The holidays are a comin’ faster than a reindeer-pulled sleigh, so go ahead and spend the weekend getting everyone in the spirit of the season. Catch the Center for Puppetry Arts annual production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to set things off in a jolly way. Get your chorus line all in synchronized step with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Take it outside and see the fall colors with a hike around the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area with Saturday’s free national park day. Race by Piedmont Park for the Autism Speaks 5k and fun run to help raise awareness for a great cause. Truck down to Rock Ranch for their Great Outdoor Adventure. Or, simply snuggle up by the fire and enjoy the crisp, cool air at Oakhurst Garden’s S’mores for All event.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage in what theAtlanta Journal-Constitution describes as a “holly-jolly holiday adventure for theater-goers of all ages.” Fri., 10 & 11:30 am; Sat., 12 & 2 pm; Sun., 1 & 3pm, Center for Puppetry Arts, $16.50, discount available for members. Recommended for ages 4 & up. Event details.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular—the Rockettes
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes marches back into Atlanta with an all new show. It’s more spectacular than ever with brand-new sets, costumes and special effects. See the Rockettes’s new numbers, showcasing their signature eye-high kicks and incredible precision dance style in some of the most challenging numbers ever conceived. Cherished favorites like the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and the Living Nativity are sure to please. Fri., 7:30 pm; Sat., 11 am, 2 & 5 pm; Sun., noon, 3 & 6 pm, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, Ticket prices start at $27. All ages. Event details.

Free Park Day
‘Tis the season to see the leaves so take advantage of Saturday’s Free Entrance Days in the National Parks and come enjoy the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. For our complete Atlanta parent’s guide to the ‘hooch, click here. Sat., dawn to dusk, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Free. All ages. Event details.

Autism Speaks 5k Run/1 Mile Fun Run
This important race benefits Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. Participate as a team or run solo, bring your costumes and show your wild side or enjoy the 1 mile Fun Run/Walk. Sat., 9 am, Piedmont Park, $40 for race, $15 for walkers. All ages. Event details.

The Great Outdoor Adventure
Head down to Rock Ranch for one of their Fall Family Fun Days. Meet members of the animal kingdom, see an awesome reptile show by Jason Clark of Animal Planet as well as other nature-themed, educational stations. Enjoy all of Rock Ranch’s fam-friendly fun including Tiny Town, pony rides, petting zoo, zip lines and more. Sat., 10 am to 8 pm, The Rock Ranch, $15, kids 3 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

S’mores 4 All
This awesome community event will have a BIG leaf pile to jump into, free s’mores, story telling by Christy, Director of Kids go Wild, and live music by MoRhythm. Bring bags of leaves to the Oakhurst Garden and line them up neatly against the wall with the mural from Nov. 4- 9. Come early for the free family sing along before the event. Sat., 6 to 8 pm, Oakhurst Garden, Free for Wylde Center members, $5 suggested donation for general public. All ages. Event details.

How will you celebrate the season this weekend? Tell us below!

–Phebe Wahl

Photo courtesy of Center for Puppetry Arts