Intown for the Holidays: A guide for Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve events

Santa at Atlantic Station.

It’s the time of the season for holiday events galore. With Hanukkah overlapping with Christmas this year (Dec. 22-30), the entertainment and fun calendar is packed with things to do all month long.

Christmas Concerts & Events

Skate the Station
Through Jan. 20. Head to Atlantic Station and take some laps around the 10,000 square foot ice rink decked out for the holidays. General admission is $15. There’s also photos with Santa, a holiday market, and “snow shows.” Information: atlanticstation.com.

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert
Friday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. The 39th annual concert will feature pop and holiday classics. Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree St. Information: voicesofnote.org.

Prism: Winter Lights at Woodruff Park
Dec. 7 – Feb. 29. A three-month installation displaying vibrant, light-based sculptures by artists from around the country in the Downtown park. 91 Peachtree St. Information: woodruffpark.com.

Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Friday-Sunday, Dec. 6-8, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. A holiday staple for Atlanta families, the orchestra and chorus perform beloved carols and hymns with special guests. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. Information: atlantasymphony.org.

Reindog Parade at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. Dress that pooch in its holiday finery for the annual event. Categories include Best Puppy, Best Adult, Best Botanical, Best Dog-Owner Dress-alike, Best Dog Pack, and ultimately, Best in Show. A Doggie Expo will offer canine-related products, services and information. And don’t forget “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” is lighting up the gardens nightly through Jan. 11. 1345 Piedmont Ave. Information: atlantabg.org.

Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Atlanta Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Runs Dec. 7-24. This is the final year that Atlanta Ballet will present The Nutcracker at Fox Theatre; don’t miss the magic. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. Information: atlantaballet.com.

Vintage Holidays: A 1940’s Radio Show
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Travel back with the Atlanta Women’s Chorus to hear the sounds of the decade that brought us the classics we know and still cherish today. Grace United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce de Leon Ave. Information: voicesofnote.org.

Christmas on Clairmont
Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. The holiday benefit concert features collaborations of world-class artists. First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairmont Ave., Decatur. Information: christmasonclairemont.com.

Have Yourself a Jewish Little Christmas
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 4 p.m. The Chorale Guild of Atlanta performs holiday music written or composed by Jewish authors. Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Drive. Information: cgatl.org.

Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir
Friday & Saturday, Dec. 20 & 21, 7-9 p.m. All five levels of the Georgia Boy Choir perform carols, sacred classics and holiday favorites. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree St. Information: georgiaboychoir.org.

Fun, Food & Games for Hanukkah

Trivia Game Night 2.0 Hanukkah Party
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m. A night of fast-paced trivia competition and amazing food and drink. Beth Jacob, 1855 Lavista Road. Information: bethjacobatlanta.org.

Sunday Suppers with Chef Howard: Hanukkah Party
Sunday, Dec. 15, 4-6 p.m. Join fellow families at Marcus Jacob Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) to learn holiday recipes hands-on and share a delicious meal once it’s prepared. Open to the community, $25; $20 for members. MJCCA at Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Information: atlantajcc.org.

Lunchtime Culture: Hanukkah Favorite with the ASO
Friday, Dec. 20, 12:30-1 p.m. Experience a specially curated program by The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the historic Breman Museum. Learn about pivotal moments in Jewish history while enjoying the music of Hanukkah and other selections by Jewish composers. Breman Museum, 1440 Spring St. Information: thebreman.org.

Grand Menorah Lightings and Hanukkah Celebrations
Dec. 22-29. Events include menorah lightings for Virginia Highlands, Ponce City Market, Atlantic Station and Decatur, as well as a Menorah Car Parade. Chabad Intown, 730 Ponce de Leon Place. Information: chabadintown.org.

Chinese Food Eve
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m. A delicious Chinese dinner precedes a discussion on the origins of Christianity as told in Jewish sources. The evening includes a menorah lighting and Hanukkah treats. Chabad Intown, 730 Ponce de Leon Place. Information: chabadintown.org.

Ring In the New Year

Noon Year’s Eve at Fernbank
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A New Year’s Eve celebration for the young ones at Fernbank Museum with games, music, bubbles, live animals and more. 757 Clifton Road. Information: fernbankmuseum.org.

ASO New Year’s Eve Celebration
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. performance. Celebrate the arrival of 2020 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. Information: citysprings.com.

New Year’s Celebration: Splashing 20’s
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 7:30-11:59 p.m. Ring in 2020 in Gatsby style at the Georgia Aquarium. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street. Information: georgiaaquarium.org.

Atlanta NYElectric 2020 Countdown
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m.-Wednesday, Jan. 1,1:30 a.m. A variety of ticket options offer drinks, dancing and accommodations. Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree St. Information:  vipnightlife.com.

Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 6 p.m. The festival returns to Centennial Olympic Park with the theme “Into the Wild” featuring intricate, interactive lanterns in the shape of endangered species. Admission is $18 for adults, $12 for kids. Information: gwcca.org/copholiday.

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