File photo of Magical Nights of Lights. Photo Source: Lake Lanier Islands.
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Things to do in and around Atlanta: Dec. 20-31

FAIRS, FESTIVALS, ETC.

Stone Mountain Christmas. Through Jan. 5. $20 for parking or $40 for an annual pass. Tickets to Stone Mountain Christmas start at $29.95. Note: For Snow Mountain (featuring 18 lanes of daytime tubing fun) a separate ticket is required for two-hour tubing sessions and all-day access to play area at Snow Mountain. Snow Mountain tickets start at $34.95, and the attraction continues through Feb. 23. Combo packages start at $49.95. Discounts available online. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. stonemountainpark.com.

“Winter Wonderland.” Decorated trees and displays showcase the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world. Through Jan. 12. Museum admission $18-$20. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. www.fernbankmuseum.org.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. Through Jan. 11. $20-$45 admission depending on age and whether it’s a peak night: $16.95 adult or child admission after 9 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. 404-876-5859, atlantabg.org.

Duluth Festival of Trees at the Southeastern Railway Museum. Through Jan. 4. Included with museum admission: $10; $8 senior citizens; $7 ages 2-12; train rides $3 on operating days. Southeastern Railway Museum, 3595 Buford Highway, Duluth. 770-476-2013, train-museum.org.

Magical Nights of Lights at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. Nightly from 5-10 p.m. Through Jan. 5. Prices starting at $42 per vehicle. Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, 7650 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. 678-304-3120, lanierislands.com/margaritaville.

Holiday at the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia. Select dates through Jan. 5. Prices starting at $43.19. Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell. 770-739-3400, sixflags.com/overgeorgia.

Callaway Resort & Gardens Fantasy in Lights. Starting nightly at 6 p.m. (Closing hours flex daily.) Through Jan. 4. Prices starting at $10.50 for children and $21 for adults. 17800 U.S. 27, Pine Mountain. 844-512-3826, callawaygardens.com.

Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s International Winter Wonderland. 6-10 p.m. (open until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays). Through Jan. 5. Prices starting at $14 for children and $18 for adults. Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. 404-223-4000, gwcca.org/copholiday.

Macy’s Pink Pig. Through Jan. 5. Each ride costs $3, with discounts for multi-ride tickets: two rides for $5.50; three rides for $7.50. Lenox Square upper-level parking deck, 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-231-2796 or 404-231-2959, visitmacysusa.com/article/macys-pink-pig.

Santa’s Fantastical. A whimsical indoor wonderland which merges timeless traditions with technology and immersive visuals. Attractions include Unicorn Dreams, Candy Cane Vortex, visits with Santa in his Chateau, live dance performances by the Fantasticals and more. Through Jan 5. $19.95-$34.95; seasonal passes $49.95; ages 2 and younger are free. Perinter Pointe, 1155 Mount Vernon Highway, #300, Atlanta. SantasFantastical.com.

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The Center for Puppetry Arts is hosting its annual production of the classic television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” through Dec. 30. CONTRIBUTED BY CLAY WALKER
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PERFORMING ARTS

Cirque du Soleil: “Volta.” Through Jan. 5. $49-$275. Under the big top at Atlantic Station, 241 20th St., Atlanta. cirquedusoleil.com/volta.

»»RELATED: Take a look at our preview of “Volta”

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Through Dec. 29. $15-$35. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. www.puppet.org.

“A Christmas Carol.” The Alliance Theatre’s 30th annual production Atlanta actor David de Vries returning in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Through Dec. 24. $25-$100; $17.50-$70 ages 17 and younger. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000, alliancetheatre.org.

“Christmas Canteen 2019.” A nostalgic revue of classic holiday songs and hits. Through Dec. 23. $30-$80. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com.

“Invasion Christmas Carol 2019.” Charles Dickens meets there’s-no-telling-who in the group’s annual improvisational holiday show. Through Dec. 28. $25.50-$49.50. Dad’s Garage, 569 Ezzard St., Atlanta. 404-523-3141, dadsgarage.com.

"Holiday Inn." Through Dec. 22. $30-$82. Byers Theatre (at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center), 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. 770-206-2022. cityspringstheatre.com.

“Narnia.” Through Jan. 12. 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. 2 p.m and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $22-$50. 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road, Chattahoochee Hills. 770-463-1110. serenbeplayhouse.com.

“Waffle Palace Christmas.” A sequel to Horizon’s hit “The Waffle Palace,” this show revisits the beloved restaurant chain from a Yuletide perspective. Through Dec. 29. $27-$50. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave., Atlanta. 404-584-7450, horizontheatre.com.

“The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley.” A “Pride & Prejudice”-inspired family event. Through Dec. 29. $15-$51. 678-528-1500, theatricaloutfit.org.

“Cinnamon GRITS.” The holiday sequel to “GRITS: Girls Raised in the South” centers on tales of holiday soirées and endearing family dysfunction. Through Dec. 20. $15-$34. ART Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. 770-469-1105, artstation.org.

“This Wonderful Life.” A one-man version of the Christmas classic. Through Dec. 23. $20-$30. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com.

RELATED: Read our review of the Aurora Theatre production of “This Wonderful Life”

“Christmas With the Crawfords.” Based on the actual Christmas Eve live radio broadcast from Joan Crawford’s Brentwood mansion in 1949. Through Dec. 21. $15-$25. Out Front Theatre Company, 999 Brady Ave., Atlanta. outfronttheatre.com.

“Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.” Through Dec. 23. $15-$47. Atlanta Shakespeare Company at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, 499 Peachtree St.NE, Atlanta. 404-874-5299, shakespearetavern.com.

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre: “The Nutcracker.” Through Dec. 22. $24-$42. Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.

