For many Atlantans, attending a holiday production is a tradition that is woven into Christmastime each year.
Seeing a local theatre or dance show provides great bonding time for family members or friends alike. It is also a way to slow down during the busy season and enjoy some entertainment.
These five beloved Atlanta holiday shows are local staples of the holiday season that every Atlantan should see at least once:
Alliance Theatre’s Christmas Carol
When: Through Dec. 24
Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Tickets: $14 to $75
What to Expect: Alliance Theatre stages its production for the first time at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre this year complete with live music and an all-star Atlanta cast. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited on Christmas Eve by ghosts offering him a chance at a better future – his old partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future – who teach him it is never too late to change.
ATLANTA BALLET’S NUTCRACKER
When: Through Dec. 28
Where: Fox Theatre
Tickets: $16.25 to $128.25
What to Expect: “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” features exquisite dancers along with the live Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and a section of singing by the Georgia Youth Choir. 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. This is the last year to experience this version of “The Nutcracker” before Atlanta Ballet unveils a brand new production in 2018.
The Snow Queen
When: Through Dec. 30
Where: Serenbe Playhouse at Serenbe Community
Tickets: $15 to $20
What to Expect: From the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale that inspired “Frozen,” “The Snow Queen” illuminates the wintry Serenbe woods with the whimsical story of love’s sovereign power over evil. Watch as Gerda overcomes fear on a journey to save her brother, Kai, from the Snow Queen’s powerful enchantment before her icy spirit overtakes his heart.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
When: Through Dec. 31
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts
Tickets: $25 to $35
What to Expect: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 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 (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage.
When: Through Dec. 31
Where: Horizon Theatre
Tickets: $25 to $50
What to Expect: This outrageous holiday comedy, written by NPR comic 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. Topher Payne takes over the role of Crumpet in the 19th year of “Santaland Diaries.”