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Gifts That Do Good Holiday Gift Fair at World Peace Cafe

Feel even better about the season of giving when shopping at this charity gift fair. A selection of gifts that are fair-trade, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, green or made from recycled materials will be on hand. All proceeds go to the International Temples Project for World Peace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading peace throughout the world. Appetizers and nonalcoholic drinks will be available, and live music takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. It all happens at World Peace Cafe, purveyors of relaxed vegetarian cuisine.

6-10 p.m. Dec. 10. Free. World Peace Cafe, 220 Hammond Drive, Suite 302, Sandy Springs. 404-256-2100, www.worldpeacecafeatlanta.com.


Holiday Photos With Santa Paws at Pit Stop for Pets

Does your pet have its tail between its legs during the holidays? It doesn’t have to sit on the sidelines during all the festivities. He or she can join the rest of the family for a photo op with Santa Claus. Instead, this time he’s Santa Paws and is joined by his own team of elves and live reindeer. Photo packages will be available for sale. Pet lovers can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and snacks, and buy a $5 raffle ticket to win a Pandigital Multimedia Android Tablet. Proceeds benefit the Spay/Neuter Coalition and Ahimsa House.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10. Free. Pit Stop for Pets, 12315 Crabapple Road, Suite 154, Alpharetta. www.pitstopforpets.com.


Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park

Yeah, Atlanta typically suffers from snow envy. Yet those looking for a white Christmas don’t necessarily have to trek to a neighboring state’s ski resort. A mess of the stuff is being created by a virtual team of magic elves at Stone Mountain Park. Each year the park’s Laser Lawn transforms into a snowy bank of tubing slides. Machines pump out a mass of artificial snow for tubers to slide down. Ticket holders choose a two-hour sliding session. Then it’s onto a moving sidewalk and up the massive hill. At the top sliders choose from individual tube slides or a larger family tube, which can hold as many as five people. Expect a zippy ride. Snow Mountain visitors also have all-day access to a snowy play area where they can build snowmen, slide down smaller hills and basically frolic among the chilly white stuff. It’s adjacent to the Crossroads section of the park and its annual Christmas attractions. Combo tickets are available for both. Online reservations are recommended.

Call or check online as hours vary. Dec. 10, 11, 17-23, 26-31; Jan 1, 2, 7, 8, 14-16, 21, 22, 28, 29; Feb. 4, 5, 11, 12, 17-20. $27, $10 parking per vehicle. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com.