Saturday, December 14

55 events


  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

    8, 9 or 10 a.m. $5 (ACC residents), $7.50 (non-ACC residents.)

    Breakfast with Santa

    Eat breakfast and take photos with Jolly Old St. Nick. This holiday event also includes crafts and activities for children. Children under 2 are free and not required to register.

  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

    8, 9 or 10 a.m. $5 (ACC residents), $7.50 (non-ACC residents.)

    Breakfast with Santa

    Eat breakfast and take photos with Jolly Old St. Nick. This holiday event also includes crafts and activities for children. Children under 2 are free and not required to register.

  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

    8, 9 or 10 a.m. $5 (ACC residents), $7.50 (non-ACC residents.)

    Breakfast with Santa

    Eat breakfast and take photos with Jolly Old St. Nick. This holiday event also includes crafts and activities for children. Children under 2 are free and not required to register.

  • Memorial Park

    9 or 10 a.m. $5 (ACC residents) $7.50 (non-ACC residents.)

    Breakfast with Santa

    Eat breakfast, get a photo with Santa, make crafts and participate in holiday-themed activities. Children under 2 are free and not required to register.

  • OCAF, Watkinsville

    9:30 a.m–11:30 a.m. & 12:30–2 p.m. $2 or unwrapped toy donation.

    Mingle with Kringle

    Activities include photos with Kringle, holiday crafts, story time with Mrs. Claus and a children’s show.

  • 9 a.m. $10.

    Breakfast with the Grinch

    (Lavonia Cultural Center) Eat breakfast, make crafts and take a picture with the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    11 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    Santa Visit

    Drop in for hot chocolate and pose for photos with Mr. Claus himself. There will also be a letter to Santa writing station, “Adopt-a-Santa” bears to raise money for the Friends of the Madison County Library and MOAS Pets will be in attendance with information on animals up for adoption.

  • Georgia Museum of Art

    10 a.m. FREE!

    Family Day: Home for the Holidays

    Explore decorative arts from the “Material Georgia 1733–1900: Two Decades of Scholarship” exhibition, sing holiday favorites with the Meridian Women’s Choir, and make your own holiday-inspired work of art. Light holiday treats and refreshments will be served.

  • Barnes & Noble

    11 a.m. FREE!

    Storytime & Activities

    Celebrate two new releases guaranteed to put a smile on kids' faces: The Cool Bean and The Serious Goose.

  • Bogart Library

    11 a.m. FREE!

    Bookin’ It With Santa

    Visit Santa and receive a free book. All ages are invited to enjoy crafts, cookies and take pictures.

  • ACC Library

    11 a.m. FREE!

    Christmas Ornament Workshop

    Make your own special ornaments to take home and help decorate the Storyroom Christmas tree while rocking out to some holiday music. For children ages 3–8 and their caregiver.


  • 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.

  • Athens

    1–2 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 706-353-1820,

    Holiday Spirits House Museum Tour

    (Various Locations) Attendees may select the times and locations of their choice from the Church-Waddel-Brumby House, TRR Cobb House and Ware-Lyndon House for an on-the-hour guided tour. This event is concurrent with Holiday Open Houses at both the Lyndon House and Brumby House/Athens Welcome Center. 

  • Lyndon House Arts Center

    11 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE!

    Holiday Open House

    The Ware-Lyndon Historic House will be decorated in the spirit of a Victorian Christmas. Festivities include live entertainment, crafts, children's activities and photos with Santa. "Deck the Walls," the Lyndon House's annual market, features a huge selection of items made by local artists.

  • Memorial Park Recreation Hall

    7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $3 (w/ UGA ID), $10. 217-377-2850.

    Ballroom Dance

    The Classic City Ballroom Dancers present an evening of holiday ballroom dancing.

  • West Broad Market Garden

    9 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    Holiday Market & Craft Fair

    In addition to fresh produce and baked goods, expect artisan soaps, handmade wreaths, jewelry, sewn goods, woodworking and flower bouquets. Activities will include cooking demos, sustainable gardening workshops, health screenings, live music and yoga in the garden. This will be the last market at this location. See Story on p. 19.

  • 12–2 p.m. FREE!

    Really Really Free Market

    (Reese & Pope Park, 375 Reese St.) Just like a yard sale, but everything is free. Bring what you can, take what you need. Second Saturday of every month.

