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November
The Santaland Diaries - 11/23, 11/25 - 11/26 & 11/28 - 11/30/14
Atlanta's Red-Hot Holiday Sensation! "A fiendishly exhilarating, politically incorrect send-up of the holidays." – Creative Loafing Horizon Theatre reprises the outrageous holiday comedy, The Santaland Diaries, written by NPR comic genius David Sedaris. With more holiday sneer than cheer, this rebel without a Claus recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer who must take a job as a Macy's Department Store elf. Call for hours and cost. Phone: 404-584-7450 - Address: Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lights Up Atlanta 11/23, 11/25-11/26 & 11/28-11/30/14
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, but do you recall – the most famous reindeer of all? Celebrate the season with this holiday tradition. Directed by Jon Ludwig and based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, the festive family classic rings in the most wonderful time of the year with an unforgettable holiday adventure! Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snow Monster and all the other merry misfits join Rudolph and Santa for a seasonal spectacular that can't be missed. Through the use of rod and body puppets, skilled puppeteers present the timeless tale of acceptance that has inspired audiences and become an Atlanta tradition. Call for times, cost, ticket reservations and more info. Phone: 404-873-3391 - Address: Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
God Spoke the Earth: Stories of Genesis in Prints & Drawings - 11/23 & 11/25-11/30/14
Celebrating Emory's Creation Stories Project, the Carlos Museum presents God Spoke the Earth: Stories of Genesis in Prints and Drawings. This exhibition focuses on the enduring narratives of the book of Genesis and highlights the breadth of Emory's holdings in this genre. Drawn from the permanent collections of the Carlos Museum, Pitts Theology Library, and MARBL (The Manuscript, Archive, and Rare Books Library), God Spoke the Earth includes extraordinary works of art from Albrecht Dürer's famed 1504 engraving, Adam and Eve (The Fall of Man) to Marc Chagall's lithograph, Bible II- Creation. The title of the exhibition derives from the creation story recounted in the second chapter of Genesis, in which God speaks the creation of Earth and all living things. It denotes the mysterious, creative power of the Judeo-Christian God that has captivated and inspired artists over the centuries, and offers a testament to the lasting importance of the stories of Genesis. Admission cost is $6-$8 per person. Call for hours. Phone: 404-727-4282 - Address: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 517 S. Kilgo Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
Indoor Basic Archery - 11/23 at 2-4pm, 11/29 at 10am-12noon & 2-4pm, and 11/30/14 at 10am-12noon & 2-4pm
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Handicapped Accessible event. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. Cost is $10 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-389-7801 - Address: Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Highway 155, SW, Stockbridge, GA 30281
Fireworks at festival
Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours - Catching Fire Day Tours - 11/23 & 11/29-11/30/14 at 10:30am-3:30pm
Walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters by touring filming locations from the hit film Catching Fire™. Spend the day with Hunger Games™ Unofficial Fan Tours exploring filming locations used in the second film. You'll join other fans from around the globe as you're whisked around the city in your private shuttle. Hunger Games™ Unofficial Fan Tours has partnered with The Swan House, Clayton County International Park, Film Clayton and other prime locations for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at these iconic locations. You'll have the opportunity to re-enact some of your favorite scenes with plenty of photo opportunities. You also will learn archery, compete in archery tag and participate in hands-on activites. These tours are immersive - feel free to wear costumes! Tours can be booked with lunch or without. You must book online. Cost is $69 to $599. Call for info. Phone: 949-610-5570 - Address: Tours meet at Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Stone Mountain Christmas - 11/23 - 11/30/14 - Call for dates and times
Christmas comes to life during Stone Mountain Christmas, where Crossroads® is decked out with more than two million lights. New this year, Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D, an immersive film adventure featured in 3-D with added in-theatre effects. Stone Mountain Christmas welcomes two iconic North Pole favorites, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® and Bumble™ the Abominable Snow Monster. Everyone may enjoy other great live performances that are sure to inspire the Christmas spirit, including Holly Jolly Cabaret, Toyrific!, and A Crossroads Christmas Carol. All aboard the Singalong Train to hear the heartwarming story of The Gift train show. Wander through the Wonderland Walkway to the Snow Angel® Palace. Take in the sights and sounds of the season with a nightly Christmas Parade and the arrival of Santa Claus. End the night with the magical Snow Angel® Snowfall and Fireworks Finale as the Snow Angel flies overhead and makes it snow in Crossroads. Handicapped Accessible. Price is $24.95 - $29.95 per person. Phone: 770-498-5690 - Address: Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Dr, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083
