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Celebrate the Season at Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker

Celebrate the holiday season with a magical performance of Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Fairies, princes, and dancing snowflakes will delight. The magic of the holiday season is alive again at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Share the tradition and feel the warmth that has been enchanting audiences in Atlanta for over 50 years. Performances December 11-28: 7:30pm. Saturdays at 2pm and 7:30pm. Sundays at 2pm and 7pm. December 24: 1pm. Tickets start at $20. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-873-5811 | | 800-982-2787/Ticketmaster


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Drop and Shop Sports Camp offered through December


Run errands or holiday shop “nag free” by utilizing the Drop & Shop Sports Camps at Sports-A-Rama. Camps are offered every weekend in December. For a detailed schedule, visit

Sports A Rama East Cobb is located at 736 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068.

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Hunt for candy canes at FREE family event


Cobb County PARKS staff will host the Candy Cane Hunt 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Dec. 7, at Mable House. Families will enjoy decorating cookies, roasting marshmallows, working with ginger bread houses and hunting for 10,000 candy canes. This free event will also include a photo with Santa and is sponsored by the South Cobb Business Association and the Kermit C. Sanders Lodge 13 Fraternal Order.

Mable House is located at 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. For more information, call 770-528-8885.

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Sounds of the season: Holiday performances this week


Give your ears and eyes a gift and enjoy the soothing sounds of the holidays at these area performances:


Bells and Orchestra Concert.  A concert of Christmas favorites featuring the combined efforts of Mt. Bethel’s Handbells and Orchestra.  Free.  December 12.  6:30pm.  Preceded by dinner at 4:45pm for those who wish to attend.  Dinner: $6/adults, $3/children.  Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road.
770-971-2880 |

Community Hannukah Celebration.  Light the menorah, Israeli dancing, PJ Library storytelling and crafts, homemade sufganiyot and much much more.  December 12.  6:45pm.  Free.  Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta.  Reservations are appreciated.  404-870-1625 |

White Christmas presented by Atlanta Lyric Theatre.  Based on the beloved Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye film with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, this merry musical tells the tale of two famous song-and-dance men who stage a show in a scenic, snow-topped Vermont Inn and end up finding love with two singing sisters under the mistletoe.  Thursday-Saturday:  8pm.  Saturday, December 22:  matinee at 2pm.  Sunday:  2pm.  $25-$50.  Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta.  More info/tickets:  404-377-9948, or December 7-9, 13-16, 20-23

Walton Chorus will performs a Winter Concert on Thursday, December 13 at 7:30pm at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road. All are welcome to share the beauty and joy of holiday choral music with the 235 singers of Walton Chorus.

Dashing Through the Snow, a hilarious Texas Christmas romp by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten presented by CenterStage North.  December 7-9, 13-15.  Thursday-Saturday:  8pm.  Sunday:  2pm matinee.  $12.  The Art Place – Mountain View, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta.  More info:  770-516-3330 | www.centerstagenorth.

A Christmas Carol Enjoy this holiday favorite in an intimate 45-seat setting that will make you feel you are in the show itself.  8pm, except Sundays at 7pm.  Doors open thirty minutes before performances.  $15.  Reservations required.  Bulloch Hall, 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell.  More info:  770-992-1731, ext. 7 or December 7, 14-16, 18-19, 21-23

The Best Christmas Pageant EverBarbara Robinson’s endearing 1972 children’s novel is brought to life onstage for the perfect holiday play for the entire family presented by Young Actors Playhouse. December 14-23.  $10/Adult, $5/Child.  Blackwell Square, 3380 Canton Road, Marietta.  678-910-0780 |

7th Annual Messiah Sing-AlongA Michael O’Neal Singers tradition continues with the 7th Messiah Sing-Along. The popular Messiah Sing-Along has a unique variation from most of the others you will find in that the audience sings the solos as well as the choruses. This is a holiday experience for all ages.  December 16.  3pm.  $10.  Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell.  770-594-7974 |

