Ho-Ho-Holy Moly! It’s already time to plan your holiday calendar. Read on to get ahead of the tinsel by nabbing tickets to one of Atlanta’s best programming—from a classic Nutcracker to a Celtic celebration—listed below.


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Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Don’t miss this fantastical production about ornaments that come to life and perform astonishing feats that celebrate the holiday season. This spectacle is full of artistry, imagination, and acrobatics. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Nov. 23 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., Tickets from $41.50

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Move over, Hamilton. The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary work set to classic Tchaikovsky, is making a stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, and its modern adaptation is guaranteed to groove. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets from $25.50

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Join Ralphie Parker in his quest for the only thing he wants for Christmas: an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. This hilarious account of Americana Christmas circa 1950 is sure to have everyone laughing. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Nov. 29-Dec. 4, T-Th 7:30 p.m., Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 2 & 8 p.m., Sun. at 1 & 6:30 p.m., Tickets from $30


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Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker

See the Atlanta Ballet’s presentation of the Christmas classic at the fabulous Fox Theater. Don’t miss this magical Atlanta holiday tradition with music by Tchaikovsky performed live by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Dec. 9-24, Times vary, Tickets from $21.50

A Christmas Canteen

Sing to the classics and enjoy a narrative choreography in this Christmas tradition in Lawrenceville. Aurora Theatre, 128 East Pike St., Nov. 17-Dec. 23, Times vary, Tickets, $39-45

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Presented by the Moscow Ballet and Cultural Resource Foundation, this version of the classic comes with with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian made costumes and sets—designed by an Academy Award winning team. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. NW, Dec. 9-10, Fri. at 7 p.m., Sat. at 1 & 5 p.m., Tickets from $31


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A Christmas Carol

Don’t be a Scrooge! Take your kiddos to see this Charles Dickens classic Christmas tale, where Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve. They’ll be thrilled that it’s Santa who visits them, instead! Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Nov. 25-Dec. 24, Times vary, Tickets $14-65

Madeline’s Christmas

“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines,” begins the story of Madeline. This holiday season will be unlike any other for Madeline and her friends who get a holiday adventure beyond their wildest dreams in this musical play adapted from Ludwig Bemelmans’ delightful book. Horizon Theatre Company, 1083 Austin Ave. NE, Dec. 3-31, Times vary, Tickets, $12-15

A Christmas Tradition

This song and dance revue rocks the holiday classics and funky favorites with diva voices and high energy dances. From Santa-loving six year olds to out of town in-laws, no one’s going to fall asleep at this show. Earl Smith Strand, 117 North Park Sq., Dec. 8-18, Times vary, Tickets, $25


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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

This faithful adaptation of the 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster) takes the stage in what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution describes as a “holly-jolly holiday adventure for theater-goers of all ages.” But don’t wait to get your tickets because this Atlanta holiday tradition sells out quickly! Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Nov. 8-Dec. 31, Times vary, Tickets, $20.50

A Very Merry Holiday POPS!

Hear the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra perform the best holiday classics, joined on stage by Artist-in-Residence bass Morris Robinson and the All City High-School Chorus. Guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit, Santa might even make an appearance to join in on the fun. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Dec. 16-17, Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 2 & 8 p.m. Tickets, From $15

Celtic Christmas

Celebrate the season with fiddlers, dancers, harpers, singers, Highland pipers, and bards from the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian traditions. This family friendly event will be sure to enchanted Atlanta audiences for years to come. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. NW, Dec. 17-18, Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 3 p.m. Tickets, From $21.25

How will you put a little jingle in your bells this year? Tell us in the comments section below!


—Shelley Massey