Gift of Lights - 11/23 - 11/30/14
Atlanta Motor Speedway will be lit up like never before this holiday season for the inaugural Gift of Lights Holiday Light Show. Enjoy a nightly drive-through event, with over one million LED lights in hundreds of displays on hand for the public to enjoy. Gift of Lights will benefit the Atlanta Motor Speedway chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. There will also be a toy collection for Toys for Tots. Display hours will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission will be $15 per car, and the first 15,000 cars will receive a holiday gift bag with gifts and value coupons from sponsors. For families looking to enjoy lights as part of their Christmas Day gathering, the Gift of Lights will be open on Christmas Day. Phone: 770-707-7904 Address: Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Hwy 19/41, Hampton GA
Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting - 11/23 - 11/30/14
The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting will display more than 30 paintings by Winston Churchill, many of which have never before been publicly exhibited, and examine the notion that painting may have helped save Western civilization. Although a hobby, Winston Churchill wrote of the effect that it had on him personally and professionally. At the beginning in 1915, painting literally pulled Churchill out of his darkest political days and set him on his journey toward his finest hour. It was painting, he said, that helped him cope with the stress and strain of his political life, and allowed him to be productive as he developed his thinking about the rising danger of Hitler and Germany. In addition, Churchill found that the skills he learned from painting made his leadership more effective, and he used his painter's eye to achieve his political and diplomatic goals. Admission cost is $10 - $12. Call for hours open. Phone: 404-881-0900 - Address: Millennium Gate Museum, 395 17th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30363
Snow Mountain - 11/23 - 11/30/14
Now in its seventh season, Snow Mountain features more than 20 snow tubing slides. Situatedwhat is commonly known as the "Laser Lawn," the snow park features tubing runs – including the Avalanche Alley family tube ride and the Snow Zone area where younger kids may tube, make the ultimate snowmen and snow angels, and take aim at the snowball shooting gallery. After playing in the snow, warm up at the crackling bonfires, roast marshmallows and enjoy s'mores. Cost is $28 per person. Call for times. Phone: 770-498-5690 - Address: Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Historic ruins at Sweetwater Creek State Park
The Cox/Armstrong Civil War Collection - 11/24 - 11/28/14
The City of Smyrna installed three displays containing selections from a collection of Civil War artifacts collected by Gerald Cox. Gerald Cox (1945-1996) was an Atlanta Civil War artifacts collector who grew up in a family of Civil War historians. As a boy in the 1950s, he spent many weekends in Smyrna and visited the Carmichael Plantation, near I-285, where he searched the area of the battle that reached Atlanta, having passed through Smyrna in 1864. He found his first relic, a lead .58-caliber bullet and was hooked. He and his family continued exploring, building a huge collection of artifacts through the years. A portion of the collection is now displayed on the 2nd floor at Smyrna City Hall (2800 King Street, Smyrna Ga.) with two additional displays on the 2nd levels of the Smyrna Public Library (100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna Ga.) and Brawner Hall (3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna Ga.). Find information at www.SmyrnaCity.com / Residents / History and Points of Interest / Cox Armstrong Collection. Handicapped Accessible. Open at 8am-5pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-434-6600 - 3 Smyrna Locations: 3180 Atlanta Road, 100 Village Green Circle, and 2800 King St, Smyrna, Georgia 30080
Wilbur G. Kurtz: History in GWTW - 11/26 - 11/28/14
History in Gone With the Wind will open in the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Atlanta illustrator Wilbur G. Kurtz served as the historian to the the motion picture, Gone With the Wind. The exhibition reveals Kurtz's involvement and influence on historical accuracy and depiction of Atlanta in the film. Cost is $11-$16.50 per person. Showat 10am-5pm. Phone: 404-814-4000 - Address: Atanta History Center, 130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead Hosts Thanksgiving Brunch - 11/27/14 at 10am-7pm
