Don’t Miss List: Our top 5 event picks for December

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Widespread Panic, and a winter wonderland at Fernbank Museum
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Widespread Panic

Illustration by Ryan Inzana

Widespread Panic at the Fox
December 29 to 31
J.B., Schools, and the rest of the Athens jam band that’s provided the soundtrack for countless nights at the University of Georgia—and their loyal army of fans—close out 2017 with a three-night run at the Fox Theatre, culminating with a New Year’s Eve celebration. foxtheatre.org

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker
Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker

Photograph by Kim Kenney

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker
December 8 to 28
Accompanied by a live orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s score, the Atlanta Ballet transforms the Fox Theatre stage into a classical Christmas dream. This season’s run is the final performance of its current production; the company launches a new version next December. foxtheatre.org

Xscape at Philips
December 8 to 28
The triple-platinum R&B quartet Xscape brings its Billboard Top 10 hits—including “Just Kickin’ It,” “Who Can I Run To?,” and “My Little Secret”—to Philips Arena on New Year’s Eve as part of the group’s reunion tour. philipsarena.com

A Christmas Carol at Dad's Garage

Photograph courtesy of Dad’s Garage

Dad’s Garage’s Christmas Carol Invasion
December 1 to 30

Scrooge meets Tiny Tim—and, depending on the night, Colonel Sanders—for the award-winning improv masters’ skewering of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Each night brings a surprise addition (even for the cast) as the grouch travels through his past, present, and future. dadsgarage.com

Winter Wonderland at Fernbank Museum
Winter Wonderland at Fernbank Museum

Photograph courtesy of Fernbank Museum

Winter Wonderland at Fernbank Museum
Until January 6
For the eighth year, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History showcases two levels of glimmering trees decorated by local cultural organizations to showcase how people around the world celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. fernbankmuseum.org

This article originally appeared in our December 2017 issue.

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