This year marks the 20th anniversary of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker—and it’s also the final season for the show’s choreographer, retiring artistic director John McFall. Here’s where the Tchaikovsky classic fits in with the city’s other long-standing holiday traditions.
The Pink Pig
Priscilla made her debut in the toy department at Rich’s downtown. Today you can take a ride at the Lenox Square Macy’s.
Christmas with the ASO
Created by legendary former music director Robert Shaw, the concerts feature local choruses.
Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus Annual Holiday Concert
Hear the group, now in its 35th year, at the stunning Cathedral of St. Philip.
Children’s Christmas Parade
The largest holiday parade in the Southeast marches through Midtown, complete with local marching bands, giant balloons, and floats.
A Christmas Carol
Atlanta theater vet Chris Kayser played Scrooge for 16 years. Now catch him as Jacob Marley in this Alliance favorite.
Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker
Celebrate two decades of this holiday production at the Fox.
The Santaland Diaries
Actor Harold Leaver stars in this sly Yuletide comedy, based on David Sedaris’s story about his time as a Macy’s elf.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Take in a live version of the 1964 Rankin/Bass stop-motion special at the Center for Puppetry Arts. 2010
More than 30 trees, each trimmed to honor a different country’s holiday traditions, decorate Fernbank.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
The Atlanta Botanical Garden twinkles with more than 2 million lights.
This article originally appeared in our December 2015 issue under the headline “A very ATL Xmas.”