3 fun things in metro Atlanta


“Miracle on 34th Street” at Earl Smith Strand Theatre

Originally a classic movie house, the Strand lives on as a multipurpose venue with live music, plays and more. Yet, it periodically goes back to its celluloid roots, and this time does it so in holiday fashion. The 1947 classic “Miracle on 34th Street” gets the big-screen presentation it deserves. On the heels of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New Yorkers wonder if a department store Santa (Edmund Gwenn) may be the real deal. The young Susan, played by a pint-size Natalie Wood, leads the charge of Kringle believers.

8 p.m. Dec. 15. $8; $7 students, seniors and military with valid I.D. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080, www.earlsmithstrand.org.


Reindeer Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Catching a reindeer on the roof on Christmas Eve can be a tough task to tackle. Chattahoochee Nature Center makes this holiday dream come true and brings Santa’s coursers to you. Guests hang around a campfire and meet live reindeer. A special story-time takes place at 1 p.m. A program titled “Creatures” follows at 2 p.m. and explains how native animals adapt during our chillier months. Kids can dive into interactive arts and crafts and have the opportunity to touch real deer antlers and beaver furs. Expect an appearance from Santa Turtle.

1-4 p.m. Dec. 15. $10; $7 ages 13-18 and 65 and older; $6 ages 3-12; free ages 2 and younger. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055, www.chattnaturecenter.org.


Winter Fest at Duluth Town Green

Tired of braving the malls during the Christmas retail rush? This alternative allows you to do your holiday shopping in an outdoor environment with some entertainment to boot. Folks from the All-Star Performing Arts Academy and the winners of Duluth Idol perform for the crowd. As the seasonal soundtrack fills the air, guests troll vendor booths. That’s where you’ll find arts, crafts and gift items for sale. Food vendors are set to fill bellies with holiday-themed treats.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 14. Free. Duluth Town Green, 3142 Hill St. NW, Duluth. www.duluthga.net.