Vintage picnic tins, thermoses and coolers serve as an unexpected tree skirt. Author Kathy Hogan Trocheck says her holiday decorations remind her of what if would look like if Ralph Lauren were trapped in a 1950s Woolworth. Christopher Oquendo Photography
Photo: Christopher Oquendo Photography
Photo: Christopher Oquendo Photography

Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Homes: 4 ways to have the best weekend in DeKalb

Start your holiday off right, DeKalb County — with an array of festive activities all around town this weekend.

Check out these events:

Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale. 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11. Ticket prices vary. Schwartz Center at Emory University. 1700 North Decatur Road, Atlanta. 404-727-5050. www.atlantamasterchorale.org.

Come over to the Schwartz Center at Emory University this weekend for a truly memorable celebration of all things Christmas. The Atlanta Master Chorale will treat guests to an amazing concert designed to both enchant and entertain.

Breakfast With Santa. 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. $20 for adults, $15 for children. Courtyard Marriott Decatur. 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur. 404-371-0204. www.freshtix.com.

Bring your children over to the Courtyard Marriott to see Santa up close at the Breakfast with Santa event taking place in Decatur this Saturday. Guests will receive a full buffet breakfast, photos with Santa and tons of fun.

The 'Many Moods of Christmas' Concert. 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Free. 1548 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. 877-630-2270. www.cvbdunwoody.com.

Your Christmas season isn't complete without listening to some of the most cherished holiday music throughout the decades. This not-to-miss event will treat guests to 18 beloved carols, arranged beautifully by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett.

Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Homes and Holiday Market. Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. $20 per person. Starts at the Avondale First Baptist Church. 47 Covington Highway, Avondale Estates. 404-294-5400. www.avondaletourofhomes.com.

If you want to get a peek inside of some of the best dressed home in Avondale Estates this holiday season, check out the Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Homes this Sunday. Not only will you get some helpful decorating ideas throughout this tour of six homes, but you can also shop and enjoy holiday fare at the Holiday Market hosted by the Avondale Community Club.

Gwinnett

Holiday happiness is yours, Gwinnett County, because you'll find fun and festive activities all around town this weekend. Check out these events:

Shop 'Til You Drop for the Holidays. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Free. Phoenix Chiropractic. 6050 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 420, Peachtree Corners. 770-744-5810. www.events.exploregwinnett.org.

If you're not sure what to get those hard-to-shop-for relatives, try picking up a few unique treasures at the Shop 'Til You Drop for the Holidays event happening this Friday in Peachtree Corners. You'll find a wide range of gifts to suite any taste, including jewelry, clothing, handbags and more. Along with shopping, you'll also enjoy mini massages, demonstrations, prizes, food and more.

North Atlanta Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show. 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9 through 11. $5 per adult, free for children ages 16 and under with paid adult. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 478-832-1755. www.events.exploregwinnett.org.

Give your loved ones gifts they won't forget by shopping from the vendors at the North Atlanta Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show taking place all weekend long at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. From gem stones to prehistoric fossils, you'll find just the right gift for your special rock hunter.

Dave and Buster's Sugarloaf Breakfast with Santa. 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Ticket prices vary. Dave and Buster's - Sugarloaf. 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 678-847-5400. www.events.exploregwinnett.org.

Don't just have breakfast with Santa, go bowling with him while you're at it. Dave and Buster's in Sugarloaf will host Breakfast and Bowling with Santa this Saturday, which will feature a delicious meal along with games, simulators, bowling and more.

Polar Express Experience. 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. $25 per person. Southeastern Railway Museum. 3595 Peachtree Road, Duluth. 770-623-3600. www.events.exploregwinnett.org.

If your little ones love the movie Polar Express, make sure to take them over to the Southern Railway Museum this Saturday for the Polar Express Experience. Kids will watch the movie in an interactive way with hot chocolate, activities and a ride on the twilight train.

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