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November 11, 2012

Holiday Hot Sheet 2012

Where to skate, take tea, talk turkey, carol, make merry and more in Atlanta this holiday season

By Nancy Staab

From your Thanksgiving-to-go staples and holiday teas, to ice skating rinks, tree lightings, Christmas Eve dinner, choirs, musicals, Christmas Carols and more—here’s your definite guide to the haute holidays in Atlanta!

The Tree Lighting Ceremony at Atlantic Station The Tree Lighting Ceremony at Atlantic Station




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Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem” at Atlantic Station

Cirque du Soleil brings its latest show “Totem,” billed as a “fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind,” to the big top at Atlanta Station through Dec. 30. Expect stunning aerial acrobatics, costumes, music and effects. For more info and tickets



Pink Pig Ride at Macy’s at Lenox Square Mall

Come ride Priscilla the Pink Pig through a life-sized storybook, now through Jan. 1. Tickets are available for $3 at Macy’s Pink Pig kiosk inside the east mall entrance at Lenox Square.  Proceeds benefit Children’s.


Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides at Piedmont Park

Enjoy nightly horse-drawn carriage rides through Piedmont Park, now through Jan. 1. And don't miss the holiday carousel. For more info:


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Puppetry Arts Center

Rudoph at Puppetry Arts Center Rudoph at Puppetry Arts Center

The Center for Puppetry Arts’ beloved holiday adaptation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ is soaring back into town to once again charm Atlanta audiences this holiday season. Adapted and directed by the Center’s Artistic Director, Jon Ludwig, the production is based on the classic 1964 stop-motion animated special and provides the audience with the opportunity to experience the timeless tale of Rudolph and his misfit friends live on stage. “The third time is a charm,” remarked Ludwig on the return of the holiday classic. “Shine up your jingle bells and get ready to sing along to your favorite holiday hits! It’s Holly Jolly Time!” Opening on November 8-Jan. 6, Ludwig’s adaptation for the puppet stage faithfully embraces the original and includes all of the timeless characters such as Hermey the elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster. Tickets are $9.25 -$20.50. Included in ticket cost: admission to the Create-a-Puppet Workshop and all museum exhibits. For tickets and info: 404.873.3391 or


Atlanta Christmas House to Benefit Alliance Theatre

Atlanta Christmas House opens Thurs. Nov. 15 with a special “Champagne and Candlelight Tour”  opening party. The house will be open to tour Nov. 16--Dec. 9 and features top Atlanta designers such as Beth Webb, Jim Howard, Laura Walker, Barbara Heath, Amy D. Morris and many more. There will also be special Saturday seminars. Jennifer Pickens is signing her book “Christmas at the White House” on Nov. 17 and Danielle Rollins will be signing her new book “Soiree: The Art of Entertaining” on Dec. 8. Complimentary parking and shuttle at Chastain Horse Park. The show house is open Thursdays-Sundays with exception of Thanksgiving day.  The champagne and candelight tour is $125 per person. General admission is $18 in advance and $20 at the door. For more info, schedule and tickets visit:


Winter Wonderland Exhibit at Fernbank Museum

Fernbank Museum of Natural History celebrates the holiday season from November 16-- January 6, with “Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World.” The festive exhibition features trees, displays and other programming to reveal how people around the world celebrate the holidays. New this year: holiday photo opportunities, a children’s art exhibition and kid-friendly train rides. The exhibit also includes festive performances, dancing, music, demonstrations, storytelling and more on select days, including the Winter Wonderland Celebration Weekend” on November 17-18, “Caroling and Cookies Weekend” on December 1-2, and a special concert with Laughing Pizza on December 8. Admission to Winter Wonderland is included with Museum admission. Museum admission is $17.50 for adults, $15.50 for children ages 3 to 12.  Tickets can be purchased online at or  at 404.929.6400.



“Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” Opens Today at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Holiday Lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden Holiday Lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta’s newest, favorite holiday tradition returns for the second year Nov. 17 --Jan.5. More than 1.5 million lights (98% of the bulbs energy-saving) will transform the 30-acre Garden into a magical winter wonderland. Perfect for families and dates, you can stroll this event by foot while sipping hot chocolate or hot toddies and make build-your-own-s’mores over open bonfires.Perennial favorites such as the “Glittery Galaxy,” the “Funky Forest,” Edible Garden’s “Brilliant Bugs,” and Conservatory’s tropical laser lights, set to music, are all back by popular demand! In addition to the lights, look for a new 30-foot-long wall of live poinsettias and orchids, and an 18-foot-tall poinsettia tree. Also returning is the Holiday Model Train Show in a new expanded location, the new Glow Bar, and a dinner menu from MetroFresh in the Garden.  For tickets and info visit: 


A Christmas Carol at the Alliance Theatre

Celebrate Atlanta’s finest actors in this magnificent staging of Charles Dicken's classic Christmas tale, from Nov. 23-Dec.23.  On Christmas Eve, Scrooge (played by returning actor Chris Kayser) is visited by four ghosts offering perspective: his old partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. He awaked with a lighter brighter heart.  For tickets, visit or 404.733.5000


Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast


Broadway Musical “Beauty and the Beast” Opens at Fox Theatre

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the award-winning smash hit, is returning to Atlanta as part of the “2012-13 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta” season on Nov. 27-Dec. 2 at fabulous Fox Theatre. For tickets and more info visit: or 855.ATL.TIXX.



