Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we’re going to ease into the holiday season this weekend with lots of fun activities. Snap photos of your furry friends with Santa, get a head start on your holiday shopping or just relax with a zen family yoga session. Just scroll down to fill up your weekend agenda.

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Sesame Street Live!
Catch an interactive show featuring all of your favorite Sesame Street characters. Learn new songs and sing along to familiar songs with Oscar and Cookie Monster, build a snowman with Elmo, flap your wings with Big Bird, marvel at Abby’s magic, be amazed when Super Grover flies and move to the rhythm with Rosita. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


A Bookish Evening with Christopher Paul Curtis
Join Christopher Paul Curtis, author of the kid-favorite Bud, Not Buddy, for a special celebration complete with special performances and a book signing. The event will be first come, first seated. Fri. Event details.

Get Zen with Family Yoga
Literature, music, art and yoga will come together during a special family session with Grounded Kids Yoga. Stretch out on the mat, then make your own piece of art. Space is limited—register your family at Sun. Event details.


A Christmas Story: The Musical
Celebrate the season with a triple-dog dare, an iconic leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas and the coveted Red Ryder BB gun as The Theatre Project presents A Christmas Story: The Musical at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. The musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Get in the Spirit at a Holiday Market
Find awesome gifts for everyone on your list at Shoppe Holiday Market. There will be tons of handmade and boutique goods to browse, including crafts, fine art, home décor, fashion accessories, fine jewelry, apothecary and gourmet foods from across the US, and you can also take DIY classes on holiday entertaining, crafts and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Free Admission to The High
On the second Sunday of each month, The High offers free admission for all visitors, along with special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun. Event details.

Green Market at Piedmont Park
Don’t miss the weekly Green Market, a local farmers market serving Midtown’s population with fresh, clean, local food. Local farmers, bakers, sauce makers, and craftsmen are on site and have weekly offerings of cooking demonstrations and entertainment while you shop. Pick up lunch from the vast array of prepared foods and drinks for a picnic in the nearby playground. Sat. Event details.


Explore a Science Wondershop
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s Science Wondershop offers kids the opportunity to explore science through a variety of hands-on activities. The program is designed to encourage imagination, curiosity and an interest in our world. Sun. Event details.


Pet Photos with Santa
Pets have Christmas wishes too! Bring your furry friends for an unforgettable picture with Santa Claus in the Macy’s Court at Lenox Square. Advance registration is recommended; click here to sign up. Sun. Event details.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts
Soak up some holiday magic at a puppet show performance featuring everyone’s favorite reindeer. Based on the 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster) will keep the whole family entertained. Stick around after the show to make puppets of your own. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

—Susie Foresman