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Christmas weekend to do list: December 24-27

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Magical Nights of Lights continues at Lake Lanier Islands this weekend. There's plenty going on around Atlanta this Christmas weekend. AJC file photo

I’m off this week to enjoy a merry Christmas in snowy Michigan, but I’d hate for you to spend the holiday weekend around Atlanta thinking there’s nothing left to do but have just…one…more…cookie. (By all means, go ahead. I recommend the gingerbread.) Here are some ideas to carry you, your family and your visitors from Christmas Eve and on through the weekend. Keep an eye on the Atlanta Music Scene blog for more live shows, check out this post for more details about holiday theater performances and as always, please share your suggestions in the comments. Have fun! – Jamie G.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24

Exhibition: Dialog in the Dark” continues, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Premier Exhibition Center at Atlantic Station, Atlanta.

For Families: The Pink Pig ride continues, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Macy’s-Lenox Square, Atlanta. Read more.

Outdoors: Winterfest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tanglewood Farm, Canton.

History: The Power to Play: From Trash to Treasure” continues, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum, Atlanta.

Holiday: Living Nativity, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9 p.m., Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. FREE.

Nightlife: The Matzo Ball, 8 p.m., Halo Lounge, Atlanta.

Stage:A Tuna Christmas” continues, 2:30 p.m., Theatre in the Square, Marietta.

Stage: Atlanta Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” continues, 1 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta. Read more.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25

Comedy: It’s a Wrap! comedy show, 8 p.m., The Punchline, Atlanta.

For families: Family Fun Day with storytelling, crafts and dancing, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Marcus Jewish Community Center-Zaban Park, Dunwoody.

For families:Planet Shark: Predator or Prey“, noon-6 p.m., Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta. Read more.

Exercise: Ice skating at Centennial Olympic Park, 5-10 p.m., Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. Read more.

Holiday: Lights of Life, 6-11 p.m., Life University, Marietta.

Movies: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”,”Sherlock Holmes”,”The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”,”Nine”,”Up in the Air” and more films hits screens in Atlanta. See more movies, times and theaters around Atlanta

Outdoors: Holiday Lights Tours By Bike Tours of Atlanta, 8 p.m., starts at The Georgian Terrace Hotel, Atlanta.

Stage:The Santaland Diaries” continues, 8 p.m., Horizon Theatre, Atlanta.

Volunteer: Check out Hands On Atlanta for project ideas.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26

Exercise: Ice skating at the St. Regis, noon-8 p.m., St. Regis Hotel-Buckhead, Atlanta. Reservations encouraged. Read more.

For families: Vines Garden Railroad Christmas Model Train Display, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., George Pierce Park Recreation Center, Suwanee. FREE.

For kids:Meet the Holidays: Kwanzaa,” noon, Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

Holiday: Magical Nights of Lights, 5-10 p.m., Lake Lanier Islands, Buford.

History:In Focus: National Geographic Best Portraits,” 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, Kennesaw.

Music: Hot 107.9 Jingle Bash featuring Lil Wayne, Trey Songz and more, 6 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta. Read me.

Outdoors: Family Night-time Hike, 7 p.m., Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, Johns Creek. Registration required.

Stage:Black Nativity: A Holiday Gospel Celebration,” 2:30 and 8 p.m., Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta.

Stage: The Second City: Peach Drop, Stop and Roll,” 2:30 and 8 p.m., Alliance Theatre, Atlanta.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27

Comedy: Dan Mengini performs, 7 p.m., Laughing Skull Lounge, Atlanta.

For kids: Hands on for the Holidays – Leonardo’s Creative Process, 1-4  p.m., High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Holiday: Jolly Holiday Trolley Tour, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., National Museum of Patriotism, Atlanta.

Music: Micah Dalton and Tyler Lyne perform, 7:30 p.m., Eddie’s Attic, Decatur.

Outdoors: Snow Mountain opens, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain. Read more.

Sports: Atlanta Falcons vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m., Georgia Dome, Atlanta.

Sports: Gwinnett Gladiators vs. Florida Everblades, 4 p.m., Gwinnett Arena, Duluth.

Stage:Nuncrackers!” 5 p.m., Theatre on Main, Acworth.

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5 comments Add your comment

Beatriz

December 25th, 2009
4:25 pm

Thank you for keeping us informed. I love it.

Justin

December 24th, 2009
12:49 pm

Miami is playing the Knicks on Christmas Day.

MIss Sheila

December 24th, 2009
9:15 am

I thought the Hawks play the Knicks on Christmas Day

Jamie Gumbrecht

December 23rd, 2009
6:35 pm

Thanks, Joe! I really appreciate it. Have a great weekend and a happy holiday!

joe

December 22nd, 2009
3:45 pm

Jamie,

I’m one of those, who cant have an escape from Atlanta during this holiday season, but knowing nothing to do in town,I was surprised and really happy to see so many events that can occupy me.

thanks for the posting.. good job.. keep doing

-Joe