Santa's Wonderland: 12 things to do this weekend in Atlanta despite the snow


With Jack Frost nipping at your nose and snow still sticking around, you might think about staying indoors for the weekend, but you won't want to miss out on the festive events still taking place throughout the Atlanta area.

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Kids (and pets) have multiple opportunities to visit with Santa, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is in town and voices will fill the air with song across the Metro. 

Note: Please check road conditions before heading out this weekend. The events are also subject to change, so please review the websites and Facebook pages of venues for further detail.

So, put on your warmest coat and get ready for some family-friendly fun, because this weekend's lineup has your seasonal plans covered. 

Cobb

Ice Skating on the Marietta Square. 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 to 10. $12 per person, includes skates. Historic Marietta Square. 50 North Park Square, Marietta. thinkwinterwonderland@gmail.com. www.winterwonderlandmarietta.com.

Skate your way to fun at Glover Park on the Historic Marietta Square during the Winter Wonderland event continuing throughout the weekend. Admission price includes skates. 

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"A Christmas Carol". (CANCELED FRIDAY) 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 to 10. Ticket prices vary. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 404-733-4650. www.alliancetheatre.org.

Experience a broadway-scale production of the Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," performed by the Alliance Theatre at the Cobb Performing Arts Centre. 

Sleighbells on the Square 5K/1K/Tot Trot. 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. $15 to $30 per racer, free to watch. Historic Marietta Square. 10 East Park Square, Marietta. 770-424-2947. www.ccba.site-ym.com.

Turn up the heat with a race around Marietta on Saturday at the Sleighbells on the Square 5K, 1K and Tot Trot. This Peactree Road Race Qualifier will raise money for The Children's Emergency Fund to assist families in need. 

Welcome to Kennesaw Mountain Talk. 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Free. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. 770-427-4686. www.nps.gov.

Rangers lead a special presentation at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park this Sunday, which will include a discussion about the Atlanta Campaign featuring artifacts and maps. 

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DeKalb

Breakfast With Santa. 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. $25 per person. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. 404-872-5338. www.callanwolde.org.

Bring the little ones to Callanwolde for Breakfast With Santa on Saturday. They'll get a chance to sit on Santa's lap, receive a gift from LEGOLand Discovery Center, tour the estate and, of course, enjoy breakfast. 

Fernbank Forest Bird Walk. 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Included with admission, free for members. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6400. www.fernbankmuseum.org.

Learn all about the native birds that inhabit Fernbank Forest on Saturday as the Atlanta Audubon Society educates guests about the feathered neighbors. Don't forget your binoculars. (Fernbank closes at 2 p.m. Saturday.)

Just Voices Holiday Concert. 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and children. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. 515 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. www.justvoices.org.

Just Voices performs a holiday concert this Sunday at Holy Trinity in Decatur, which will feature seasonal classics like "Deck the Hall," " O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" and "Joy to the World."

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Gwinnett

Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops. 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 to 10. Free. Bass Pro Shops Lawrenceville. 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville. 678-847-5500. www.basspro.com.

Don't miss out on a spectacular holiday event at Bass Pro Shops Lawrenceville as Santa's Wonderland returns with free kid's activities, a visit from Santa, games, remote control trucks and a laser and foam toy arcade. 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Ticket prices vary. Infinite Energy Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth. 770-813-7500. www.trans-siberian.com.

You've heard them on the radio, now see them in person. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs this Saturday during its Platinum Anniversary, featuring fan favorites over the past 20 years, along with the return of "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve."

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Total Vocal Experience Winter Student Showcase. 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. $12 to $15 per person. Red Clay Music Foundry. 3116 Main St., Duluth. 678-892-6373. www.totalvocalexperience.com.

Celebrate and support Total Vocal Experience students as they perform in the Winter Student Showcase this Sunday. Featured artists include Sean Van Meter, Laura Mullen, Linsey Davis, Lucky and Harper Hodge along with vocal coach Norwood.

North Fulton

"A Dickens Christmas Carol." Canceled Friday. 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 to 10. $17 to $20 per person. ACT1 Theater. 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. 770-663-8989. www.act1theater.com.

Witness "A Christmas Carol" like you've never seen it before, as the ACT1 Theater presents this classic Dickens tale with a whole new twist. This adaptation follows the Styckes-Upon-Thump Repertory Theatre Company through their misadventures and mishaps as they attempt a farewell tour.

Pets Night with Santa. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Package prices vary. Avalon. 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-1000. www.experienceavalon.com.

Even pets enjoy sitting on Santa's lap, which is why Avalon is featuring a special Pet Night with Santa event this Sunday. No reservations required. 


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