begin the holiday season with the American tradition of family and friendship over The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead's lavish Thanksgiving brunch of more than 100 selections, from classic breakfast favorites to seasonal specialties to an array of desserts created by the hotel's culinary experts. The cost is $109 per adult and $59 per child. Call to reserve. Phone: 404-237-2700 - Address: The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30326
The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta Hosts Thanksgiving Brunch - 11/27/14 at 10am-2pm
Begin the holiday season with a flavorful Thanksgiving brunch hosted in The Ritz-Carlton elegantly appointed Atlanta ballroom, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Guests will be presented with various unique culinary stations featuring artisan breads, regional cheeses, charcuterie, farmer's market vegetables and a butcher-block selection. Children are invited to decorate turkey-shaped cookies and enjoy tastes from the Pumpkin Patch dessert display while adults indulge in the expansive offerings at Chef Candace White's dessert stations. Cost is $35 for children and $80 for adults. Phone: 404-659-0400 - Address: The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, 181 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Atlanta Half Marathon - 11/27/14 at 7:30-11am
The Atlanta Half Marathon presented by Northside Hospital on Thursday, November 27 is among the largest half marathons in the U.S. The event, which attracts thousands of runners and walkers each year, is a great way to earn your turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Make it a holiday tradition for the whole family! The Thanksgiving Day 5K, Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop give runners, walkers and kids the opportunity to participate in the morning's festivities before cheering on the half marathoners at the finish line. All races begin and end at Turner Field in downtown Atlanta. Half Marathon participants receive a 1/4 zip jacket and commemorative medal. 5K participants receive a long-sleeve performance shirt and medal. Mashed Potato Mile and Gravy Gallop participants will receive a long-sleeve cotton T-shirt and commemorative medal. Cost varies from $15 to $80 per person. Call for more info. Phone: 404-231-9064 - Address: Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
Holiday Lights - 11/27 - 11/30/14
Enjoy nearly 1 mile and nearly two dozen displays of holiday lights along Hospital Parkway in Technology Park at Johns Creek. Available free to the public from Thanksgiving through the first weekend of the New Year, the show is conveniently located on your way to your holiday shopping destinations and excellent eateries. This Free event is sponsored by the Johns Creek Owners Association and Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Free fun event! Phone: 800-590-4211 - Location: Hospital Parkway in Technology Park, Johns Creek, GA 30097
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead Hosts Tea with Santa - 11/28 - 11/30/14
Enjoy The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead's long-standing tradition, Tea with Santa in the Lobby Lounge. Perfect for adults and older children, this formal and traditional holiday tea service includes a visit from Santa and musical entertainment and caroling by the Dickens Singers. The cost is $59 per adult and $52 per child. Reservations at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. can be made by calling. Phone: 404-237-2700 - Address: The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30326
Capitol Tours at the Atlanta History Center - 11/29/14 at 1-4:30pm
The Atlanta History Center's Capitol Tour experience offers visitors an opportunity to pay tribute to Atlanta's burgeoning film industry as well as Swan House's new chapter in cinematic history. The Capitol Tour experience includes a guided tour through Swan House, showcasing the rooms that were used during filming of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Visitors will have exclusive admittance to a behind-the-scenes exhibit displaying photos from the production at Swan House and select props from the film. Snap a photo at two unique photo opportunities presenting recreations of portions of sets from scenes in the movie. Once the tour leaves the interior of Swan House, visitors may head outdoors to explore the gardens and lawn and capture more photo opportunities from the film. Handicapped Accessible event. Cost is $10 per person plus general admission fee. Capitol Tours are reserved onsite at the time of your arrival. Phone: 404-814-4000 - Address: Atlanta History Center, 130 W Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305
East Point Holidays Farmers Market - 11/29/14 at 9am-1pm
Just in time for the holidays! Shop for unique arts and crafts, gifts, specialty food items, meats/cheeses, honey, jams and jellies and seasonal produce! Free admission and parking. Phone: 404-270-7059 - Address: Fire Station #1, 2757 East Point St, East Point, GA 30344
