Saturday, December 16

33 events



  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

    8, 9 or 10 a.m. $5–7.50.

    Breakfast with Santa

    Eat breakfast and take photos with Jolly Old St. Nick. This holiday event also includes crafts and activities for children. 

  • Memorial Park

    9–9:45 a.m. or 10-10:45 a.m. $5-7.50.

    Breakfast with Santa

    Eat breakfast, get a photo with jolly old St. Nick, make crafts and participate in holiday-themed activities.

  • Bogart Library

    2 p.m. FREE!

    Family Movie

    Catch a screening of Despicable 3. Popcorn and lemonade served. 

  • ACC Library

    11 a.m. FREE!

    Grinchy Christmas

    The special storytime has stories and crafts to help the Grinch's heart grow. Ages 2–9. 

  • Athens Little Playhouse

    1–3 p.m. $20.

    Audition Workshop

    Athens Little Playhouse will help kids prepare a one-minute monologue, 16 bars of a song, and teach a few dance steps.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    4:30–7 p.m. Donations accepted.

    Santa at Flicker

    Santa and his elf-dog are in town. Proceeds benefit Brain Aid.

Live Music

  • Bishop Park

    Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!

    MARY SIGALAS Mary sings classic jazz/blues from the 1920s–50s with surprise arrangements and unexpected tunes.

  • Caledonia Lounge

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

    BLEACH GARDEN Three-piece grunge-rock group from Atlanta.

    THE STYROFOAM TURTLES Grungy garage-rock band from Asheville, NC.

    THE GOOD LOOKS Young band playing a custom blend of rock, blues, funk, punk and alternative. 

    OLDE WORLD MONKEYS Athens-based Southern and stoner-rock outfit.

    PROPERTY OF BOLTON New local rock four-piece.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    Brain Aid Holiday Hootenanny. 9 p.m.

    HANDSOME HIGHWAY Local honky-tonk and Americana group led by Southern swooner Barrett Smith.

    SOHI Underground hip-hop MC formerly of Athens groups Mad Axes and Deaf Judges.

    CIVILS Experimental solo pop sounds courtesy of Athens musician Drew Kirby.

    FRENCH EXIT Local rock band featuring members of Circulatory System and Faster Circuits.

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door).

    BLOODKIN & FRIENDS The long-running Athens quartet plays a bluesy style of roots-rock music with big guitars and sharply written lyrics. 

  • The Foundry

    7 p.m. $10 (adv.), $13 (door).

    THE GRAINS OF SAND Local band with a four-piece horn section offering up your favorite '60s and '70s beach and Motown music.

  • Go Bar

    9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609

    KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic Dr. Fred and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more.

  • Highwire Lounge

    8 p.m. FREE!

    LIVE MUSIC Rotating local jazz groups play every Friday and Saturday night.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    THE FUSTICS Folk-rock band from North Carolina.

  • The Office Lounge

    9 p.m. 706-546-0840

    THE LUDDITES Rock band from Atlanta whose core members met in Athens.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE!

    ADAM COOPER Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Suwanee.


  • Memorial Park

    7:30 p.m. (lesson), 8–11 p.m. (dance). $8 (adults), $4 (ages 11–17) FREE! (ages 11 & under).

    Contra Dance

    A dance presented by Athens Folk Music & Dance Society with live music by Mike Robinson and Margie Mcdonald and calling by Rob Harper.

  • West Broad Market Garden

    9 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    West Broad Farmers Holiday Market

    The market will offer handmade crafts, wreaths, jewelry, flowers, fruitcake and more. Activities include a gingerbread house station, cooking demo, pictures with santa, DIY Christmas stocking workshop, live music and kids activities.

  • 5:30–6:30 p.m.

    Snow on the Square

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

  • Go Bar

    9 p.m. $5–10.

    A Night of Poetry & Music

    Performers include Life the Griot, Gift Economy, Celest Divine, Reno Roberts and Katie Orton. Chess on-site. Proceeds benefit Chess & Community. 


Lectures & Lit

  • Barnes & Noble

    2-4 p.m. FREE! 706-354-1195

    Meet the Authors

    Meet local author Patrick Garbin and Steve "Shag" Davis in celebration of the Dawgs Gone Wild: The Scandalous '70s of UGA Football

  • ACC Library

    10 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Pop-Up Book Sale

    The Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library host a book sale in the lobby with children's books, cookbooks, puzzles, games and more.


  • 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

  • Rose Hall

    Dec. 13–16, 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m. $15.

    5th Yuletide Celebration

    Rose of Athens Theatre presents It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

  • Oconee County Civic Center

    Dec. 14–15, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 2:30 pm. & 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m. $12–15.

    Shenandoah Christmas

    Travel back to the late 1800s in the Blue Ridge Mountains during the Civil War to meet a close-knit family, the Morgans.


  • 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.


  • The Classic Center

    Dec. 14–15, 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 1 p.m. $15–30. 706-357-4444

    Christmas on Ice

    (Atkins Ford Arena) Ice Creative Entertainment presents an ice show performance.

  • Georgia Square Mall

    9 a.m. (register), 11:30 a.m. (performance). $10 (registration), $20–25 (music).,


    Tuba players can receive a copy of songs online. Arrive early to rehearse with the group. All tuba players are welcome.


  • The Rook and Pawn

    1–6 p.m.

    Holiday Board Game Party

    Play games and enjoy holiday snacks. Bring a wrapped gift of a game valuing approximately $25 for the white elephant board game gift exchange and canned goods for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.

Ending Saturday, December 16



  • ACC Library

    Digital Media Center One-on-One

    Get individual instruction for graphics, audio or video editing projects or learn to convert albums and cassettes to DVDs and CDs. Thursdays, 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. 706-613-3650