Here’s your Fayette County and beyond holiday event guide! These events range from Thanksgiving to New Years! Buy your tickets in advance and plan ahead to have the happiest of holidays!
Renewal open house: Thursday, November 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Renewal at Beautiful Additions, 377 Fayette place, Fayetteville. Put your holiday hat on! Bring a friend and come and see all the new fall hats. Refreshments served.
Thanksgiving Dance: Friday, November 13, 8 – 10:45 p.m., Christ’s Church at Whitewater, 1577 Hwy 85 south, Fayetteville. Stardust Ballroom Dance Club is hosting a holiday dance with music and lighting by DJ Bill Mitchell. Come at 7 p.m. for a complimentary dance lesson. Light finger foods and beverages provided. Attire is smart casual. Admission is $25 for couples and $15 for singles. For more information, go to stardustballroomdanceclub.com
Christmas open house: Saturday, November 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Atlanta Market Furniture & Accessories, 125 Huddleston Road, Peachtree City.
Artist Studio Tour: November 14-15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., varies artist’s studios in Fayetteville, Peachtree City and Tyrone. Top local artists open their studio doors for a rare, behind-the-scenes look at artists at work. The self-guided tour is a fun annual event which allows attendees to meet the artist and enjoy food and beverages in a unique studio atmosphere filled with gift ideas for the holidays. See demonstrations, learn about the process entailed in producing the art, sign up for classes, or try your hand at a pottery wheel or sculpture. Start at any studio. Admission is $10 per person for the entire weekend and admits you to all studios. Visit southerhandstour.com for more information.
Holiday open house: Sunday, November 15, 1 – 5 p.m., Main Street on the Square, Downtown Newnan. Get an early start on your christmas shopping in Downtown Historic Newnan. There will be christmas spirit in the air with refreshments and in-store specials! For more information, go to mainstreetnewnan.com or call (770) 253-8283 ext. 2.
Appalachian Christmas Homecoming: Friday, November 20 – Sunday, December 20, various times, The Legacy Theatre, 1175 Senoia Road, Suite C, Tyrone. Life used to be simple, but love never was. Childhood crushes go awry, rebellious youth break hearts, and old-age dreams go unfulfilled – but not this christmas! Listen to the story of three generations told through beautiful music and memories in this family-friendly holiday treat. For more information, go to thelegacytheatre.org
Santa on the Square: Friday, November 27, 6 – 8 p.m., Main Street on the Square, Downtown Newnan. Children of all ages are invited to see Santa arrive in Downtown Historic Newnan to light the christmas tree. Children, bring your wish list; parents, bring your cameras. For more information, go to mainstreetnewnan.com or call 770-253-8283, ext. 2.
Christmas open house: Saturday, November 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Clothes Less Traveled, 450 Hwy. 74 south, Peachtree City. Bring the kids (and grown-ups) to see Santa and enjoy light refreshments, great deals and discounts too!
Holiday Organ Music: Tuesday, December 1, 11:15 a.m., Spivey Hall at Clayton University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. As part of the young people’s concert series, Spivey Hall is pleased to welcome back Jonathan Easter. Jon was the featured performer on the color of music at Spivey Hall in 2014. He is a recent graduate of Emory University, completing a master’s degree in music in organ performance. Come celebrate the spirit of the holiday season. For more information, go to spiveyhall.org
O Christmas Tea: Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 p.m. (networking); 7 – 8:30 p.m. (high tea), Flat Creek Country Club, 100 Flat Creek Road, Peachtree City. You are invited to this networking event for women, which benefits Community Welcome House, a safe haven from domestic violence. Enjoy networking, high tea and silent auction. Tickets are $80 each. For more information and tickets, go to ochristmastea.org
Winter Wonderland “Chair-ity” event: Thursday, December 3, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Dolce-Atlanta, 201 Aberdeen Pkwy., Peachtree City. Volunteers, community leaders and the local art community are coming together to host this annual event that benefits abandoned, abused and neglected children who live at Christian City. Come enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and a silent auction. Artists are hand crafting unique, one-of-a-kind painted chairs that will be the highlight of the auction. For tickets, or to sponsor the event, call 770-703-2636 or go to christiancity.org
The Island of N.I.T.W.I.T.S Toys: Thursday, December 3 – Sunday, December 6, 8 p.m. (Thursday – Saturday); 3 p.m. Sunday), Newnan Theatre Company, 24 1st Avenue, Newnan. This christmas, our N.I.T.W.I.T.S Improv Group will be throwing a very merry christmas party and everyone is invited! No tradition is sacred, and everything is up for grabs. Jingle your bells for a laugh-filled christmas show! For more information, go to newnantheatre.org
Jingle Bell Trail: Saturday, December 5, 8:30 a.m., Peachtree City Elementary School, 201 Wisdom Road, Peachtree City. Join us for our annual 5k and 1 mile run! Participants have a great time with jingle bells on their shoes, holiday music filling the air, and santa stopping by for a visit. Candy, fruit, and water are also provided along with a long sleeve t-shirt. For more information, go to peachtree-city.org/calendar
Fine Art & Craft Christmas Fair: Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Andrews in the Pines Episcopal Church, 316 Peachtree Pkwy N, Peachtree City. Enjoy the crafts of over 20 juried vendors exhibiting fine art, pottery, hand-made soaps and lotions, artisan candles, jewelry, stain glass, textiles and more. Proceeds benefit ecw projects and outreach. For more information, contact Honey Corbin at 770-487-0426.
