Weekend Guide: “Invasion: Christmas Carol,” Spruill Holiday Artists Market, Chanukah on Ice, and More

Hello, local readers! Hot off the press is this week’s edition of our weekend guide, filled with the best things to do in and around Atlanta this Thursday through Sunday. As always, be sure to add anything we missed in the comments section. Enjoy your weekend and Happy Holidays!!

Invasion: Christmas Carol

Dad’s Garage. Thursday & Friday. 8:00 p.m. $18 online, $20 phone & door.  

The award-winning Dad’s Garage Ensemble presents their comedic twist on “A Christmas Carol” as the audience (and the actors themselves!) have never seen before. This talented improv group creates new action, laughs, and excitement night after night, and no two shows are even remotely alike! In “Invasion: Christmas Carol,” the audience selects a new “invader,” who could be anyone or anything from a scary monster to a celebrity, to enter Scrooge’s world. If you are opposed to adult humor, this show may not be appropriate for you.

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Spruill Holiday Artists Market

Spruill Center Gallery. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free. 

Are you a last minute shopper? If so, head out to the Holiday Artists Market at the Spruill Gallery! Check everyone off your list and shop for handmade jewelry, woodcrafts, ceramics and more. Nobody will know you waited until the eleventh hour! And be sure to pick up something for yourself, too.

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Chanukah on Ice

Centennial Park. Saturday, 7:00 p.m. Free to attend; $10 to skate. 

Celebrate the fifth night of Chanukah with a Fire & Ice Show with Jimmy Pyro, followed by ice skating and a Menorah lighting. Jimmy’s performance includes fire eating, fire breathing, fire flag, and more. Food will be available for sale.

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Festival of Trees

Embassy Suites-Atlanta. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free.

If you love Christmas trees, head to the 2nd Annual Festival of Trees at Embassy Suites Atlanta. Thirty Christmas trees will be on display, each one decorated in a contest to benefit local charities. Complimentary hot chocolate will be served as you bask in the holiday splendor. Guests will “vote” for their favorite display by placing money in envelopes nestled in each tree. The tree with the highest monetary donation will receive an additional donation from the hotel!

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A Miracle on Elf Street

OnStage Atlanta Theatre Company in Decatur. Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. $20; by reservation only.

This special interactive “workshop” show is fun for the whole family! Santa is sick and Mrs. Claus expects the elves to take charge and save Christmas. Ticket prices include show, lunch, sing-a-long and crafts.

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The Bagel Bash

Buckhead Theatre. Saturday, 9:00 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

Join over 1,000 young people on Christmas Eve for Atlanta’s largest Jewish event of the year- complete with bagels, schmoozing, and DJ Jazzy Bagelsteingoldbaumschwartzberg. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Young Adult Programs at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.

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