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

    10 a.m.- 6 p.m. $40+.

    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.


  • Bishop Park

    8 a.m.-12 p.m. FREE!

    Athens Farmers Market

    The market hosts around 45 vendors, children's activities and cooking demos. All produce is grown locally, sustainably and by those who are selling it. Live music from Scott Baxendale (8 a.m.) and Dixieland 5 (10 a.m.).

  • West Broad Market Garden

    9 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    West Broad Farmers Market

    WBFM offers a wide-variety of fresh and locally-sourced produce, hot food, handmade crafts, and other functional goods as well as entertainment, activities, and educational workshops. The WBFM is an inclusive space for cross-cultural and inter-generational engagement.

  • 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.

  • 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