The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” (Credit: Joey Ivansco)

Out & About for November/December


Theater: Like a light bulb

Jon Ludwig’s adaptation of the classic animated TV special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is not just a delight, it offers a pretext to check out the Center for Puppetry Arts’ exhibits at the holidays.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Nov. 8-Dec. 31. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391.

Festival: Down the garden path

The Atlanta Botanical Garden goes electric with its annual “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” display, which includes an expanded Tunnel of Light as well as such displays as the Walk of Flames, the Orchestral Orbs and Model Trains.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. Nov. 11-Jan. 7. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. 404-876-5859.

Music: Queen of New Orleans

Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts salutes the music of New Orleans with “Soul Queen” Irma Thomas backed up by the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet.

Irma Thomas. Nov. 16. Emory University, Emerson Concert Hall, 1700 North Decatur Road. 404-727-5050.

Visual arts: Tinker, Taylor

The High Museum organizes the United States’ first survey of the work of Al Taylor, featuring more than 150 sculptures, drawings and prints from the late U.S. innovator.

Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At? Nov. 17-March 18. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4400.

Festival: Snow caps

Stone Mountain literally chills out, transforming into Snow Mountain thanks to a man-made blizzard. Activities include tubing down the 400-foot Avalanche Alley, enjoying the Penguin Run slides and competing in the Snowball Shootin’ Gallery.

Snow Mountain. Nov. 18-Dec. 31. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. 800-401-2407.

Festival: Ice age

Fernbank gets into the seasonal fun by decorating two floors with displays including more than two dozen trees that demonstrate the diversity of the holidays around the world.

Winter Wonderland. Nov. 18- Jan. 8. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6300.

Theater: You’re a mean one

Atlanta actor/playwright Topher Payne takes the role of Crumpet, a grumpy department store elf, in the stage version of “Santaland Diaries,” David Sedaris’ hilarious NPR commentary.

“Santaland Diaries.” Nov. 17-Dec. 31. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. 404-523-1477.

Festival: And all through the house

For four decades, Christmas at Callanwolde has provided a seasonal showcase to the 27,000-square-foot historic mansion. All the rooms feature creative holiday decorations, including a towering Christmas tree, and the grounds are decked out in lights after sunset.

Christmas at Callanwolde. Nov. 24-Dec. 12. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road. 404-872-5338.

Theater: Austen city limits

Theatrical Outfit offers an unconventional take on holiday plays and Jane Austen with the Southeastern premiere of “Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberly” by Margot Melcon and Lauren Gunderson, a light-hearted original sequel to “Pride and Prejudice.”

“Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberly.” Nov. 30-Dec. 24. Theatrical Outfit, 84 Luckie St. 678-528-1500.

Theater: O holy night

Langston Hughes’ 1961 holiday classic combining the Nativity story with gospel arrangements of Christmas carols returns to the Southwest Arts Center, directed by Robert J. Connor and choreographed by Dawn Axam.

“Black Nativity.” Nov. 29-Dec. 17. Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road. 404-613-3220.


Theater: A Dickens of a time

During its year-long renovation, the Alliance Theatre stages its perennial holiday production of “A Christmas Carol” at the Cobb Energy Centre. So expect the same Victorian ghosts and musical epiphanies in different digs.

“A Christmas Carol.” Dec. 8-24. Alliance Theatre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. 404-733-5000.

Theater: Heidi Ho-Ho-Ho

Synchronicity Theatre presents Martha King De Silva and Joan Cushing’s musical version of Johanna Spyri’s classic book “Heidi,” in which the title character spreads joy from the big city to the Alpine hills.

“Heidi.” Dec. 8-31. Synchronicity Theatre, 1545 Peachtree St. 404-484-8636.

Fitness: Sweaters on the streets

What’s the fiercer competition at the annual Ugly Sweater Run — to win the 5K race at Piedmont Park, or to wear the biggest eyesore? Awards include “Best Pet Attire” and more.

Ugly Sweater Run. Dec. 9. Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive.

Event: Roasting chestnuts

“Hairspray” filmmaker John Waters, noted connoisseur of bad taste, hosts a one-man show that takes a skewed but sincere look at the yuletide season (and may not be suitable for the whole family).

A John Waters Christmas. Dec. 15. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354.

Music: Highland fling

Performed in Atlanta since 1991, “Celtic Christmas” celebrates the wealth of music and dance from the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian traditions.

Celtic Christmas. Dec. 16-17. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-413-9849.

Music: Rhythm nation

Six-time Grammy winner (and relatively recently, new mom) Janet Jackson brings pop hits and lavish choreography to Philips Arena with her State of the World tour.

Janet Jackson. Dec. 17. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. 404-878-3000.

Music: Alleluia for all

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s signature holiday performance of Handel’s “Messiah” includes the soaring Chamber Chorus and such featured performers as soprano Jeanine de Bique and baritone Gerard Sundberg.

Handel’s “Messiah.” Dec. 21-22. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4900.

Music: Ticket to wide

Originally from Athens, Ga., Widespread Panic has been a tireless Southern jam band for more than 30 years, selling out Philips Arena 20 times. They’ll ring in 2018 with three nights at the Fox Theatre.

Widespread Panic. Dec. 29-31. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100.

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