Downtown Christmas Parade/Tree Lighting: Saturday, December 5, 5 p.m., Gazebo on the Square, Downtown Fayetteville. Join us for the christmas parade in Downtown Fayetteville, followed immediately by the official tree lighting program, including carriage rides. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-719-4173.
Light Up Senoia: Saturday, December 5, 4 – 8 p.m. (parade begins at 5:30 p.m.), Main Street, Historic Downtown Senoia. Experience this family tradition that features the festival of lights parade, christmas tree lighting and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy entertainment at the stage and visit the food court for yummy goodies. Kids will enjoy pony rides, face painting and Santa’s workshop. For more information, go to senoia.com
Christmas with Elvis: Saturday, December 5, 7 p.m., Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts, 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road, Newnan. Elvis is back! Joseph Hall’s Christmas with Elvis touches both the young and the young at heart with the look, the voice, the moves and the charisma of a young Elvis. This incredible show transports audiences on a remarkable and powerful journey to experience the time when fans fell in love with the talented, handsome, carefree, energetic, high-spirited young man that was Elvis Presley. For ticket information, go to thecentreonline.net
Christmas Tour of Homes: Sunday, December 6, 1 – 5 p.m., various locations in Fayette County. Harry Norman Realtors presents the Fayette Humane Society Christmas Tour of Homes, showcasing six homes in Fayette County. Tickets are $30 and are available at Harry Norman Realtor Office, 120 Peachtree East Shopping Center, Peachtree City. All proceeds help provide food, shelter and medical attention for the animals in the care of the Fayette Humane Society. For more information, go to fayettehumane.org or call 404-219-3101.
Christmas with Southern Crescent Chorale: Sunday, December 6, 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 206 Willowbend Road, Peachtree City. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 students/seniors, $25 at the door. For more information, go to southerncrescentchorale.org
Christmas in the Country: Sunday, December 6, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Brooks Chapel, 112 Church Alley, Brooks. The Brooks Woman’s Club and the town of brooks present “Christmas in the country” at the newly-restored Brooks Chapel. Escape the hectic city life and head for the country to experience the sights and sounds of the holiday season in small-town Brooks! Events include lighting of the town christmas tree, holiday music performed by local elementary school chorus students, Santa’s arrival, treats for the kids, and a special christmas concert with the musical group music alive! For more information, contact Bebe Moore at 770-719-3194.