Small Business Saturday - 11/29/14 at 10am-4pm
Celebrate the small businesses on Small Business Saturday! We encourage you to patronize all of the wonderful businesses around downtown McDonough. Some businesses will be offering special discounts in recognition of Small Business Saturday. This will be a great time to do some Christmas shopping! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission. Phone: 770-898-9311 - Address: Historic McDonough Square, 5 Griffin St, McDonough, GA 30253
Holiday Shop & Stroll - 11/29/14 at 12noon-4pm
You are invited to an afternoon of holiday shopping and complimentary festivities at Emory Point! Enjoy a free gift with a purchase. Present same day receipts totaling $100 or more to receive a complimentary $20 gift card to select Emory Point retailers. One gift card per customer, while supplies last. Gift card selection includes: American Threads, fab'rik, Francesca's, Jazmin Spa, JoS. A Bank, Lizard Thicket, LOFT, Pink Barre, Solar Dimensions and Strippaggio. Festivities include gift wrapping courtesy of Ronald McDonald House, free coupon books and family-friendly activities: such as face painting, balloon art, holiday themed crafts, hot chocolate and festive treats, strolling carolers and live music. Bring a camera for the Disney Princess Meet & Greet featuring a different guest each week, including Princess Elsa, Snow White, Ariel and Cinderella. Q100 will also be onsite December 13 from noon to 2 p.m. with ticket giveaways to Six Flags Holiday in the Park! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 404-888-9348 - Address: Emory Point, 1727 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
Historic New Manchester History Hike - 11/29/14 at 1-2:30pm
This mile-long hike (easy to moderate) will lead to the five story ruins of the Civil War-era New Manchester textile mill and focus on the history of the Sweetwater Creek Valley. This historian or ranger-led hike will include going to the ruins and seeing the lovely whitewater rapids which provide great photo opportunities. Cost is $5 per person and $5 parking fee.

Hayride and S'mores - 11/29/14 at 5-6:30pm
Join us for a tractor-pulled hayride up to Jack's Hill. We will also gather around a campfire and make s'mores. Park Rangers and local historians will be leading these programs, sharing history and stories from the park. Reservations are required. Cost is $8 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-732-5871 - Address: Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mt. Vernon Rd, Lithia Springs, GA
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead Hosts Teddy Bear Tea - 11/30/14 at 11:30am
Younger children are invited to bring a favorite teddy bear to share in the tradition of afternoon tea. This event offers a less formal tea service and is a wonderful children's holiday celebration. Storytellers and the Dickens Singers entertain, and Santa makes his annual appearance. Children enjoy hot chocolate made by the pastry team, a cookie decorating station, seasonal treats, and a keepsake holiday teddy bear. The cost is $59 per adult and $52 per child. Reservations at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. can be made through the Resort Concierge at (404) 237-2700. Phone: 404-237-2700 - Address: The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30326
December
The Cox/Armstrong Civil War Collection - 12/1-12/5, 12/6-12/12, 12/13-12/19, 12/20-12/23 & 12/27-12/30/14 at 8am-5pm at 8am-5pm
The City of Smyrna installed three displays containing selections from a collection of Civil War artifacts collected by Gerald Cox. Gerald Cox (1945-1996) was an Atlanta Civil War artifacts collector who grew up in a family of Civil War historians. As a boy in the 1950s, he spent many weekends in Smyrna and visited the Carmichael Plantation, near I-285, where he searched the area of the battle that reached Atlanta, having passed through Smyrna in 1864. He found his first relic, a lead .58-caliber bullet and was hooked. He and his family continued exploring, building a huge collection of artifacts through the years. A portion of the collection is now displayed on the 2nd floor at Smyrna City Hall (2800 King Street, Smyrna Ga.) with two additional displays on the 2nd levels of the Smyrna Public Library (100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna Ga.) and Brawner Hall (3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna Ga.). Find information at www.SmyrnaCity.com / Residents / History and Points of Interest / Cox Armstrong Collection. Handicapped Accessible. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-434-6600 - 3 Smyrna Locations: 3180 Atlanta Road, 100 Village Green Circle, and 2800 King St, Smyrna, Georgia 30080
Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting - 12/1 - 12/30/14
