Performing Arts

Merry Little Holiday Shorts
Dec. 1-11. A Santa’s sack full of one-act plays. Onstage Atlanta Theatre Company, 2969 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Ste. A, Decatur, 30030. Go to for tickets and details.

Christmas with the Choral Guild of Atlanta
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. The Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham, a modern American composer, will be featured, along with seasonal classics and an audience sing-along. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors. Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Dr., Atlanta, 30305. Tickets and more info at


Navigating the Senior Years
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. A fun, informative session covers the decisions that need to be made and the legal documents required to protect you and your loved ones. A complimentary lunch will be provided. Free, registration required. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, 30066. To find out more and register, visit

Preserving, Enjoying & Sharing Your Personal History
Friday, Dec. 9, Tuesday, Dec. 13 & Friday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Everyone has a unique life story filled with meaningful moments. You’ll learn how to preserve your history by putting it into digital format. Free, registration required. Space is limited. East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, 30066. Go to to register and learn more.

Tour of Homes

22nd Annual Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes
Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This annual walking tour features eight stunning homes in one of Atlanta’s most charming neighborhoods. In-home bites will be provided by local restaurants. Complimentary trolleys will be available to transport attendees along the route. Tickets can be purchased online for $25; prices bump up to $30 on the weekend of the tour. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

36th Annual Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes
Saturday, Dec. 10 & Sunday, Dec. 11, 6-10 p.m. A holiday tradition, the tour will highlight about eight private residences, including the much loved Burns mansion on Grant Street. The weekend also includes an Artists’ Market and a free Candlelight Christmas Concert. Tour tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the weekend of the tour. St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Grant Street, Atlanta, 30312. Tickets and more info at

Holiday Markets & Events

Senior Arts & Crafts Extravaganza
Friday, Nov. 11, 1-5 p.m. & Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Shop for your holiday gifts, or for yourself, as you browse among the selection of handcrafted items skillfully made by local artists aged 55 and up. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs Street SW, Marietta, 30064. Call 770-528-5355 for details.

Swedish Christmas Market
Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy Swedish Christmas foods and beverages while shopping for unique Scandinavian crafts and gifts, as well as traditional baked goods and sweets. Entertainment provided by the Swedish Men’s Choir, Vasa Drängar. Adults, $2, under 18, free. Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs, 30328. Find out more at

14th Annual Gobble Jog
Thursday, Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving morning). The Gobble Jog is MUST Ministries’ largest fundraiser. Every year, thousands of people converge on the Marietta Square for a 10K or 5K run before Thanksgiving dinner. Come out and join them this year! Marietta Square, 205 Lawrence Street NE, Marietta. Learn more and register at

Alpharetta Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, Dec. 3, celebrations start at 5 p.m., tree lighting at 7 p.m. The Alpharetta Downtown Historic District kicks off the holiday season with the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. There’ll be musical performances, snow, food trucks, roasting marshmallows, a Christmas Farmers Market and more. Across from Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, 30009. For more info, visit, and click on Special Events.

20th Annual Woodstock Christmas Jubilee Parade of Lights
Saturday, Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m. The parade starts at Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Rd. and travels down Main Street to Sam Club’s at Hwy 92. After the parade, Santa and the Mayor light up the Christmas tree in the Park at City Center. There’ll be food, music, entertainment and awards presented. Get the details at

Bonfire on the Decatur Square
Thursday, Dec. 15, 7-8 p.m. Roast marshmallows by a bonfire on the square. The festive evening includes choral groups and holiday music. Free, reservations encouraged. Visit for details and to reserve your roasting stick.

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