Holiday happenings 

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28th Annual Festival of Trees See the Georgia World Congress Center transformed into an enchanted, tree-lined, streetscape. Rides, storytelling, craft making, and a meet with Santa for children. For info, visit or call 404-785-NOEL. Begins Dec. 4. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Through Dec. 12. $5-10. Georgia World Congress Center, 285 International Boulevard.

Hanukkah Party and Family Dinner Congregation Dor Tamid's annual celebration, including musical entertainment, decorating cookies, food and childrens activities. Sun., Dec. 12, 5-7 p.m. Big Creek Elementary, 1994 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming.

Holiday in the Garden The grounds will be decorated for the holidays with festive decorations and colorful lights. Enjoy crafts, demonstrations, performances and special treats. Seasonal food and beverage available. For info, 404-876-5859. Sun., Dec. 5, 12-5 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. 404-876-5859.

Kwanzaa festival Presented by The APEX Museum, includes an African market, a children's corner with face painting, storytelling, crafts, and more, booksignings, theatrical productions, and African drum and dance performances. For info, 404-521-APEX. Thu., Dec. 30, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. APEX Museum, 135 Auburn Ave. 404-523-2739.

Light Up College Park Opens the holiday season with refreshments, seasonal music and a ceremony to turn on all the Christmas lights in the city. Mon., Nov. 29, 7 p.m. College Park City Hall, 3667 Main Street, College Park.

Lighting of the Rich's-Macy's Great Tree The 57th annual lighting of the Christmas tree is followed with performances by Kenny Rogers, Rebecca Lyn Howard and Billy Dean. Thu., Nov. 25, 7-8 p.m. Rich's-Macy's, Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree St. 770-913-5639.

Magical Nights of Lights Over one million lights fill this 6.5 mile driving tour. See Santa's Workshop and the Holiday Village with bonfires and holiday goodies. Nov. 18-Dec. 30. Lake Lanier Islands, Holiday Road, Buford. 770-932-7200.

A Main Street Christmas Celebration Christmas celebration with giveaways, carolers, refreshments, photos with Santa and even live reindeer. Fri., Dec. 10, 5-9 p.m. East Point City Hall, 2777 E. Point Street, East Point.

Pink Pig Rich's-Macy's Pink Pig is back, offering train rides to children while driving them through a gigantic storybook. Nov. 18-Jan. 2. $3. Rich's-Macy's, Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree St. 404-233-6767.

Polar Express Party Children can celebrate this timeless tale with storytime and surprises. For info, 404-237-7199. Sat., Dec. 4, 11 a.m. Chapter 11, 2345-A Peachtree Road. 404-237-7199.

Super-Duper Grown Folks Christmas Throwback Disco Party and Show Live music and dancing. Proceeds benefit the Arts Exchange Building Fund. For info, 404-215-0467. Sat., Dec. 18, 8 p.m. $5. Arts Exchange, 750 Kalb St. 404-624-4211.

Tot Shabbat Event presented by Congregation Dor Tamid, and designed to introduce toddlers and preschoolers to a casual Shabbat service. Sat., Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m. Tuxford Subdivision Clubhouse, Windham Way, Alpharetta.

A Tour Through the Gospels of Luke and Matthew Exhibition of over 200 nativity scenes from around the world, sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash. $3-$4. Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon.

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes View homes decorated for the holidays. For info and locations, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Dec. 12, 12-5 p.m. $15.

Annual Thanksgiving Concert. Drivin' n' Cryin', Dash Rip Rock, The High Strung. Nov. 26. 9 p.m. $20. Roxy Theater, 3110 Roswell Road. 404-249-6400.

Suntrust SuperPOPS. Bravo! Hollywood and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra celebrate Hollywood hits, conducted by Michael Krajewski. Nov. 26 and Nov. 27. 8 p m. $21-$53. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

Gospel Christmas. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and All-Atlanta Chorus with Sallie B. Parish. Dec. 2-Dec. 4. Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m. $12-$32. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000.

Moscow Boys Choir Choral event featuring the prestigious Russian boys choir, founded in 1957. Dec. 3. 8:15 p.m. $20. Spivey Hall. 5900 N. Lee St., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Conducted by Eric Nelson and featuring the Emory University Chorus and Concert Choir, the candlelit service features a variety of international seasonal songs. Dec. 3-Dec. 4. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 and 8 p.m. Glenn Memorial Auditorium. 1652 N. Decatur Road. 404-727-5050.

Holiday Gala. Family concert performed by Georgia State University School of Music. Program includes traditional holiday carols and Hanukkah melodies. Dec. 4-Dec. 5. Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. $16-$42. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-651-4727.

A Peter White Christmas. Holiday jazz with Peter White featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair. Dec. 4. 8 p.m. $30-$40. Ferst Center, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600.

Israeli Reception and Concert. Featuring Shira Batzbur NYC, audience members have the chance to participate in karaoke-like sing-a-longs to great Israeli hits. Dec. 4. 8 p.m. $22-$28. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Zaban Park. 770-395-2654.


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