The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting will display more than 30 paintings by Winston Churchill, many of which have never before been publicly exhibited, and examine the notion that painting may have helped save Western civilization. Although a hobby, Winston Churchill wrote of the effect that it had on him personally and professionally. At the beginning in 1915, painting literally pulled Churchill out of his darkest political days and set him on his journey toward his finest hour. It was painting, he said, that helped him cope with the stress and strain of his political life, and allowed him to be productive as he developed his thinking about the rising danger of Hitler and Germany. In addition, Churchill found that the skills he learned from painting made his leadership more effective, and he used his painter's eye to achieve his political and diplomatic goals. Admission cost is $10 - $12. Call for hours open. Phone: 404-881-0900 - Address: Millennium Gate Museum, 395 17th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30363
Stone Mountain Christmas - 12/1 - 12/31/14 - Call for dates and times
Christmas comes to life during Stone Mountain Christmas, where Crossroads® is decked out with more than two million lights. New this year, Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D, an immersive film adventure featured in 3-D with added in-theatre effects. Stone Mountain Christmas welcomes two iconic North Pole favorites, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® and Bumble™ the Abominable Snow Monster. Everyone may enjoy other great live performances that are sure to inspire the Christmas spirit, including Holly Jolly Cabaret, Toyrific!, and A Crossroads Christmas Carol. All aboard the Singalong Train to hear the heartwarming story of The Gift train show. Wander through the Wonderland Walkway to the Snow Angel® Palace. Take in the sights and sounds of the season with a nightly Christmas Parade and the arrival of Santa Claus. End the night with the magical Snow Angel® Snowfall and Fireworks Finale as the Snow Angel flies overhead and makes it snow in Crossroads. Handicapped Accessible. Price is $24.95 - $29.95 per person. Phone: 770-498-5690 - Address: Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Gift of Lights - 12/1-12/31/14
Atlanta Motor Speedway will be lit up like never before this holiday season for the inaugural Gift of Lights Holiday Light Show. Enjoy a nightly drive-through event, with over one million LED lights in hundreds of displays on hand for the public to enjoy. Gift of Lights will benefit the Atlanta Motor Speedway chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. There will also be a toy collection for Toys for Tots. Display hours will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission will be $15 per car, and the first 15,000 cars will receive a holiday gift bag with gifts and value coupons from sponsors. For families looking to enjoy lights as part of their Christmas Day gathering, the Gift of Lights will be open on Christmas Day. Phone: 770-707-7904 - Address: Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Hwy 19/41, Hampton, GA 30228
Snow Mountain - 12/1 - 12/31/14
Now in its seventh season, Snow Mountain features more than 20 snow tubing slides. Situatedwhat is commonly known as the "Laser Lawn," the snow park features tubing runs – including the Avalanche Alley family tube ride and the Snow Zone area where younger kids may tube, make the ultimate snowmen and snow angels, and take aim at the snowball shooting gallery. After playing in the snow, warm up at the crackling bonfires, roast marshmallows and enjoy s'mores. Cost is $28 per person. Call for times. Phone: 770-498-5690 - Address: Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Holiday Lights - 12/1 - 12/31/14
Enjoy nearly 1 mile and nearly two dozen displays of holiday lights along Hospital Parkway in Technology Park at Johns Creek. Available free to the public from Thanksgiving through the first weekend of the New Year, the show is conveniently located on your way to your holiday shopping destinations and excellent eateries. This Free event is sponsored by the Johns Creek Owners Association and Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Free fun event! Phone: 800-590-4211 - Location: Hospital Parkway in Technology Park, Johns Creek, GA 30097
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lights Up Atlanta - 12/2-12/7, 12/9-12/14, 12/16-12/21 & 12/23-12/24 & 12/26-12/28/14
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, but do you recall – the most famous reindeer of all? Celebrate the season with this holiday tradition. Directed by Jon Ludwig and based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, the festive family classic rings in the most wonderful time of the year with an unforgettable holiday adventure! Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snow Monster and all the other merry misfits join Rudolph and Santa for a seasonal spectacular that can't be missed. Through the use of rod and body puppets, skilled puppeteers present the timeless tale of acceptance that has inspired audiences and become an Atlanta tradition. Call for times, cost, ticket reservations and more info. Phone: 404-873-3391 - Address: Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
