History center visits Christmas past
On two Thursdays in December, the Atlanta History Center will host candle-lit strolls through scenes of Christmas past. Characters from Georgia's history will revive traditions from pioneer days, the Civil War era and the 1930s, and visitors can enjoy music, refreshments, candle-dipping, blacksmithing and open-hearth cooking, among other activities: 6-10 p.m. Thursday and 6-10 p.m. Dec. 18; tickets: $10 members; $15 nonmembers; $8 children; 404-814-4000, AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/family. BO EMERSON
Doll adoption for the holidays
North Georgia artist Emily Birdsong passed away this fall, leaving a grouping of her Birdsong Dolls in need of adoption. Sycamore Place Gallery & Studios, run by Birdsong’s long-time friend Sylvia Cross, will be seeking to place these babies with new families (for $25 each, adoption certificate included) at its Holiday Art Show, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 6. Also for sale: paintings, jewelry and ceramics. Flutists Carol and Alan Horne will perform. Hot chocolate will be served. Free. 120 Sycamore Place, Decatur. 404-660-9967, www.decaturartclasses.com. HOWARD POUSNER
Boy Choir presents songs of the season
In its 57th season, the Atlanta Boy Choir is well seasoned in putting on holiday concerts.
Directed by founder Fletcher Wolfe, it kicks off its multi-concert season with its Holiday Spectacular at 7:30 pm Dec. 5 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Featuring 65 boys, 40 men and a chamber orchestra, the concert will feature Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs and selections from masterworks by Vivaldi, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns. Tickets, $20. 435 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta.
Another season highlight comes 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 when the choir presents a Holiday Extravaganza concert at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. Tickets: $20.
Full holiday schedule: 404-378-0064, www.atlantaboychoir.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Carols in Marietta by candlelight
The 110-voice Georgia Festival Chorus will present its 24nd annual “Carols by Candlelight” Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. Frank Boggs conducts the chorus and guest artists tenor Bryan Watt, an “American Idol” finalist, and pianist David Carnes. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Free. 950 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 404-234-3581, www.tgafc.org. HOWARD POUSNER
For many more holiday events, visit the AJC's holiday guide pages at www.ajc.com/holiday.