Saturday, December 8

38 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. 

  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

    2:30–3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3615

    Critter Tales

    Families are invited to listen to a story about nature. Staff will then bring it to life by visiting a critter or going outdoors for an activity.

  • 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, holiday crafts, storytell readings with Mrs. Claus, and a performance by Doug Berky.

  • 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!

    A Hippopotamus for Christmas

    A silly seasonal storytime all about hippos and the spirit of Christmas. Ages 2-8 and their caregivers.


  • Treehouse Kid and Craft

    Dec. 7–8. 706-850-8226,

    Visiting Silhouette Artist

    Tim Arnold creates silhouettes of children, adults and pets. Cuttings can be done from a photograph or from life. Contact Treehouse to make an appointment.

  • 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. 

  • Dec. 7, 4–9 p.m. Dec. 8, 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. 

  • Good Dirt

    10 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE! 706-355-3161

    Good Dirt Holiday Pottery Sale

    Handcrafted pottery by 21 talented instructors, students and studio owners. Complimentary hot apple cider, baked goods and roasted marshmallows.

  • R. Wood Studio

    9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE!

    R. Wood Holiday Sale

    Join R. Wood Studio for its annual holiday sale. 

  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE!

    Jim StipeMaas Studio Sale

    (Jim StipeMaas Studio, 100 Three Oaks Dr.) Open studio and art sale.

  • Winterville Center for Community and Culture

    8 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Holiday Hoopla Craft Bazaar

    Seasonal items like greeting cards and wine cork Christmas trees, plus jewelry, clothing, jams, body care products 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.

  • Hi-Lo Lounge

    12–5 p.m.

    Mini Holiday Market

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

  • Bishop Park

    8 a.m. FREE!

    Athens Farmers Market

    Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts.

  • Church of the Nations

    Dec. 7–9, 6:30 p.m. FREE!

    Light the Night

    Receive a passport to get stamped as you visit interactive stations around the grounds. Activities include ornament decorating, s'mores, hayrides and a light show.

  • Southern Star Studio

    Dec. 8–9, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Holiday Sale

    Join Southern Star for the pottery studio's annual holiday sale. 

  • Dec. 6, 5–10 p.m. Dec. 7, 4–9 p.m. Dec. 8, 12–5 p.m. Dec. 9, 12–3 p.m.

    Gingerbread House Competition

    (296 W. Broad St.) See festive constructions competing for first place. Proceeds benefit the Athens Land Trust's Young Urban BUilders program.

Lectures & Lit

  • Bogart Library

    1–3 p.m. FREE!

    Bookin' It With Santa

    Visit Santa and receive a free book. Crafts, cookies and more.

  • Normal Books

    5 p.m. (sign-ups), 6–8 p.m. (readings). FREE!

    Open Mic

    Share your favorite poems, a passage from your novel or a story from days gone by. Each reader can share up to eight minutes of material. Co-hosted by Normal Books and the Athens Writers Association.

  • Normal Books

    5-8 p.m. FREE!

    Open Mic

    Celebrate the store's first birthday with an open mic reading featuring fiction, non-fiction, poems and essays. Registration begins at 5 p.m., and spots are limited. 

Live Music

  • The Falls

    6 p.m. FREE! 706-850-2217

    LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot plays solo sets of country-rock and acoustic Southern soul.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m.

    ANTLERED AUNT LORD Fuzz-pop project fronted by local songwriter Jesse Stinnard.

    MORINGA MOON Lo-fi folk singer-songwriter.

  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20 (door).

    ERIC GALES Virtuosic blues-rock guitarist from North Carolina via Memphis.

    TRAVERSE BROTHERSHIP Alt-soul group from Asheville, NC led by twin brothers Eric and Kyle Travers.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    KALU & THE ELECTRIC JOINT Psychedelic soul four-piece from Austin, TX.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE!

    KRISTEN FORD Folky, energetic indie-rock singer-songwriter from Nashville.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    7 p.m. FREE!

    SCARLET STITCH Straight-up rock and roll band from Athens.


  • Wayward Lounge

    11 p.m. FREE! 706-372-6972

    DJ Chief Rocka

    DJ CHIEF ROCKA Local DJ spins Top 40, hip hop, funk, soul and more.

  • Highwire Lounge

    11 p.m. $2 (headphone).

    Silent Disco

    SILENT DISCO Dance the night away to two different channels of music.


  • On Stage Walton

    Dec. 14–15, 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. $15.

    Father of the Bride

    On Stage Walton presents this comedy. Directed by Laura Griffin.

  • Winterville Auditorium

    Dec. 14–15, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. $10–20.

    A Christmas Carol

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

  • Athens Community Theater

    Dec. 13–15, 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. $12–20.


    Friends who have spent their lives working on the factory floor now find their community eroded by layoffs and picket lines. 

  • Oconee Youth Playhouse

    Dec. 14–15, 7 p.m. Dec. 15–16, 2 p.m. $15–20. 706-769-2677


    Oconee Youth Playhouse presents a classic about a hard-knock life.

  • Oconee Youth Playhouse

    Dec. 14–15, 7 p.m. Dec. 15–16, 2 p.m. $15–20. 706-769-2677


    Oconee Youth Playhouse presents a classic about a hard-knock life.

  • Rose Hall

    Dec. 5–9, 8 p.m. $15. Dec. 8–9, 3 p.m.

    A Christmas Carol Live Radio Play

    Rose of Athens presents a live radio format complete with sound effects, old-timey radio ads and surprises. See Theater Notes on p. 12.



  • ACC Library

    10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

    Mindfulness Fair

    The second annual Mindfulness Fair offers free instruction in meditation to the community. Features include a drumming circle, tai chi, yoga and more.

Ending Saturday, December 8