- H.M. Cauley For the AJC
With the new year looming, it will soon be time for those diets to start. But not yet! Enjoy those last few sweet days of caloric freedom by exploring Marietta’s mushrooming food scene. The Marietta Food Tour winds its way through the city’s downtown district and make flavorful stops at local favorites such as the Australian Bakery Cafe, Cool Beans coffee house and Miss Mamie’s dessert emporium. Be sure to bundle up, as you’ll be walking between spots, though that little bit of outdoor cold might whet your appetite for another round of delectable dishes.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 23. $50. Marietta Square, 48 S. Park Square, Marietta. 866-736-6343, mariettafoodtours.com.
DIY Holiday Ornaments
The stockings are set, the holly is hung, but there might just be a few branches on that tree that could use a little sparkle. Consider adding a few extras, all without having to lift a finger and while keeping the kiddies entertained. Head to the Clayton County Library’s DIY Holiday Ornament event at the Lovejoy branch. Kids ages 5-11 are invited to decorate baskets and ornaments to show off the holiday spirit while parents sit back and watch. Advance registration is required, so be sure this is one holiday list that includes your tyke’s name.
11 a.m. Dec. 23. Free. Clayton County Library, Lovejoy branch, 1721 McDonough Road, Hampton. 770-472-8129, claytonpl.mhsoftware.com.
Home Free Concert
Add a little country to your Christmas this year. Home Free is a five-person musical group known for its all-vocal hits and humor-infused performances. They’ll be performing hits from the 2016 album, “Full of (Even More) Cheer,” which reached the No. 2 spot on the Billboard U.S. Country chart. They’re also known to perform a few other top recordings, all infused with their signature Southern sound, including Shakira’s “Try Everything” and the classic Johnny Cash ballad “Ring of Fire.” Tickets can be purchased on the Atlanta Symphony’s website.
8 p.m. Dec. 23. $48-$135. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4900, atlantasymphony.org.