Saturday, December 9

54 events


  • ACC Library

    2 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

    Clarke-Oconee Genealogy Society

    Elyse Hill presents "African American Genealogy Research– Beyond the Basic Sources." 


  • The Classic Center

    8:30 a.m. $20-25. 706-357-4444,

    Breakfast with Santa

    Enjoy a special breakfast with Santa and Buddy the Elf. Tickets to the breakfast include access to Santa's workshop craft station and an ice skating discount.

  • OCAF, Watkinsville

    10 a.m.–12 p.m. & 1–3 p.m. $2 or unwrapped toy donation.

    Mingle with Kringle

    Activities include photos with Kringle, festive storytelling, construction of the Peaceful Village, a puppet show and more. Toy donations will benefit Oconee County Resource Council's Christmas program.

  • 9 a.m. $8.

    Breakfast with the Grinch

    (Lavonia Cultural Center) Eat breakfast, make crafts and take a picture with the Grinch.

  • ACC Library

    11 a.m. FREE!

    Frog and Toad All Year

    Hear classic Frog and Toad stories, sing songs, play games and make crafts. Ages 3–8.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    11 a.m. FREE!

    Candy-Making and Holiday Movie

    Make chocolates for the holidays and watch a short film. Ages 8 & up.


  • Bendzunas Glass

    10 a.m.–6 p.m. FREE!

    Bendzunas Glass Open House

    (Comer) The family-run glassblowing studio offers handmade glass items. Live demos until 3 p.m. 

  • Carter Gillies Pottery Studio

    10 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Carter & Friends Pottery Sale

    (572 Nantahala Ave.) Local potter Carter Gillies is joined by Geoff Pickett, Jeff Bishoff, Kyle Jones and Zuzka Vaclavik for a group sale of handmade wares. 

  • Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market

    10 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Heirloom's Holiday Market

    An artist market featuring fine art, jewelry, bath products, bird houses, baskets, stuffed animals and more.

  • David Morgan Pottery

    Dec. 2 & 9, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Dec. 3 & 10, 12–5 p.m. 706-207-2325, 706-296-3351

    Holiday Sale

    Potter David Morgan has been creating functional stoneware for the past 30 years. Shop for new works.

  • Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA

    10 a.m.–5 p.m.

    ATHICA Holiday Market and Tracy Street Arts Crawl

    The market features local art and handmade goods. The Tracy Street Arts Crawl showcases the open studios of Amanda Kapousouz, Lou Kregel, Vivian Liddell and more. 

  • Dec. 8, 4–9 p.m. Dec. 9, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 762-728-0575

    Normaltown Pottery Holiday Sale

    (465 Belvoir Heights) Pottery by Juana Gnecco, Nancy Green and Shawn Ireland. Jewelry by Melanie Morgan. 

  • Southern Star Studio

    9 a.m.–4 p.m. 706-248-6899

    Holiday Sale

    Shop new work by resident potters Lori Demosthenes, Maria Dondero, Jennifer Heynen, Chona Leathers, Allya Maerz, Regina Mandell and Kerry Steinberg. 

  • Aurum Studios

    4–8 p.m. FREE!

    Opening Reception

    Noah Saunders shares new wire sculptures and jewelry in "Twist of Light." See Calendar Pick on p. 25.


  • 10:30 a.m. $25. 706-353-1820,

    Holiday Spirits House Museum Tour

    (Various Locations) This tour focuses on period holiday traditions spanning the 19th century by exploring historic houses from the Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian periods. The tour includes live entertainment and refreshments. 

  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens

    4–7 p.m. $20.

    Justice Fest

    The Economic Justice Coalition's annual festival will feature special guest speaker ACC School Superintendent Dr. Desmond Means. 

  • Lyndon House Arts Center

    11 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623

    Holiday Open House

    The Ware-Lyndon Historic House will be decorated in the spirit of a Victorian Christmas. Festivities include musical and theatrical entertainment, children's activities and a visit from Santa. "Deck the Walls," the Lyndon House's annual market, features a huge selection of items made by local artists.

  • 3–7 p.m. FREE!

