Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan will be joined by country singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale at the Holiday Hootenanny at the Variety Playhouse today. CONTRIBUTED BY WWW.MYSONGWRITERS.COM

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, Dec. 20

Your shopping days are short, but the list of entertainment options is long in this final week before Christmas.

Expect mild temperatures and a chance of rain. With that in mind, on Thursday you can enjoy some holiday music with a bluegrass legend, some Charles Dickens in an intimate setting and the sweeping sounds of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

HOLIDAY HOOTENANNY AT THE VARIETY PLAYHOUSE

This “Holiday Hootenanny” features country singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale and bluegrass great Peter Rowan, one of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys and a collaborator with David Grisman, Jerry Garcia and many others. 7 p.m. $36-$56. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. www.varietyplayhouse.com.

A VERY MERRY POPS AT SYMPHONY HALL

Hear seasonal tunes on the big canvas at Symphony Hall, when the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is joined by a stocking-full of special guests. Joining the orchestra will be the Joe Gransden Big Band, the hilarious Melodica Men, Broadway vocalist Allison Blackwell and the voices of the Atlanta All-City Choir and the Greenforest Community Baptist Church of Atlanta. 8 p.m. $17-$59. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000, www.atlantasymphony.org.

‘THE SNOW QUEEN’ AT SERENBE

Serenbe’s outdoor theater revisits the same source material as the movie “Frozen” with Rachel Teagle’s adaptation of “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. 7 p.m. $25. The Natural Playground, Serenbe Playhouse, 9110 Selborne Lane, Palmetto. 770-463-1110, serenbeplayhouse.com.

‘CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ AT SHAKESPEARE TAVERN

See the classic tale of Scrooge in an intimate setting through Dec. 23 at the Shakespeare Tavern. 7:30 p.m. $17-$42. Atlanta Shakespeare Company at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, 499 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-874-5299, shakespearetavern.com.

Check the weather before you go.

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