Around Town

November 9,16,30
Decatur Terrific Thursdays
Downtown Decatur
Each Thursday this month except on Thanksgiving, shops all around Decatur will be offering special holiday deals. Get in the holiday spirit with their tree lighting, Santa sightings and bonfire on the square. Learn more at visitdecaturga.com

Saturday, November 4
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Ferst Center for the Arts @ GA Tech
Swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy found fame with their remarkable arrival on the music scene in the swing revival of the 1990s. The band blends a vibrant fusion of jazz, swing, and Dixieland. They're known for high-energy live shows that'll make you feel like you've stepped back in time to the big band era -- so don't forget to bring your dancin' shoes to the Ferst Center! Tickets at arts.gatech.edu and 404-894-9600.

November 7 - December 31
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. Puppet.org

November 10 - 12
Sesame Street Live!
Infinite Energy Arena
Everyone is invited to take part in the sunniest and funniest street celebration in Sesame Street Live! See your favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new sensory adventure live on stage. Infiniteenergycenter.com.

November 11 - December 3
Cardboard Piano
Actors Express
Actor's Express continues its 30th Anniversary season with Cardboard Piano by Hansol Jung. Artistic Director Freddie Ashley says, "Playwright Hansol Jung is one of the great rising stars on the national and international scene. In Cardboard Piano, she has crafted a play that sensitively burrows into forgotten corners of the human heart where lie the capacity for forgiveness and reconciliation in the face of unspeakable pain. With the emotional intricacy of Tennessee Williams and the technical precision of Suzan-Lori Parks, Jung's work articulates an understanding of the human experience found only among the greatest playwrights." Actors-Express.com.

November 11 - December 31
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. Stonemountainpark.com.

November 11 - January 7
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
Atlanta Botanical Garden
The seventh annual electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Garden, including the new high-tech Nature's Wonders, illuminating the world's natural phenomena through countless strands of synchronized dancing lights strung high over Storza Woods. Explore the Walk of Flames and Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. Visit atlantabotanicalgarden.org

November 23 - December 31
Lights of Life
Life University, Marietta
Lights of LIFE is an annual holiday tradition that was started by Life University and dates back to 1989. The 65 foot tall rendition of Santa and his sleigh is the tallest display in the Southeast. It is a visual treat that the whole family will enjoy. Concessions are available seven days a week. Additional activities will be available during the weekends for a small fee including petting zoo, train rides, pony rides and photos with Santa. Tickets available at Life.edu

November 25 - December 23
The 12 Dates of Christmas
Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, GA
Kick off the holiday season with festive cheer during Aurora Theatre's annual comedy hit The 12 Dates of Christmas. Hysterical laughter will fill the theater with this contemporary take on the holiday season. Despite many mishaps thrown her way, Mary is eager to shine in the winter wonderland of dating. Audiences will watch Mary's life unravel after seeing her fiancé, live on national television, plant one wet kiss on another woman. Very determined, she spends the next year trudging her way back into dating with set ups, hook ups and let downs to test her confidence. This limited four-week engagement will ensure spirits remain high the whole month long! Purchase tickets at AuroraTheatre.com.

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