The highly anticipated LIGHTING OF THE GREAT TREE at Lenox Square is still going strong after 61 years. Visible when going around the bend on Ga. 400, the tree continues to be one of our few but celebrated reminders that Christmastime is finally here. Several celebrities will make appearances, including Jewel, Heather Headley and Jann Carl. Free. 7 p.m. 3393 Peachtree Road. 404-233-6767. www.lenoxsquare.com.
Tired of the same old family turkey-dinner routine on Thanksgiving Day? This year, check out the WHOA DANCE PARTY at Lenny's Bar after stuffing yourself at your mom's house. Get some of your very own Oh Snap! Kid pictures circulating on MySpace or Facebook in addition to burning off the approximately 3,654 extra calories you ate during that Thanksgiving feast. Brought to you by the indie-dance party creators of F**K YESSS. $5. Midnight. 486 Decatur St. 404-577-7721. www.myspace.com/whoadancepartyatl. (Samantha Mach)
In a move of real altruism – and as a precursor to its groundbreaking ceremony next year – the Center for Civil and Human Rights Partnership sponsors 60 YEARS OF PROGRESS ... 10 DAYS OF RECOGNITION, a 10-day ode to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Events span the arts, culture and education in Atlanta, and include things like a film festival, panel discussions, spoken word and music. Through Dec. 10. Free. Various locations. www.cchrpartnership.org. (Sean Dettman)
DEC. 5 POLVO Chapel Hill, N.C., indie-noise rockers swing by the Earl. www.badearl.com.
DEC. 9 ICE CUBE The hip-hopper supports his latest solo release, Raw Footage, at Center Stage. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.
DEC. 9 THE MISFITS Crash the Masquerade. www.masq.com.
DEC. 10 AZIZ ANSARI MTV's "Human Giant" star stops by the Punchline. www.punchline.com.