Chilly temperatures and hot spiced drinks are finally getting us in the mood for the winter solstice.
To celebrate the end of the year, enjoy some holiday lights, a little theatre and some song and dance.
CHRISTMAS CANTEEN AT AURORA THEATRE
Gwinnett’s longest-running theatrical holiday tradition, “Christmas Canteen,” returns for its 23rd year at the Aurora Theatre. The 2018 version includes songs, comic sketches and offers a family-friendly evening of sentimental fun; 8 tonight; from $30. 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville; www.auroratheatre.com/
LIGHTS OF LIFE AT LIFE UNIVERSITY
Marietta’s Life University boasts an impressive holiday light show from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. There are a million bulbs, 1.5 miles of animated and stationary scenes, plus pony rides ($5 per rider), train rides ($3 per rider) and the petting zoo ($3 per person), and seasonal drinks and snacks for purchase; $5 per car Mondays through Thursdays ($10 per car on weekends); 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta; www.life.edu/lights-of-life/
MISS BENNETT: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLY AT THEATRICAL OUTFIT
Miss Bennett and Jane Austen’s other characters from “Pride and Prejudice” return for an 1815 holiday at Mr. and Mrs. Darcy’s grand estate. Written by Margot Melcon and Decatur’s own Lauren Gunderson, this tale serves as a comedic sequel to Jane Austen’s literary romance; 7:30 tonight; $15 and up; in the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta, www.theatricaloutfit.org/
Temperatures are sliding toward freezing. Check the weather before you go.