The Santaland Diaries - 12/2 - 12/7, 12/9 - 12/14, 12/16 - 12/21, 12/23 - 12/26, 12/27 - 12/28 & 12/30 - 12/31/14
Atlanta's Red-Hot Holiday Sensation! "A fiendishly exhilarating, politically incorrect send-up of the holidays." – Creative Loafing Horizon Theatre reprises the outrageous holiday comedy, The Santaland Diaries, written by NPR comic genius David Sedaris. With more holiday sneer than cheer, this rebel without a Claus recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer who must take a job as a Macy's Department Store elf. Call for hours and cost. Phone: 404-584-7450 - Address: Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Wilbur G. Kurtz: History in GWTW - 12/3-12/6, 12/10-12/13, 12/17-12/20, 12/23-12/27 & 12/30/14at 10am-5pm
History in Gone With the Wind will open in the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Atlanta illustrator Wilbur G. Kurtz served as the historian to the the motion picture, Gone With the Wind. The exhibition reveals Kurtz's involvement and influence on historical accuracy and depiction of Atlanta in the film. Admission cost is $11-$16.50 per person. Phone: 404-814-4000 - Address: Atanta History Center, 130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead Hosts Tea with Santa - 12/4 - 12/7, 12/11 - 12/14 & 12/18 - 12/21/14
Enjoy The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead's long-standing tradition, Tea with Santa in the Lobby Lounge. Perfect for adults and older children, this formal and traditional holiday tea service includes a visit from Santa and musical entertainment and caroling by the Dickens Singers. The cost is $59 per adult and $52 per child. Reservations at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. can be made by calling. Phone: 404-237-2700 - Address: The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30326
Moonlight Mountain Hike - 12/6/14 - Call for times
Join us on a hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire where we'll enjoy s'mores. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Please call to register in advance. Groups of 10 or more must register for a private hike. $7 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-389-7801 - Address: Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Highway 155, SW, Stockbridge, GA 30281
Market Days in Downtown Newnan - 12/6/14 at 10am-2pm
Join us for the best homegrown, homemade or handmade products this side of Atlanta. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-253-8283 - Location: Court Square, Newnan, GA 30263
Cookies with Santa - 12/6/14 at 2pm
Great for the entire family! Join us for this special afternoon filled with Christmas fun. Enjoy decorating cookies and one on one time with Santa and Mrs. Claus. No registration necessary. Free fun event! Address: Union Hill Church, 4250 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours - Catching Fire Day Tours - 12/6-12/7, 12/13-12/14 & 12/20/14 at 10:30am-3:30pm
Walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters by touring filming locations from the hit film Catching Fire™. Spend the day with Hunger Games™ Unofficial Fan Tours exploring filming locations used in the second film. You'll join other fans from around the globe as you're whisked around the city in your private shuttle. Hunger Games™ Unofficial Fan Tours has partnered with The Swan House, Clayton County International Park, Film Clayton and other prime locations for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at these iconic locations. You'll have the opportunity to re-enact some of your favorite scenes with plenty of photo opportunities. You also will learn archery, compete in archery tag and participate in hands-on activites. These tours are immersive - feel free to wear costumes! Tours can be booked with lunch or without. You must book online. Cost is $69 to $599. Call for info. Phone: 949-610-5570 - Address: Tours meet at Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Indoor Basic Archery - 12/6/14 at 10am-12noon, 2-4pm & 5-7pm, 12/13 at 10am-12noon, 2-4pm & 5-7pm, 12/20 at 10am-12noon & 2-4pm, 12/21 at 10am-12noon, 12/27 at 10am-12noon, 2-4pm & 5-7pm and 12/28/14 at 10am-12noon & 2-4pm
Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Handicapped Accessible event. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class. Cost is $10 per person and $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-389-7801 - Address: Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Highway 155, SW, Stockbridge, GA 30281
East Point Holidays Farmers Market - 12/6, 12/13 & 12/20/14 at 9am-1pm
Just in time for the holidays! Shop for unique arts and crafts, gifts, specialty food items, meats/cheeses, honey, jams and jellies and seasonal produce! Free admission and parking. Phone: 404-270-7059 - Address: Fire Station #1, 2757 East Point St, East Point, GA 30344
Holiday Shop & Stroll - 12/6, 12/13 & 12/20/14 at 12noon-4pm
