‘Twas the Night
The Kennesaw State University Community and Alumni Choir will present ‘Twas the Night, a Christmas concert to benefit MUST Ministries Toy Shop. Participants are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy or blanket to put under the choir’s Christmas tree to help fill the MUST Ministries donation truck, which will be parked nearby.
WHEN: Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Kennesaw State University, Bailey Performance Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw
COST: $15 regular tickets, $12.75 students
Polar Express Adventure
The Polar Express Adventure embarks at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History following the City of Kennesaw’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Depot Park. Upon entering the Museum, attendees will meet a train conductor and a hobo, have the opportunity to create holiday crafts and watch elves make toys in their holiday shop in the Glover Machine Works exhibit. They will also be invited to write a letter to Santa and meet him during the event. A holiday-themed model train layout will also be on display during the event. Hot chocolate and light refreshments will be served.
WHEN: Dec. 7, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
WHERE: Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, 2829 Cherokee Street Northwest, Kennesaw
COST: While tickets are available on the day of the event, space is limited and advance tickets are recommended.
Christmas Royal Tea & Grand Yuletide Ball
The Earl Smith Strand Theater will have a Christmas Royal Tea & Grand Yuletide Ball for children with Christmas royals Prince Goodtidings and Princess Joy in the fourth floor banquet chamber for High Tea. The High Tea will include the choice of juice or tea and a plate of sweets. Afterwards participants can retire to the second floor minstrel’s hall where the Prince and Princess will teach children a few simple royal dances at the Grand Yuletide Ball. Children are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.
WHEN: Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, 12:30 p.m. receiving time for 1 p.m. tea
WHERE: Earl Smith Strand Theater, 117 North Park Square, Marietta
COST: Tickets are $15 for children/adults and includes a gift bag of goodies for children and includes an autograph book to commemorate the afternoon with Christmas Royalty and new friends. Space is limited.
INFO: (770) 293-0080 or earlsmithstrand.org
27th Annual Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour
This year, the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour will feature six private historic homes in the Northwest Marietta/Kennesaw Avenue Historic District. The homeowners are inviting the public inside their decorated, restored homes and showing how antique collections are incorporated into everyday lives. Many of Marietta’s historic public buildings and museums are decorated and open for touring also.
WHEN: Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. day tour and 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. candlelight tour; and Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. day tour.
COST: Dec. 7 – $20 advance and $25 at door; Dec. 8 – $15 advance and $20 at door; and combination ticket $25 ad-vance, $30 at door
INFO: Marietta Visitors Bureau (770) 429-1115 or www.mariettapilgrimage.com
The Georgia Ballet will have The Nutcracker featuring dancing snowflakes, giant toy soldiers, a growing Christ-mas tree and a land of sweets. The historic production, now over 40 years old, will feature new choreography and surprises for the audience. On Dec. 7, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mrs. Claus will be available for free photo opportunities and there will be arts and crafts tables, holiday music and hot cocoa. Also on Dec. 7, at 5 p.m., will be The Nutcracker Experience: A Jolley Trolley Evening. Those with this ticket package can be picked up from the theatre by the holiday decorated Marietta Trolley and be taken to the Marietta Square for shopping and dining until 7 p.m. Ticket package holders will also receive the Marietta Square Book of Treats, a coupon book filled with freebies and discounts from Marietta Square merchants. On Dec. 8, four local celebrities will dance in the party scene and raise money for the WellStar Foundation’s cancer initiative. The celebrities are author, historian and longtime MDJ Editorial Page Editor Joe Kirby; Cobb County Fire Chief Sam Heaton; State School Board Superintendent candidate and former owner of the Atlanta Beat Fitz Johnson; and Greg Morgan, the 2013 Cobb Chamber of Commerce Chairman and partner-in-charge of Mauldin & Jenkins, Atlanta.
WHEN: Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Dec. 7, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 South Marietta Parkway Southeast, Marietta
COST: $15 to $60