Friday, December 6

27 events


  • Georgia Museum of Art

    Dec. 3–6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE!

    Holiday Book Sale

    Shop for your loved ones at the museum’s annual holiday book and frame sale, featuring new and used publications in all genres.

  • OCAF, Watkinsville

    Dec. 6, 5–10 p.m. Dec. 7–8, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE!

    A Step Back in Time: Family Holiday Program

    An old-fashioned holiday event features treats, a photo booth and more.

  • (230 W. Clayton St.) Dec. 5–6, 5–9 p.m. Dec. 7, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (decorating party), 12–5 p.m. Dec. 8, 12–3 p.m.

    Athens Gingerbread House Competition

    See elaborate gingerbread houses in this second annual competition. This year's proceeds benefit the Young Urban Builders. A Gingerbread Jr. activity on Saturday morning will be held for children to decorate houses.

  • Multiple Locations

    Dec. 6, 4–8 p.m. (Pet Supplies Plus). Dec. 8, 3–7 p.m. (Graduate Athens). $15–20 suggested donation.

    Pets With Santa

    Bring your pet for a special portrait with Santa. Proceeds benefit the Athens Area Humane Society. Email to make an appointment.


  • Mbare

    Dec. 6, 4–8 p.m. & Dec. 7, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

    Africa in Athens Warehouse Sale

    (118 Commerce Blvd.) Shop for unique, handmade gifts and fairly traded goods from Zimbabwe, Senegal, Swaziland, Mali, Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa. Items include baskets, wall decor, textiles, global gifts, recycled glassware and more.

  • OCAF, Watkinsville

    Dec. 6, 5–8 p.m. & Dec. 7–8, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $3.

    Juried Holiday Market

    The 25th annual Juried Holiday Market features pottery, paintings, fiber art, stained and fused glass, jewelry, sculpture, photography, woodwork and more from 70 regional artists.

  • OCAF, Watkinsville

    Artist's Shoppe

    Find the perfect items for all the special people on your holiday gift list. Check out beautiful handmade gifts by more than 50 artists and buy a ticket for the Reindeer Raffle. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.4 p.m. through Dec. 21.


  • Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall

    7:30 p.m. FREE!

    Carols and Lullabies

    The Athens Choral Society will perform a variety of Conrad Susa's Carols and Lullabies in English and Spanish. In addition, carols from around the world will be sung.

  • 7:30 p.m. FREE!

    University of North Georgia Holiday Concert

    (Grace Episcopal Church, 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville) UNG's music department will present a holiday performance featuring traditional favorites such as "Joy to the World," "O Come, All Ye Faithful," "Winter Wonderland," and more contemporary pieces such as "The Waiting Sky." Performances will feature the UNG Chorale from the Gainesville Campus and the University Singers, Le Belle Voci, and the Patriot Choir from the Dahlonega Campus along with student and faculty instrumentalists.

Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18–20).

    TELEMARKET Driving, angular indie-rock band from Athens.

    HOYAS New local jangle-pop band.

    NUCLEAR TOURISM Local college-rock band playing surf-punk originals.

    NINA GARBUS Atlanta-based experimental pop artist.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    10 p.m. $5.

    TEMPEST Local four-piece ensemble playing lounge, jazz and blues standards and originals.

    SAUL G. SEIBERT Columbia, SC singer-songwriter channeling New Orleans street jazz and blues.

    SAILORS & SHIPS Folk-pop project from local songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Wheatley. 

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $21 (adv.), $26 (door).

    DEATH ANGEL San Francisco-based heavy metal band.

    EXMORTUS Thrash-metal band from Southern California.

    HELLFIRE California-based thrash-metal band. 

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $10 (adv.), $15 (door).

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

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. $8.

    BETSY FRANCK Soulful, brassy Southern rock and country rooted in tradition, but with a modern sensibility. EP release show!

    ADMIRAL RADIO Old-time Americana duo from Columbia, SC.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. $5.

    CASUAL CADENZA Jammy rock and roll four-piece from Atlanta.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE!

    E.T. Acoustic singer-songwriter from Tennessee blending country and rock.

  • VFW

    8 p.m. $10. 706-354-6942

    THE RUSTLERS Country dance band from Florida.


  • Memorial Park

    Dec. 6–8 & 13–15, 5:30–7:30 p.m. $5.

    Deck the Hollow

    Celebrate the holidays with lights. Activities include live music, animal encounters and photo opportunities in the zoo. Concessions will be available for purchase.



  • Town and Gown Players

    Dec. 12–14, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 p.m. $15–$20.

    Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical

    The Town & Gown Players present the strange case of Dr. Jekyll, a crusading scientist, and Mr. Hyde, the monster he unwittingly unleashes, with this acclaimed gothic musical about the good and evil within us all.

  • On Stage Walton

    Dec. 20–21, 8 p.m. & Dec. 22, 2 p.m. $20.

    The ReGifters

    On Stage Walton presents a Christmas comedy about the misadventures of a couple who “regift” a lackluster Christmas present only to find out it’s worth a fortune. In pursuit to reclaim the gift from others who have passed it along, everyone learns about friendship, true wealth and the Christmas spirit.

  • Oconee Youth Playhouse

    Dec. 13–15, 7 p.m. & Dec. 15, 2 p.m. $15–20.


    Return to the rockin' 50s with a production of this classic musical, featuring a cast of talented local teens. Presented by Oconee Youth Playhouse.

  • Winder-Barrow Community Theatre

    Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 3 p.m. $5–10.

    Best Christmas Pageant Ever

    Winder-Barrow Community Theatre's Children's PLAYhouse presents a story about a Christmas pageant in a small town. See Theater Notes on p. 10.


  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    10 a.m.–6 p.m. FREE!

    Make and Take Holiday Cards

    Drop in anytime and make holiday cards for family and friends. All materials provided.

  • Barnes & Noble

    7 p.m. FREE!

    Storytime & Activities

    Come in your PJs and enjoy a magical storytime dedicated to The Polar Express. Hot chocolate and cookies to follow.

  • Lay Park

    6–7 p.m. $4 (ACC resident), $6 (non-ACC resident).

    Holiday Ornament Decorating

    Enjoy an evening of decorating ornaments, winter treats and fun to the celebrate the holiday season. For ages 8–11. Registration required.


  • Moonlight Theater

    Dec. 13–14, 8 p.m. $8–14.

    When I Was Zorro

    Leo Mohr's show explores childhood dreams with unique anti-comedy, traditional Swiss music and plenty of trickery. See Story on p. 11.