Close to Home for Dec. 26

You’ve got a few hours over the weekend and are looking for a nearby diversion - something that doesn’t require reservations or a tank of gas. Welcome to Close to Home. Each week we’ll highlight the quaint, quick and quirky events in your neighborhood. Email submissions to

Bulloch Hall Christmas in Roswell

“Christmas at the Bullochs - 1845” with self-guided tours. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. $6 to $8, free for children under 6. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 678-639-7500., see calendar.

Historic cooking in Roswell

Open-Hearth Cooking and Living History with Clarissa Clifton. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today. Free. Smith Plantation, Cook House, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell., see calendar.

‘Madeline’s Christmas’ in Atlanta

“Madeline’s Christmas” by Atlanta Children’s Theatre Company. 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. today through Wednesday. $12 to $15. Horizon Theatre Company, 1083 Austin Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-584-7450.

Children’s play in Atlanta

“A Year with Frog and Toad” for all ages. 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. today, 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $15 to $40. Synchronicity Theatre, One Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St., Suite 102. 404-484-8636.

Live Nativity in Cartersville

Pettit Creek Farms with Live Nativity today and Sunday, petting zoo and reindeer. 6-10 p.m. today through Wednesday. $15 for entire carload for drive-thru, $12 each for hayride, free for ages under 2. 337 Cassville Road, Cartersville. 770-386-8688.

Scottish concert in Duluth

“Scottish Solstice Holiday Celebration - Seasonal Music and Stories from Celtic Lands” with Jamie Laval, U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and company. 7 p.m. today. $20 to $34. Red Clay Theatre, 3116 Main St., Duluth. 404-478-2749.,

Christmas comedy play in Marietta

“Deep in the Heart of Tuna,” a Christmas comedy. 8 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday. $15 to $20. Theater in the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta. 770-426-4800. Tickets:

‘Gift of Lights’ in Hampton

“Gift of Lights” at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 3 million lights, Santa’s Village and Carnival. 6-10 p.m. today through Wednesday . $15 to $20 per car, $20 wristband for unlimited rides. 1500 Tara Place, Hampton. 770-946-4211.

‘A Musical Christmas’ in Roswell

“A Musical Christmas” with each room decorated, using the Roswell Garden Club’s favorite Christmas carols. 1-3 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays through Jan. 2. $6 to $8, free for children under 6 (cash or check). Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 770-641-3978, 678-639-7500., see calendar.

‘A King Family Christmas’ in Roswell

“A King Family Christmas” with items on loan from the Roswell Historical Society. 1-3 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays through Jan. 3. $6 to $8, free for children under 6. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. Docents share the history and family stories of the King family. 678-639-7500., see calendar.