You are invited to an afternoon of holiday shopping and complimentary festivities at Emory Point! Enjoy a free gift with a purchase. Present same day receipts totaling $100 or more to receive a complimentary $20 gift card to select Emory Point retailers. One gift card per customer, while supplies last. Gift card selection includes: American Threads, fab'rik, Francesca's, Jazmin Spa, JoS. A Bank, Lizard Thicket, LOFT, Pink Barre, Solar Dimensions and Strippaggio. Festivities include gift wrapping courtesy of Ronald McDonald House, free coupon books and family-friendly activities: such as face painting, balloon art, holiday themed crafts, hot chocolate and festive treats, strolling carolers and live music. Bring a camera for the Disney Princess Meet & Greet featuring a different guest each week, including Princess Elsa, Snow White, Ariel and Cinderella. Q100 will also be onsite December 13 from noon to 2 p.m. with ticket giveaways to Six Flags Holiday in the Park! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 404-888-9348 - Address: Emory Point, 1727 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
Capitol Tours at the Atlanta History Center - 12/6, 12/13, 12/20 & 12/27/14 at 1-4:30pm
The Atlanta History Center's Capitol Tour experience offers visitors an opportunity to pay tribute to Atlanta's burgeoning film industry as well as Swan House's new chapter in cinematic history. The Capitol Tour experience includes a guided tour through Swan House, showcasing the rooms that were used during filming of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Visitors will have exclusive admittance to a behind-the-scenes exhibit displaying photos from the production at Swan House and select props from the film. Snap a photo at two unique photo opportunities presenting recreations of portions of sets from scenes in the movie. Once the tour leaves the interior of Swan House, visitors may head outdoors to explore the gardens and lawn and capture more photo opportunities from the film. Handicapped Accessible event. Cost is $10 per person plus general admission fee. Capitol Tours are reserved onsite at the time of your arrival. Phone: 404-814-4000 - Address: Atlanta HIstory Center, 130 W Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead Hosts Teddy Bear Tea - 12/7, 12/14, & 12/20-12/23/14 at 11:30am
Younger children are invited to bring a favorite teddy bear to share in the tradition of afternoon tea. This event offers a less formal tea service and is a wonderful children's holiday celebration. Storytellers and the Dickens Singers entertain, and Santa makes his annual appearance. Children enjoy hot chocolate made by the pastry team, a cookie decorating station, seasonal treats, and a keepsake holiday teddy bear. The cost is $59 per adult and $52 per child. Reservations at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. can be made through the Resort Concierge at (404) 237-2700. Phone: 404-237-2700 - Address: The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30326
Ladies Night Out 2 McDonough Square - 12/11/14 at 6-9pm
Participating merchants will have prizes, fun offerings and/or special discounts for guests. Don't forget to register for drawings. There will be a Grand Prize Giveaway with combined items from all the participating merchants! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-898-3196 and 770-898-9311 - Location: McDonough Square, Griffin St, McDonough GA
Greater Atlanta Coin Show - 12/14/14 at 9am-5pm
Located in a hotel on a Civil War site, many dealers offer coins, currency, bullion and collectibles. People can browse, buy, sell or trade at the show. The experienced dealers also offer free verbal appraisals for items brought to the show. Other collectibles are also on display, such as medals, Civil War artifacts, stock certificates, scrip from coal miners, jewelry and gemstones. All visitors are welcome to the coin show whether experienced collectors and investors, new to the hobby or just curious about the many items on display. Handicapped Accessible. Free Admission & parking. Phone: 770-772-4359 - Address: Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs St, Marietta, GA 30064
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Gift of Lights - 1/1/15
Atlanta Motor Speedway will be lit up like never before this holiday season for the inaugural Gift of Lights Holiday Light Show. Enjoy a nightly drive-through event, with over one million LED lights in hundreds of displays on hand for the public to enjoy. Gift of Lights will benefit the Atlanta Motor Speedway chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. There will also be a toy collection for Toys for Tots. Display hours will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission will be $15 per car, and the first 15,000 cars will receive a holiday gift bag with gifts and value coupons from sponsors. For families looking to enjoy lights as part of their Christmas Day gathering, the Gift of Lights will be open on Christmas Day. Phone: 770-707-7904 - Address: Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Hwy 19/41, Hampton, GA 30228
Holiday Lights - 1/1 - 1/3/15