Holidays with The Chalks at Alliance Theatre

The Alliance Theatre brings a hilarious new, adult holiday musical to the Hertz Stage. Holidays with The Chalks combines improv with country music spoofing at its finest. Udeen, Judelle and Belva Chalk have spent a triple lifetime crisscrossing the USA singing the honky tonk harmonies that made them famous. But when Tubby’s Bar and Grill goes up in flames after a particularly rowdy show, the Chalk sisters find themselves on 90 days of bus arrest in the parking lot. If Judelle stays sober, Belva stays dressed and Judeen stays one step ahead of the law, they just may get the tour bus rolling again in time for Christmas.  But whatever happens, fans are in for a raucous evening of original music, irreverent comedy, and free baked goods. Some lucky fans may even find themselves onstage!  The show runs November 30 – December 23, 2012. Tickets start at $25 and are available 404.733.5000 or


Coca-Cola Holiday Concerts at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Join the ASO on Dec. 6-8 for a special Holiday Concert. Capture the heart of the holidays with the Orchestra’s iconic story of Christmas, created by its legendary conductor and choral master Robert Shaw five decades ago. Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie and a majestic cast of over 400 musicians and singers bring to life the Greatest Story Ever Told.Tickets start at $29. Return Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 for ASO’s Kid’s Christmas, featuring “Second Chance Christmas” by Scott Reid. A Family series favorite returns! Waylaid on their way to Carnegie Hall, the superheroes of our Youth Orchestra return music, dancing, and Christmas to a somber village. This Broadway-style mini-musical had its premiere here and was later recorded. Plus: meet Santa at the concert! Tickets start at $15. For tickets and info visit or 404.733.5000



Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Fabulous Fox Theatre

The Nutcracker by Atlanta Ballet The Nutcracker by Atlanta Ballet

Atlanta Ballet will give new meaning to “the magic of the holidays” this season as Artistic Director John McFall ups the ante by adding master illusionist Drew Thomas into the mix for the Company’s 53rd production of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Dec. 7- 26, at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. McFall has updated the production every year to keep it vibrant and fresh. This year he has completely reimagined Act 1, including the famous “party scene,” with new choreography, new characters and, of course, more magic, such as 20 pounds of snow and a 38-foot-tall Christmas tree. McFall has also invited the students from the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company back after a three-year hiatus to perform the “Chinese variation” in Act 2. Tickets start at $20. For tickets and info visit or 855.ATL.TIXX.


Classical Holiday Music and Cocktails at Mandarin Oriental on Thursdays and Fridays & Jazz on Saturdays

Taipan Lounge at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, will host live music with rising star pianist Cameron Carey on Thursday and Friday nights beginning at 6PM. Enjoy cocktails, bites, and the contemporary and classical stylings of Carey, with holiday tunes thrown in for the season. Return Saturdays for live jazz beginning at 8PM. Be sure to sneak a peek at the garden courtyard, illuminated with magical lights for the holiday season. Sip a signature cocktail like the Red Dragon (sake, vodka, pomegranate, lemon juice, agave nectar) or an Agave Gingerita. Beginning Dec. 12, the pastry chef will present "Twelve Days of Cookies" with daily selections and hot cocoa. For more info contact the concierge at 404.995.7570 or visit




FRI. NOV. 16

Live Jazz at High Museum with Steve Dancz

The High Museum stays open late night so museum-goers can enjoy live jazz from 5-9PM, take in the many exhibits with price of admission. Food and drink are also available for purchase. For more info visit


SAT. NOV. 17

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Christmas Tree Lighting at Atlantic Station

Kick off the holidays with the Atlantic Station Tree Lighting on Nov. 17. The shopping center will light up with more than 250,000 lights. The family-friendly event will feature musical entertainment, kid’s activities, live reindeer, and Make-A-Wish Foundation will sell lighted wands so children can “help” with the tree lighting. The night will culminate with Santa’s arrival at 7:15PM, a Holiday Jubilee performance at 7:25PM and the tree lighting, a “snow show” and fireworks at 8PM. The free event takes place noon-to 8PM at Central Park.


“Holiday Bubbles Redux” at The Shed at Glenwood

The Shed at Glenwood will be hosting their “Holiday Bubbles Redux” wine class on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. Guests can enjoy four sparkling wines and four champagnes while discussing label identification, flavor profiles and food pairings with wine director Todd Martin.  Chef Todd Richards will prepare the perfect pairings for each wine. $50 per person includes food pairings. To make a reservation: 404-835-4363 and/or email Todd Martin at For more information and a full menu visit:


Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular at Criminal Records

Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular will take place at Ambient Plus Studio, 11AM-6PM on Nov. 17-18. The gift items will showcase the best indie crafters around and there will be a swag bag for the first 250 attendees, plus DJ Zano spinning, a photo booth, DIY gift wrap area, and food from Good Food Truck, Bookie Macarons, Ursa Minor Coffee and more. Ambient Plus Studio is located at 585 Wells Street in Southwest, Atlanta, 30312.  I.C.E will also host a holiday pop-up shot at Criminal Records in Little Five Points Nov. 24-Dec. 30 for last minute holiday shoppers. 


WED. NOV. 21

3rd Annual, Pre-Thanksgiving The Stuffing Concert, featuring Manchester Orchestra and Cage the Elephant at Center Stage

Manchester Orchestra and Cage the Elephant headline the annual after-thanksgiving concert The Stuffing at Center Stage. The event starts at 5Pm and features about a dozen bands, including Ponderosa, on two stages. For tickets and info visit


Turkey Eve with Yacht Rock Revue at Smith's Olde Bar

Before stuffing your face with Thanksgiving turkey, stuff your ears with easy listening tunes from the campy Yacht Rock Revue. Guaranteed to get you on the dance floor. $18 in advance. Doors open at 8PM.