    Five Points Holiday Bash

    (Historic Five Points) Events include a Santa meet-and-greet at the fire station, songs and stories at Avid Bookshop, a Toys for Tots collection and Condor Chocolates at The Park and a "Where's the Bulldog?" scavenger hunt. 

  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 706-338-5723

    Christmas Craft Bazaar

    (Amvets, 1001 Winterville Rd.) A local craft sale benefits local veterans and families. 

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    2–6 p.m.

    Athens Black Market and Cultural Experience

    The market supports local minority business vendors. Offerings range from local food, artisan home goods and natural beauty products, plus live performances, guest speakers and more.

  • West Broad Market Garden

    9 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    West Broad Farmers Market

    Shop for fresh and affordable produce and prepared foods. The market also includes kids activities, cooking demonstrations, educational booths and entertainment.

  • Multiple Locations

    12–5 p.m.

    Downtown Athens Open House

    The event includes hay rides (leaving outside Wells Fargo), pictures with Santa from 1–5 p.m. and a "Find the Elf" hunt. 

  • Downtown Winder

    4–8 p.m. FREE!

    Winder Christmas Parade

    See a display of hand-crafted and beautifully designed floats, vintage cars, decorated trucks, military vehicles and more. Special guest appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Head to the gazebo after the parade for photo ops. 

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. FREE!

    Going Away Party

    Say goodbye to Erin Wu and wish her well with snacks, cute animals and a dance party. Music by OUTERSEA and DJ L.A. Darius. 

  • 2:30 p.m. FREE!

    Winter Wonderland Fashion Show

    (Arbor Terrace, 170 Marilyn Farmer Way) Proceeds from the fashion show and silent auction benefit the Bigger Vision Foundation and homeless shelter of Athens. 

  • UGA Livestock Instructional Arena

    9–5 p.m. FREE!

    Royal Alpaca Challenge Walking Fleece Extravaganza

    The extravaganza includes an alpaca obstacle course, an alpaca costume contest, a fiber enthusiast gathering and seminars on alpaca yarn. 

  • Hi-Lo Lounge

    1–5 p.m.

    Holiday Art Show Fundraiser

    Browse lotions, soaps, woodwork, scarves, jewelry and art from local artists. Proceeds benefit Campus Cats.

  • Lay Park

    8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. $55–83.

    Tis the Season Luncheon Cruise

    Tke a two-hour cruise on the Tennessee River. Featuring live entertainment, Pilot House tours and a buffet-style lunch. 

  • 5:30–6:30 p.m.

    Snow on the Square

    (Downtown Washington) Play in the snow on The Square.

  • Multiple Locations

    Dec. 8, 6 p.m. Dec. 9, 10 a.m. $30.

    Christmas Tour of Homes

    (Washington, GA) Attendees will enjoy a cocktail party then tour early 20th century homes and art venues in historic Washington. 

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    Box of Light Talent Show

    Local musician Etienne de Rocher hosts an anything-goes talent show featuring karaoke, comedy, magic and movement.


  • The Classic Center

    Dec. 9, 8 p.m. Dec. 10, 3 p.m. FREE! (tickets required).

    Athens Symphony Christmas Concert

    The program features compositions by Berlin, Brymer, Brown, Vaugh Williams, Leonvitch, Handel, Tchaikovsky and more.

  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    2-3 p.m. FREE!

    New Horizons Band Holiday Concert

    The New Horizons Band is composed of members 50 years of age or older that have learned a musical instrument recently or have returned to their musical instruments from earlier in life. 

  • 10:30 p.m. $3.

    Athens Showgirl Cabaret

    The Athens Showgirl Cabaret presents performances. Dotte Comm from Atlanta makes a guest appearance.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    12:30 p.m. $5–7.

    The Ecotones Winter Concert

    The Ecotones are a co-ed a cappella group comprised of UGA students.

Live Music

  • Bishop Park

    Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!

    JOE WILLEY & THE MOVING MEN Fiddle-based folk music from the local songwriter and his band.

    EMILY HORTON Graduate student playing "simple piano and guitar songs."

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9:30 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).

    ASHES TO OMENS New local rock group.

    HIT LIZARD Athens-based grunge band.

    DAN FRANCISCO Garage-rock band from Columbia, SC.

