Saturday, December 21

21 events

Live Music

  • Bishop Park

    Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!

    RANDOM ACTS Local acoustic band playing rock, pop, country and more.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m.

    KUDZU Local instrumental guitar act led by songwriter Hampton Campbell.

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $1.

    THE QUICK HOOKS Local all-star rock band led by scene fixture David Barbe (Mercyland, Sugar).

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

  • The Foundry

    7:30 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door).

    BASKETBALL TEAM Local supergroup plays the hits from 2016's "A Very Christmas" and other favorite Christmas songs, from the Kinks to Elvis to Mariah Carey.

  • Go Bar

    9 p.m. $5.

    GROUP GROPE Analog synth beats influenced by classic Chicago house and Detroit techno. See Calendar Pick on p. 13.

    WET GARDEN Synthesizer explorations with erotic incantations.

    GRANT EVANS Local artist using tape loops and electronics to create expansive, rumbling soundscapes.

    GODDESS COMPLEX Athens-based avant-garde project led by composer Cloud Powers.

    DJ OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS Spinning a love letter to Go Bar full of '80s techno-pop and Cocteau Twins. 

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. $8.

    THE SOLSTICE SISTERS Old-time country ballads, traditional folk and '40s-style swing with sweet, warm harmonies. See Calendar Pick on p. 13.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m.

    RICK WILLIAMS' BLUES OLYMPICS Blues supergroup led by the multitalented Rick Williams. 


  • The Classic Center

    Dec. 21, 4 p.m. & Dec. 22, 2 p.m.

    The Nutcracker

    The Nutcracker is a treasure holiday fairy tale that follows a young girl's journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers and an army of mice. Set to Tchaikovsky's beloved score, you'll hear favorites like "Waltz of the Flowers," "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," "Waltz of the Snowflakes" and many more. See Calendar Pick on p. 13.


  • 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.

  • Dec. 20–21, 5–9 p.m. $5 entry fee, $5 parking pass).

    Winter Festival at Yargo

    (Fort Yargo State Park, Winder) Enjoy lights throughout the campground and cabins on a festive wagon ride, listen to holiday stories about the Winter Solstice, watch a winter movie, roast marshmallows and more. Those who camp or stay at the cabins for the weekend are invited to decorate their site and compete for an annual park pass. There will be a gingerbread house contest both nights, with the most popular house winning a free night of camping. 

  • 1–4 p.m. FREE!

    Christmas on Milledge Ave.

    (Movement Mortgage, 525 South Milledge Ave.) Join the Movement Mortgage team and Santa for cookies, cocoa and crafts.

  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens

    6–7 p.m. FREE!

    Winter Solstice Eventide Service

    Celebrate darkness and the return of longer days, with music, readings and candle-lighting. Amber Fetner and Kelli McConnell will perform with pianist Crystal Wu.


  • 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. 

Lectures & Lit

  • 2–4 p.m. FREE!

    Meet the Author

    (Walls of Books, 1011 Stonebridge Pkwy., Watkinsville) Author Walt Gragg will sign copies and read excerpts from his follow-up novel The Chosen One.

  • ACC Library

    11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. FREE! 706-248-2372

    Athens Haiku

    Attendees can enjoy haiku books and journals, discussions on related forms, sharing of work and gentle suggestions on how to sharpen their poems. Every third Saturday. Ages 14 and up.



  • 6:30–8 p.m. $55.

    A Champagne Primer

    (J's Bottle Shop) Discover the different styles of Champagne, iconic producers, and learn how to buy, store and serve great Champagne.


  • Avid Bookshop

    11 a.m. FREE!

    Story Time with Santa Claus

    (Prince Ave.) Join Santa Claus and Miss Rachel for a special story time including carols and a chance to snap a photo with Santa.

  • Barnes & Noble

    11 a.m. FREE!

    Storytime & Activities

    Enjoy a storytime dedicated to Construction Site on Christmas Night, followed by activities.


  • Morton Theatre

    6 p.m. (doors), 7 p.m. (show) $40.

    A Bing Crosby Christmas

    Presented by Artists Lounge Live, Broadway baritone Jared Bradshaw celebrates Bing Crosby with the infectious harmonies of the Andrews Sisters. Traditional favorites include “Jingle Bells,” “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” “Mele Kalikimaka” and “White Christmas.”

  • 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.

Ending Saturday, December 21



  • 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.