‘Tis the weekend before Christmas, so follow our guide, full of family-friendly activities to enjoy with your kiddos by your side. See visions of sugarplum fairies at the fabulous Fox Theater in a performance of the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. Fly over to Vinnings Jubilee for some holiday shopping and complementary sleigh ride. Tune into the sounds of the season at the ASO’s Holiday Pops Concert or a Celtic Christmas Concert at the Rialto Center for the Arts. Snuggle up for a deliciously fun Gingerbread Storytime at Little Shop of Stories. Bake cookies with Mrs. Claus at Barrington Hall—and don’t miss all the Holly Jolly Holiday Fun happening at LEGOLAND.

Claire Stallman and Jonah Hooper as Snow Queen and King. Photo by Charlie McCullers, Atl Ballet

The 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 choreography by John McFall, and music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky performed live by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 7 p.m, Fox Theater, Ticket prices start at $23. All ages. Event details.

Ride in a One Horse Open Sleigh
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh—hey! Get into the holiday spirit and bring a little magic to your holiday by shopping with a complimentary horse drawn sleigh ride through Vinings Jubilee on an authentic Victorian Sleigh. Fri., 5-8 p.m., Vinings Jubilee, Free with admission and for members. All ages. Event details.

A Very Merry Holiday Pops Concert
This annual anything-goes holiday variety show stars the Orchestra, vocalist Liz Callaway, a gleeful youth chorus comprised of Atlanta’s finest high school vocalists, the season’s merriest songs, and a jitterbugging Santa. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m., Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, $22-60. All ages. Event details.

Celtic Christmas Concert
Celebrate the solstice season with fiddlers, Highland pipers, harpers, singers, dancers and poets from the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian traditions in this magical event. Experience the “soul of the season” through the music of the ages. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m., The Rialto Center for the Arts, $17.50-$63. All ages. Event details.

Gingerbread Storytime
Run, run, as fast as you can to this popular holiday storytime Enjoy gingerbread theme books and decorate delicious gingerbread men. Sat., 2 p.m., Little Shop of Stories, $5 per child. All ages. Event details.

Cookies with Mrs. Claus
During this 75 minute session, children can write letters to Santa and decorate cookies with his Mrs. and her helpers. The workshop ends with a special postman’s arrival who picks up the letters to deliver them to Santa. Sat., 10 a.m. & 12 p.m., Barrington Hall, $10 per child. Ages four and up. Event details.

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Come decked out in your most festive holiday attire for LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Holiday Costume Contest. Costume contests will take place at 1:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. First place will receive a family four-pack of tickets, second place will receive one annual pass and third place will receive a holiday set. Guests can also learn how to do a gingerbread build in the special holiday-themed Model Builder Workshop and experience the cheery Santa takeover in MINILAND. Sat., 10 a.m. & 9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

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–Phebe Wahl

Photo by C. McCullers courtesy of Atlanta Ballet