Top things to do in and around Atlanta this week

Preparations are underway for SEC Fanfare.

ATLANTA — Here is a look at some of the upcoming events in the Atlanta area.

Dec. 1

Nurse Blake comedy tour

The comedian, nurse and advocate brings his 100-city Shock Advised Comedy Tour to Symphony Hall.

Dec. 2

SEC Championship and SEC Fanfare (Darius Rucker performs)

UGA and Alabama once again battle it out for the SEC title in Atlanta. If you don’t have a ticket to the big game, check out SEC Fanfare. This year will feature new interactives and attractions, along with fans favorites like celebrity quarterbacks, pep-rallies and more. Darius Rucker performs.

Christmas Parade in College Park (canceled)

The 47th annual Christmas Parade is a family-friendly holiday tradition returning in 2023 with the theme, “HOLLYWOOD,” with 2 Chainz’ TRU Foundation, INC. as the Grand Marshal. The parade will feature local schools, businesses and organizations showcasing their creativity and holiday cheer as they depart from Truist Bank on Main Street at 9:30 a.m. and travel down Main Street to Vesta Avenue.

Holiday PJ Movie Party

Families are invited to help Children’s Museum of Atlanta kick off Snow Days with a Holiday PJ Movie Party. The Museum will host a showing of Pixar’s “Inside Out,” complete with hot chocolate, popcorn treats and more! Kiddos will practice their skating skills at Sockerfeller Plaza, learn how to keep warm like a penguin or make their own mittens and snowmen friends – all while the feature film is playing.

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Blairsville’s charming Downtown Square will be all lit up with Christmas lights, colorful floats, holiday décor and more.

Dec. 2-3

Museums on Us

The Bank of America Museums on Us program offers Bank of America, Merrill, or Bank of America Private Bank credit and debit cardholders FREE general admission to 225 cultural attractions the first full weekend of each month.

Dec. 2, 10, 16

Waldorf Winter Wonderland Children’s Tea

The Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead invites parents and children to join us for a magical holiday tea and story time experience. Guests will enjoy a children-friendly tea service, a puppet show by Atlanta’s 1202 Puppets, and maybe even a visit from Santa Claus himself.

Dec. 3

Historic Downtown Atlanta Walking Tour

Join your guide from the Atlanta Preservation Center as you explore Historic Downtown Atlanta and all its historic architecture, historically significant sites, and discuss its history, myths, and legends.

Atlanta Streets Alive

Atlanta Streets Alive opens streets for people by taking cars out of the equation for an afternoon to create a whole new healthy, sustainable and vibrant city street experience. Atlanta Streets Alive is a program inspired by open streets projects all over the world. Bring your bicycle or just your feet, and get ready to explore your community streets in a safer, healthier, more livable way.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with the ASO

The stockings are hung, and Symphony Hall is ready for the magic of the season with the orchestra performing a festive mix of carols along with the score of the classic animated film, The Snowman, while it plays on a screen overhead. Also, a narrator will join the orchestra for the beloved tale ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Christmas in Clayton

There’s Breakfast with Santa, hay rides and a Christmas Parade!

Light Up Senoia Christmas Parade

The event starts with Santa’s Workshop in the charming Farmer’s Market. Following Santa’s Workshop, the merry holiday parade takes center stage, ending with the illuminating tree lighting ceremony.

Dec. 4-6

Macon Celebrates “The Architect of Rock n’ Roll,” Little Richard, with 3-day Event Line-up

Macon – hometown of legendary performing artist, Little Richard Penniman – will be celebrating what would have been his 91st birthday in a big way as Macon businesses come together to host 3-days of events surrounding the artist’s birthday on December 5th!

Dec. 5

Meet the Author-Tony Barnhart

Georgia Writers Museum is very excited to announce that Georgia Sports Hall of Fame inductee and author, Tony Barnhart, will be our upcoming “Meet the Author” presenter on Tuesday, December 5thon his new book, The 19 of Greene. The book’s forward is written by Coach Bill Curry. This true story is about the 1970-71 Greene County high school football team the year they integrated.

Dec. 7

Holiday Movie Nights at Fetch Park

Grab your pups and your pals and join Fetch Park for their holiday movie night series! Get into the holiday spirit, relax with friends, mix and mingle while watching holiday classics. Home Alone will be shown on Dec. 7. (Movies planned for Dec. 14 & Dec. 21.)

Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting

The most wonderful time of year has returned, and the magic of Christmas is in the air! In celebration of the holiday, Vinings Jubilee is hosting its 38th annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 7. With holiday activities, live performances, and an appearance from Santa Claus himself, the event is the perfect occasion to kick off the season and bask in Christmas cheer with friends, family, and everyone dear.

Dec. 8

Beatles Tribute

The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute, are coming to the Buckhead Theatre where they will perform The Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” in its entirety as well as a vast selection of the band’s greatest hits.

Dec. 9

Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park

The Tree Lighting features hayrides, caroling, activities, a visit from Santa and much more, all culminating at 6pm with the lighting of Vogel’s massive 35-foot blue spruce tree.

Netherworld’s 1 day only Lights On Tour

NETHERWORLD Haunted House is reopening, giving this holiday season a spooky twist! On Saturday, Dec. 9 from 12-5 p.m., the team behind the #1 haunt in America will host limited VIP Lights On Tours of this year’s two haunts, PRIMORDIAL and CRYPTID CHAOS. With the lights on and effects off, this is a one-of-a-kind experience that true haunted house fanatics will love.

Snow Day

Join Alpharetta City Center for its 2nd Annual Snow Day on Saturday, December 9th, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Experience a winter wonderland on the Town Green with snow flurries and festive jazz by Lilac Wine. Enjoy family-friendly activities like crafts and a petting zoo, savor holiday-themed treats, and create lasting memories at the holiday photo booth. Explore the charming Alpharetta City Center boutiques. Best of all, the event is entirely free, so grab your mittens and embrace the winter fun.

Dec. 13

Grand Menorah Lighting

Join Chabad Intown and Atlantic Station to celebrate Hanukkah with the Grand Menorah Lighting. Family and friends are invited to enjoy holiday-themed activities on the Atlantic Green with traditional food and beverage offerings, live music, giveaways and more. A candle will be lit each night following the Grand Menorah Lighting to represent the eight nights of Hanukkah. This celebration is RSVP only. Visit here to learn more and secure your spot.

Dec. 13, 15, 20, 22

Fever’s Candlelight concerts

Fever’s Candlelight concert series are bringing special Holiday shows to Atlanta. From December 13th, The Chapel on Sycamore and Guardian Works will be illuminated by thousands of candles, inviting viewers to fully immerse themselves in a themed musical program dedicated to “The Nutcracker” and More. Played by the Listeso String Quartet, the show promises to be an unforgettable evening for the Holiday season.

Candlelight Concerts are an original series of music concerts created by Fever, which aim to democratize access to classical music by allowing people all over the world to enjoy live candlelit performances by local musicians. The concerts are hosted in stunning locations, with the space and performers illuminated by thousands of candles.

Dec. 16

Photos with The Grinch

Bring your furry friends for festive pictures with the Grinch at Fetch Park! Pictures are $10 and will promptly end at 7 p.m.

Dec. 28-29

T.I. to play with the ASO

T.I. announced a special performance at Atlanta Symphony Hall where he will be accompanied by the Atlanta Pops Orchestra. This concert celebrates the 20th anniversary of T.I.’s second studio album, Trap Muzik.

Now-Jan 2024

Cirque du Soleil ECHO

Cirque du Soleil brings new and surprising twists to its big top magic with a story about the symbiotic unions that our future depends on. The show is under the big top at Atlantic Station.

Winter Wonderland at Fernbank

“Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World” returns for its 14th year at Fernbank Museum from Nov. 18, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024. This special exhibit surrounds the Great Hall with two floors of uniquely decorated trees and display casesthat highlight cultural celebrations, events and traditions from across the globe.

Winter Lantern Festival

You will have an opportunity to step into a dazzling world of light that features over 1000 lanterns inspired by Chinese myths, legends, and the zodiac. All lanterns are handmade by artisans with decades of experience in their trade bringing magical folklorical creatures to life. It is a whimsical light display with special activities for kids, couples and the whole family.

Winter Wonderland Spectacular (starts Nov. 16)

Visitors to Illuminarium Atlanta will step into a mesmerizing world of Christmas magic, where the sights, sounds, and sensations of the season come to life in a breathtaking spectacle. The Winter Wonderland Spectacular features an ever-changing winter dreamland that seamlessly transforms into a futuristic fantasyland. From enchanting nutcrackers and swinging jingle bells to whimsical candy cane carousels and more, every corner of this immersive experience is filled with wonder.