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Macy’s Holiday Tree Lighting at Lenox Square Mall

The 64th Lighting of Macy’s Great Tree takes place Thanksgiving night, Nov. 22. Pre-show festivities begin at 6:15 PM and the ceremony starts at 7PM. There will be live performers including country music star Trace Adkins, a festive fireworks display and holiday music to end the evening. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.


FRI. NOV. 23

ASO Performs Live to a Screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”

On Nov. 23 and 24, at 8:00 PM,  The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will bring the soundtrack of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl to life. Guest Conductor Richard Kaufman, who has devoted much of his musical life to conducting and supervising music for film and television productions, will lead the Orchestra in the score from the movie, which will be shown on a giant screen. All performances will be held in Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center. For tickets and info visit


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“Champagne & Chocolate: A Celebration of Dom Perignon” at St. Regis

The Knights of Wine Society will hosts its first annual Masquerade Reception tonight, 6-8PM at St. Regis Atlanta. Enjoy complimentary glass Dom Perignon and the finest organic chocolates, compliments of LW Chocolatier. A full bar and hor d’oeuvres will also be available throughout the black-tie event (masks preferred).  The event is $89 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For tickets:



Day After Thanksgiving: Modern Materials at the High Museum of Art

What goes well with a leftover turkey sandwich? Modern art, of course! Join us the day after Thanksgiving for some artful experimentation at the High. We’ll spend the day watching special performances, listening to great music, and investigating the different types of materials that our modern art friends use in Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913-2013. Don’t miss this opportunity to burn off your turkey and stuffing by making art, taking in great performances, and strolling through the High’s galleries from noon to 5PM. No registration required. Free with museum admission. Free for members.


Day After Party At Atlanta Food Truck Park

Get out of the house on Black Friday and head to Atlanta Food Truck Park for all -day festivities from 10AM to 10PM with non-stop live music, food trucks (ditch the leftover turkey), gift vendors, a Christmas tree lighting, and Christmas trees for sale from Tradition Trees. The treese will be sold through Dec. 8. For more info:



Christmas Tree Lighting & Sleigh Rides at Vinings Jubilee

Join Vinings Jubilee shopping center for their annual Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 29 from 6-8PM. Admission is free and includes train and pony rides, prizes, face painting, balloon twisting, festive music and holiday treats. Even Santa will be there! Return Friday Dec. 7 or Friday Dec. 14 for free, horse-drawn sleigh rides from 5-8PM. For more info visit:


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“Soiree: Entertaining with Style” book-signing with Danielle Rollins at Saks Fifth Avenue

Join Atlanta native, tastemaker and author Danielle Rollins tonight at 6PM at Saks as she signs her gorgeous new coffee-table book: a perfect holiday gift! The event takes place in the designer salon on the upper level of Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza. RSVP at 404.812.7320 or by Nov. 26



FRI. NOV. 30

High Museum Members Holiday Cocktail Party

High Museum members are invited to join the High Museum tonight for a festive holiday party from 6-10PM, sponsored by Art Partners. View the featured exhibition on artist Thorton Dial or MoMA’s Modern Moments exhibit, enjoy docent tours, music, dancing, tasty treats and holiday cocktails. $25 for members. For tickets and info:



Christmas Parade, Downtown Peachtree Street
Join Children’s Hospital of Atlanta (CHOA) in celebrating the 32nd annual parade, hosted by WSB-TV, which will feature award-winning bands and dance groups, large helium balloons, holiday floats, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus, from 10:30 AM to noon.


 “So You Think You Can Dance” Tour at Cobb Energy Centre

The A-team from popular TV show “So You Think You Can Dance,” including most recent winners Eliana and Chehon, will bring their fleet feet and graceful moves to Cobb Energy Centre tonight for a night of sexy dancing. For tickets and info visit


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Launch of Target Holiday Fashion Collaboration with Neiman Marcus

Mark your calendars because today is the launch of the major holiday collaboration between Target and Neiman Marcus, featuring dozens of tops designers and tons of chic but affordable gift-ables. Doors open early at 8AM today at Neiman Marcus to cater to the holiday crowds for this sure-to-sell-out collection.


Holiday Artist Market at the High Museum

For one day only, the High Museum will host 10 of Atlanta's top local artisans and exceptional gifts and jewelry at their annual Holiday Artist Market from 10AM to 4PM. in the museum gift shop. The show also includes a book signing by Chef Sonya of Sweet Auburn Bread Company from 2-4PM. For more info visit


4th Annual Y’all Tide with Whiskey Gentry at Variety Playhouse

It’s a double-header for the holidays with local bands The Whiskey Gentry and Blair Crimmins & The Hookers taking the stage at Variety Playhouse tonight. Show starts at 8:30PM. Tickets $15 in advance, $17.50 at the door.


Holiday Open House with Martha Stewart's Cake Baker at HollyBeth Organics

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HollyBeth hosts her good friend and the co-author of Martha Stewart Wedding Cakes, Wendy Kromer Schell. Wendy will sign her book  at HollyBeth Anderson's private studio #211 at StudioPlex from 11AM -2PM. The event will include seasonal bites and beverages and special sales of Anderson's organic skincare products and Kromer-Schell's sweet treats. Kromer-Schell will also share her how-to's for signature Christmas and Hanukkah cookies during a private demo from 10-11AM. To register for the private demo call 404.549.7403. $20 per person for the demo, holiday open house is free.


