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"12 Dates of Christmas" at Aurora Theatre
Meet Mary. She's having one lousy holiday season. She sees her fiancé kiss another woman on national TV — while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, no less ... bah, humbug ... and her life unspools from there. Mary is set up, hooked up, strung up and fed up as she stumbles back into the dating scene. Renita James returns as Mary in this one-woman comedy at Aurora Theatre.
"A Christmas Carol" at Aurora Theatre
This one-man telling of Dickens' A Christmas Carol returns for an 11th season with actor (and artistic director) Anthony P. Rodriguez playing everyone from Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Jacob Marley to the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. It's storytelling at its best in the intimate 80-seat Harvel Lab studio, designed so that you'll feel Dickens himself has invited you into his parlor.
"A Christmas Story" at OnStage Atlanta
"You'll shoot your eye out!" If you know that line, you'll know that OnStage Atlanta is telling A Christmas Story this holiday season. Yes, the tale of young Ralphie Parker, who wants nothing more from Santa than a genuine Red Ryder 200 Shot Carbine Action Air Rifle. This two-act play is based on the 1983 movie and Jean Shepherd's stories of growing up in Hammond, Ind. It's not the musical version, but all the familiar story lines are here — Ralphie's oddball parents, his troubles with a school bully, the wet tongue on a winter lamppost and the leg-shaped lamp, among others.
"Black Nativity" by Dominion Entertainment
Black Nativity is an African-American telling of the Christmas story written in 1961 by acclaimed poet and playwright Langston Hughes (1902-1967). This one-act version, produced by Dominion Entertainment Group, takes audiences from a traditional black church to an Africanized Jerusalem through dance, spirituals, anthems and toe-tapping gospel numbers ("My Way Is Cloudy," "Poor Baby Jesus," "Mary Did You Know," "What Child Is This" and many others. It's performed at Fulton County's Southwest Arts Center. For many metro Atlantans, it isn't Christmas without Black Nativity.
"Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley" at Theatrical Outfit
A Southeastern premiere from prolific playwright Lauren Gunderson. It's Christmastime. 1815. England. Cozy up with your favorite Pride and Prejudice characters at Pemberley, the grand estate of the newly wed Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. Middle daughter Mary Bennet, bookish and often overshadowed by her sisters, blossoms when a curious visitor proves himself an intellectual match and kindred spirit. For the first time, Mary must become the heroine of her own story. Gunderson's comedy is told with modern wit and period style.
"The Snow Queen" at Serenbe Playhouse
Serenbe Playhouse takes Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen into the woods for a fourth season, emphasizing the wintry nature of the tale with its outdoor setting. Watch as young Gerda overcomes fear on her journey to save her brother, Kai, from the Snow Queen’s powerful enchantment. The story, which proves love is stronger than cynicism, comes with a celebratory snowfall at the finale (shhh). This Snow Queen takes up residence in the Natural Playground at Serenbe in a performance that travels and comes without seating (chairs available by request through the box office at 770.463.1110). Serenbe is in Chattahoochee Hills.
Atlanta Ballet's "Nutcracker" at the Fox Theatre
Add some sparkle and a dash of magic to your holiday this December with a trip to a glittering world of wondrous delights. This year of the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, at the Fox Theatre, is your last chance to see the version you've grown to love. Artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin and company will unveil a new Nut in 2018.
Aurora Comedy Nights at Aurora Theatre
Comedy nights are back at Aurora Theatre, featuring the best of metro Atlanta's comedy and improv scene. You'll see national acts, comics on tour, the best local funny folk, up-and-coming talent and occasionally a night or two from the improv maniacs at Dad's Garage Theatre Company. The Aurora, in Lawrenceville, has a full bar — and no two-drink minimum. Plus there's no waitstaff to tip.
Tennessee Valley Railroad
The Tennessee Valley Railroad is a moving museum, offering an interactive, historical experience that make your visit to Chattanooga all the more enjoyable. It's the only regularly scheduled, full-sized train ride in Tennessee, and so much more. Travel back in time to when railroad travel was a way of life, when the romance of the rails provided an escape from the everyday routine. Climb aboard at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.