Best bets: Nov. 20-26
5:04 pm November 19, 2012, by Shane Harrison
The Lighting of the Great Tree at Macy’s at Lenox Square takes place Thanksgiving night. This marks the event’s 65th year.
Holiday, festival: The holidays start early at Stone Mountain Park, as it gets dressed in festive garb for Stone Mountain Christmas, which continues through Dec. 31.
Visual art, holiday: The Atlanta Fine Arts League’s annual Small Works Sale & Exhibit at Binders Art Supplies and Frames on Piedmont Road continues through Nov. 30.
Holiday: Lake Lanier Islands Resort’s Magical Nights of Lights continues 5 to 10 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31 in Buford.
Stage: “The Mountaintop,” the play about Martin Luther King Jr.’s last days, makes its Atlanta debut, with True Colors Theatre Company’s Kenny Leon directing. It continues through Dec. 16.
Holiday: The Pink Pig, one of Atlanta’s most beloved holiday traditions, is back. Ride Priscilla the Pink Pig on train tracks through a life-sized storybook featuring Priscilla and her friends. Daily through Jan. 1 (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas) at Macy’s Lenox Square.
Stage: The beloved Rankin-Bass cartoon “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” comes to life in a puppet-tastic version from Jon Ludwig. The show continues through Jan. 6 at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
Stage: “The Summer of Daisy Fay,” Marietta Theatre’s first production, is based on Fannie Flagg’s semi-autobiographical first novel, “Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man.” The show continues through Nov. 25 at the company’s home at 11 Whitlock Ave., the former home of Theatre in the Square.
Holiday: Enjoy a Presidential look at the holiday season at A White House Christmas at Bulloch Hall. It opens Nov. 17 and runs through Dec. 30.
Holiday: More than 1 million lights fill Hampton’s Atlanta Motor Speedway in Gift of Lights, a 1.5-mile drive-through experience. The display continues through Jan. 6
Music: “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips will give a free performance and sign copies of his debut CD at Mall of Georgia on Nov. 21. He’ll perform at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 and the signings happen 7-9 p.m. at the mall’s Village Amphitheatre in Buford.
Music: Manchester Orchestra Presents…The Stuffing is an annual pre-Thanksgiving evening of music that will also offer performances by Cage The Elephant, O’Brother, Kevin Devine, Royal Thunder, Hardy Morris and the Outfit, Gobotron, All Get Out, Death on Two Wheels, Harrison Hudson and Ponderosa. It all starts at 5 p.m. Nov. 21 and takes place in Center Stage, The Loft and Vinyl.
Stage: In “Wolves,” Ben is a timid young city-dweller who freaks out when his roommate Jack brings home a big bad wolf for a one-night stand. The premiere continues through Dec. 2 at Actor’s Express.
Holiday: The Great Tree Lighting at Macy’s in Lenox Square is back for it’s 65th year. This year’s event includes music from country star Trace Adkins. Pre-show festivities and music being at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 22 and the ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.
Recreation: Hit the slopes at Snow Mountain, where it’s always a winter wonderland. The annual attraction at Stone Mountain Park opens Thanksgiving Day and continues through Feb. 18.
Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company presents “Titus Andronicus,” the bard’s bloodiest tragedy. It runs through Nov. 25 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern.
Music: Martina McBride brings her soaring voice and “The Joy Of Christmas” to the Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23.
Music: Eddie Owen Presents kicks off a new series with the venue’s Songwriter’s Open Mic Shootout #1. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth.
Music, movie: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs the score of “Pirates of the Caribbean” as the film screens beginning at 8 p.m. Nov. 23-24 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Stage: Act1 Theater brings beloved classic Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to the stage at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. It continues through Dec. 16.
Dance: It’s time for sugar-plum fairies and toy soldiers at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center as the Roswell Dance Theatre presents “The Nutcracker,” which opens Nov. 23 and continues through Dec. 2.
Stage: Horizon Theatre Company’s production of “The Santaland Diaries,” based on the work of David Sedaris, has become an Atlanta holiday tradition. It opens Nov. 23 and runs through Dec. 30.
Stage: The Little Sisters of Hoboken are back in “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical.” The OnStage Atlanta production opens Nov. 23 and runs through Dec. 22 at the company’s Decatur home.
Stage: Aurora Theatre’s musical revue “Christmas Canteen” mixes World War II favorites with new Christmas standards. It opens Nov. 23 and continues through Dec. 23.
Stage: The Alliance Theatre presents its beloved annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” It opens Nov. 23 and continues through Dec. 23.
Music: The season kicks into high gear as Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas Show comes to the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. Nov. 24.
Music: Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and some of his friends will play three shows at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 25 and 8 p.m. Nov. 26.
Music: Young soprano Jackie Evancho will sing “Songs from the Silver Screen” beginning at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Music: “The Story Tour” celebrates Christmas with Casting Crowns’ Mark Hall, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant and more. 6 p.m. Nov. 25 at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.
This is just a selective list of events happening around town, so if there’s something going on this weekend that you’re excited about and you don’t see it here, please feel free to share the info in the comments. Follow me on Twitter at@ajchottix and @ajcatlevents for info on tickets going on sale and more upcoming events.