Winter Wonder Jam with Justin Townes Earle at Atlantic Station

Singer Justin Townes Earle headlines tonight's outdoor Winter Wonder Jam at Atlantic Station at 6:30PM. Special guest John McCauley of Deer Tick will also perform. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.



1Oth Annual Toy Party and Silent Auction at Americas Mart

Local non-profit organization For the Kid in All of Us announced plans for the 10th annual Toy Party & Silent Auction, created by Atlanta’s gay and gay-friendly community. The event, traditionally attended by 4,000 people, will be held on Dec. 2,  from 5 –9 pm at Americas Mart 3 in Downtown Atlanta. An amazing Cirque performer will dazzle our guests throughout the evening, David Garibaldi from America’s Got Talent will perform in the VIP area, and DJ Vicki Powell will keep the party going The event includes complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. Festive attire encouraged. General admission is $5 per person with an unwrapped toy to donate of $20 value or higher. Access to VIP lounge and bar is $50 plus toy. VIP is $250 plus toy. All toys will be donated to non-profit agencies that serve Georgia’s children in need.  For more info and tickets visit:



 A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Emory University

The festival will take place Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. and Saturday,Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium. Established in 1935, this tradition continues to bring Emory and Atlanta community members together to celebrate the season. The candlelit service of choral music and scripture features readings by special guests from the community. Tickets: $15; $5 Emory students. For tickets and details call 404-727-5050 or visit



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The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza at Cobb Energy Centre

Brian Setzer, the pompadour singer behind 80’s hit tune “Stray Cats Strut,” brings his swing band to Cobb Energy Centre for a night of energetic holiday tunes. This is not your mama’s holiday show. For tickets and info:



Holiday Reindog Parade at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Calling all canine owners for the fifth annual Reindog Parade on Saturday, December 8 -– the only day of the year that dogs are allowed to set paw in the Garden.During the event, which begins at 11 a.m., pups clad in their finest holiday attire will parade across a stage before a panel of local celebrity judges to compete for prizes such as Best Puppy, Best Dog-Owner Dress-a-Like and Best in Show. A Doggie Expo will offer canine-related products, services and info. Refreshments will be available under the Pup Tent, and participants may have photos of their dogs taken with a botanical Saint Nick. All dogs must be pre-registered, and forms are available on the Garden’s web site or via The cost, in addition to regular Garden admission, is $15 per dog, or $18 at the door (maximum two dogs per owner).  


Winter Wonder Jam at Atlantic Station with Marc Broussard

Bluesy, New Orleans crooner Marc Broussard headlines the outdoor, Winter Wonder Jam at Atlantic Station tonight at 6:30PM with special guests David Ryan Harris and Ben Deignan. Tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  For tickets:



Santa’s Favorite Chamber Music at Michael C. Carlos Museum

Another holiday classic, Santa’s Favorite Chamber Music, is Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. in Michael C. Carlos Museum and will feature Emory University Quartet-in-Residence, Vega String Quartet. Santa will be on hand to introduce some of his favorite holiday pieces and pass out early Christmas treats to good listeners. This concert is a part of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta Family Series and is free and open to the public. For tickets and details call 404-727-5050 or visit


WED. DEC. 12

Park 75 Lounge at Four Seasons launches !2 Days of Cocktails

Who wouldn't love an excuse for a daily cocktail? Bartender Peter Hill of Park 75 Lounge at Four Seasons has crafted 12 days of specialty holiday cocktails to get you into the festive spirit from "A Partridge in a Pear Tea" (Cruzan Rum, baked pear juice, lemon juice, housemade wormwood bitters, baked pear slice as garnish)  or Christmas Rum Punch to "Feliz Navidad" (tequila, Mexican chocolate, Fernet Branca, splash of cream, brown sugar cube, simple syrup). Each cocktail is $12 and there's even one for the Grinch!  



ASO Performs Handel's "Messiah"

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Chorus perform holiday classic, Handel's "Messiah," as well as "Gloria" from Bach's Mass in B Minor, on Dec. 13 and Dec. 15 at 8PM. For tickets and info:


FRI. DEC. 14

The ASO Presents "Gospel Christmas"

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the ASO Gospel Choir present their annual, holiday "Gospel Christmas"  at 8PM on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15. For tickets and info:


Holiday Bazaar at Serenbe

Serenbe will host a Holiday Bazaar at its stables Dec. 14-16 with artisan goods from vendors from all over the Southeast, food truck fare, festive holiday music, and Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday from 1-4PM for photos. 


The Ice Bar Returns to Lumen Lounge in The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta

The famed Ice Bar returns to Lumen Lounge tonight, and every Friday and Saturday through the holiday season, at The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, downtown. Select a signature cocktail such as the Orient Appletini or the Purple Cosmo and watch as the bartender pours the vodka down the sculpted ice luge, chiling the beverage as it splashes into your glass. The interactive ice bar will be available from 5-7 PM


SAT. DEC. 15 

“The Holiday Spirit” annual, family program at Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center's one-day program, The Holiday Spirit, is filled with family activities that celebrate the season: holiday crafts, live music, decorations, engaging theatrical performances, and a visit from Saint Nicholas. Featured activities include time travel to explore holidays past at Smith Family Farm and Swan House, where guests encounter friendly “Spirits” from the 1860s and the 1930s. At Smith Family Farm, guests meet members of the Smith household as they prepare for the holidays and welcome soldiers returning from war on furlough. Demonstrations of blacksmithing, candle-dipping, and open-hearth cooking showcase time-honored traditions of the South. At Swan House, guests observe holiday decorations and meet the individuals who kept the house running during the busy holiday season, including the gardener, chauffeur, and maid. The event is free to members and included in the cost of general admission for non-members. The Holiday Spirit program takes place Sat. Dec. 15 from 10:30AM to 4:30 PM. For info and tickets: 404.814.4000 or