“Santa After Hours.” Through Dec. 21. $21.20. Out of Box Theatre, Artisan Resource Center, 585 Cobb Parkway S., Marietta. 678-653-4605, www.outofboxtheatre.com.

“Madeline’s Christmas.” Through Dec. 31. $12-$15. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-584-7450, www.horizontheatre.com.

Atlanta Ballet: “The Nutcracker.” Through Dec. 24. $35-$140. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.

“A Tuna Christmas.” Two actors portray all of the folks of the small Texas town of Tuna as it celebrates the holiday. Through Dec. 29. $35. Georgia Ensemble Theatre at Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 770-641-1260, get.org.

“Ella Enchanted.” Through Jan. 5. $21-31; $16-$26 ages 3-12. Synchronicity Theatre, One Peachtree Pointe Complex, 1545 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-484-8636, synchrotheatre.com.

Ballethnic Dance Company: “Urban Nutcracker.” Act II - Winter Wonderland, 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 20 with a discount for schools and senior citizens; 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 21 and 3 p.m. Dec. 22. $15-$20. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. 404-762-1416, ballethnic.org.

A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour. 8 p.m. Dec. 26. $38.25-$54.50. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Dwele perform four shows at City Winery Atlanta. CONTRIBUTED
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MUSIC

Dwele. 7 and 10 p.m. Dec. 20-21. $40-$50. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Fabio Frizzi. 7 p.m. Dec. 20. $25. The Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

The Murphs. 8 p.m. Dec. 20. $10-$15. Vinyl, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

Power 96.1’s Jingle Ball. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. $54.50-$103.50. State Farm Arena, 1 State Farm Drive, Atlanta. statefarmarena.com.

Snoop Dogg. 8 p.m. Dec. 20. $59.75-$89.75. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. www.tabernacleatl.com.

Table for Two, Aspen Anonda, Sofia Caterina. 9 p.m. Dec. 20. $8. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

The Vegabonds. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20. $14. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Georgia Boy Choir. A seasonal tradition, as all five ensembles perform sacred classics, Christmas carols and other holiday tunes. 7 p.m. Dec. 20-21. $15-$40. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. www.georgiaboychoir.org.

Tyler Childers. 9 p.m. Dec. 21. $35.50-$56. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. www.tabernacleatl.com.

Otis and the Elevators, Downtown Abby & the Echoes, Creature Comfort. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 21. $8. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Yacht Rock Holiday Spectacular. 8 p.m. Dec. 21. $25-$55. Coca-Cola Roxy, 800 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, cocacolaroxy.com.

Yellow Roses, Rickolus. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21. $7. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Rabble, Al Dente, Daniel Arnold. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22. $7. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Stanky Stomp, a daytime dance party. 1 p.m. Dec. 22. $50. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Musiq Soulchild. 7 and 10 p.m. Dec. 22-23. $60-$80. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

King James, Thea Jones, Bri Feel. 8 p.m. Dec. 23. $10. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Flosstradamus. 8 p.m. Dec. 26. $27. he Masquerade, 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta. www.masqueradeatlanta.com.

The Purple Madness (celebration of Prince). 8 p.m. Dec. 26. $24-$34. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Atlanta Rhythm Section. 8 p.m. Dec. 27. $30-$45. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Drivin N Cryin. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 27. $22-$35. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

Anthony David. 7 p.m. Dec. 27; 7 and 10 p.m. Dec. 28. $25-$45. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Taylor Hunnicutt. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28. $7. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

STS9. Dec. 27, 28, 29, 31. $37.50-$172.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. www.tabernacleatl.com.

New Sensation (INXS tribute). 9 p.m. Dec. 28. $10. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Charlie Wilson. 8 p.m. Dec. 28. $79-$150. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

Peabo Bryson. 5 and 8 p.m. Dec. 29; and 8 p.m. Dec. 30. $45-$60. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Runnin’ Down a Dream: Tom Petty Revue, Freebird. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 29. $17. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Widespread Panic. 8 p.m. Dec. 29-31. $75-$147.50; three-day package, $225-$442.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.

Allman Betts Band. 8 p.m. Dec. 30. $35-$40. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. www.thebuckheadtheatreatl.com.

Rumours. 9 p.m. Dec. 30. $30. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Railroad Earth. 8 p.m. Dec. 30-31. $30-$57. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. www.variety-playhouse.com.

Rumours, Tom Celica. 9 p.m. Dec. 31. $50. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. smithsoldebar.com.

Savannah College of Art and Design MFA grad Ervin A. Johnson is featured in a solo show “In Honor: Monoliths” at Arnika Dawkins Gallery.
Photo: Contributed by Arnika Dawkins Gallery

VISUAL ARTS

“Looking Forward.” Works by member artists. Through Feb. 15. Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle St., Norcross. 770-840-9844, kudzuartzone.org.

“#InHonor: Monoliths.” Through Feb. 7. Free. Arnika Dawkins Gallery, 4600 Cascade Road, Atlanta. 404-333-0312, adawkinsgallery.com.

Romare Bearden: “Profile.” A lyrical, impressionist portrait of Bearden’s life and the experience of African Americans during the Great Migration from the South. Through Feb. 2. $14.50. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4400, www.high.org.

“Any Great Change: The Centennial of the 19th Amendment.” Commemorating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Through Jan. 31, 2021. $9-$21.50. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com.

Georgia Working Artist Project exhibitions. Cosmo Whyte, through Jan. 11. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, 75 Bennett St., Atlanta. 404-367-8700, www.mocaga.org.

“Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic.” Explore how Jim Henson, Brian Froud, Frank Oz and others created “The Dark Crystal’s” mythical world of Thra. Museum admission is $12.50, but it’s free with a ticket to the Center’s Family Series shows. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. www.puppet.org.

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