It’s a long holiday weekend, which means there will be many of you trying to finish up last minute shopping, traveling to see family and spending hours in the kitchen. But if you have some free time and want to have fun, there’s plenty to do Intown.

If you want to see some pretty lights, head Downtown to Centennial Olympic Park (, which has been transformed into a twinkling wonderland.  You can also check out the ice skating rink, which costs $7 per person plus $2 skate rental for 90 minutes on the ice. For even more lights, head over to the Atlanta Botanical Garden ( this weekend for Garden Lights Holiday Nights when thousands of lights are switched on amid the flora and fauna from 5 to 10 p.m.

Both the Alliance Theatre and The Shakespeare Tavern are presenting productions of the Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, this weekend. The Alliance ( extravaganza is on stage through Dec. 23, while you can enjoy dinner and spirits along with the show at Shakespeare Tavern ( through Dec. 23. Check for ticket availability before you go.

Radio station WRFG 89.3 FM is hosting A Jazz Holiday ( with the Terence Harper Quartet and more on Sunday at Churchill Grounds, 660 Peachtree St., next door to the Fox Theatre. There will be music, drinks and food from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $10.

On Christmas Eve, the High Museum of Art ( will have free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. giving you the opportunity to see big exhibitions by Thornton Dial and the Fast Forward: Modern Moments on loan from MoMA. The High’s gift shop will also be holding a 50% off sale for those seriously last minute gifts.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit with Santa Claus and give him your wish list, there’s still time. Mr. Claus is at Atlantic Station ( through Dec. 24 in Central Park (times vary, so check the website for details). On Christmas Eve, there will be an interfaith Christmas Eve Service at Central Park on Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m., which will be open to the public.

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.