Christmas with Atlanta Sacred Chorale at Emory University

Spend Christmas with Atlanta Sacred Chorale in their annual Christmas concert on Saturday,Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday,Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. The glorious sounds of the holidays are brought to the award-winning acoustics of Emerson Concert Hall at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Special guest ensemble, The Gary Motley Trio, bring a little jazz to keep you humming throughout the holiday season. Tickets: $25; and all students $10. For tickets and details call 404-727-5050 or visit


The Yacht Rock Holiday Special at Variety Playhouse

It's Yacht Rock, the holiday version, when the local band specializing in easy listening 70's and 80's tunes, takes the stage tonight at 8PM. For info and tickets visit:


SantaCon at Little Five Points

L5P will be awash with hundreds of jolly men in red suits this evening , beginning at 7PM. They will be making the rounds of the local taverns. Feel free to don your own red suit and hat and join the fun!


Holiday Cooking Class with Chef Holota at BLT Steak

Chef Cyrille Holota of BLT Steak at W Atlanta Downtown will host an interactive cooking class today. The chef will share his recipes for popovers, chestnut soup, braised short ribs and manicotti and wild mushrooms, among other dishes. The class is from 2-4PM and is $60 per person. For more details and reservations call 404.577.7601


SUN. DEC. 16

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“Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival” At Philips Arena

Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story in their new touring show Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival, Dec. 16-17. Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more! Tickets from $15. For tickets and info:


MON. DEC. 17

Carols and a Screening of The Grinch at Fox Theatre

Join Fox Theatre for their 6th annual "Larry, Carols and Mo!" with sing-alongs to Might Mo organ, carols in the Fox arcade, snow fall inside the Fox Theatre and a screening of the Jim Carrey version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Doors open at 6PM and sing-along begins at 7PM. The event is free and open to the public but advance reservations/ tickets required.  For tickets and info visit  The Fox will be accepting donations for Toys for Tots and Atlanta Community Food Bank.




Joy: An Irish Christmas at Cobb Energy Centre

Join acclaimed Irish singer/songwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty for an unforgettable celebration of Christmas with modern hymns, beloved traditional carols, and spirited Irish reels and jigs. The evening starts at 7PM. Tickets start at $25. For tickets and info: 800.743.3000 or or


Rosebud / Family Dog "Ugly Holiday Sweater" Mini Pub Crawl

It’s time to dig through the closet and pull out that terrible Christmas sweater you’ve been hiding! Rosebud and The Family Dog are hosting a mini Morningside pub crawl for the holidays. For just showing up in your ugly holiday sweater, you will receive 2 drink tickets good for holiday inspired cocktails at Rosebud from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and another one at The Family from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. On top of that the Dave Ellington Trio will be performing Charlie Brown Christmas hits into the night providing what is sure to be a great time! For more info: or


FRI. DEC. 21

ASO Presents "A Very Merry Holiday Pops"

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs popular holiday standards with special guests, including Santa, a reveling drumline, and Grady High School Chorus. Shows at 8PM Dec. 21 and 3PM and 8PM on Dec. 22. For tickets and info:


SUN. DEC. 23

Holiday Pajama Brunch Buffet at The Shed at Glenwood

Grab the family and your favorite footie pajamas for a Holiday Pajama Brunch Buffet at The Shed on Sunday, December 23! Chef Todd Richards will be whipping up classic brunch fixins’ such as Hot Smoked Salmon, French Toast, Scrambled Eggs and Roasted Potatoes. The cost is $17 per person and don’t forget about the Bottomless Mimosas and Marys! To make a reservation, call 404-835-4363 


MON. DEC. 24

Free Admission to the High Museum of Art on Christmas Eve and Special Family Activities Dec. 26-31

This Christmas Eve, the High Museum of Art would like to give a gift to you and your family – free admission! Visitors can enjoy fun family activities along with the world’s best art, including our current exhibitions Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913-- 2013 and Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial. Plus, enjoy 50% off of your High Museum Gift shop purchases on Christas Eve (in store only & does not apply to sale merchandise).Bring your family to the High for art-making experiences that are fun for everyone on  Monday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 26 through Monday, Dec. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. For more info visit





Ice Skating at Centennial Park

The ice skating rink at Centennial Park is open Nov. 19-Jan. 27. Tickets are $10 per person for a 90-minute session, including skate rental. The hours are Mon.-Thurs. 4:30Pm-10PM; Friday 4:30PM to 11PM; Sat. 10AM to 11PM and Sunday 10AM to 10PM. For more info:


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Astor Holiday Ice Skating Rink at St. Regis Atlanta

