Saturday, December 7

51 events


  • 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 by Random Acts. This is the last market of the season.

  • Multiple Locations

    6:30 p.m.–12 a.m. $15–20.

    Santa Pub Crawl

    The 11th annual Santa Pub Crawl will donate funds to the Boybutante AIDS Foundation. Visit website for wristbands and participating locations.

  • Multiple Locations

    12–5 p.m.

    Downtown Athens Open House

    Downtown boutiques host a joint open house complete with carriage rides (2–4 p.m.), holiday characters, a visit by Santa and a "Find the Elf" interactive activity. Check website for participating locations.

  • 8 a.m.–4 p.m. $10/plant.

    Poinsettia Sale

    (111 Riverbend Rd., Horiculture Greenhouse 13) UGA's Tau chapter of Pi Alpha Xi Horicultural Honor Society presents a sale of UGA-grown poinsettia plants in red, white and pink.

  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

    12–2 p.m. FREE!

    Science Tales & Trails

    Join Science for Georgia for a walk along the Greenway to talk about "Fungi in Research & Disease" with Dr. Michelle Momany.

  • Farmview Market

    9 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    Farmview Holiday Market

    A Christmas themed Holiday Market for the entire family. Shop an assortment of handcrafted gifts and enjoy kid’s crafts, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus and more.

  • Farmview Market

    4 p.m. $63.

    Fresh Christmas Wreath-Making

    Create your own beautiful holiday wreath in this hands-on workshop. Flowers are provided by local floral designer Bonnie Vaughn. Light food will also be served. Pre-registration required. Ages 16 and up.

  • 11 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE!

    I Heart Mac & Cheese Grand Opening

    (165 Hickory St.) I Heart Mac & Cheese celebrates its official grand opening. The first paying customer will receive free mac & cheese for a year, and the first 25 guests will receive an I Heart Mac & Cheese swag bag. Attendees may also enjoy a grand prize giveaway, face painting, balloon art and raffle drawings. Ten percent of all proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America.

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    4–6 p.m.

    Paul Nelson Memorial

    Celebrate the life of Athens musician Paul Nelson with a potluck gathering.

  • 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.

  • ACC Library

    2–4 p.m. FREE!

    Clarke Oconee Genealogical Society Holiday Celebration

    Share family holiday traditions. Bring pictures or a holiday momento to share a memory.

  • (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.

  • 40 Watt Club

    7 p.m. $5 (with toy donation), $10.

    Live Forward Toy Ball

    Live Forward hosts a holiday fundraiser. Hosted by drag queens Kellie and Lori Divine.



  • Bendzunas Glass

    Saturdays & Sundays through Dec. 22, 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. 

  • Farmington Pottery, Farmington

    Dec. 7–8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Open House Pottery Sale

    Geoff and Lisa Pickett offer a selection of all kinds of pots for the house and garden, as well as herbal soaps and skincare products.

  • 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.

  • David Morgan Pottery

    Dec. 7, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Dec. 8, 12–5 p.m. 706-207-2325

    Holiday Sale

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

  • Hip Vintage and Handmade

    10 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Hip Holiday Market

    Hip Vintage hosts an outdoor holiday market featuring local arts and crafts from over 30 vendors, food and live music.

  • Dec. 7–8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Rose Creek Pottery Holiday Sale

    (Rose Creek Pottery, 1051 Rose Creek Dr., Watkinsville) Browse a new collection of wood and soda-fired work for sale. A large variety of pieces will be available, ranging from small items like ornaments and mugs to large statement pieces for your home or garden. 

  • 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.

  • R. Wood Studio

    9 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE!

    R. Wood Holiday Sale

    Shop many of the brightly colored pieces that the studio is known for in addition to several one-of-a-kind pieces, seconds and discounted works. Photographer Kristin Karch will offer digital portraits until 2 p.m. Shoppers can also sample the studio’s Share the Love coffee blend from Jittery Joe’s.

  • Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market

    10 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Heirloom Holiday Market

    Handmade wares range from printmaking, textiles, jewelry, jams, bath items and much more.