  • 1–7 p.m. $20 (adv.) $25 (at the door) 630-300-8193,

    Christmas Tour of Homes

    (Hartwell, GA) Tour five homes decorated for the holidays. Proceeds benefit literacy outreach projects in Hart County. 

  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $5–10.

    Gymnasia Spotlight Series

    (Gymnasia Athens, 1091 Baxter St.) A showcase featuring local talent, children's activities, performances and informative classes. The Rebecca Sunshine Band will also perform.

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    1–5 p.m. FREE!

    Swadeshi Black Market & Co-Op

    Presented by the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, this market includes music, food, vendors, DIY craft tables and community networking to support and promote black and brown business owners, women and entrepreneurs.

  • Leathers Building

    10 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE!

    Leathers Building Open House

    Shoppers at the ATHICA Holiday Market are invited to head over and check out a few local businesses occupying the historic location. Snacks will be available at Pulaski Heights BBQ and Shiraz Fine Foods Gourmet and visitors may browse handcrafted furnishings and home goods from STEEL + PLANK and the studio of local textile artist Shirley Chambliss.

  • 1–5 p.m. 706-740-7323,

    Music Release & Art Sale

    (The Gillen House Bed & Breakfast, 435 S. Main St., Maxeys) Come out for an afternoon of local art and music where the Clay Babies will celebrate the release of their new CD Philomathea. Paintings, photography, pottery and sketches from members of The Women’s Art Guild of Oglethorpe County will be on sale just in time for the holidays.

  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $50. 706-678-5001,

    Historic Churches of Wilkes County Christmas Excursion

    (The Square Cafe, 22 W. Square, Washington) The Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation presents an opportunity to learn about the architecture, unique history and historical events surrounding six churches in Wilkes County.

  • Oconee County Library

    2–6 p.m. FREE!

    Watkinsville Christmas Parade

    Watch the Watkinsville Christmas Parade and enjoy warm cocoa and carols after the festivities.

  • reBlossom Mama Baby Shop

    4–7 p.m. Donations accepted.

    Wine and Cookies Fundraiser

    Bring gifts to wrap while you sip on wine and munch on holiday cookies. A raffle will offer items from local small businesses. Funds support new parents in their transition to parenthood.


  • 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. 

  • 440 Foundry Pavilion

    Dec. 14, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. & Dec. 15, 12–5 p.m. $3.

    Indie South Holiday Hooray

    Indie South hosts the town's largest holiday artist market with over 100 makers, artisans, and vintage collectors. Items include handmade home goods, clothing, bath and body products, artisanal food, jewelry, ceramics and more. The afternoon also includes food trucks, kids' activities, maker stations, and live music, and art demos. 

  • Dec. 13, 4–9 p.m. Dec. 14, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 762-728-0575

    Normaltown Pottery Holiday Sale

    (465 Belvoir Heights) Pottery by Juana Gnecco, Nancy Green and Carter Gillies. Also: hand-printed textiles and cards by Sara Parker, local honey by 3 Kings Honey and natural, handcrafted soaps by Farmington Herbals.


    10 a.m.–5 p.m.

    ATHICA Holiday Market

    Shop items crafted by local artists and artisans like cap man, GEMNGLASS, Netski Art Works, STEEL + PLANK, Aurora Jewelry, Purple V Soaps and many more. There will also be an open house at the Leathers Building which shoppers are invited to attend.

  • Good Dirt

    10 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE!

    Good Dirt Holiday Pottery Sale

    Shop among handcrafted pottery by 26 talented instructors, students and studio owners. There will be pottery giveaways, food, coffee and a "The 12 Days of Pottery" scavenger hunt leading up to the event.

  • Southern Star Studio

    Dec. 14–15, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Southern Star Studio Holiday Sale

    The studio's annual holiday sale featuring works from: Maria Dondero, Carter Gillies, Regina Mandell, Allya Maerz, Brandon Bishop, Kerry Steinberg, Chona Leathers and Alex Wilkins.

  • Hi-Lo Lounge

    11:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

    7th Annual Holiday Artist Market

    Enjoy crafts and vendors like soaps by Songbird Soaps, lotions by Sadie Eubanks, clothing by Hippocampus Designs, books by Aimee Cribbs, cat toys and dog biscuits by Campus Cats, vintage clothing, pottery and much more. 20% of all sales support Campus Cats/Cat Zip Alliance.