The Astor Holiday Rink, is back for its fourth consecutive year.Skate in the outdoor setting of the hotel’s 40,000-square-foot Piazza. Protected from the elements by an ethereal sheer tent, the rink is adorned with whimsical white lights and features festive holiday tunes. The Astor Holiday Rink will be open fromNovember 21--January 2. Enjoy hot cocoa, s’mores and Coca-Cola in holiday-themed bottles and other treats while sitting next to the Piazza’s cozy outdoor fireplace overlooking the rink. The rink will be open to all visitors from 12 – 9 p.m. (Monday – Friday) and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). Skating sessions will start every hour and be priced at $30 per hour for adults and $18 per hour for children under 16. Special holiday skating packages for adults-only “ladies night out” evenings and romantic date nights will be available, as well as group bookings for children’s parties and office outings.  Look for adult skate parties on the nights of Nov. 29Dec. 6, 13, and 27. For info and reservations consult the St. Regis Holiday Butlers and Holiday Desk at 404.563.7797 or For website visit:


Ice Skating at Park Tavern at Piedmont Park

Ice skating begins Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22-- Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, at the rink at Park Tavern. The outdoor rink is enclosed in a heated tent with state-of-art sound system, and fireside drinks and dining. The rink is open Monday-Friday from 4:30 to midnight and 10:30AM to midnight on Saturday and Sundays (with Adult Skate from 9PM on, every night). Ice skating sessions are $15 per person and include skate rental. Sessions are an hour and a half long with 30min breaks to clean ice. Individual and Family season passes are also available. For tickets, hours and info:


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Black Friday Tea at St. Regis Atlanta

Join St. Regis for the ultimate post-retail therapy on November 23. Black Friday Tea is for those seeking a sophisticated alternative to the busiest shopping day of the year. From 2:30-4:30 p.m., this tea features sparkling wine, fashion styled sweets and a $50 gift card to Neiman Marcus. Tea is $90 per person  For info and reservations consult the St. Regis Holiday Butlers and Holiday Desk at 404.563.7797 or For website visit:


Holiday Teas at St Regis Atlanta

Join St. Regis Atlanta for Holiday Afternoon Tea on November 24 – December 25; daily from 2-4:30 p.m.; $52-$58 per person. The tea includes 10 varieties of hand-selected teas served with an assortment of handcrafted petite sandwiches and freshly baked pastries. The Holiday Celebration Tea ($58) includes a glass of sparkling wine. For info and reservations consult the St. Regis Holiday Butlers and Holiday Desk at 404.563.7797 or For website visit:


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Holiday Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

Escape the holiday madness with gracious afternoon tea in the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead lobby lounge. Sit by the fireside and enjoy a traditional English tea with seasonally-inspired sandwiches, pastries and warm scones. Reservations are required: 404.237.2700



Annual Swan Coach House Holiday Tea

Join Swan Coach House for a holiday teas from 4:30-6:30PM and great holiday shopping in the gift shop. By reservation only: 404.261.0636  ext. 221





Tea with Santa at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

Tea with Santa is the time-honored setting for generations of Atlantans celebrating the season. Santa oversees the festivities, including musical entertainment and caroling by the Dickens Singers. Saturday and Sunday, November 24 and 25; Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 30 to December 16; and Sunday December 23. Seatings at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The cost is $52 per adult, $47 per child. Valet parking is complimentary. Reservations required and early reservations are strongly recommended: 404.240,7035 or


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Teddy Bear Tea at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

Children are invited to bring a favorite teddy bear to tea. Storytellers and the Dickens Singers entertain, and Santa makes his annual appearance, of course! Children enjoy hot chocolate and seasonal treats, and take home a keepsake holiday teddy bear. December 2, 9, 16, 22 and 23 at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The cost is $47 per adult, $52 per child. Valet parking is complimentary. Reservations required and early reservations are strongly recommended: 404.240,7035 or



Life-Size Gingerbread House at St. Regis Atlanta

A teddy bear themed gingerbread house will wow guests upon entry into the hotel’s Lobby beginning Friday, November 23. Embellished with festive holiday candies and ornaments, the intricately crafted Gingerbread House is a true masterpiece made with more than 900 eggs, 450 pounds of sugar, 1,200 pounds of flour, 28 pounds of spices and 500 pounds of royal icing. The teddy bear theme ties into a local organization, The Teddy Bear Crusade, which provides teddy bears to sick and injured youth at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. For info and reservations consult the St. Regis Holiday Butlers and Holiday Desk at 404.563.7797 or For website visit:


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Tea with Santa at St. Regis Atlanta

Festive Tea with Santa will take place in the Astor Court at St. Regis Atlanta on November 30, December 1, 2, 6-9 and Dec. 13-24; 2-5 p.m.; $38 for children 12 and under. This tea gives little ones the opportunity to enjoy a magical Afternoon Tea ritual complete with a special visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Kids will also receive a special gift of treats from the North Pole. For info and reservations consult the St. Regis Holiday Butlers and Holiday Desk at 404.563.7797 or For website visit:


Pre-Christmas-Parade Children's Breakfast with Santa at Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, Downtown

Santa makes his annual appearance at Ritz-Carlton's popular Children's Breakfast at The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, Downtown, Sat. Dec. 1 at 9AM. The festive breakfast is perfectly timed so that you and your tots can watch the annual Christmas Parade on downtown Peachtree Street right afterwards. (The parade is from 10:30AM to noon).  For reservations: 404.659.0400


Breakfast with Santa at Neiman Marcus Café

Join Neiman Marcus Café Dec. 8, Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 for a festive holiday breakfast at 8:30AM with attendance by none other than Santa! $40 for adults and $25 for children. Reservations required: 404.266.8200  (We hear Dec. 8 & 15 dates may already be sold-out!)


Lunch with Santa at Swan Coach House

Join the Coach House from 11AM to 2:30 PM on Dec.16 for annual Lunch with Santa. They will be serving a lunch buffet with a variety of items for adults and children under 12. Santa and Mrs. Claus will spend time with each child. Photographs allowed and encouraged. Seating is limited and reservations are required: 404.261.0636  ext. 221.


