December 2017


All Month

Avalon on Ice
Throughout December. Ice skate at Avalon on the Rockefeller Center-sized ice skating rink in the Plaza. Watch for theme nights and enjoy warm, tasty treats rink-side. Open during school holidays from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission $18 per person. Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta.

Spotlight Artist: Miles Davis
Throughout December. Miles Davis is an artist, illustrator and creator raised in the U.S. Air Force. His solo exhibit, "Wonderment" features his figurative, floral and whimsical paintings that span an array of subject matters that have resonated with a wide audience. The exhibit is open all day at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.

NFCC Santa Shop Toy Drive
Through Dec. 15. North Fulton Community Charities’ annual holiday program provides toys and gifts to low-income children in the North Fulton area. Donate toys and gifts, volunteer and/or sponsor a family in need. 1100 Northmeadow Parkway, Suite 120, Roswell.

Roswell Dance Theatre’s “The Nutcracker”
Through Dec. 3, times vary. With over 350 cast members, this holiday tradition will have sugarplums dancing in your head. Presented by the Roswell Dance Theatre and Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Tickets start at $20.

Sanders Family Christmas 2017
Through Dec. 10, times vary. Sanders Family Christmas is the sequel to Connie Ray and Alan Bailey's wildly successful bluegrass gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain. It's December 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders of the Sanders Family Singers. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. Tickets start at $27.50.


Atlanta Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
Through Dec. 28, times vary. Witness the magic unfold as the young heroine, Marya, faces off in an epic battle with the Nutcracker against the Rat King before embarking on an astonishing journey to a world of dazzling delights. Tickets start at $20. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.


Variety Santa Fun Run
9 a.m. This fundraising event embraces the holiday spirit to help raise money for children with special needs and disadvantages. Run it, walk it, roll it, skip it or hop it. Santa will be there and happy to take photos with the participants. Cost is $25. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek.

Annual Christmas Cookie Sale
A large variety of homemade cookies and other goodies sold by the pound. There are also some special categories such as no nuts, sugar-free and egg/gluten-free. Proceeds benefit programs and missions of the women of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road, Cumming.

Pancake Breakfast with Santa
8-10 a.m. This free event will feature Santa, pancakes cooked and served by City of Milton firefighters and fire station tours.  Unwrapped toys for North Fulton Community Charities’ Santa Shop Toy Drive will be accepted. No reservations are required. Join the fun at Fire Station 43, 750 Hickory Flat Road.

Breakfast with Santa
10:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa gives our special guests time with the Big Elf himself, lots of delectable goodies, music and holiday crafts. $20 per child. Park Place at Newtown School, 3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek.

Christmas with the Johns Creek Chorale
7 p.m. Come and listen to the Johns Creek Chorale as they present a fun and festive evening of modern and traditional Christmas Carols. Complete with sing-a-longs and wassail. Special guest Kazanetti String Quartet. Wesleyan School Chapel, 5405 Spaulding Drive, Peachtree Corners.

DEC 10

The North Atlanta Christmas Festival
3 and 7 p.m. Additional dates Dec. 10, 7 p.m. A full-scale tribute to the Christmas season, incorporating an all-volunteer cast and including the Mount Pisgah Worship Choir and Mount Pisgah Orchestra. Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2850 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek.

DEC 13

Forsyth Philharmonic Christmas 2017
7 p.m. Celebrate this holiday season in style with live orchestral music presented by the Forsyth Philharmonic. Pieces will include the traditional favorites, Sleigh Ride and Winter Wonderland, classical Christmas melodies. Tickets are $20. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.

DEC 14

“The North Pole Fa-La-La-La-La-Follies”
Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy,” will present the story of the North Pole annual talent show. The colorful cast includes a wisecracking fruitcake, musical goose, tumbling bears, duo of dancing deer and “not-so-abominable” snowman. Tickets for the hand-puppet show are $5. The show will be at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.

DEC 15

“Elf the Musical Jr.”
Through Dec. 17, times vary. Based on the holiday film, “Elf the Musical Jr.” is a fish-out-of-water comedy following Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Roswell Youth Theatre will hold three performances at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Tickets are $12.

Christmas Classics 2017
8 p.m. Christmas Classics,” truly a building block in the foundation of the Cumming Playhouse. First presented on stage in 2004, “Christmas Classics” has held fast to its vision of reclaiming and nurturing Cumming’s hometown Christmas spirit based on the belief that an arts community is built strongest at the grassroots level. Tickets are $20. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.

DEC 16

North Georgia Barber Shop Singers “Christmas 2017”
Through Dec. 17, times vary. The North Georgia Barbershop Singers have been entertaining sellout audiences at the Cumming Playhouse for many years. This year’s show will feature many surprises that will tickle your funny bone and trigger your memory of days-gone-by. Tickets cost $20. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.

“The Nutcracker”
Through Dec. 17, times vary. Sawnee Ballet Theatre’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” will treat the community to a full-length ballet performance. Tickets start at $10. Group rates available. South Forsyth High School Performing Arts Center, 585 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming.

Cookies with Mrs. Claus
Through Dec. 18, 10 a.m. and noon. Join Mrs. Claus in Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell for this special children's holiday event. Children begin by writing letters to Santa while Mrs. Claus shares some holiday stories. Then, with assistance from Mrs. Claus and her helpers, the children will decorate the cookies with seasonal icings and sugars. Tickets are $10.

Christmas Gala and Holiday Pops Concert
7:30 p.m. Enjoy this 12th anniversary celebration featuring the full Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra and Christmas Gala Chorus, with traditional Christmas music. Tickets are $32 for adults, $27 for seniors, $16 for students. Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek.

“The Nutcracker”
Through Dec. 17, times vary. Enjoy a holiday classic. Alpharetta Dance Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker” features all original choreography, brilliant costumes, unforgettable music by Tchaikovsky, and their talented student dancers. Tickets start at $20. Milton High School, 13025 Birmingham Highway, Alpharetta.

DEC 19

Hope for Christmas “Christmas 2017”
8 p.m. Hear the Christmas Story told through narration and song, along with many holiday favorites to sing along to. Tickets cost $20. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.

DEC 21

“’Twas the Night Before Christmas”
10 a.m. Based on the classic holiday poem penned by Clement C. Moore more than 100 years ago, Piccadilly Puppets tells the real story of that night from a mouse who was an eyewitness to the whole affair. Tickets are $5. See the handmade puppet show live at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.

DEC 22

The Sounds of Sawnee
8 p.m. The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band is taking the audience “Home for the Holidays” this year with traditional melodies. Join the celebration of Christmas, Chanukah and New Year’s Eve with joyous songs of the season. Tickets are $20. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.


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