  • Forest Lodge

    8 p.m. $35 (adv.), $40 (door).

    SILK The Atlanta-based '90s R&B sensation performs a special holiday show.

    CHRIS MOTEN & TRAPJAZZ Atlanta group featuring jazz and hip-hop flavors.

  • Georgia Theatre

    Ho Ho Ho Down. 7:30 p.m. $17 (adv.), $22 (door).

    NIKKI LANE South Carolina native, Nashville-based folk-country singer-songwriter. See Calendar Pick on p. 25.

    NEW MADRID Rocking, riveting local indie band with a psychedelic edge. 

    THE ARTISANALS Charleston, SC indie-rock band led by songwriters Johnny Delaware and Clay Houle.

  • Highwire Lounge

    8 p.m. FREE!

    LIVE JAZZ Rotating local jazz groups play every Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    SUNNY SOUTH BLUES BAND Local band combining a blues and soul spirit with riffy rock and roll.

  • The Office Lounge

    9 p.m. 706-546-0840

    SWING STREET DANCE BAND Playing a mix of swing and salsa tunes.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    4 p.m. FREE!

    TASTEBUD Eclectic Atlanta group with rock, funk and jazz influences.


  • 10 a.m.–1 p.m. $35. 706-207-2159,

    The Art of Simpling

    (The Simple Cottage, 2200 Shoal Creek Dr.) Learn how to make herbal remedies from local plants for winter ailments. Design and take home your own unique plant remedy through this hands-on experience. Call to register.

  • 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $35.

    Spoon Carving

    (Earthsong, Bogart) Carve a spoon using traditional hand tools like axes, knives and carving tools. All tools are provided.

  • Thrive

    Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m. or Dec. 9, 11:30 a.m. FREE!

    Essential Oils

    Learn how essential oils can improve immunity, digestion, body and mind, joint and muscle pain, skin conditions, hormones, energy level and more.

  • 1:30–3 p.m. $15.

    Stress Relief

    (AKF Athens Martial Arts) Interval training with cardio and long-holding strength building to clear out the mind and body. The class closes with restorative stretches and meditation.


  • Athens Community Theater

    Dec. 14–16, 8 p.m. & Dec. 17, 2 p.m. $10–18.


    The murder-mystery musical comedy is like Agatha Christie meets 42nd Street

  • Winterville Auditorium

    Dec. 2, 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 & 10 at 2 p.m. $15–20.

    A Christmas Carol

    Circle Ensemble Theatre presents the classic holiday favorite about Ebenezer Scrooge.

  • Dec. 8–9, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 3 p.m. $15. 706-678-9582

    A Christmas Carol

    (313 N. Alexander Ave., Washington) The Washington Little Theater presents the holiday classic about Ebenezer Scrooge.

  • Athens Little Playhouse

    Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Dec. 9–10, 3 p.m. $5–10.

    Student Directed One-Acts

    Athens Little Playhouse presents Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and The Jungle Book.


  • Trio Contemporary Art Gallery

    8 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

    Bad Girl Dracula in 3D

    "Bad Girl Dracula" will be presented in 3D along with screenings of "The Werewolf Turned Into a Person" and "Dr. Humpinstein's Erotik Castle." A Q&A with Gonzoriffic filmmakers including Dee Flowered and Andrew Shearer will follow. 


  • East Athens Community Center

    Tuesdays, 6–8:30 p.m. & Saturdays, 1–4 p.m. First visit free.

    Table Tennis Matches and Training

    Beginner to advanced skill levels welcome.

Lectures & Lit

Ending Saturday, December 9



  • Olive Basket

    Gingerbread Class

    Participants will make gingersnap cookies, dark gingerbread cake and gingerbread men. Tuesdays, Dec. 5–19, 5 p.m. or Saturdays, Dec. 9–23, 10 a.m. $35 plus $5 for a child.


  • Lyndon House Arts Center

    "Visions of MLK" Art Exhibition

    Seeking artists and writers to contribute collaborative works to the 11th annual "Visions of MLK" exhibition. This year's theme is "Do What's Right." The Lyndon House will provide panels to the first 10 teams. Pick up panels Dec. 9, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Submission deadline Jan. 5. Exhibition opens Jan. 13. 706-613-3623,