilities:
Col. Bruce Hampton And the Pharoah Gumit. 9 p.m. Dec. 25. Free. Five Spot.
Magical Nights of Lights. 5-10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1. $40 per carload (1-9 people); check website for pricing for larger vehicles. Lake Lanier Islands Resort.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. The garden will be closed during the day on Christmas Day, but will open at 5 p.m. for the light show. Through Jan. 7. $18.95 adults, $12.95 ages 3-12; younger than 3 free. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Gift of Lights. More than 1 million lights and hundreds of individual light displays fill Atlanta Motor Speedway in this 1.5 mile drive-through experience. Through Jan. 1. $15 per car. Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Lights of Life. 6-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 6-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Through Dec. 31. $5 per car; $10 per van; $20 per bus; $3 train ride; $5 pony ride. Life University.
Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights. Nightly through Dec. 30. $16-$25; $8-$12.50 ages 6-12. Callaway Gardens.
“The Santaland Diaries.” 8 p.m. Dec. 25. The show continues through Jan. 1. $40-$55. Horizon Theatre Company.