Newnan Christmas Parade: Saturday, December 12, 6 p.m., Downtown Historic Newnan. Come enjoy a storybook christmas parade, including marching bands, fire trucks and, of course, Santa Claus! For more information, go to ci.newnan.ga.us/special_events_parades
Holiday Book Swap & Craft: Saturday, December 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Peachtree City Library, 201 Willowbend road, Peachtree City. Come enjoy a holiday book swap and craft. For further information and to register online, beginning November 14, go to peachtree-city.org/library
Amahl and the Night Visitors: Saturday, December 12, 7 p.m., Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts, 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road, Newnan. One of the most popular operas of all time, Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the story of how a crippled, young shepherd boy’s life changes forever when he sees an amazing star. When three foreign kings, following the star in their search for a wondrous child, encounter amahl and his mother, the result is a timeless and inspiring message of how faith, charity, unselfish love and good deeds can work miracles. For ticket information, go to thecentreonline.net
Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes: Sunday, December 13, 5 – 8 p.m., Downtown Historic Senoia. Tour historic homes and an historic church. Enjoy light refreshments at the Senoia Area Historical Society. Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 on tour day. Tickets can be purchased at several shops in town and at the Senoia Welcome Center. For further information, call 770-378-6627 or 770-599-8182
The Pink Pig: Saturday, November 7 – Sunday, January 3, various times, Macy’s at Lenox Square, upper level parking deck, 3393 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Hop aboard this 60-year atlanta tradition and ride Priscilla the pink pig on train tracks through a life-sized storybook. Before leaving the giant, pink 1950s-themed tent, peel off the much anticipated “I rode the pink pig” sticker and wear it proudly. A portion of the proceeds benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. For more information, call 404-231-2800.
Stone Mountain Christmas: Saturday, November 7 – sunday, January 3, various times, Stone Mountain, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. Have a holly jolly christmas at Stone Mountain Park, where the true magic of the season is in the air. Enjoy the glow of more than 2,000,000 lights, festive music, and visits from some of your favorite holiday characters. Experience Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D. Start a new tradition and create memories that will last a lifetime. For ticket information, go to stonemountainpark.com/events/stone-mountain-christmas
Christmas at Biltmore: Saturday, November 7 – Monday, January 11 (day tours); Saturday, November 7 – Sunday, January 3 (candlelight tours), The Biltmore Estate, Ashville, North Carolina. See america’s largest home in all its beauty. Dozens of christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths and poinsettias and brilliant displays everywhere reunite your family with christmas in a way that leaves them breathless. For evening tours, enjoy a landscape bathed in thousands of twinkling lights. For more information, visit christmas.biltmore.com
Holiday Festival of Arts: Sunday, November 8, 12 – 5 p.m., Town Square, McDonough. McDonough Arts and Merchants on the Square are hosting this festive holiday event on the square in downtown McDonough, and the grinch is coming! Stores will be open for holiday shopping and artists, and craftsmen and food vendors will have booths. Don’t miss the live music and silent auction. Proceeds go to the art outreach program, which donates money to henry county art teachers and music teachers to buy much-needed supplies for their classrooms. For more information, go to mcdonougharts.net
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer: Thursday, November 12 – Sunday, December 27, various times, Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring Street, NW at 18th, Atlanta. Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends take the stage in what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution describes as a “Holly-jolly holiday adventure for theater-goers of all ages.” For more information, go to puppet.org
Fantasy of Lights: Friday, November 13 – Saturday, January 2, 6 p.m., Callaway Gardens, Hwy 27, Pine Mountain. Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights is not only the south’s most spectacular holiday light and sound show, but one of the world’s “Top 10 places to see holiday lights,” as named by National Geographic Traveler. Enjoy over 8 million lights and 15 magical scenes. Advanced ticket purchase suggested. For ticket information, call 855-923-7580 or go to callawaygardens.com/events/signature/fantasy-in-lights/tickets
Garden Lights/Holiday Nights: Saturday, November 14 – Saturday, January 9, 5 – 10 p.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta. This annual electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the garden. Explore the massive tunnel of light, orchestral orbs, glittering galaxy, radiant rainforest and kid-favorite model trains that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. For ticket information, go to atlantabotanicalgarden.org
A Christmas Carol: Thursday, November 19 – Thursday, December 24, various times, Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta. Join the Alliance Theatre for one of Atlanta’s most treasured holiday traditions. With an all-Atlanta cast and beautiful live music, this broadway-scale production will warm your heart with joy whether you’re coming again or for the first time. For more information, go to alliancetheatre.org
The Santaland Diaries: Friday, November 20 – Thursday, December 31, various times, Horizon Theatre Company, 1083 Austin Avenue NE, Atlanta. This outrageous holiday comedy, written by NPR comic-genius David Sedaris, stars crumpet, a “rebel without a clause” who recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf. (mature content, not recommended for children). for more information, go to horizontheatre.com
