Holiday Cheer: Celebrate the season with a multitude of events

The holiday events calendar is huge, so we rounded up some big and small events that will appeal to different ages, interests and tastes.

Hanukah Celebration
Dec. 5. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta will celebrate Hanukah with the lighting of the Menorah and a short performance from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m.. Free and open to the community. MJCCA Zaban Park campus, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Get information at atlantajcc.org .

Skate the Sky
Through Jan. 13. You can head to The Roof at Ponce City Market and ice skate with a fantastic view of the Atlanta skyline while enjoying games, food, cocktails and more. For details, visit poncecityroof.com .

Invasion: Christmas Carol at Dad’s Garage
Continues through Dec. 29, 8 p.m. Head to the Old Fourth Ward for a night of wacky holiday improve, where the script is flipped on the Dickens’ classic and anything can happen. There will be a special guest “invader” each night, including Colin Mochrie (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) on Dec. 28-29. For tickets and information, visit dadsgarage.com .

The Ethel Merman Disco Spectacular
Dec. 6 – 22. Out Front Theatre presents its first-ever holiday production that imagines what diva Ethel Merman might have performed if she’d had her on television Christmas special in 1979. Expect lots of disco hits. For tickets, visit outfronttheatre.com .

Holly, Jolly and Gay!
Dec. 7 – 8. The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus will present its 38th annual show featuring holiday classics and more the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road. For tickets and information, visit voicesofnote.org .

Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Dec. 8, 3 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9, 3 and 8 p.m. The orchestra and chorus perform beloved Christmas carols and hymns, along with their special guests, the Gwinnett Young Singers and the Morehouse Glee Club. Tickets start at $20. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30309. Find out more at atlantasymphony.org .

Atlanta Santa Speedo Run
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m. The 10th annual Atlanta Santa Speedo Run will benefit Bert’s Big Adventure this year. Hundreds of runners will gather at Hudson Grille in Midtown to run a mile in their Speeds and holiday-inspired swimwear. Registration is open at atlantasantaspeedorun.org .

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 12 – 24. The Alliance Theatre, which is still undergoing renovations at its Woodruff Arts Center home, will stage the Dickens’ classic at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. For tickets, visit alliancetheatre.org/Christmas .

Holidays Together
Dec. 13 and Dec. 16. The Atlanta Women’s Chorus will hold their first ever holiday show at Grace United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce de Leon Ave. Visit voicesofnote.org for more details.

Candlelight Nights
Dec. 14 – 21. The Atlanta History Center in Buckhead invites guests to step back in time and stroll wooded trails illuminated by candlelight. Santa Claus will be on hand, plus there’s an artist’s market and tours of the Swann House, Smith Family Farm and Wood Family Cabin. For information, visit atlantahistorycenter.com .

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags
Through Jan. 3. Head west on I-20 to Six Flags, which will be decked out in more than a million lights and festive decorations for the holiday season. There will also be special rides, events and shows. To see the calendar and buy tickets, visit sixflags.com .

The Nutcracker
Dec. 8 to 24. The Atlanta Ballet presents the holiday classic in all new production with lavish costumes, projection design and choreography by Yuri Possokhov. Performed at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30308. Purchase tickets and get info at atlantaballet.com .

Atlanta’s Celtic Christmas
Dec. 15 – 16. The Rialto Center for the Arts will host the annual concert featuring Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian traditions. Tickets available at rialto.gsu.edu .

Noon Year’s Eve at Fernbank
Dec. 31, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fernbank will host its annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration for kids with music and a balloon drop of prehistoric proportions at noon. The popular event caters to youngsters who cannot always celebrate past bedtime. To purchase tickets in advance, visit fernbankmuseum.org .

Downtown Countdown
Dec. 31, 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. The annual New Year’s Eve party returns to the Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree featuring bands, DJs, open bar, food and more. Visit downtowncountdown.net/atlanta  for tickets and more information.

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