Invasion: A Christmas Carol at Dad’s Garage.

The holiday events calendar is huge, so we rounded up some big and small events that will appeal to different ages, interests and tastes.

Invasion: Christmas Carol at Dad’s Garage
Dec. 1 – 30, 8 p.m. Head to the Old Fourth Ward for a night of wacky holiday improve, where the script is flipped on the Dickens’ classic and anything can happen. For tickets and information, visit

Oakland Cemetery

A Victorian Holiday at Oakland
Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m Historic Oakland Cemetery adds some history to the holiday season at the third annual A Victorian Holiday at Oakland. Visitors can look at some of Oakland’s magnificent mausoleums with a costumed tour guide, have photos made with Santa, visit the artist’s market and much more. For more information, visit

Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m. The ASO Christmas concert is a tradition for many Atlanta families. The orchestra and chorus perform beloved Christmas carols and hymns, along with their special guests, the Gwinnett Young Singers and the Morehouse Glee Club. Tickets start at $20. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30309. Find out more at

Atlanta Santa Speedo Run

Atlanta Santa Speedo Run
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m. The 9th annual Atlanta Santa Speedo Run will benefit Bert’s Big Adventure this year. Hundreds of runners will gather at Hudson Grille in Midtown to run a mile in their Speeds and holiday-inspired swimwear. Registration is open at

A Vivaldi Christmas
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. The Choral Guild of Atlanta presents Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat with string quartet. Tickets are $15; discounted senior and student tickets are available at the door. Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Dr., Atlanta 30305. Go to for additional info.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
Dec. 8 to 28. The Atlanta Ballet presents the holiday classic that delights all audiences, the young and the young at heart. Tickets go from $25 to $129. Performed at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30308. Purchase tickets and get info at

Holiday Organ Concert and Sing-Along
Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. This year’s annual concert features the original version of the 1947 film “Miracle on 34th Street.” Tickets start at $2.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30308. Go to for tickets.

Holiday Shopping Market
Sunday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Local artisans will be on hand at the Yaarab Temple (400 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta 30308) for the annual Indie Craft Experience (ICE) show. If you’re looking for original, one-of-a-kind art, gifts and more this event is not to be missed. If you do manage to miss it, you can still shop through Dec. 23 at the ICE headquarters in Candler Park, 1390 McLendon Ave., Atlanta 30307. For more information, visit

Hanukkah Celebration

Menorah Lighting & Hanukkah Celebration
Tuesday, Dec. 12-Thursday, Dec. 14, 5:15-6 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy three days of Hanukkah celebrations at Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA). Each night features songs followed by the lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah and a short performance. Complimentary sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and hot chocolate are offered. Free and open to the community and MJCCA members. MJCCA Zaban Park campus, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Get information at

Bonfire & Marshmallow Roast
Thursday, Dec. 14, 7-8 p.m. Roast a marshmallow around a roaring 10-foot by 10-foot bonfire blazing in Decatur Square. The event is free, but reservations are recommended, through, so plenty of marshmallows are available. Go to to find out more.

Candlelight Nights
Fridays, Dec. 15 & 22, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to stroll through the beautifully decorated gardens and grounds of the Atlanta History Center and enjoy a lively Christmas Market. Holiday traditions come alive in the three historic houses—the Wood Family Cabin, Swan House and Smith Family Farm. $20 for adults, $15 for members and $10 for children. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta 30305. Find out more at

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags
Through Jan. 3. Head west on I-20 to Six Flags, which will be decked out in more than a million lights and festive decorations for the holiday season. There will also be special rides, events and shows. To see the calendar and buy tickets, visit

Atlanta’s Celtic Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 16, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m. The Rialto Center for the Arts will host the annual concert featuring Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian traditions. Tickets available at .

Decatur Square Candle Lighting & Hanukhah Party
Monday, Dec. 18, 6-8 p.m. Celebrate the Festival of Lights with the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) Intown and Chabad Intown for a special Menorah Lighting in Decatur Square. There’ll be songs, holiday crafts, latkes and jelly donuts. Free. Open to MJCCA members and the community. Decatur Square, 115 Sycamore St., Decatur 30030. Contact Lauren Chekanow at 678-812-4107 or visit for details.

Christmas at Callanwolde
Through Dec. 12, 12-8 p.m. daily. The historic mansion and grounds are decked out in holiday finery. There are self-guided tours of the elaborately decorated home, an artists’ market, performances and more. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd., Atlanta 30306. For tickets and info, go to

The Rink at Park Tavern
Through Feb. 19. The Rink at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park offers all day skate sessions, birthday parties for kids, a New Year’s Eve party and more. Park Tavern, 500 10th St., Atlanta 30309. Information available at

Noon Year’s Eve

Noon Year’s Eve at Fernbank
Sunday, Dec. 31, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fernbank will host its fourth annual family-friendly Ne Year’s Eve celebration for kids with music, special party favors for the first 1,000 children, and a balloon drop of prehistoric proportions at noon. The popular event caters to youngsters who cannot always celebrate past bedtime. To purchase tickets in advance, visit

Downtown Countdown
Sunday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. The annual New Year’s Eve party returns to the Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree featuring bands, DJs, open bar, food and more. Visit for tickets and more information.

New Year’s at Ponce City Market
Say cheers to the end of 2017 on The Roof at Ponce City Market this New Year’s Eve. This year, Skyline Park and Nine Mile Station will offer two separate events for families and guests 21 and up: a kid-friendly “Noon Year’s Eve” at 10 a.m. followed by a “Mask of Midnight” soiree that evening. For more information, visit

Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is a freelance writer and editor based in metro Atlanta.