Thursday, December 12

35 events


  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    9:30–11:30 a.m. $27 (members), $30 (general)

    Herbal Creams & Salves

    Discover a variety of recipes using herbs, essential oils and beeswax to prepare products for health and beauty. Participants will prepare and take home a container of herbal cream and a medicinal salve.

  • Hugh Hodgson School of Music

    UGA Community Music School

    Musical instruction in popular and classical styles. All ages. Registration ends Jan. 13. Classes begin Jan. 21.

  • ACC Library

    12:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. FREE!

    De-Stressing During the Holidays: Yoga

    Join Lydia for a quick yoga session.

  • ACC Library

    12:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. FREE!

    De-Stressing During the Holidays: Yoga

    Join Lydia for a quick yoga session.

  • ACC Library

    1 p.m. FREE!

    De-stressing During the Holidays: Dealing with Grief

    Grieving the loss of a loved one can be especially challenging during the holiday season, so learn strategies to help make the process easier.

Karaoke & Open Mic

  • Go Bar

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

    Dr. Fred's Karaoke

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


  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    7–8:30 p.m. $5/person, $15/family.

    Full Moon Hike: Cold Moon

    See the Garden come alive at night. Each hike will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations or nocturnal creatures. Be prepared for a two-mile walk through wooded trails. Pre-registration is required.



  • ACC Library

    3:30 p.m. FREE!

    Elf Training

    Make an elf hat, ornaments, wrapping paper, enjoy holiday treats and sing in the Elfin Choir. Participants will graduate from the program with a certificate given out by Santa himself. For children ages 3–11 and their caregiver. 

  • ACC Library

    10 a.m. FREE!

    Mother Goose on the Loose

    A unique, early-literacy storytime program for children ages 024 months and their caregiver. This three-week class incorporates books, nursery rhymes, musical instruments and interactive play. Space is limited, please register to attend.

  • Oconee County Library

    10:30 a.m. FREE!

    Baby Music Jam

    Preschool-aged children and their caregivers play instruments, sing and dance together.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    5–7 p.m. FREE!

    Teen Thursdays

    Teens can drop in each week for a different activity. This month’s activities include book themed snacks, a superhero movie and button making. No registration necessary. Ages 1318.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    4 p.m. FREE!

    Crazy 8s Math Club

    Explore math games at this interactive program for students in grades K–2.

  • ACC Library

    4–5:30 p.m. FREE!

    Gaming Sports Challenge

    Join the Athens Alliance Coalition for an afternoon of Madden football and more on the Playstation. For teens in grades 6–12 only. 


  • Bogart Library

    6–8 p.m. FREE!


    Knitters of all levels are invited to have fun, share ideas and knit. Beginning knitters are encouraged to attend. Ages 16 & up.

  • Bogart Library

    6–8 p.m. FREE!


    Knitters of all levels are invited to have fun, share ideas and knit. Beginning knitters are encouraged to attend. Ages 16 & up.

  • Big City Bread Cafe

    Dec. 12–13, 5–9 p.m. 706-353-0029

    Athens Holiday Market

    An outdoor market featuring over 50 artists and craftspeople from around the region, featuring live music and a bonfire.

  • BikeAthens

    6–8:30 p.m. $10 (suggested).

    Fix Your Own Bike

    Get help fixing your bike from experts so you're safe to ride.

  • Multiple Locations

    6–8 p.m.

    Holidate Night

    Celebrate women-owned businesses with Avid Book Shop in Five Points, Community, Dynamite, Indie South, K.A. Artist Shop and ReBlossom. Entrepreneurs to expect at pop-ups include: Rebecca Wood of R. Wood Studio at Southern Star Studio, Love.Craft at STATE the Label, Revibe at STEEL + PLANK, and Hable Construction at Treehouse Kid & Craft.

  • Bogart Library

    12–3 p.m. FREE!

    Work for the Census

    Representative Collette Orr provides information on job opportunities with the U.S. Census Bureau.

Lectures & Lit

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    1 p.m. FREE!

    Inclusive Book Club

    (This event has been canceled.) This facilitated book club serves adults of all abilities and will be reading out loud and discussing book of the month Dog Stories by James Herriot.

  • Old Fire Hall #2

    6:30 p.m. FREE!

    Meet the Author

    Historic Athens and Avid Bookshop present Ellen Walker for her book, It Is Well: The Life and Times of James Russell. Walker will be in conversation with James Russell Smith. Purchase a copy of the book to get it signed by the author.

  • Barnes & Noble

    7 p.m. FREE!

    B&N Book Club

    Attendees are invited to discuss this month’s pick, Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano.

Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    8 p.m. $8 (21+), $10 (18-20).

    NORDISTA FREEZE Psych-rock project from Nashville, TN.

    WELL KEPT Emo-influencd alt-rock group led by songwriter Tommy Trautwein.

    CRY BABY Charleston, SC, group inspired by slick pop from the 1980s to the 2000s.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    10 p.m. $5.

    AUSTIN DARNELL Local blues singer-songwriter and Darnell Boys member leads his talented band.

    THE WYDELLES Local alt-country band fronted by songwriter Bo Bedingfield.

    WILLIAM BLACKART Arkansas native plays a lo-fi country brand of folk music. 

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $20 (adv.), $25 (door).

    TAB BENOIT Touring guitarist combining a variety of styles, including Delta, swamp and Chicago blues. 

    WHISKEY BAYOU REVUE Cajun blues outfit featuring Damon Fowler and Eric McFadden.

  • The Globe


    The Fusiliers

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    7 p.m. $10.

    THE GOOD GRIEF TRIO Greg Hankins, Luca Lombardi and Seth Hendershot perform the music of Charlie Brown Christmas and more.

    WHITEHALL JAZZ COLLECTIVE Local jazz pianist Greg Hankins leads his group through an eclectic set of music.

  • That Bar Athens

    9 p.m. FREE!

    CHYANN ROSE Young country singer-songwriter from Statesboro.


  • VFW


    Grown Folks Dance Party

    Grown Folks Dance Party


  • 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.

  • Morton Theatre

    7 p.m. $10–15.

    It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

    Kick off the holidays as you experience this classic Christmas story, retold as a live 1940s radio show. See Calendar Pick on p. 21.


  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    5:30–8:30 p.m. FREE!

    Biggest Little Farm

    Enjoy a screening of The Biggest Little Farm featuring a potluck dinner. Drinks and popcorn will be available for purchase.