1. The Sanders Family Christmas at the Strand Theatre will run Dec. 1, 2012. The holiday show has the sunny-voiced Sanders Family back just before the beginning of World War II. They're quirky, saintly and delightfully melodic as they interpret everybody's favorite bluegrass gospel music.
2. Dec 1 and Dec. 2, 2012. Kick off the holiday season with the 26th annual Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour. Hospitality and a festive atmosphere greet visitors as they tour historic homes ranging from Victorian Mansions to a 1920’s cottage, all located in the Church-Cherokee Street National Register Historic District.
Pilgrimage hours are Saturday, 9am-6pm; Candlelight Tour, 7pm-9: 30pm; and Sunday, 10am-6pm. For more information, call 770-429-1115 or 800-835-0445 or visit mariettapilgrimage.com.
3. St. Nicks Cafe takes place at the Art Place Mountain View, 3330 Sandy Plains Rd., on Dec. 1. Tickets include meal, a play and visit with Santa. "Crink's Christmas": Crink Holly's parents are Elves and with so much to do to get the world ready for Christmas there is not much time left over for family festivities at the Holly Household. Breakfast shows are at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and the lunch show is at 12:30pm.
4. The Georgia Ballet presents The Nutcracker on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center.
This enchanting production features toy soldiers, mischievous mice, Chinese dragons and even a Christmas tree that grows.
5. Santa’s Workshop will be open to visitors Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. Be sure to have your picture taken with Santa.
Hours: Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sundays: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.