Around Town
Events and Performances taking place this month

December 6, 7 & 8
Christmas with the ASO
Atlanta Symphony Hall
Begun many years ago by the beloved Music Director Robert Shaw, this concert has become a staple for Atlanta families during the holiday season. The Orchestra, Chorus and special guests including tenor Timothy Miller, and the Gwinnett Young Singers will perform beloved Christmas carols and hymns to celebrate the season. Tickets available at atlantasymphony.org.

December 5 - 24
Courtenay's Cabaret
Alliance Theatre

Following her starring role in the Tony-nominated musical The Prom, Courtenay Collins returns to the Hertz Stage with her beloved holiday cabaret that includes music, stories, surprises, cookies, and Courtenay's signature charm and good humor. Accompanied by a live band, Courtenay will sing holiday classics and new favorites with wit and Southern charm. alliancetheatre.org

December 12 & 13
Handel's Messiah
Atlanta Symphony Hall
This masterpiece from Handel tells the Christmas story like no other. This year the ASO has brought back this very special performance featuring the Orchestra and the Chamber Chorus that will sweep you up in the magic of the season.

December 7 - 30
CeeLo Green: Holiday Hits Tour
Center Stage
Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, & producer CeeLo Green announces his "Holiday Hits Tour". CeeLo will be performing fan favorites from his critically acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning album, "CeeLo's Magic Moment", including "What Christmas Means to Me," "This Christmas" "All I Want" & more. Visit centerstage-atlanta.com for tickets.

December 21 & 22
Celtic Christmas
Rialto Center for the Arts
Captivating audiences for over 25 years, Atlanta's Celtic Christmas is much more than a concert production. A cast of international and regionally renowned artists weaves a spellbinding performance of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian music, dance and humor in an evocative, inspiring show that will warm the soul with the music and dance of the ages. Visit rialto.gsu.edu for tickets.

Now Through December 29
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Center for Puppetry Arts
Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snow Monster and all the other merry misfits join Santa for an unforgettable holiday adventure. Tickets at puppet.org.

Now through January 5
Stone Mountain Christmas
Stone Mountain Park
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas at Stone Mountain Park, where the true magic of the season is in the air. Enjoy the glow of more than two million lights, festive music and visits from some your favorite holiday characters. Start a new tradition and create memories that will last a lifetime for you and your kids. Visit stonemountainpark.com.

Wednesday, December 18
Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny
Variety Playhouse
The 9th annual Holiday Hootenanny will have four sets, totaling over four hours of music and featuring up to 20 musicians on stage at once. Includes a special dedication to the great Johnny Knapp. Net proceeds from the concert benefit Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Visit varietyplayhouse.com.

Now Through January 5
Volta by Cirque Du Soleil
Under the Big Top at Atlantic Station
Energetic, urban and contemporary, Volta is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, Volta is a story of transformation. Featuring a live band with powerful vocalists, violinist and percussion. Visit cirqudusoleil/volta.

Now Through January 12
Winter Wonderland
Fernbank Museum
Enjoy a season of celebrations during Fernbank's 10th annual Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World. This holiday-inspired exhibition features trees and other displays decorated by local cultural partners that recognize celebrations including Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as traditions and practices like origami, indigenous art and national symbols. fernbankmuseum.org.

Saturday, January 18
Winter Wine Festival
at City Winery
Atlanta Winter Wine Festival takes place over sessions; Session 1:12pm-4pm, Session 2: 6pm-10pm. Sample from over 50 wines as well as a selection of beer to choose from. Enjoy live music and a DJ, and food will be available for purchase. Tickets are now on sale: $45 in advance, $50 after Jan 9th, and $60 at the door. AtlantaWineFestivals.com

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