Holiday fun: 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend

The Roof at Ponce City Market will remain a playground during the colder months.

Christmas markets are in full swing in Atlanta this weekend if you're looking to start — or finish — your holiday shopping. You'll also find other wintry events, including Snow Mountain and the Christmas Canteen show.

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Check out the following 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend:


Mistletoe Market. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. $8. Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta. 770-422-5266.

The Junior League of Cobb-Marietta's Mistletoe Market features over 50 specialty merchants from across the Southeast. You'll find everything from onsite monogramming to luxury dog beds.

Holiday Shop at the Depot. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17. Historic Train Depot in Downtown Kennesaw, 2829 Cherokee, Kennesaw. 770-423-1330.

Students and instructors from Kennesaw Parks & Recreation will offer handmade works of art, paintings, soaps and more.

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The Gift of the Magi 2.0. 7:30p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 and ongoing. $20-$30. Marietta's Theatre in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta. 770-426-4800.

This version of O. Henry's classic holiday fable is set in Atlanta but maintains the emphasis on sacrifice and blessings we take for granted.

"Beyond the Yellow Brick Road." 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. $10-$25. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080.

These Elton John tribute shows are presented by HOPE Worldwide Charities. The 5:30 p.m. show features music from "The Lion King," and the 8 p.m. show features a full catalog from Elton John.


Snow Mountain. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. $34.95 and up. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 1-800-401-2407.

Snow comes to Atlanta starting this Saturday at Stone Mountain. Zip over a 400-foot tubing hill, play in a large snowy play area and more. Sign up in advance for a two-hour time slot or buy a VIP Pass for unlimited access.

Indoor Movie Night. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Free. Lynwood Gym, 3360 Osborne Road NE, Brookhaven.

Bring your air mattresses, sleeping bags, blankets and lawn chairs to watch "How to Train Your Dragon." Popcorn will be provided.

Holiday Artists Market. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 and ongoing. Free. Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta.770-394-4019.

Start your holiday shopping as the Spruill Gallery transforms into a gift shop with unique works of art and handcrafted gifts by local artists.

Steinbeck's Oakhurst Chili-Off. noon, Saturday, Nov. 16. Steinbeck's, 659 East Lake Drive, Decatur. 404-373-1116.

Register to bring your best chili recipe and compete with others or warm up with samples.

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North Fulton

Discover the Cat Behind the Hat. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Free. Ann Jackson Gallery, 1101 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 770-993-4783.

Explore art from beloved Dr. Seuss' books, as well as The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss. The Grinch will make a special appearance on Sunday.

Titan Tidings Christmas Gift Show. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. $2 admission. Blessed Trinity High School, 11320 Woodstock Road, Roswell.

Over 110 vendors will offer gift items such as pottery, accessories, home and holiday décor and more. The gift show also features hourly raffles, a bake sale and full-service concessions. No strollers.

Swedish Christmas Market. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Adults $2, free for those under age 18 or any visitor wearing a Scandinavian national costume ("folkdräkt"). Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive NE, Sandy Springs.

Shop for Swedish crafts, gifts and food, listen to the Swedish men's choir at 1 p.m. and see the Lucia procession at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Children's activities will also be hosted by the Swedish School of Atlanta.

Sinatra Forever: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. $30, $25 for seniors, students and military in person or by phone. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.

Rick Michel pays homage to Sinatra with the renowned singer's original arrangements and a seven-piece band.


Taste of Gwinnett. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. $10 and up ticket bundles. Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-376-0980.

Help raise money for Relay for Life's fight against cancer as you enjoy samples from up to 30 Gwinnett County restaurants. Live entertainment and giveaways will also be available.

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Art-Tiques Holiday Market. Noon-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Free admission. Buford Town Center, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford. 706-824-7204.

Browse and buy vendors' wares including antiques, local artwork, home décor, vintage items and more. Food trucks and live music will be available.

Christmas Canteen. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Tickets starting at $30. Aurora Theatre, 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222.

The Christmas Canteen returns for its 24th year with songs, comic sketches and more.

Bus Tour: Native Americans in Gwinnett. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. $10 per person. Lawrenceville Female Seminary, 455 South Perry St., Lawrenceville. 770-822-5178.

Explore early Native American sites including Fort Daniel, Suwanee and Little Mulberry Park. Bring your lunch or buy one along the way. Call 770-822-5178 to pre-register.