Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is back for its 13th year at Atlanta Botanical Gardens / Photo via Facebook

December Best Bets

Fernbank After Dark: Cocktails & Candy Canes 

December 8, 7pm

Fernbank Museum

Bring your holiday cheer for a night of festive fun featuring after-hour access to Fernbank’s exhibits, the captivating lights of WildWoods: AGLOW, holiday-themed activities, music and more.

A Christmas Carol 

December 8, 8pm, through December 24

Alliance Theatre

The Alliance Theatre’s beloved production “A Christmas Carol” returns to The Coca-Cola Stage with its stunning new adaptation, featuring a brilliantly reimagined set design and striking new costumes. Described as “high art of the season…a nostalgic feast for the eyes,” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, audiences will be transported to the streets of London to revisit the timeless redemption story of Ebenezer Scrooge, told with beautiful live music and an all-star cast.

Winter Twisted Mayhem 

December 9, noon

Atlanta Eagle

Barking Leather and Atlanta Eagle present Winter Twisted Mayhem today.  Chili, kinky vendors, raffles and prizes are on tap, with money raised going to the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Snowgirls – the Musical 

December 9, 8pm, through November 11

Out Front Theatre Company

In “Snowgirls – The Musical,” Snowmi Malone is a rebel who dreams of becoming a dancer. Her quest leads her to the cold cruel world of the North Pole, where she’ll stop at nothing to fulfill her fantasy. “SnowGirls” explores what happens at the North Pole the other 364 days of the year – and it isn’t always pretty.

The Nutcracker 

December 10, 2 and 7pm, through December 26

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Enter the magical world of “The Nutcracker” today. Atlanta Ballet’s larger-than-life production is a winter wonderland where falling snowflakes, twirling flowers and spinning stars guide Marie and her Nutcracker Prince through a dream-like world of delights – amplified by traditional stage magic and state-of-the-art technology. Enjoy hot cocoa, holiday cocktails, sweet treats, and a shopping experience in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre lobby before settling into your seats.

PALS Bingo

December 12, 7:30pm

Lips Atlanta

Hostesses Budda D and Erica Lee and special guest performers will delight, amaze, and shock you as they call bingo, put on a show, and help raise money for PALS. Tonight’s theme is ChristmaHanukwanzamas Bingo.

Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays and a Connie Sue Day Christmas 

December 14, 7:30pm, through December 17

Actor’s Express

She’s back! Atlanta cabaret legend Libby Whittemore reprises her annual holiday show “Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays and a Connie Sue Day Christmas” at Actor’s Express.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

December 15 through January 14

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Back for its 13th year, Garden Lights, Holiday Nights presented at the Atlanta Botanical Garden features familiar favorites and new installations, including Skyline Frost, a new skynet by Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics; illuminated metal birds and deer by Cédric Le Borgne and the return of White Rabbit to the Skyline Garden Pond.

Krampus X-Mass

December 15, 8pm, through December 17

7 Stages

Join Mr. Zero Zero, the undying man, as he battles the spirit of Krampus Christmas, good and/or evil and the shadow of death itself! Brought to you by the creators of “Dracula: The Rock Opera” and the annual “Krampus X-Mass,” the Little 5 Points Rockstar Orchestra presents a night of hilarious hellish hijinks, and hedonistic spectacle as the perfect antidote to the traditional holiday season. The event features raucous rock-n-roll, audacious aerial acts and bloody boudoir burlesque, all wrapped up in a theatrical extravaganza.

Charis Holiday Party 

December 16

Charis Books and More

Join Charis Books and More for an all-day party to help you get in the spirit and get your holiday shopping done.  All hardback books (for kids and adults!) will be 10% off. (in-store and in-stock). A gift-wrapping station will be set up for self-wrapping.  Holiday music, cookies, and hot drinks set up outside will also be available 10am to 7pm.

Let it Snow!? 

December 16, 7pm

Church at Ponce and Highland

Atlanta Freedom Bands tempts Mother Nature with a program recalling the joys of the snow days, the special music of the holidays, and all the things we love about winter. Bundle up with music from Frozen all the way to “Sleigh Ride”!

Christmas Belles 

December 16, 8pm, through December 17

Onstage Atlanta presents “Christmas Belles,” directed by Cathe Hall Payne.

Holiday Sparkle 

December 17, 1pm

City Winery

Happy Holigays, tootsie-loos! The live-singing temptress of your candy-coated dreams, Tammie Brown, is back with her holiday drag spectacular Holiday Sparkle. This annual drag brunch returns with our hometown shero, Biqtch Puddin’ — winner of Boulet Brothers’ “Dragula” Season 2. The event also includes performances by: Tammie Brown from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Biqtch Puddin’ from Boulet Brothers’ “Dragula,” Nicole Paige Brooks from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and more.

PFLAG Support Group 

December 17, 2:30pm

Spiritual Living Center

The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets in person today.

Christmas on Clairemont 

December 17, 6pm

Baptist Church of Decatur

The 6th annual community benefit concert will feature a professional orchestra with the Decatur Avondale Children’s Choir, Garmmy award-winning tenor Victor Robertson, WABE’s Chris Chandler, operatic soprano Tiffay Uzoije, and a surprise performance by one of the leads at Shakespeare Tavern. This event is free and open to the public, but 100 percent of an offering taken during the performance with benefit the church’s humanitarian work happening in Macedonia through CBF Global Missions.

Business Builder Lunch 

December 19, 11:45am

Chai Pani Decatur

Join OUT Georgia for its Business Builder Lunch (BBL) Decatur at Chai Pani Decatur on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Cirque du Soleil ECHO 

December 21, 7:30pm, through January 21

Under the Big Top at Atlantic Station

Fueled by the power of invention, the hope of the youth and the importance of empathy, Cirque du Soleil ECHO invites the audience to participate in a universe of color, wonder and infinite possibilities and infinite possibilities.

Party with Impact 2023 

December 30, 8pm

Atlanta Symphony Hall

Party with Impact 2023 with Bob the Drag Queen is a fundraiser for Positive Impact.