If you are aware of an upcoming holiday event in Gwinnett, call lifestyle editor Kristen Cox Roby at 770-963-9205 ext. 1308 or e-mail calendar@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Thanksgiving

Lawrenceville will offer ice skating in a holiday setting beginning at 11 a.m. today through Jan. 2 in historic downtown Lawrenceville on Crogan Street. While school is in session, the rink will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. During the school holiday period, the rink will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. The rink will close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed Christmas Day. New Year's Eve hours will be 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., New Year's Day hours will be noon to 6 p.m. and Jan. 2. hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Cost is $8 and includes skate rental. Visit www.visitlawrenceville.com.

Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County will hold the 18th annual Lighting of the Tree ceremony. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m., and activities will include the arrival of Santa Claus, live entertainment, caroling, carriage and wagon rides and tours of the courthouse. The tree-lighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. Visit www.visitlawrenceville.com.

Friday

Northeast Atlanta Ballet will present "The Nutcracker" Friday through Sunday at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. There will be shows at 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 770-921-7277 or visit www.northeastatlantaballet.org.

The Aurora Theatre presents "Hometown Holidays - Christmas Canteen 2005," Friday through Dec. 23 at the theater, 3087-B Main St. in Duluth. Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays as well as at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets range from $18 to $25. Call 770-476-7926 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

Saturday

The Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth will hold breakfast with Santa Claus events at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Admission is $3 per person in addition to museum admission. Reservations are required and may be made at the museum's front gate or by calling 770-476-2013 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays. Breakfast attendees will have priority seating on the 10 and 11 a.m. train rides with Santa. The museum is located at 3595 Peachtree Road in Duluth. Visit www.srmduluth.org.

Sunday

A "Community Messiah Sing-a-long," sponsored by the Gwinnett Choral Guild and the BJ Chorale, will be held at 3 p.m. at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, 800 Lawrenceville Highway in Lawrenceville. Donations will be accepted. Call 404-223-9962 or visit www.gwinnettchoralguild.org.

Wednesday

Stone Mountain's ART Station will present "A Broadway Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens' ageless story mixed with song parodies, from Nov. 30 through Dec. 23. Shows are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $19 to $25. ART Station Theatre is located at 5384 Manor Drive in Stone Mountain Village. Call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.

Dec. 1

Theatre Gwinnett will present "Sanders Family Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 through 3 at Lawrenceville First Christian Church, 3495 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. There will also be a matinee Dec. 3. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Call 678-302-6406 or e-mail tickets@theatregwinnett.org.

Dec. 2

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker" Dec. 2 through 18 at Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $20 or $12 for senior citizens and children. Call 770-978-0188 or visit www.gwinnettballet.org.

Dunwoody United Methodist Church will host the Nativity Songs ensemble at 8 p.m. at the church, 1548 Mount Vernon Road. Call 770-394-0675.

Dec. 3

Breakfast with Santa will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville. Participants will enjoy breakfast and arts and crafts and get a picture with Santa. Cost is $3 per person, and all proceeds will be donated to Partnership Against Domestic Violence. The event is sponsored by MOMS Club of Snellville and the Centerville Community Center. Call 770-985-4713 or visit www.centervillecommunitycenter.com.

The Historic Norcross Holiday Home Tour, a walking tour of five homes, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a candlelight tour from 6 to 9 p.m. Visitors can enjoy carolers, bell choirs and music. The cost is $20, which includes free trolley service. Call 770-325-1872 or visit www.norcrossholidayhometour.com.

Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive in Buford, will host a Simon Kidgits Club Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Kids can enjoy entertainment, crafts and breakfast, as well as visit with Santa. Breakfast is free for club members and $5 for non-members, which includes an annual Kidgits Club membership. The mall will also hold a "Santabration," featuring live entertainment in the Village Pavilion, a parade and a tree lighting, from noon to 9 p.m. Visit www.mallofgeorgia.com.

Gwinnett Choral Guild and Unitarian Universalist Metro Atlanta North Sanctuary Choir will present George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Unitarian Universalist Metro Atlanta North, 11420 Crabapple Road in Roswell. Admission is $10. Call 404-223-9962 or 770-346-9996.

The Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth will hold breakfast with Santa Claus events at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Admission is $3 per person in addition to museum admission. Reservations are required and may be made at the museum's front gate or by calling 770-476-2013 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays. Breakfast attendees will have priority seating on the 10 and 11 a.m. train rides with Santa. The museum is located at 3595 Peachtree Road in Duluth. Visit www.srmduluth.org.

