Cirque De La Symphonie: 5 things to do this week in Atlanta

The holidays are upon us, so there’s nothing but time and opportunity to eat, drink and be merry this week in Atlanta.

With kids out for the holiday break and grown-up holiday breaks beginning, the week has a little something for Atlantans of all ages.

Check out a new Decatur restaurant

Scout, 321 West Hill Street, Decatur, 404-469-6863.

Scout, a family-friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar, officially opens Wednesday after several soft opening events. The new Oakhurst eatery is headed by longtime Atlanta restaurateur Chris Martha.

Cirque De La Symphonie Holiday Spectacular 
8 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 20; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 21, $63-$254 
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra-Woodruff Arts Center
1280 Peachtree St NE.
Christmas-themed marvels abound in this extravaganza of acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, strong men and high flying aerialists on (and above) the stage. Music by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell performing holiday hits round out the performance. Definitely worth leaving work early Wednesday to catch the matinee.


Regular hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday Dec. 19−Friday, Dec. 23.

Ticket prices are $33.95 for children, $39.95 for adults. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-581-4000,

Scuba Claus waves to the crowd at the Georgia Aquarium during an appearance last December. He’s back again this year. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Now through Christmas, the aquarium will be transformed into a winter wonderland with a sparkling lights show every hour along with performances throughout the day by mermaids. Other highlights include an underwater menorah in the Ocean Voyager habitat that is visible in the largest gallery window viewing area — the Ocean Voyager Theater. Another is the “Symphony of Snow” featuring a magic trick with snow blown into the atrium followed by Santa arriving on a sleigh. Most of the holiday extras are included with ticket price. 

Adventure to Santa at North Point Mall 
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 19-21 ; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 22-23; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24
Photo package prices vary
North Point Mall, Center Court 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta
Here's a new twist on the traditional pre-Christmas visit to see Santa: This DreamWorks DreamPlace attraction offers a cinematic journey (accompanied by Po from Kung Fu Panda) with a visit to a live Claus at the end.
Book your passport by clicking here.
For a sneak peak video, click here.

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Ed Roland, the singer for Collective Soul, and some of his friends have teamed up as Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project. The band will play a set before the Braves’ home opener April 10 and sing the national anthem.
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Ed Roland & Friends

7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-21. $25-$32. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 1-877-435-9849,

The legendary Collective Soul frontman will gather with some of his musician friends — including those Collective Soul bandmates — for a series of charity concerts. The concert on Monday will benefit the TJ Martell Foundation, while Tuesday’s will benefit Pets for Vets and Wednesday’s will support the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Wednesday.

Roland has requested that fans bring packages of socks (the type doesn’t matter) to donate to the homeless.

Read our ultimate guide to the holidays in Atlanta to get a full list of places to eat, play and shop.

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