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Winter break 2010 in Atlanta filled with fun family events

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What’s a parent with an empty calendar to do when the kids inevitably utter the dreaded words, “I’m bored” over the upcoming winter break from school?

In metro Atlanta, there are a number of events and activities going on that should keep everyone entertained, so it's easy to start filling up the 2010 winter vacation schedule:

“M-i-c-k-e-y…M-o-u-s-e”

Perfect for the smaller children in your life, “Disney Live! Presents Mickey’s Magic Show” comes to Philips Arena:

A trip around the world, courtesy of Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Prices: adults $15; students and seniors (age 62 and up) with ID; $14; children 3-12, $13; children age 2 and under (ticket required) free; museum members, free.

Stars in your eyes at Fernbank Science Center


Fernbank Science Center
has a couple of holiday-related programs going on:

  • Through Dec. 28: “Tis the Season.” Tour winter constellations and holiday traditions. Thursday and Friday through Dec. 18, 8 pm; Friday and Saturday through Dec. 18, 3 pm; Dec. 20. 21, 27, 28, 3 pm
  • Through Dec. 18: “Holiday Hunt.” Look for Santa and hear star stories from around the world. Call Fernbank at 678-874-7102 for times.

Planetarium admission is adults $4; students $3; seniors $3.

Chilly fun

Does your family like ice-skating and/or ice shows, and snow? Here are some cool things just for you:

“Holiday Ice Spectacular,” Cobb Energy Centre (http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/calendar.aspx):

  • Dec 16, 8 pm
  • Dec 17, 8 pm
  • Dec 18, 2 pm & 8 pm
  • Dec 18, 8 pm
  • Dec 22, 2 pm & 8 pm
  • Dec 23, 2 pm & 8 pm
  • Dec 24, 2 pm

Ice skating at Centennial Olympic Park, Jan. 30, 2011: http://www.centennialpark.com/events/ice.html

Ice skating at Piedmont Park: xorbia.com/tickets/therink/

How about a mix of snowy and holiday fun at Stone Mountain Park. Buy a combo ticket for a Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain and save up to $10 a person. Click on the link to see pricing options and schedules.

On select days through Jan. 2, your combo ticket gets you:

Want more chilly thrills? Call ahead to these other metro Atlanta ice skating venues for current schedules and pricing.

Holiday music to your ears

Coca Cola Holiday concerts offer a little something for all music lovers this season at Atlanta Symphony Hall, including:

”A Very Merry Pops”:

  • Dec. 17, 8 pm
  • Dec. 18, 2 pm & 8 pm

“Preservation Hall Jazz Band Creole Christmas”:

Dec. 19, 8pm

“New Year’s Eve POParaazzi”

  • Dec. 31, 8pm

Bah-humbug!

Can’t get enough of Ebenezer Scrooge? You’re in luck: there are plenty of performances of “A Christmas Carol” remaining at the Alliance Theatre:

  • Dec, 16, 7 pm
  • Dec. 17, 8 pm
  • Dec. 18, 2:30 pm, 8 pm
  • Dec. 19, 2:30 pm, 7:30 pm
  • Dec. 20-23, 2:30 pm, 7 pm
  • Dec. 24, 2:30 pm

For pricing and purchasing information visit http://www.woodruffcentertickets.org/village2/index.aspx.

Go nuts over ballet at "The Nutcracker"

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Presents “The Nutcracker” at Gwinnett Performing Arts Center:

  • Dec.17, 7:30 pm
  • Dec. 18, 2:30 pm & 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 19, 2:30 pm

Prices: $13.50- $29.50. Purchase at Gwinnett Center box office or through www.ticketmaster.com or its outlets.

Something for sports fans

Atlanta Hawks games at Philips Arena:

  • Dec. 17, vs. Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 20, vs. Orlando, 7 pm
  • Dec. 22, vs. Cleveland, 7 pm
  • Dec. 29, vs. Golden State, 7 pm

For pricing information and payment options, call 1-866-715-1500 or visit ticketmaster.com or purchase at the Philips Arena box office.

Atlanta Thrashers games at Philips Arena:

  • Dec. 16, vs. Carolina, 7 pm
  • Dec. 18, vs. New Jersey, 7 pm
  • Dec. 21, vs. St Louis, 7 pm
  • Dec. 26, Tampa Bay, 7 pm
  • Dec. 30, Boston, 7 pm

Visit ticketmaster.com or visit the Philips Arena box office to buy tickets.

Gwinnett Gladiators games at Gwinnett Arena:

  • Dec. 18, vs. South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 pm
  • Dec. 19, vs. Greenville Road Warriors, 4:05 pm
  • Dec.26, vs. South Carolina Stingrays, 4:05 pm
  • Dec. 28, vs. Wheeling Nailers, 7:05 pm

Visit www.gwinnettgladiators.com for ticket information.

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