The Best of Holiday Theatre in Atlanta

Aside from the abundance of decorating, frantic shopping trips and loads of family and friends, one of the things that always signals that the holiday season is upon us are artistic presentations that celebrate the true meaning of the season. In this case, it happens to be local theatre and Atlanta has always been known to host a myriad of holiday presentations from local theatre outfits that are guaranteed to put even Ebenezer Scrooge himself in the holiday spirit. Whether you enjoy holiday plays for children, musicals to inspire sing-a-longs, comedies to tickle your holiday funny bone or those that offer an alternative take on classic stories, there is something playing in Atlanta for everyone. Take a look at the best bets for holiday entertainment, as well as where they are playing! Happy Holidays! Holiday Theatre Presentations 2013: "A Christmas Carol."

The show runs through Dec. 29 th at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. $14-$75. 404-733-5000. www.alliancetheatre.org. "The Santaland Diaries." Through Dec. 31 st ($25-$40). Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. NE (in Little Five Points). 404-584-7450. www.horizontheatre.com. "Madeline's Christmas." Through Dec. 31 st ($12-$15). Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. NE (in Little Five Points). 404-584-7450. www.horizontheatre.com. "Christmas Canteen 2013." Through Dec. 22 nd ($30-$40). The two studio shows alternate performances Dec. 5-22 ($15). Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. www.auroratheatre.com. Atlanta Shakespeare's "A Christmas Carol." Through Dec. 23 rd . The New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. NE. $15-$36. 404-874-5299. www.shakespearetavern.com. Dad's Garage's "Invasion: A Christmas Carol." Through Dec. 23 rd at Fabrefaction Theatre, 999 Brady Ave. NW. $15-$25. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com. "The Gifts of the Magi." Through Dec. 22 nd . The Balzer Theater at Herren's, 84 Luckie St. NW. $25-$45. 877-725-8849. www.theatricaloutfit.org. "Sanders Family Christmas." Through Dec. 22 nd . First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. $28-$33. 404-377-9948. www.atlantalyrictheatre.com. "Ho-Ho-Home for Holidays (and a Connie Sue Day Christmas)." Through Dec. 22 nd . Actor's Express, 87 W. Marietta St. $40. 404-607-7469. www.actors-express.com. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Running through Dec. 29 th . The Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW. $9.25-$13.25 (for members), $16.50-$20.50 (for non-members). 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org. "Peter Pan & Wendy." (a co-production with Aurora Theatre). Through Dec. 29 th at the 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. NE. $15-$40. 404-484-8636. www.synchrotheatre.com. "The Game's Afoot, or: Holmes for the Holiday." Through Dec. 22 nd . The North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody. $12-$27. 770-396-1726. www.stagedoorplayers.et. "A Soulful Sunday Holiday Jazz Experience." Dec. 22 nd . The West End Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, Atlanta. $15. 404-474-1211. http://groovecafeholidayjazz.eventbrite.com "Humbug." Dec. 21 st . The West End Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, Atlanta. FREE. 404-474-1211. "Fusion: A Kwanzaa Celebration of High Energy Drumming and Dance." Dec. 28 th .

The Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta. $10-$20. 404-613-3220. Arguably the most popular holiday theatre show is the beloved tale of The Nutcracker . Regardless of age, this is one story that is practically guaranteed to get everyone who attends in the holiday spirit. Atlanta theatre has embraced this classic for decades now and this year is no exception, as there are professional performances and amateur takes on The Nutcracker. Be sure to check it out to add to your holiday festivities! Local Performances of "The Nutcracker": "Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker" Through Dec. 26 at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays. Also, 7:30 p.m.