Things to do this Weekend - Dec 19th to Dec 22nd

Christmas in Atlanta . Is there a better place to be? When I normally write these up, I try to keep it as diverse as possible. A kid-friendly event here or a beer tasting there can usually cover all my grounds and audience. For this week, with it being the holidays and all, I decided to take a chance and offer "holiday-themed" only events for both adults and children. I know that since Thanksgiving I have been throwing in a holiday even here or there, so I have decided to do a holiday "wrap-up." Get it? Below, in no particular order, is the top 10 things to see and do this weekend to really help kick-off the holiday week. Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer is a holiday classic! The Center for Puppetry Arts invites you to see Rudolph as he soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends. The show runs through December 29th and show times vary. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes triumphantly returns to Atlanta at the Cobb Energy Performance Arts Center with an all new show. Every year, the Rockettes push themselves further to put on a show that's more dynamic, more challenging and more magical than the last. Take in cherished moments and create new memories from November 7th- December 23rd. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas at Stone Mountain Park, where the true magic of the season is in the air. Enjoy the glow of more than two million lights, festive music and visits from some your favorite holiday characters, including the world's most famous red-nosed reindeer. Enjoy a Stone Mountain Christmas and start a new tradition and create memories that will last a lifetime for your kids...and you. The show runs through January 9th and plays at select dates and times.

Tickets are on sale now for Atlanta's brightest holiday tradition. Garden Lights returns with more lights and new characters to dazzle your imagination. Advanced tickets are recommended to guarantee entry on the night you want to shine. Bring friends and family to experience the Garden as never before when it is transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland! Garden Lights, Holiday Nights sparkles with new imagination! Imaginary Worlds brightens the glow of the third annual extravaganza featuring a million lights. The lights will be up through January 9th at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Global Winter Wonderland is Atlanta's new family event of the holiday season. 46 days of giant illuminated lanterns with scenes including a Christmas holiday village, animals real and imagined, people and scenes from around the world. Enjoy recreations of the world's greatest architectural achievements: the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, Chichen Itza, and the Golden Gate Bridge. 8 million lights. 15 dazzling scenes. 1 magical night.

Fantasy In Lights is not only Atlanta and the South's most spectacular holiday light and sound show, it is one of the world's "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights," as named by National Geographic Traveler. Follow the links below for complete details on 2013 Fantasy In Lights. The lights are lit through December 30th. The Santaland Diaries . The outrageous holiday comedy, written by NPR comic genius David Sedaris, stars Crumpet, a rebel without a Clause who recounts the true-life tale of an out-of-work writer's stint as a Macy's Department Store elf. The Santaland Diaries runs 90 minutes with no intermission. The play contains mature content and is not recommended for children. The show runs through December 31st. The holiday season begins with the return of Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker to The Fox Theatre. It is a fun-filled, magical adventure that continues to thrill audiences. Bring the whole family for an enchanting and memorable evening that keeps the spirit of the holiday season alive! Run time is approximately 2 hours, including a 25-minute intermission.