The Nutcracker :
Presented by the Gainesville Ballet. For info, 770-532-4241 or www.gainesvilleballet.org. Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 4, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 5, 2 p.m. $10-22. Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 1 Centennial Circle, Gainesville.
Presented by the Atlanta Ballet. Opens Nov. 27. Tue.-Thur., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m.& 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Dec. 24, 1 p.m. $24-$68. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100.
Presented by North Atlanta Dance Theatre Dec. 3, 8 p.m.; Dec. 4, 2:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Dec. 5, 2:30 p.m. $12-$18. Blessed Trinity Theater, 11340 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 678-297-2800.
Excerpts presented by the Callanwolde Dance Ensemble. Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.; Dec. 11, 9:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. $5. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road. 404-872-5338.
Presented by The Georgia Ballet. Dec. 10, 7 p.m.; Dec. 11, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. $16-$26. Cobb County Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 770-528-8450.
Presented by Dancentre South. For info, 770-516-7229. Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 18, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m. $12-$7. Cobb County Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 770-516-7229.
The Nutcracker, All Jazzed Up A jazzy twist of the traditional holiday favorite. Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 4, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5. Collins Hill High School, 50 Taylor Road, Suwanee.
The Nutty Nutcracker Atlanta Ballet presents a skewed version of the Nutcracker, featuring characters including Batman, Tinkerbell and Scooby Doo. One night only. Sun., Dec. 12, 7 p.m. $21-$63. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100.
17th Annual Tree Lighting Downtown Lawrencville celebrates Thanksgiving with live entertainment and horse-drawn carriage rides. Thu., Nov. 25, 7-8:30 p.m. $3-$5. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-822-5450.
Amazing Journeys: A Day of Celebration Annual holiday party includes a strolling St. Nicholas, face painting, performances and ornament arts & crafts. Dec. 5, 12-5 p.m. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6300.
Annual Lighting of the Square Held at Roswell's Historic Town Square, includes caroling. Sat., Dec. 4. 770-641-3950.
Annual Tree Lighting and Music on the Main Live holiday music throughout the evening with a fireworks display. Stay and catch an early glimpse of Santa. For info, 770-465-6776. Fri., Nov. 26, 6-9 p.m. Stone Mountain Village.
Breakfast with Santa Two-course breakfast for parents and children alike. Bring your camera to capture a special moment with Santa. For info and reservations, 404-815-6677 or www.fifthgroup.com. Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $34. The Food Studio, 887 W. Marietta St., Studio K-102. 404-815-6677.
Candlelight Tour of Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation Home See these historic homes decorated for Christmas. Fri., Dec. 17, 7-9 p.m. $6-$10. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 770-992-1731.
Captain Planet Foundation X-mas Party Captain Planet Foundation celebrates it's 10th annual Christmas party, "Peace, Love, One World." Jane Fonda, Ted Turner, and Jerry Hoban are special guests attend. Benefiting Captain Planet Foundation, Atlanta Children's Shelter, and other organizations. For info and tickets, visit www.xmasparty.org. Fri., Dec. 3, 6:45 p.m. $100-500. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022.
Chanukah Extravaganza The Sophie Hirsch Srochi Jewish Dicovery Museum and the Marcus Jewish Community Center present an interactive family program that includes a wide range of activities and entertainment. $5-$8. Dec. 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Milly Road, Dunwoody. 770-396-3250.
Christmas Parade The 24th annual Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade returns, beginning in downtown Atlanta at Peachtree Street and Ralph McGill Boulevard and ending at Centennial Olympic Park. For info, 404-785-NOEL or visit www.choa.org/festival. Sat., Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free.
Christmas High Tea A break from the hustle and bustle of the 21st century. Enjoy a candlelight tea served by ladies in period clothing. Nov. 30, 4 p.m.; Dec. 1, 4 p.m.; Dec. 2, 4 p.m.; Dec. 6, 4 p.m.; Dec. 7, 4 p.m.; Dec. 9, 4 p.m. $25. Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 770-992-1731.
Family Week Exhibition and holiday related activities for the whole family. Includes storytelling, art workshops, tours, food and more. For info, www.high.org. Dec. 26-31, 1-4 p.m. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. 404-733-4400.
Festival of the Nativity Hundreds of international nativity scenes, nightly concerts, theatrical presentations and activities for kids. Dec. 9, 6:30-9 p.m.; Dec. 10-11, 6:30-9 p.m.; Dec. 12, 6:30-9 p.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 5995 Spalding Drive, Norcross. 770-246-0393.
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