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.
If you’re looking for other entertainment ideas, listen to the accessAtlanta podcast, which will keep you up to date on things to do, and offer coverage of Atlanta’s lifestyle, arts and culture.
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