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Nutcracker Tea at Four Seasons Hotel with Members of Atlanta Ballet

Bring your child’s Sugar Plum Fairy dreams to life with the annual Nutcracker Children’s Tea on Dec. 9, 16 and 23 from 2:30 to 5:30 PM. The tea includes traditional tea service, finger sandwiches, scones, decadent desserts, hot chocolate, and performances and story-telling by member of the Atlanta Ballet. The event ends with the decoration of holiday cookies. $45 for adults and $40 for children ages 3-12 years (tax and gratuity not included) For reservations: 404.253.3840.





PARISH Thanksgiving To-Go!

Chef Edward Russell of PARISH: Foods & Goods will combine fresh, organic ingredients harvested by local farmers to create delicious menu items that capture the essence of Thanksgiving. Parish will be offering an a la carte menu program, price depending on menu items selected. Customizable Menu options include: All Natural Roasted boneless turkey breast (2lbs) w/ chicken & sage gravy; Leek, mushroom & thyme stuffing; Broccoli & cheese casserole w/ crispy topping; Smoked paprika & honey sweet potatoes; Cranberry & black pepper compote; “Pull apart” yeast rolls; Deviled eggs w/ smoky house bacon; Choice of pumpkin or apple crumb pie. Orders must be placed by Sunday, November 18 at 5 p.m., all orders are to be picked up by Wednesday, November 21, after 12 p.m. To place your order call Parish at 404.681.4434.


Thanksgiving To Go Meals at Murphy’s

Let Murphy's serve you this Thanksgiving with our To Go Meals, including a turkey, sides, and a pie. Add a 4-pack of wine or an additional pie to make the feast complete. Menu:  Butternut Squash Soup, Apple and Ginger Cream; Mixed Green Salad, Walnuts, Pear, Blue & Cheddar Cheese, Champagne Vinaigrette; Roasted Boneless Brined Turkey Breasts; Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes; Macaroni and Cheese; Green Beans, Five Nut Vinaigrette & Fried Onions; Herbed Cornbread Stuffing, Sausage, Bacon, Leeks and Apples; Apple Cider Turkey Gravy; Cranberry Orange Chutney; Fourth Course – Choice of One: Pumpkin Pie, Fuji Apple Pie, Caramel Pecan Pie or Murphy’s Famous Tollhouse Pie. Orders will be taken from Tuesday October 9th until Saturday November 17th by phone at 404-872-0904. Each meal serves 4 and costs $145. Pick-up will be on Wednesday, November 21st from 10:30am-6pm at Murphy's.


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Thanksgiving Dinner to Go From Park 75 at Four Seasons

Enjoy a home-cooked holiday meal without the stress and hassle of preparing it. Back by popular demand, Executive Chef Robert Gerstenecker offers “Turkey To Go,” for your Thanksgiving celebration. Available through Park 75, this service features all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes including an 18 lb. Turkey, Gravy, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, a Pumpkin Pie and a Bourbon Pecan Pie! 
$255 (tax and gratuity included, serves 8 ppl.) Deadline to order is Thursday, November 15, Pick Up Date is Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22. 



Thanksgiving to Go at Serpas

Take a load off this holiday season and enjoy a pre-made Thanksgiving feast of comfort cuisine, Serpas style! This year's spread will include chef Scott Serpas' seasonally inspired creations specially prepared to take home to the family. Serpas is offering a three-course menu complete with an array of favorite fall-inspired sides.Download the menu order form here or visit Orders will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, November 21, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. All orders must be placed in advance by noon on Sunday, November 18, and can be received by phone at 404.688.0040 or by email at




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Thanksgiving Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

Celebrate a quintessential American tradition with friends and family at our abundant brunch brimming with more than 100 selections, from traditional breakfast favorites to seasonal specialties, to an array of splendid desserts created by the hotel’s elite culinary team. Chefs prepare omelets to order, carve roasts and finish tantalizing desserts as guests watch. Thursday, November 22, with seatings from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $99 per adult, $49 per child ages 5-12 (exclusive of tax and gratuities); Valet parking is complimentary. Reservations required and early reservations are strongly recommended: 404.240,7035 or



Thanksgiving Buffet at St Regis Atlanta

Gastronomic delights will add to the holiday spirit as Executive Chef Joseph Trevino conceives of spectacular seasonal dining for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.  A Thanksgiving Buffet at will be offered Thursday, November 22, with Brunch served from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Dinner from 3:30 – 8 p.m. ($99 per person or $36 per child 12 and under). For info and reservations consult the St. Regis Holiday Butlers and Holiday Desk at 404.563.7797 or For website visit: Click here for Thanksgiving Brunch menu:

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Thanksgiving Buffet at Park 75

Begin or continue the tradition of a buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Four Season Atlanta’s Park 75 Restaurant and Lounge on November 22nd. The buffet will include all holiday favorites, a carving station and so much more! Live music by pianist Alex Reddick will be the perfect accompaniment to this memorable meal.  $86 for adults, $30 for children ages 6-12 years and complimentary for those 5 and younger.  Park 75 is open for breakfast (6:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.) and dinner (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.) on Thanksgiving Day.


