Jed Drummond performs in A Krampus Christmas at 7 Stages.
Photo: Jenni Girtman
Photo: Jenni Girtman

Things to do in Atlanta this week | Dec. 14-20

From holiday fun-runs like the Ugly Sweater Run to barbecue and beers on a Sunday, we hope you'll find something fun to do this week.

Monday, Dec. 14

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

5-10 p.m. at Atlanta Botanical Garden and repeats daily. Check out this annual electrical extravaganza and the year's new features including the massive Tunnel of Light and of course, yearly favorites like the Orchestral Orbs, Radiant Rainforest, Glittering Galaxy and more. Event details at

Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat

8 p.m. at Philips Arena. Get down with your fellow Hawks fans to cheer on the Atlanta team against the visiting Miami Heat. Tickets start at $23. Event details at

Tuesday, Dec. 15

Wonders of the Arctic

10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. This 40-minute journey takes you to a world of wilderness, where you'll find polar bears, narwhals, huskies and more. It's a story of survival in a breathtaking, treacherous environment. Event details at

Ice Skating in Atlanta

Through Jan. 10. Tuesday hours are 4:30-10 p.m. at Centennial Olympic Park. Not only is spending an evening at an ice rink a romantic date idea, but it's fun for family and friends, too. Tickets are only $12 per person for a 90-minute session and include skate rental. Event details at

Wednesday, Dec. 16

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer comes to town

10 a.m. or 12 p.m. at Center for Puppetry Arts. Get in the holiday spirit for this year's adapted play based on the timeless animated television special. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is recommended for ages 4 and up and will be performed in the Mainstage Theater. Event details at

Sounds of the Season

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Mall at Peachtree Center's food court. Enjoy a festive afternoon of live music and food from Peachtree Center's restaurants including Aviva by Kameel, Panbury's Pie Cafe and more. Event is free to the public.  

Fantasy in Lights 2015

Through Jan. 2, 2016, at  Callaway Gardens. Enjoy 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. For ticket and event details, go to

Thursday, Dec. 17

Minette Magnifique presents: Candyland kind of Christmas

7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. at LeMaison Rouge at Paris on Ponce. This adult burlesque show brings all the spice this holiday season. Enjoy an evening featuring The Bert Show's wildly-talented wordsmith Davina Crimmins and a special burlesque performance by Atlanta's very own, Lola Le Soleil. It'll be a show with a unique twist to your traditional Christmas performances. General admission tickets are $37.22 with the fee. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Purchase here. Event details at

Ugly Christmas Sweater Adult Night at LEGOLAND

7-9 p.m. at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. To celebrate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on Dec. 18, dress up in your tackiest holiday apparel and head over for a night of adult holiday fun including a Gingerbread House building competition, Santa's favorite cocktails, access to the LEGO Factory Tour and more. If possible, bring some new or gently used toys for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Toy Drive. Tickets for the event are $14.95 online and $19.95 at the door. Event details at

Krampus Xmas

8 p.m. at 7 Stages through Saturday, Dec. 19. Have a merry Krampus with this adult comedy-horror opera. Expect burlesque dancers, aerialists and lots of beer in this mad two-hour show. Tickets are $22.50. Event details at | More adults-only holiday shows

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Very Merry Holiday Pops

8 p.m. at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Enjoy an evening of elegance and get in the holiday spirit as you get classy with the ASO as it performs beloved holiday classics like "Jingle Bells," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and more. Tickets start at $20. Event details at 

Holiday Lights of Hope

Opens 6 p.m. every night through Dec. 22 at Hobgood Park. Don't miss this Woodstock hometown Christmas tradition. Walk through a scene of over 1,000,000 LED holiday lights, a 30-foot-tall Christmas Light Tree, 17-foot-tall reindeer and 15-foot-tall snowmen family. The event also features a Santa village, children's area, vendors, concessions, live music and more. The celebration benefits the Anna Crawford Children's Center. Tickets are $10 for ages 15 and up and free for ages 14 and under. Event details at

Friday, Dec. 18

'Till Next Year brewery tours

6-9 p.m. on Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 19th at Second Self Beer Company. Don't miss Second Self's last "hurrah" before they temporarily halt their tasting room hours for the winter season. Swing by for  coffee from Land of a Thousand Hills, food from Meatballerz food truck and of course, several beer samples including samples from Red Hop Rye, Thai wheat, Olde Oyl and many more. Tours are $12 and include a tasting of up to 36 oz. of beer samples. Event details at

Jeffrey Bützer and T.T. Mahony perform Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

9 p.m. at The Earl through Saturday, Dec. 19. Enjoy an enchanted performance by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi as musician and composer Jeffrey Bützer and T.T. Mahony perform music from the classic, mixing the original soundtrack from the 1965 score with tunes like Run-DMC's "Christmas Song" and more. Tickets are $12. Event details at badearl.comMore adults-only holiday shows

A Christmas Movie with Dad's Garage

10:30 p.m. at 7 Stages Theatre in Little 5 Points. This adult holiday show is perfect for a night out with some buds or a date night with someone who's got a sense of humor. Enjoy an evening of improv comedy as zombies eat at your head, Donald Trump's hair attacks you and more strange things happen to get you in the crazy holiday spirit. Tickets are $15 online, $17 at the door or over the phone. VIP seats are also available for $20 online and $22 over the phone. Event details at | More adults-only holiday shows

Saturday, Dec. 19

Atlanta Christmas 5K

8 a.m. at YWCA. This Peachtree Road Race qualifier features free Santa hats and lots of merriment. Zoom through this 5K race and go home with holiday-themed shirts, a visit with Santa and hot chocolate and cider at the finish. Registration is only open to the first 1,500 so hurry! This event is kid, stroller and dog-friendly. Participation is $40. Event details at

Ugly Sweater Run

11 a.m. at Piedmont Park. Grab your ugly holiday sweater and rev up for a merry 5k this Saturday. After a 3.1 mile trek, you and your fellow participants will receive hot chocolate and a beer. Runner registration with fee is $44 and each runner receives a custom vintage knit hat and of course, unlimited hot chocolate. Kids 5 and under enter free. Register here.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Very Merry Holiday Pops

2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Enjoy an evening of elegance and get in the holiday spirit as you get classy with the ASO as it performs beloved holiday classics like "Jingle Bells," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and more. Tickets start at $20. Event details at 

Sunday, Dec. 20

Bend & Brew

1 p.m. at Second Self Beer Company. End your weekend with an all-levels yoga class with instructor Jen Fleming from evolation Yoga. After class, reward yourself with a private brewery tour and six 6-oz. tastings of Second Self's handcrafted brews. Tickets for the yoga class and brewery tour including samples are $20 online and $22 at the door. Purchase tickets here.

Sunday Beer-B-Cue

5-8 p.m. at Three Taverns Brewery. What better way to end the weekend with mouthwatering whole hog BBQ pork sliders from Terminus City BBQ's pitmaster as you enjoy live music and complimentary Three Tavern's beer? Tickets are $15 and a percentage of those proceeds will go to support Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry. Event details at

Last day to watch Libby's at the Express: Ho, Ho Home for the Holidays and A Connie Sue Day Christmas kicks off

7:30 p.m. at Actor's Express Theatre. It's your last chance to watch this year's adults-only show featuring the legendary Libby Whittemore in her seventh season of Libby's at the Express' annual holiday show. Don't miss out on this Atlanta tradition. Tickets are $40. Event details at | More adults-only holiday shows

More can't-miss events in Atlanta this December.

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