Things to do in Atlanta this week | Dec. 28 - Jan. 3

Finish 2015 off and ring in the new year the right way with a great selection of live music, holiday lights, shows and more.

Monday, Dec. 28

Lloyd Cole at Eddie's Attic | 8 p.m.
$25-$30
515-B-N. McDonough St, Decatur.
eddiesattic.com 

Monday nights are meant for music. Catch English artist Lloyd Cole at Eddie's Attic for an evening of electric rock'n'roll as you nod along to his new album, "Standards."

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens | Through Jan. 2
Adults $19-$28, kids 6-12 $9.50-$14, 5 and under free
17800 U.S. 27, Pine Mountain.
callawaygardens.com 

Spend the evening at this spectacular light and sound show with some friends, family or a date and enjoy what National Geographic Traveler calls one of the world's "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights." While you're at it, stop by Christmas Village for some holiday shopping and take a photo with Santa.

Tuesday, Dec. 29

Widespread Panic at Fox Theatre | 8 p.m. Dec. 29-31
$94.25
660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta.
foxtheatre.org

Catch Athens' American rock band, Widespread Panic, on their first night at the Fox. Perfect for a date night or night out with friends.

Wednesday, Dec. 30

Complexions Contemporary Ballet at Infinite Energy Theater | 7:30 p.m.
$25 general admission, $20 group rate
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth.
infiniteenergycenter.com 

The Complexions Contemporary Ballet is making it's first Atlanta area appearance this year in more than a decade. Don't miss this performance anticipated as a "likely game-changer for the Atlanta dance scene."

Sam Holt Band at Smith's Olde Bar | 10 p.m.
$10 in advance, $15 day of show, $60 VIP tables
1578 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta.
smithsoldebar.com

Head over to Smith's Olde Bar for the Widespread Panic after party. Sam Holt Band will be performing their debut album, "Southern Angels" and their performance will feature guest appearances from Widespread Panic's John Bell.

Thursday, Dec. 31

Noon Year's Eve at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$14.95-$27.95, see website for more details
 3500 Peachtree Rd Suite G-1, Atlanta.
legolanddiscoverycenter.com

Bring the family for this fun event to ring in the New Year. The balloon drop will be at noon with a countdown displayed on screens. Stay around for other fun events and activities including the large 2016 group build.

» More fun ways to celebrate New Year's Eve with kids in Atlanta

The Santaland Diaries at Horizon Theatre (last day) | 8 p.m.
$25-$40
1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta.
horizontheatre.com

From the work of NPR comedian David Sedaris, this 90-minute adults-only show tells the tale of Crumpet, an unemployed writer who takes a job as an elf at Macy's during Christmas. Call the box office for additional details 404-584-7450.

"Dancing with the Stars: Live" at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre | 8 p.m.
$37-$122
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.
ticketmaster.com

Fans of the hit show can do more than just watch from their living room television. Catch the live 90-minute show in Atlanta featuring fan favorites like Mark Ballas, Witney Carson and more.

Rat Pack New Year's Eve at Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter Ravinia | 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
$75-400
4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta.
33events.com

The lush ballrooms at Crowne Plaza Ravinia are the perfect place to ring in 2016 in style. Enjoy an evening of entertainment, libations, dancing, cuisine and more as your support the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

New Year's Eve at Venkman's | Doors open 9:30 p.m., show at 10:30 p.m., ends at 1 a.m.
$40 general admission, includes champagne toast
740 Ralph Mcgill Blvd NE, Atlanta.
ticketfly.com

Come out for a powerhouse performance by Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics at Venkman's New Year's Eve bash. It's a great way to kick off 2016.

» 10 ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in metro Atlanta 

Friday, Jan. 1

That's What She Said reunion show at Smith's Olde Bar | 9 p.m.
$8 in advance, $12 day of show
1578 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta.
smithsoldebar.com

The band is back after their five-year hiatus for a raging reunion show to kick off the new year. The music from this Athens band will be performing old jams and a set of original tunes with clear influences from Pearl Jam, Radiohead, The Strokes and more.

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Saturday, Jan. 2

Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia at Fox Theatre | 8 p.m.
$60-$150
660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta.
foxtheatre.com

The 10th annual New Year's weekend celebration is back with Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia and special guest, Zapp.

Perpetual Groove at Terminal West | Doors open at 9 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m.
$25
887 West Marietta St Studio C, Atlanta.
terminalwestatl.com

Don't miss this Athens band and their original sound that features musical touches from jazz-rock, neo-psychedelia, R&B, progressive rock and much more. Perpetual Groove is also known for performing many different covers in addition to their original music including Michael Jackson's "Thriller," Rage Against the Machine's "Bulls on Parade" and more.

Sunday, Jan. 3

"Home Alone" with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall | 3 p.m. Jan. 3 (8 p.m. Jan. 2)
$20-$55
Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta.
atlantasymphony.org

Top off the weekend with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as you watch the movie screens and the orchestra performs the John Williams score live.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article contained an incorrect date for Three Kings Day at The Atlanta History Center. That event is happening Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. Event details

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