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Tour of homes in Virginia-Highland and Marietta, frolic under Christmas lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden, and visit Santa at Callanwolde.
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.
In 2006 Amber Schoepp’s Flower Bar was one of the first tenants at Irwin Street Market. After closing shop in 2009 in the midst of the recession, she returned this summer to create a floral workshop with a potting shed feel in the back of the building.
Santa is an evil genius destabilizing the global economy by flooding the market with cheap toys. Frosty is a snowperson with gender identity issues. Ebenezer Scrooge drops his greedy shtick to lead an unexpected charge against holiday consumerism.
It’s been less than a month since Thanksgiving, but with relatives on the way, it’s again time to consider the most important of questions: What do I drink now?
If a Williamsburg Christmas is on your bucket list, save some money and head to Old Salem instead. This painstakingly restored 18th-century town in Winston-Salem has 107 historic buildings, 73 of them original to the Moravian colonists, who founded this theocracy in 1766. All year, costumed interpreters lead tours and ply trades such as shoemaking, pottery, and hand stitching.