  • (190 Cohen St.) Dec. 14–15, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Boulevard Pottery Sale

    A variety of high-fired stoneware and porcelain functional pieces will be available for sale featuring work from participating potters Lori Demosthenes, Kyle Jones, Ester Lee Mech, Alex Newman, Geoff Pickett and Zuzka Vaclavik.

  • 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Michele Dross Ceramics Holiday Pottery Sale

    (515 King Ave.) Michele Dross will host her first holiday sale featuring new handmade porcelain pottery characterized by mystical narrative drawing. Enjoy a cup of coffee while you peruse these one of a kind ceramics. 

  • 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.

  • 1–5 p.m. FREE!

    Holiday Pop-Up Show & Sale

    (149 S. Georgia Ave., Winterville) Artist Cameron Bliss Ferrelle and fellow painters will host a pop-up at her studio featuring small original works from local artists.

  • Dec. 13, 5–8 p.m. & Dec. 14, 12–5 p.m.

    Jim StipeMaas: Landscapes

    (John Cleaveland's Studio Gallery, 2710 Old Farmington Rd., Farmington) Artist Jim StipeMaas shares a collection of paintings during a two-day pop-up.

  • (263 Milledge Circle) Dec. 14–15, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Mary Rugg Holiday Sale

    Shop hand-woven scarves and wraps by Mary Rugg.

Live Music

  • Bishop Park

    Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!

    RACHEL O'NEAL Locally based solo folk singer-songwriter. (8 a.m.)

    DAVID LEINWEBER Local musician tackling classic country, rock, folk and singer-songwriter favorites. (10 a.m.)

  • Boutier Winery & Inn

    8 p.m. $10.

    NOTHING NU BAND Playing music from the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18–20).

    SAVAGIST Long-running local psychedelic metal band.

    IRATA Psych-rock trio known for "throwing curveballs" in its live shows. 

    SACRED BULL New local instrumental metal band.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    10 p.m. $7.

    LYDIA BRAMBILA Local singer-songwriter plays sparse and haunting folk songs. Album release show!

    ARIEL ACKERLY Local noisemaker makes meditative loops from dulcimer and synthesizers.  

    ACTNESIS Improvisational meadow music. 

  • The Foundry

    Project Safe Benefit. 8 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door).

    MONDAY'S ALIBI Local band specializing in '70s and '80s rock and roll.

    BRAND NEW RELIC Local classic rock cover band. 

  • Go Bar

    9 p.m. $10.

    REPTAR Synth-pop favorites playing irreverent tunes with intricate rhythms and playful melodies.

    NEIGHBOR LADY Twangy, melodic rock group led by local singer-songwriter Emily Braden.

    DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves.

  • Nowhere Bar

    9 p.m.

    DICTATORTOTS Longtime local chaos-cultivators trash the night with post-grunge grooves. 20th anniversary party! See Calendar Pick on p. 21.

Lectures & Lit



  • 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.


  • 5–7 p.m. $55.

    Bordeaux: An Exploration of Chateaus and Estates

    (J's Bottle Shop) Explore the varied housing styles found in Bordeaux, France. Learn about classification, terroirs and famous estates. Compare and contrast a dozen wines from the region.

  • Georgia Museum of Art

    2 p.m. $20. 706-542-4883,

    Quiltmaking Workshop

    Held in conjunction with the exhibition “Mary Lee Bendolph: Quilted Memories,” this workshop will be lead by quilter and fiber artist Debra Steinmann, introducing participants to the basics of designing, piecing and binding a quilt. Each attendee will leave with their own small quilted wall hanging. Open to all levels of experience. Registration required.


  • 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.


  • 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 14



  • On Stage Walton

    Bright Star

    On Stage Walton hosts auditions Bright Star. Be prepared to sing 60–90 seconds of your choice. See website for instructions. Auditions Dec. 11, 6:30–8:30 p.m. and Dec. 14, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Performances Feb. 21–22, 28–29 & Mar. 1, 6–8.

Word on the Street

  • ACC Library

    Toys for Tots

    Drop-off unwrapped toys in the donation bin for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign. The bin is located near the self-check out stations on the first floor. Deadline Dec. 14.