Cirque Dreams Holidaze: Wednesday, November 25 and Friday, November 27, 7:30 p.m., Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. Be amazed by this holiday spectacle for the whole family, with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe. Many of these acts have been featured on America’s Got Talent and similar tv shows in other countries. For more information, go to foxtheatre.org
Holiday Light Spectacular Gift of Lights: Friday, November 27 – Wednesday, December 30, 6 – 10 p.m., Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Place, Hampton. Celebrate the holiday season as Atlanta Motor Speedway turns into one of the area’s biggest drive-through christmas light parks! The route will once again include portions of the legendary racing surface. The route will be lit up by more than a million led lights. After your tour, check out Santa’s Village. For more information, go to atlantamotorspeedway.com
Meet Saint Nick: Saturdays, November 28 – December 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta. Meet Saint Nick Clad in his dark green robe and botanical head wreath. Bring a camera to take your own photos. Free with garden admission or membership. For more information, go to atlantabg.org
Christmas at Callanwolde: Monday, November 30 – Tuesday, December 15, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (weekdays); 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (weekends), Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta. Christmas at Callanwolde is a spectacular 16-day Atlanta christmas destination and designer showroom. Tour the 27,000 square-foot historic mansion elaborately decorated for the holidays, visit the artist market, and enjoy themed events for all ages. For more information, go to email@example.com
The Snow Queen: Thursday, December 3 – Wednesday, December 23, various times, Serenbe Playhouse, 9237 Selborne Drive, Chattahoochee Hills. See this return engagement, based on the original story by Hans Christian Andersen, of a classic winter tale of loyalty, redemption, and love. Join Gerda on her epic quest to save her brother from the icy allure of the mysterious snow queen. For more information, go to serenbeplayhouse.com
Madeline’s Christmas: Saturday, December 5 – Thursday, December 31, various times, Horizon Theatre Company, 1083 Austin Avenue NE, Atlanta. “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines,” begins the story of Madeline. With the arrival of a mysterious stranger, Madeline and the other girls get a holiday adventure beyond their wildest dreams. For more information, go to horizontheatre.com
Reindog Parade: Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta. Join this once-a-year dog romp in the garden. Dress your pooch in holiday
finery to compete for prizes with celebrity judges. Enjoy pup tent refreshments, photos with saint nick, and connect with local canine enthusiasts and businesses in the doggie expo. The first 100 pre-registered participants to arrive receive a special wag-bag of gifts. The cost, in addition to regular human entry, is $15 per dog in advance or $18 per dog at the door. Regular garden admission applies for humans and handlers. For more information, go to atlantabotanicalgarden.org
Nutcracker: Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 27, various times, Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. Enjoy the Atlanta Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker at The Fox, an Atlanta tradition. For more information, go to foxtheatre.org
Local Holiday Classes:
Thanksgiving Shortcuts: Monday, November 16, 2 – 3 p.m., Fayette Senior Services (FSS), Life Enrichment Center, 4 Center Drive, Fayetteville. Planning and preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be overwhelming, no matter the size of the group, but Chef Bonnie will share secrets to make your day a little more enjoyable. This program is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 770-461-0813 to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org (include name, phone number and event title). FSS members and non-members welcome.
Surviving the Holidays: Wednesday, Novemeber 18, 11 a.m. – noon, Fayette Senior Services (FSS), Gathering Place, 203 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. The holiday season is often referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many, it can be extremely overwhelming. If you feel more stress or sadness than peace and joy, Ann Sheerin with grow counseling will help with strategies to manage your expectations, comparisons, and loneliness. Understanding what causes stress during this time and applying new approaches can help you thrive and create memorable experiences. This program is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 770-461-0813 to register or email email@example.com (include name, phone number and event title). FSS members and non-members welcome.
Decorating for the Holidays with Nature: Tuesday, December 1, 11 a.m., The Bridge Community Center, 225 Willowbend Road, Peachtree City. Join the Peachtree City Garden Club for its annual holiday brunch and hear Bobby Berry, designer with Art of Landscaping, demonstrate how to make gorgeous, natural holiday decorations using elements from the garden. Reservations are required for brunch. $5 charge for non-members. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Cheer: Friday, December 4, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Fayette Senior Services (FSS), Life Enrichment Center, 4 Center Drive, Fayetteville. Become the hostess with the mostess! Paul-Ann with Party Divas will share her best party-planning tricks to create a wonderful holiday party. This program is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 770-461-0813 to register or email email@example.com (include name, phone number and event title). FSS members and non-members welcome.