…and Then He Came.  December 16.  6pm.  December 11:  6pm.  Adult Christmas Musical.  Over 2000 Years ago, a baby came and changed everything .  Mt. Paran North Church of God, 1700 Allgood Road, Marietta.
770-578-9081 |

Christmas Cantata. December 16.  8:30am & 11am.  Coffee hour in between.  A Christmas Cantata by the Chancel Choir and Children’s Choir.  Nursery provided.  Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta.  770-971-0267 |

The Winter Polar Express, an enchanting holiday show for all ages presented by the Academy Dance Company.  December 16-17.  A young girl climbs aboard a mysterious train headed for the North Pole and experiences the magic of believing.  Friday:  7pm.  Saturday:  2pm & 7pm.  $12/adults.  $10/students.  The Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest Street, Roswell.  770-594-5348 |


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New Year’s Eve Events

The Atlanta area offers a New Year’s Eve celebration for every taste and every budget. Here are some of the big ones.

Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade and FanFest 
Watch the parade, complete with bands, cheerleaders, mascots and more start at 12:30pm at  the intersection of Peachtree & Baker Street and proceed south on Peachtree and west on Andrew Young International Boulevard.  the parade ends at the Georgia World Congress Center (285 Andrew Young International Boulevard) with FanFest featuring games, rock climbing and inflatables from 2-6pm. Parade: free. FanFest: $15. 404-586-1923 |

Guadalcanal Diary NYE Show
Gem City Hall of Fame and Guadalcanal Diary are “Bringing It On Home to The Strand” with special guests Flamingo Royale and the Dex Romwebber Duo. 7pm. $30/concert only. $20/after-midnight party only. $45/show & after party. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080 |

Radio Disney Noon Year’s Eve
A dance party just for kids with games, prizes and a balloon drop at noon. Radio Disney will DJ the event. 10:30am-12:30pm.  Free. Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-431-2842 |

Peach Drop
Festivities start at 11am with children’s activities, games, food, and live entertainment leading up to the midnight dropping of the 800-pound peach which lands among a shower of confetti. Party lasts till 4am. Free. Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama Street SW, Atlanta. 404-523-2311 | |

Polar Bear Swim
Hosted by the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club at Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. Finish the year with a chilly dip in the lake. 2pm. Ages 4 and up. $25/single jumper. $50/family, up to 4 people. 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770-287-7888 |

For more  New Year’s events and local restaurant specials and church festivities, visit or check out the EAST COBBER  Facebook page for last minute listings,

(Reprinted from the December issue of EAST COBBER.)

Learn to Decorate Like a Pro this Holiday Season


On Wednesday, November 16, from 11am-1pm, grab your friends and head to Marietta Country Club to learn how to decorate your home for the Holidays! Award winning floral designers John Grady Burns and Jill Hellmer will do several floral arrangements showing you how to create some simple decorations for your table or various places in your homes. The event is sponsored by the Cobb Library Foundation.

Nothing is more wonderful than being in a home for the holidays, surrounded by people who warm your heart, and treasures that evoke forgotten memories – that’s what makes the holidays magic. Decorating can be a daunting task, but with a few simple touches, your home can be inviting to all who gather.

Burns and Hellmer are floral designers who have carved a real niche as premiere designers of weddings and special events. Burns has worked with Kenneth Turner and other designers of international renown, has won Best in Show, Professional Division in the Southeastern Regional Flower Show in Atlanta, and is often featured in major floral and design publications.

Space is limited so make your plans now! Tickets are $25 including lunch. Purchase 6 or more tickets and reserve a table in your name! For tickets or more information, visit or call: 770-528-2196.

PUT THOSE DECORATING TIPS TO WORK AND WIN A PRIZE! EAST COBBER will once again hold annual “Show Us Your Tinsel” contest in December. Stay tuned to and our Facebook page for details!