The city of Suwanee will hold its annual caboose lighting at 5 p.m. at the red caboose on Main Street in historic Old Town Suwanee. The holiday celebration will include musical performances, treats and warm beverages and Santa's arrival in Suwanee on a Kubota tractor. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa. Visit www.suwanee.com.

Aurora Theatre will host "Wendy's Winter Wonderland" presented by Wendy Bennett as part of its Aurora Children's Playhouse at 10 a.m. at the theater, 3087-B Main St. in Duluth. Tickets are $7 for children, $5 for adults. Call 770-476-7926 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

Sugarloaf Performing Arts will present "Christmas Spectacular," a holiday dance production, at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at Peachtree Ridge High School, 1555 Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Call 770-476-0025.

A Festival of Lights celebration will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Georgia Piedmont Arts Center in downtown Winder. There will be a silent auction of decorated Christmas trees, and proceeds from the event will support the Georgia Piedmont Arts Center and Pup & Cat Co. The event will also feature snacks and hot cider, pet pictures with Santa, live music, art demonstrations, art market and animal adoptions.

Pinckneyville Community Center will hold a holiday craft festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring items such as pottery, jewelry, embroidery, glass paintings, dolls, scarves, crocheted and knitted items. Children ages 3 to 17 can shop for inexpensive items at Santa's Gift Shoppe, where gift-wrapping is free. The center is located at 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Norcross. Call 770-417-2200.

Dec. 4

Christian Directed Singles will hold a Christmas concert at 3 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5575 Peachtree Parkway in Norcross. An optional dinner will follow. E-mail sknapp11@bellsouth.com.

First Baptist Church Duluth will present "An Extraordinary Birth," a musical by the children's choirs, at 5 p.m. at the church, 2908 Ga. Highway 120 in Duluth. Admission is free. Call 770-476-3788 or visit www.duluthbaptist.org.

North Metro First Baptist Church will hold a Christmas celebration featuring the Celebration Choir and Orchestra at 4 and 7 p.m. at the church, 1026 Old Peachtree Road in Lawrenceville. The cost is free, but attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped $5 toy to benefit Gwinnett DFACS. Call 770-995-9055 or visit www.northmetro.net.

First Baptist Church Duluth will present "Objects in Christmas Are Closer Than They Appear," a Christmas dinner theater, at 7 p.m. at the church, 2908 Ga. Highway 120 in Duluth. Admission is free. Call 770-476-3788 or visit www.duluthbaptist.org.

John Wesley United Methodist Church will present a special Christmas concert at 2 p.m. The church is located at 5320 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross. Call 770-448-8636.

Dec. 5

Snellville will hold its annual Tree Lighting ceremony from 7 to 9 p.m. at T.W. Briscoe Park. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand, and there will also be entertainment, carolers, face painting, balloon sculpting, refreshment, marshmallow roasting and a magic show. Representatives from Toys for Tots will collect toys for the holidays. Attendees are encouraged to bring a small, unwrapped gift for a needy child. Call 770-985-3535.

Dec. 8

Jingle Jam, presented by Star 94 and T-Mobile, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth. The concert will include performances by Switchfoot, Howie Day, Jason Mraz and Gavin DeGraw. Tickets range from $27 to $52 and are available through www.ticketmaster.com, TicketMaster locations, by phone at 404-249-6400 and at the Gwinnett Center box office.

Dec. 9

New London Theatre will present its annual Christmas production, "A Christmas Story," on Dec. 9-11 and Dec. 16-18 at South Gwinnett High School, 2288 E. Main St. in Snellville. The play is an adaptation by Philip Grecian of the holiday film classic. Shows will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door. To order tickets, visit www.newlondontheatre.org or call 770-979-3691.

"A Walk Through Bethlehem," a live nativity scene, will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 and 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at Rock Springs United Methodist Church, 1100 Rock Springs Road in Lawrenceville. The nativity will include shopkeepers and sights of Bethlehem, Roman soldiers, shepherds in the field, refreshments at the inn and the nativity scene itself. There is no charge for admission. Call the church office at 770-945-7329 or visit www.rsumc.org.

Dec. 10

The city of Lilburn's 2005 Christmas Parade, featuring grand marshal Jeff Francouer, will kick off at 10 a.m. at Market Square shopping center and make its way to City Hall in Old Town Lilburn. The parade will raise money for the Lilburn Cooperative Ministry, and canned foods will also be collected. Visit www.lilburnbusinessassociation.com.

First Baptist Church Duluth will present "The Spirit of Christmas," a drama performance, at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 through 11 at the church, 2908 Ga. Highway 120 in Duluth. Admission is free. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. Call 770-476-3788 or visit www.duluthbaptist.org.

The Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth will hold breakfast with Santa Claus events at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Admission is $3 per person in addition to museum admission. Reservations are required and may be made at the museum's front gate or by calling 770-476-2013 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays. Breakfast attendees will have priority seating on the 10 and 11 a.m. train rides with Santa. The museum is located at 3595 Peachtree Road in Duluth. Visit www.srmduluth.org.

Aurora Theatre will host 'Twas the Night Before Christmas presented by Piccadilly Puppets as part of its Aurora Children's Playhouse at 10 a.m. Dec. 10 at the theater, 3087-B Main St. in Duluth. Tickets are $7 for children, $5 for adults. Call 770-476-7926 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

Dec. 11

Sugar Hill United Methodist Church will present "King of Glory, King of Love," a praise and worship Christmas cantata, during the 9:45 and 11:05 a.m. services at the church, 4600 Nelson Brodgon Blvd. in Sugar Hill. The cantata will feature the Psalm 150 Singers, who will perform old favorites and new songs. The church will also present "One Small Child," a cantata, at the 8:30 a.m. service. Call 770-945-2845.

Dec. 13

Gwinnett Philharmonic will present A Holiday Concert featuring pianist William Ransom and musical friends at 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center in Duluth. Tickets are $21 and $28 for adults and $10 and $15 for students. Contact Gwinnett Philharmonic at 770-418-1115 or info@gwinnettphilharmonic.org or visit www.gwinnettphilharmonic.org.

Dec. 15

Lawrenceville Community Theatre will present "A Christmas Carol" at the theater, 329 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville. Shows will be 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for Thursday, $10 for adults and $7 for children and senior citizens on Friday and Saturday, and "pay what you will" for general seating for Sunday. Dinner is optional but available only with advanced reservations for the Friday show, and tickets for dinner plus the show are $20. E-mail theatre@lcog.cc or call 770-963-4858 ext. 250.

Dec. 16

The Christmas Tour with Steven Curtis Chapman and MercyMe will be held at the Arena at Gwinnett Center at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $18 to $75 and are available through www.ticketmaster.com, TicketMaster locations, by phone at 404-249-6400 and at the Gwinnett Center box office.

Dec. 17

The Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth will hold breakfast with Santa Claus events at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Admission is $3 per person in addition to museum admission. Reservations are required and may be made at the museum's front gate or by calling 770-476-2013 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays. Breakfast attendees will have priority seating on the 10 and 11 a.m. train rides with Santa. The museum is located at 3595 Peachtree Road in Duluth. Visit www.srmduluth.org.

A Breakfast with Santa fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Marriott Evergreen Conference Resort ballroom. Proceeds will benefit the children's medical equipment program at Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too! The event will feature Stone Mountain Park Santa Claus Ed Butchart. His book, "Red Suit Diaries," may be purchased and autographed at the event.

Aurora Theatre will host "The North Pole Fa-la-la-la Follies" presented by That Puppet Guy as part of its Aurora Children's Playhouse at 10 a.m. at the theater, 3087-B Main St. in Duluth. Tickets are $7 for children, $5 for adults. Call 770-476-7926 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

Dec. 18

First Baptist Church Duluth will present "A Symphony of Keyboards," an evening of Christmas music, at 6 p.m. at the church, 2908 Ga. Highway 120 in Duluth. Admission is free. Call 770-476-3788 or visit www.duluthbaptist.org.

John Wesley United Methodist Church will perform "The Gift Goes On," a Christmas cantata, during the 11 a.m. worship service. The church is located at 5320 Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross. Call 770-448-8636.

Ongoing

"A Stone Mountain Christmas" runs through Dec. 30 at Stone Mountain Park. Festivities include snow, lights, fireworks, a train show and live holiday shows. The festivities run from 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 3 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18. The hours will be 3 to 10 p.m. Dec. 19-23 and 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 26-30. Admission is $13 plus tax, $11 plus tax for children. An $8, one-day parking permit is required for entry into the park. Visit www.stonemountainpark.com.

Lake Lanier Islands' Magical Nights of Lights celebration runs from 5 to 10 p.m. nightly Saturday through Dec. 30. New this year will be a live nativity scene, nine new light displays and an improved Santa Shop. Entry into the Magical Nights of Lights is $25 per car Monday through Thursday, $30 per car Friday through Sunday, $45 per passenger van and $125 per bus, plus tax. Visit www.lakelanierislands.com.

Santa will be on hand for photos through Dec. 24 at on level one near Nordstrom at Mall of Georgia in Buford. Hours and photo package pricing information are available at www.mallofgeorgia.com.