By Gregory Wallace

November officially heralds the arrival of the holiday season with tree lightings, shows and other festive events.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
The classic White Christmas come to the stage as a brand new Irving Berlin musical direct from Broadway. Brimming with such Berlin hits as “Blue Skies,” “How Deep is the Ocean?” and, of course, the unforgettable title song. White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Nov. 2 to 7 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets range in price from $29.20 to $73.40 depending on seat selection. www.foxtheatre.org or www.theaterofthestars.com.


Trains in the Garden

Children and trainspotters alike should head over to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for a ride on The Botanical Express (Nov. 6 – Jan. 2), which traverses the garden grounds for the holidays. Tickets are $2 per passenger and one adult may ride free with a child under 3. This year’s model train show moves outdoors to the Cox Courtyard. Three G-scale trains with cars the size of a loaf of bread, plus a holiday trolley, will meander along four tracks. An additional train will loop around a holiday tree in the Cox Courtyard of GardenHouse. Santa Claus will also be on hand Nov. 26-28, wearing his fancy green robes. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker
It’s exquisite fairies, handsome princes, and dancing snowflakes. It’s the magic of the holiday season, alive again at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Share the tradition and experience the joy of the holiday extravaganza that’s been enchanting audiences for over 50 years. The magic begins on Nov. 27. Tickets range in price from $29.55 to $103.75 depending on seat selection. www.foxtheatre.org or www.atlantaballet.com

Fantasy In Lights
If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, check out Callaway Gardens’ annual Fantasy In Lights, which begins Nov. 19.  Stop by the Christmas Village for a warm cup of cocoa before piling into your car to slowly drive past the massive Christmas lighting displays. Tickets are $25; $12.50 for children. www.CallawayGardens.com.


Lighting of the Great Tree at Macy’s
This annual tradition began downtown at the old Rich’s Department store, but has now become a Thanksgiving night tradition. The giant tree perched atop the Macy’s building at Lenox Square will be lit with plenty of music and entertainment beforehand. Pre-show festivities begin about 6:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to take MARTA to Lenox. www.simon.com.

Stone Mountain Christmas
Beginning Nov. 13, Stone Mountain Park will begin its Christmas celebrations, featuring a special holiday laser show, screenings of The Polar Express in 4D, visits with Santa Claus, and loads of live entertainment and shows. The park will offer new food options and holiday shopping in addition to all of its permanent fixtures. www.StoneMountainPark.com.


The Lighting of Atlantic Station
The Lighting of Atlantic Station is Atlanta’s first and brightest Holiday celebration!
See 11Alive and DaveFM personalities, local celebrities, kids activities, make and take crafts, a Holiday fashion show and musical performances and entertainment throughout the day. At 7:30 p.m. they’ll welcome Santa and flip the switch to illuminate over 250,000 lights throughout the eight-block District area. A realistic snowfall follows at 8 p.m. along with a free screening of a favorite Holiday classic. Nov. 20 from 12 to 9 p.m. www.atlanticstation.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.