Above: Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, a family-friendly holiday event, will shine in the evenings through January 11. More info on this and other events is available at atlantabg.org. Photo by Jason Getz, Getz Images, courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Holiday merriment runs from November, through December and into January. Here are a few special events that celebrate the season.

Concerts and Shows

Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 6-8, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. A holiday staple for Atlanta families, the orchestra and chorus perform beloved carols and hymns with special guests. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309; atlantasymphony.org

Atlanta Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Runs Dec. 7-24. This is the final year that Atlanta Ballet will present The Nutcracker at Fox Theatre; don’t miss the magic. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30308; atlantaballet.com

Hot Cocoa & Spectacular Holiday Sounds

Sunday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m. The Atlanta Concert Band and Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church invites everyone to celebrate the holidays with sing-alongs, bell ringing, sleigh rides and hot cocoa. Free admission; presented with some support from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 471 Mount Vernon Highway, Atlanta 30328. More at atlantaconcertband.org

A Christmas Tradition

Runs Dec. 13-22. The holiday spirit is shared through sparkling song and dance. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theater, 117 North Park Square, Marietta 30060; earlsmithstrand.org

Christmas on Clairmont

Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. The holiday benefit concert features collaborations of world-class artists. First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairmont Avenue, Decatur 30030; christmasonclairemont.com

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The Chorale Guild of Atlanta

Have Yourself a Jewish Little Christmas

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 4 p.m. The Chorale Guild of Atlanta performs holiday music written or composed by Jewish authors. Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305; cgatl.org

Frozen Jr.

Friday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 21, 3 & 7 p.m. The Roswell Youth Theatre presents the Disney story of love and acceptance between sisters. Tickets are $10. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell 30075; roswellgov.com/ryt

Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir

Friday & Saturday, Dec. 20 & 21, 7-9 p.m. All five levels of the Georgia Boy Choir perform carols, sacred classics and holiday favorites. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30305; georgiaboychoir.org

Christmas Gala Concert

Saturday, Dec. 21, 7:30-10 p.m. A holiday hometown spectacular is presented by the Johns Creek Chorale. Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek 30097; johnscreeksymphony.org

Home Tours

In several communities, tours are organized that invite visitors to tour beautifully decorated historic homes for the holidays.

Virginia Highland Tour of Homes

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 7 & 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The two-day event includes beautiful architecture and interior design in one of Atlanta’s most charming neighborhoods. Tour begins at YWCA, 957 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta 30306; vahitourofhomes.org

Marietta Pilgrimmage
Marietta Pilgrimmage

Marietta Pilgrimage

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 7 & 8. Saturday hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. with candlelight homes open 7-9:30 p.m. Sunday hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. See restored, decorated homes as well as public buildings; mariettapilgrimage.com

Homes for the Holidays: A Family Christmas

Sunday, Dec. 8, 5-8 p.m. The Southern Trilogy of Historic Homes—Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Archibald Smith Plantation—are filled with music, refreshments and decorations. Three locations, including Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell 30075; bullochhall.org

Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes

Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 14 & 15, 6-10 p.m. Charmingly decorated homes in Atlanta’s largest historic district are open to visitors. This holiday tradition, started in 1980, benefits several worthwhile community organizations; candlelighttourofhomes.com

Christmas in Avondale Estates

Sunday, Dec. 15. Holiday Market & Cafe 12-6 p.m.; tour 3-8 p.m. The 27th annual Tour of Homes includes an English cottage built in 1926, a recently renovated 1947 ranch, two 1950s bungalows and the Avondale Baptist Church; avondaletourofhomes.com

Fun, Food and Games for Hanukkah

This year, Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, runs from Dec. 22 through Dec. 30. Menorah lightings and other celebrations are scheduled throughout the season in north metro Atlanta.

Trivia Game Night 2.0 Hanukkah Party

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m. A night of fast-paced trivia competition and amazing food and drink. Beth Jacob, 1855 Lavista Road, Atlanta 30329; bethjacobatlanta.org

Sunday Suppers with Chef Howard: Hanukkah Party

Sunday, Dec. 15, 4-6 p.m. Join fellow families at Marcus Jacob Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) to learn holiday recipes hands-on and share a delicious meal once it’s prepared. Open to the community, $25; $20 for members. MJCCA at Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody 30338; Howard Schreiber, 678-812-3993, howard.schreiber@atlantajcc.org

Image by Evgeni Tcherkasski from Pixabay

East Cobb Community Party

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6-9 p.m. The community is invited to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta 30062; kolemeth.net

Lunchtime Culture: Hanukkah Favorite with the ASO

Friday, Dec. 20, 12:30-1 p.m. Experience a specially curated program by The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the historic Breman Museum. Learn about pivotal moments in Jewish history while enjoying the music of Hanukkah and other selections by Jewish composers. Breman Museum, 1440 Spring Street, Atlanta 30309; thebreman.org

Grand Menorah Lightings and Hanukkah Celebrations

Dec. 22-29. Events include menorah lightings for Virginia Highlands, Ponce City Market, Atlanta Station and Decatur, as well as a Menorah Car Parade. Chabad Intown, 730 Ponce de Leon Place, Atlanta 30306; chabadintown.org

Chinese Food Eve

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m. A delicious Chinese dinner precedes a discussion on the origins of Christianity as told in Jewish sources. The evening includes a menorah lighting and Hanukkah treats. Chabad Intown, 730 Ponce de Leon Place, Atlanta 30306; chabadintown.org

Ring In the New Year

You may decide to stay home with family and friends while watching the Peach Drop on TV, but north metro Atlanta offers more ways to welcome 2020.

ASO New Year’s Eve Celebration

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. performance. Celebrate the arrival of 2020 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs 30328; citysprings.com

Georgia Aquarium New Years Eve
Photo courtesy of Georgia Aquarium

New Year’s Celebration: Splashing 20’s

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 7:30-11:59 p.m. Ring in 2020 in Gatsby style at the Georgia Aquarium. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street, Atlanta 303013; georgiaaquarium.org

New Year’s Eve Show: The Music of Led Zeppelin and Queen

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 7-11:59 p.m. The Georgia Players Guild presents an evening of great music. VIP ticket holders enjoy drinks and more. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theater, 117 North Park Square, Marietta 30060; earlsmithstrand.org

Atlanta NYElectric 2020 Countdown

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m.-Wednesday, Jan. 1,1:30 a.m. A variety of ticket options offer drinks, dancing and accommodations. Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30303; vipnightlife.com

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