Thanksgiving at 103 West

Enjoy a family-style meal complete with your own perfectly roasted whole turkey, all the trimmings and a decadent dessert display this Thurs. Nov. 22 from noon to 7PM. Minimum of four guests per reservation. $72 per adults, $35 for children, children under 6 are free. Tax and gratuities are additional. Reservations required at 404.233.5993. See the Thanksgiving menu here:


Thanksgiving Buffet at The Shed at Glenwood

Don’t have time for cooking and all the stress of the holidays? Bring your family and friends to The Shed at Glenwood for Thanksgiving! From 1-7 p.m. The Shed will be serving a buffet full of classic Thanksgiving favorites including a delicious Rosemary Roast Turkey, Macaroni and Cheese Gratin, Pumpkin Pie and Red Velvet Cupcakes. Buffet is $45 per adult and $20 for kids ages 4-10. To make a reservation, call 404-835-4363 and/or email Todd Martin at For more information and a full menu visit: 


Thanksgiving Dinner at South City Kitchen Midtown

Join South City Kitchen Midtown for a Thanksgiving feat with 3-course prix fixe menu from noon to 8PM. $42 per person and $21 for children under 12 (excludes tax and gratuity). For full menu visit:  Reservations can be made at 404.873.7358.


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Christmas Eve Dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

The most elegant Christmas Eve celebration in the city is a delight for all. An a la carte menu is presented on Monday, December 24, with seatings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.Valet parking is complimentary. Reservations required and early reservations are strongly recommended: 404.240,7035 or



Christmas Eve Dinner at The St. Regis Atlanta

Gastronomic delights will add to the holiday spirit as Executive Chef Joseph Trevino conceives of spectacular seasonal dining for Christmas Eve Dinner on December 24. The dinner offers two seatings (6 p.m. and 8 p.m.), featuring a special prix fixe menu at $89 per person or $149 with wine pairings ($22 per child 12 and under). For info and reservations consult the St. Regis Holiday Butlers and Holiday Desk at 404.563.7797 or For website visit:  Click here for Christmas Eve Dinner Menu:


Christmas Eve Dinner at Park 75 at Four Seasons

Start your Christmas celebration with a selection from Park 75’s pecan wood grill, accompanied by a variety of Southerninfluenced sides and desserts, or enjoy a festive three-course prix fixe menu for $65 per person. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations call Park 75 or visit 


Christmas Eve Dinner at South City Kitchen, Midtown

South City Kitchen Midtown will be open for Christmas Eve Dinner from 5-9:30PM. The cost of the 3-course prix fixe menu is $42 per person and $21 for children under 12 (excluding tax and gratuity). Reservations can be made at 404.873.7358. For the special menu visit and click on “event menus.”


Christmas Eve Dinner at Restaurant Eugene

James Beard-winning chef Linton Hopkins is planning a special 4-course menu for Christmas Eve from 5-8PM. Among the course options: a celebration of caviars; lobster bisque; pan-seared foie gras with celery root puree, charred pineapple, duck cracking; prime rib of beef; Carolina pheasant with toasted farro, braised onion, crisp kale; and for dessert the caremlized milk chocolate soup with marshmallow brulee and orange-hazelnut biscoti is just one delectable  dessert option. Adults $90 and children $45. Wine pairinga available for $64. Restaurant Eugene will also be open on Boxing Day, Dec. 36, with a 3-course dinner of traditional Boxing Day fare and cocktail pairings. For reservations: 404.355.0321.


Christmas Eve Dinner at Empire State South

For Christmas Eve, ESS will host a four-course, family-style dinner. Seating is at 6:30PM and the cost is $60 per person, not including tax and gratuity.  Add $30 for optional paired wines. Menu highlights include chicken galantine with crisp Brussels sprouts, sea beans, persimmon butter, shoyu; Grouper with charred bread puree, baby beets, shaved carrots, radish, Meyer lemon; Border Springs lamb, celery root, black truffle, kumquat, swiss chard; Gateau St. Honore pate a choux, puff pastry, cream, caramel.  For reservations: 404.541.1105


Christmas Eve Dinner at BLT Steak

On Monday, December 24, chef Cyrille Holota will offer an unforgettable celebratory dining experience featuring seasonal classics with an upscale twist at BLT Steak Atlanta at W Atlanta Downtown. Guests can enjoy a three course meal including dishes such as Foie Gras Royal, Seared Stuffed Mushroom Pheasant Breast and Potatoes Fondant for $60. Enjoy wine pairings for an additional $30. For reservations, please call 404-577-7601 or visit


Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes At Rosebud

Chef Ron Eyester rocks an a la carte menu inspired by the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. The menu rolls from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, please visit or call 404-347-9747.



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Christmas Day Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

Celebrate this joyous holiday at our renowned brunch, rich with seasonal décor, live musical entertainment, caroling by the Dickens Singers and an appearance by Santa. Chefs carve holiday turkeys and hams amidst more than 100 brunch selections, and a knee-high buffet is just the right size for children to help themselves. Save room for the city’s most lavish desserts. Tuesday, December 25, with seatings from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., $99 per adult, $49 per child. Valet parking is complimentary. Reservations required and early reservations are strongly recommended: 404.240,7035 or



Christmas Day Buffet at St. Regis Atlanta

Gastronomic delights will add to the holiday spirit as Executive Chef Joseph Trevino conceives of spectacular seasonal dining for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.  a Christmas Day Buffet is served at brunch from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., and for dinner from 3:30 – 8 p.m. at $99 per person or $36 per child 12 and under. For info and reservations consult the St. Regis Holiday Butlers and Holiday Desk at 404.563.7797 or For website visit:  Click here for Christmas Brunch Menu:

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