Christmas trees, lights and decor galore are decorating our beautiful streets of Atlanta, and Midtown is offering holiday delights and dishes all around. Festive lights will create a brighter experience and the tunes will have you get a sentimental feeling when you hear about all the happenings in Midtown.
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Atlanta Botanical Gardens is located in the heart of Midtown and is displaying the return of Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. It will be include new features and crowd favorites, with new music and motion for last year’s spectacle, Nature’s Wonders.
Nature’s Wonders offers 1,600 strands of more than 70,000 color changing LED light pixels hanging above the Canopy Walk. The display is choreographed to an all-new array of music and motion, including the Northern Lights, a storm at sea, a gentle snowfall and more.
Additional displays to see include the Ice Goddess and Tunnel of Light along with Orchestral Orbs, Radiant Rainforest, Model Trains and other favorites that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. Plus, several larger-than-life plant giants from Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time will be awash in holiday glow.
If you would like more information you can visit their website at www.atlantabg.org and to purchase tickets. You can also stay up to date by following them on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Publik Draft House
Publik Draft House is a locally owned bar whose mission is to provide guests with a warm environment as well as offering fun entertainment. The menu, particularly the cocktail menu, has received a holiday-inspired twist with new items being offered for a limited time.
“The inspiration for the drinks were to just try and recreate as best as possible the flavors of the season,” said Daniel Schmitz, creator of the cocktails and bar tender of Publik Draft House. “On the You Sleigh Me it was apples and nuts with the warmth of bourbon as the base. The Sweet Nuts and Berries was to have fun with the taste of winters desserts. Santa’s Milk and Cookies was just the idea of eating those buttery, rich cookies, this drink is actually a riff I’ve been playing with of making a grown up version of an Egg Cream.”
If you are interested in learning more about additional menu items you can visit their website at www.publikatl.com or call in at 404-885-7505. You can also stay up to date by following them on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
The Fox Theatre has scheduled 19 performances of The Nutcracker set between December 8th to the 24th. For the first time in more than two decades, the Atlanta Ballet will debut a new version of The Nutcracker for the next generation of audiences.
Atlanta Ballet’s new production of The Nutcracker is set in a small German village and will tell E.T.A Hoffman’s traditional story set to the iconic Tchaikovsky score, but will use elaborately crafted painted scenery combined with advanced techniques in lighting and video projection to enhance the magic of the story.
“We are thrilled to introduce Atlanta audiences to an extraordinary Nutcracker that is reflective of Atlanta Ballet’s new artistic vision,” said Atlanta Ballet President & CEO, Arturo Jacobus. “This new production will help put our Company and the city of Atlanta on the national cultural map, and will allow us to acquire new audiences while retaining our core patrons. Featuring some of today’s most cutting edge technology, our new Nutcracker truly is a ballet for our time.”
For more information about Atlanta Ballet’s new version of The Nutcracker and to purchase tickets, please visit www.atlantaballet.com/nutcracker. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office and the Atlanta Ballet Box Office, or online.
Additional Midtown events to check out throughout the holidays include The First Noel at The Ferst Center for the Arts, Atlantic Station and the Atlanta Christkindl Market and the final Street Eats on the Square of the year at Colony Square.
Axel Martinez contributed to this piece. Photography Tyler Hawk Photography- Publik Draft House photos; Kim Kenney – Nutcracker