Enjoy nearly 1 mile and nearly two dozen displays of holiday lights along Hospital Parkway in Technology Park at Johns Creek. Available free to the public from Thanksgiving through the first weekend of the New Year, the show is conveniently located on your way to your holiday shopping destinations and excellent eateries. This Free event is sponsored by the Johns Creek Owners Association and Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Free fun event! Phone: 800-590-4211 - Location: Hospital Parkway in Technology Park, Johns Creek, GA 30097
Stone Mountain Christmas - 1/1 - 1/4/15 - Call for dates and times
Christmas comes to life during Stone Mountain Christmas, where Crossroads® is decked out with more than two million lights. New this year, Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D, an immersive film adventure featured in 3-D with added in-theatre effects. Stone Mountain Christmas welcomes two iconic North Pole favorites, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® and Bumble™ the Abominable Snow Monster. Everyone may enjoy other great live performances that are sure to inspire the Christmas spirit, including Holly Jolly Cabaret, Toyrific!, and A Crossroads Christmas Carol. All aboard the Singalong Train to hear the heartwarming story of The Gift train show. Wander through the Wonderland Walkway to the Snow Angel® Palace. Take in the sights and sounds of the season with a nightly Christmas Parade and the arrival of Santa Claus. End the night with the magical Snow Angel® Snowfall and Fireworks Finale as the Snow Angel flies overhead and makes it snow in Crossroads. Handicapped Accessible. Price is $24.95 - $29.95 per person. Phone: 770-498-5690 - Address: Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Snow Mountain - 1/1 - 2/22/15
Now in its seventh season, Snow Mountain features more than 20 snow tubing slides. Situatedwhat is commonly known as the "Laser Lawn," the snow park features tubing runs – including the Avalanche Alley family tube ride and the Snow Zone area where younger kids may tube, make the ultimate snowmen and snow angels, and take aim at the snowball shooting gallery. After playing in the snow, warm up at the crackling bonfires, roast marshmallows and enjoy s'mores. Cost is $28 per person. Call for times. Phone: 770-498-5690 - Address: Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting - 1/2 - 2/1/15
The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting will display more than 30 paintings by Winston Churchill, many of which have never before been publicly exhibited, and examine the notion that painting may have helped save Western civilization. Although a hobby, Winston Churchill wrote of the effect that it had on him personally and professionally. At the beginning in 1915, painting literally pulled Churchill out of his darkest political days and set him on his journey toward his finest hour. It was painting, he said, that helped him cope with the stress and strain of his political life, and allowed him to be productive as he developed his thinking about the rising danger of Hitler and Germany. In addition, Churchill found that the skills he learned from painting made his leadership more effective, and he used his painter's eye to achieve his political and diplomatic goals. Admission cost is $10 - $12. Call for hours open. Phone: 404-881-0900 - Address: Millennium Gate Museum, 395 17th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30363
The Cox/Armstrong Civil War Collection - 1/5-1/9, 1/12-1/16, 1/19-1/23 & 1/26-1/30/15
2/2-2/6, 2/9-2/13, 2/16-2/20 & 2/23-2/27/15 at 8am-5pm
3/2-3/6, 3/9-3/13, 3/16-3/20, 3/23-3/27 & 3/30-3/31/15 at 8am-5pm
4/1-4/3, 4/6-4/10, 4/13-4/17, 4/20-4/24 & 4/27-4/30/15 at 8am-5pm
5/4-5/8, 5/11-5/15, 5/18-5/22& 5/25 - 5/29/15 at 8am-5pm
6/1-6/5, 6-8-6/12 & 6/15-6/20/15 at 8am-5pm
The City of Smyrna installed three displays containing selections from a collection of Civil War artifacts collected by Gerald Cox. Gerald Cox (1945-1996) was an Atlanta Civil War artifacts collector who grew up in a family of Civil War historians. As a boy in the 1950s, he spent many weekends in Smyrna and visited the Carmichael Plantation, near I-285, where he searched the area of the battle that reached Atlanta, having passed through Smyrna in 1864. He found his first relic, a lead .58-caliber bullet and was hooked. He and his family continued exploring, building a huge collection of artifacts through the years. A portion of the collection is now displayed on the 2nd floor at Smyrna City Hall (2800 King Street, Smyrna Ga.) with two additional displays on the 2nd levels of the Smyrna Public Library (100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna Ga.) and Brawner Hall (3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna Ga.). Find information at www.SmyrnaCity.com / Residents / History and Points of Interest / Cox Armstrong Collection. Handicapped Accessible. Show at 8am-5pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-434-6600 - 3 Smyrna Locations: 3180 Atlanta Road, 100 Village Green Circle, and 2800 King St, Smyrna, Georgia 30080
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