Saturday, December 15

9 events


  • Memorial Park

    7:30 p.m. (lesson), 8–11 p.m. (dance). $8 (adults), $4 (ages 11–17) FREE! (ages 11 & under).

    Contra Dance

    A monthly dance presented by Athens Folk Music & Dance Society with live music by ReelPlay and calling by Charlotte Crittenden.

  • Lyndon House Arts Center

    11 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623

    Holiday Open House

    The Ware-Lyndon Historic House will be decorated in the spirit of a Victorian Christmas. Festivities include live entertainment, 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. See Calendar Pick on p. 16.

  • OCAF, Watkinsville

    10 a.m.–2 p.m.

    OCAF Thrift Sale Donation Kickoff Party

    Drop off donations for OCAF's annual thrift sale and enjoy a bowl of chili.

  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

    10–11 a.m. $2–3.

    Journey Through the Stars

    This month's theme is "Winter Skies."

  • West Broad Market Garden

    9 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    West Broad Farmers Market

    Shop for fresh and affordable produce and prepared foods. The market also includes kids activities, cooking demonstrations, educational booths and entertainment.

  • Bishop Park

    8 a.m. FREE!

    Athens Farmers Market

    Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts.

  • West Broad Market Garden

    9 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    Holiday Market & Craft Fair

    Live music, kids activities, vendors, local artisans and crafts.

  • The Office Lounge

    8 p.m.

    'Mad Men' Holiday Office Party

    A "Mad Men"-themed holiday party with live music, dancing, a raffle and more. Proceeds will benefit Artist2Artist's Musician's Support Fund.

  • 12-2 p.m. FREE! 706-353-1820

    Holiday Spirits Tour

    (Various Locations) This tour focuses on period holiday traditions spanning the 19th Century by exploring historic houses from the Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian periods. The tour includes activities and refreshments. 

Sunday, December 16

3 events


  • The Classic Center

    4 p.m. FREE!

    Athens Master Chorale

    (Atrium) This Christmas concert features classics by Bach, Forrest, Arnesen and others.

  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Abnormal Bazaar

    (Indie South, 470 Hawthorne Ave.) Pick up handmade and vintage goodies from local vendors. Third Sunday of every month.

  • Daily Groceries Co-op

    3-5:30 p.m. FREE! 518-396-8376

    Community Bike Ride

    Kickoff gathering for a bike-riding incentive program. Food, drinks and stops around town. 

Tuesday, December 18

2 events


  • 12-6 p.m. FREE! 706-543-1442

    American Red Cross Blood Drive

    (First United Methodist Church) Appointments and walk-ins accepted. 

  • Buvez

    6-8 p.m. $25.

    Cheese and Wine Pairing

    Flight of three cheeses and three wines. 

Saturday, December 22

1 event


  • Hard Labor Creek State Park

    2–6 p.m. $5 park pass.

    Winter Festival: Evening with Santa

    Dig out your holiday sweater for a day of hay rides, holiday crafts, a decorate gingerbread contest, hot chocolate, games, mini golf and pictures with Santa.

Thursday, December 27

1 event


Monday, December 31

2 events


  • The Pine

    8 p.m.-1 a.m. $85.

    NYE Uncut

    Open bars, Hors d'oeuvres, DJ, photo booth and a champagne toast. A portion of proceeds will benefit Prevent Child Abuse Athens. 

  • Boutier Winery & Inn

    8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. $30.

    New Year's Eve Celebration

    Live music, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast.

Thursday, January 3

1 event


Thursday, January 10

1 event


  • Boutier Winery & Inn

    6:30 p.m. (line dancing), 7:30 p.m. (ballroom) $10-15.

    Line and Ballroom Dance Lessons

    Ron Putham leads lessons. 

Monday, January 14

1 event


Tuesday, January 15

1 event


  • Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

    2 p.m. FREE!

    Tuesday Tour at Two

    Take a guided tour of the exhibit galleries of the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. Meet in the rotunda on the second floor.