  • Dec. 7–8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 706-410-5200

    Nancy Green Ceramics Group Studio Sale

    (1500 Tappan Spur Rd., Watkinsville) Featuring ceramics by Jorie Berman, Juana Gnecco, Jen Graff, Nancy Green, Ron Meyers, Ted Saupe, Minsoo Yuh and Sunkoo Yuh, plus drawings and red clay by Rich Panico and handpainted textiles and cards by Sara Parker.

  • 11 a.m.–6 p.m. FREE!

    David Hale Holiday Pop-Up

    (Indie South,  470 Hawthorne Ave.) Local artist David Hale presents a pop-up sale of artwork.

  • Southern Star Studio

    Dec. 7–8, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Marmalade Holiday Pottery Sale

    Enjoy new works, food by Tim Dondero, sweets by Jane Yates and live music. Featuring pottery by Maria Dondero.

  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Blue Bell Pottery Studio: First Saturday Open House

    (105 Doe Run) Check out the studio's latest works. Custom orders welcome.

  • The Old Pal

    3–6 p.m. FREE!

    Sip & Shop Holiday Pop Up

    Join Regina Mandell of Forged & Found Pottery and Michele Dross for a casual afternoon of ceramics and good cheer.

  • 10 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE!

    Holi-LADDER-day Market

    (tiny ATH gallery, 174 Cleveland Ave.) Enjoy a unique take on the typical holiday markets where vendors will display their art and wares on ladders. Refreshments and cider will be provided.

  • Chase Park Warehouses

    Dec. 14–15, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Zuzka and Kyle Pottery Sale

    Shop works by Zuzka Vaclavik and Kyle Jones, two ceramicists behind Tile Juice, which specializes in custom made tiles for fireplaces, kitchens, bathrooms, etc.

Lectures & Lit

  • 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.



  • The Classic Center

    8 p.m. FREE! (tickets required)

    Athens Symphony Christmas Concert

    (Theatre) The selections of the program will be orchestrated by conductor Susan Dinwiddie, associate conductor Brad Maffett, assistant conductor Josh Bryan. The Symphony Chorus and author Terry Kay will also narrate his piece "To Whom the Angel Spoke."

  • Morton Theatre

    11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. $12.

    INSPIRE Christmas Showcase

    A Christmas showcase of dance performances inspired by the holiday season.

  • Morton Theatre

    11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. $12.

    INSPIRE Christmas Showcase

    A Christmas showcase of dance performances inspired by the holiday season.

  • Morton Theatre

    11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. $12.

    INSPIRE Christmas Showcase

    A Christmas showcase of dance performances inspired by the holiday season.


  • 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.

Live Music


    7 p.m.

    KATHRYN KOOPMAN Electro-acoustic composer and performer.

    ANNIE LEETH Local experimental violinist and multi-instrumentalist composer.

    FOURTH MANSIONS Insightful, strange, sweet, melancholic, darkly humorous songs from former Glands drummer Joe Rowe.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18–20).

    FREEHOLD Local band with an upbeat, melodic sound blending classic and contemporary rock.

    JET PHASE Local grunge-influenced indie-rock band.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    10 p.m. $5.

    THE HERNIES Local riff-heavy rock band displaying influences from classic to indie rock.

    DAY & DREAM Four-piece dream pop band.

    HI-RISE No info available. 

  • The Foundry

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

    MONSOON Athens-based band informed by punk, anime culture and new wave.

    LIVE WELL New York-based indie-punk four-piece.

    OZELLO Atlanta-based queercore folk-punk band. 

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE!

    THE BROWN GOOSE Melodic alternative rock band from Tallahassee, FL.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.



  • 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.

Ending Saturday, December 7


Word on the Street

  • World AIDS Day: HIV Testing

    Come out for free rapid testing for HIV, PrEP referrals and gifts like t-shirts and various other swag. Dec. 3, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (Russell Hall on UGA Campus), Dec. 5, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (Athens Neighborhood Health, College Ave.), Dec. 7, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (Hallmark Community)