Now that the holiday season is in full force, here is a list of selected Christmas events around Central Georgia up to Atlanta.
Now to December 30: Stone Mountain Christmas. Stone Mountain Park, Georgia. $25 Adults, $21 Children. Offers a special value family pass with 4 park and meal tickets for $109. Automated Information: 800-401-2407. Overview: See Christmas musicals, watch Polar Express in 4D, Christmas laser show, snow angel fireworks, parade and Santa!
December 4, 5, 6: The Warner Robins Singing Christmas Tree (the 10th anniversary). Warner Robins Civic Center. 12/4 & 12/5 at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. Free admission – first come, first serve. Matinee performance on Sun., 12/6 at 3:00 p.m. with doors opening at 2:00 p.m. No tickets necessary. Overview: presentation by Central Baptist Church at the Warner Robins Civic Center with 100+ voice choir, various ensembles, children’s groups, and full orchestra. The production includes both music and drama to present the Christmas story. It is a gift from our church to the community.
December 4-6: Walk Through Bethlehem. First Baptist Jackson; 1227 West Third Street, Jackson, GA. 770-775-3102. Dec. 4 - 6-10pm, Dec. 5 - 4-10pm, Dec. 6 - 3-8pm. Free. Overview: Enter Bethlehem just as Mary & Joseph did so long ago. Hear the greatest story ever told and experience what it might have been like to be in Bethlehem on that night. Come dressed for the weather, in comfortable walking shoes. Special arrangements can be made for those unable to walk through Bethlehem.
December 4, 5, 11, 12: Mount Carmel The Nativity Story: A Drive Through Live Nativity. Mt Carmel Christian Church; 615 Old Stone Mountain Road, Stone Mountain, GA. 770-279-8437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
December 5, 6: North Atlanta Christmas Spectacular. First Redeemer Church; 2100 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA. 30041. 678-513-9400. 6pm. Doors open at 5pm. December 6: 3pm and 6pm. Tickets $11 @ www.itickets.com. Overview: A stunning Broadway-style musical with incredible sets, costumes, special effects, a full orchestra and over 400 cast members!
December 5: Christmas Home Tour and Local Author Book Sale. Pineola Farms; 1195 Taylors Mill Rd., Fort Valley, GA, 31030. 10am-4pm. Macon Telegraph columnist Ed Grisamore, historian Billy Powell and more. Home is decorated as it was in the 1800's. Cost is $6. Guided tours every 15 to 20 minutes. 478-827-0894.
December 6: Very Merry Christmas Tour with Newsong, Big Daddy Weave and Francesca Battistelli. First Baptist Church Woodstock; 1195 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA. 770-926-4428. 6pm. This is a free event. Overview: Valdosta,Georgia's own Newsong with 20, #1 hits perform live. Best known for their Christmas favorite The Christmas Shoes. Also, Big Daddy Weave (Everytime I Breathe, Audience of One, Let it Rise). Grammy nominated Francesca Battistelli is known for I'm Letting Go and Free to Be Me.
December 9-13: The Nutcracker. Grand Opera House; 651 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA 31201. 7:30pm. Wednesday, 7:30pm $20/$10 students, Thursday, 7:30pm $15/$10 students, Friday - Saturday, 7:30pm $20/$10 students, Saturday - Sunday, 2:30pm $25/$10 students. Get tickets from MTS. Overview: This holiday favorite is always a popular event in Macon, especially in the historic Grand Opera House. A must see. Read about the history of the GOH.
December 11: Give the Gift of Water This Christmas. Harvest Cathedral Christmas Dinner Theater. 7:30pm. Harvest Cathedral Main Auditorium; 2254 Rocky Creek Road, Macon, GA 31206. $15 at door. Dinner catered by Carrabbas Italian Grill. Live bands and skits for entertainment. For more info: Vivian Porter 478-781-7157 X 117. Overview: Harvest is raising $12,500 to build a well at their children's care center in Ethiopia. All proceeds will be donated to this project.
December 18: A Christmas Carol. Grand Opera House; 651 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA 31201. Tickets $28/$22 students or groups. Purchase tickets from MTS. Overview: With all of the warmth and comfort of a cup of Christmas cheer, A Christmas Carol weaves a spellbinding story filled with music, dance and drama that captures the true heart and soul of the season. Read about the history of the GOH.
Special thanks to Atlanta Christian Web for selected event information.