Today

"Christmas Canteen 2007," an Aurora Theatre production, will run today through Dec. 23 at the theater, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and matinee shows are at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices range from $18 to $25. Call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

"The Nutcracker," a production of the Northeast Atlanta Ballet, will be performed today through Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Showtimes are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 770-921-7277.

University of Georgia vs. Georgia Tech "Knight" will be held at 5 p.m. today at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament at Discover Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. This inaugural "medieval pep rally" will pit the red and yellow knights against each other while guests can don their respective team's attire and cheer on the corresponding jouster. Tickets are $47.95 per adult and $39.95 per child ages 12 and under. Call 1-888-WE-JOUST or visit www.medievaltimes.com.

The Stone Mountain Village Christmas Celebration will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today on Main Street in Stone Mountain Village. There will be carolers and a live performance from the Shiloh High School Chorus at 8 p.m., among others entertainment. Call 770-498-7334 or visit www.mainstreetstonemountain.com.

Saturday

The Larry Stephenson Band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Everett's Music Barn, 550 Bluegrass Trail, Suwanee. The bluegrass group is promoting its newest album, "Life Stories." A donation of $12 is suggested. Visit www.larrystephensonband.com or www.pinecastle.com.

Tuesday

Handel's "Messiah," a Brookwood High School Performing Arts production, will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 1255 Dogwood Road, Snellville.

Nov. 30

The 25th annual 11Alive Holiday Can-A-Thon will be held from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Discover Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Stop by the "Hall of Arms" at Medieval Times through Nov. 30 with canned food donations to benefit Atlanta's hungry and homeless. 11Alive will broadcast live from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 30. Call 678-847-5000 or visit www.discovermills.com.

"Ladies Night Out on Main Street" will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Carisma Gallery, 15 E. Main St., Duluth. The event will include jewelry and art demonstrations by Carisma Gallery artists, a wine tasting and refreshments. Call 770-271-7501.

Dec. 1

The Simon Kidgits Club "Breakfast with Santa" event will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 1 in the food court at Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. Enjoy holiday crafts, breakfast from Starbucks and personal time with Santa himself. Free breakfast for Simon Kidgits Club members. Breakfast for non-members is $5, which includes an annual Simon Kidgits Club membership. Call 678-482-8788 or visit www.mallofgeorgia.com.

The Historic Buford Holiday Festival and Parade will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 along Main Street in downtown Buford. The event will include music, floats, antique cars and Santa Claus. The parade begins at 2:30 p.m. and the Christmas tree on the square will be lit at 5:30 pm. Call 770-271-7501.

The annual Old Town Holiday Festival and Caboose Lighting will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 in the historic commercial district on Main Street in downtown Suwanee. The event will include reindeer, a sleigh and carriage rides, with free hot chocolate, s'mores and cookies to snack on. Call 770-945-8996 or visit www.suwanee.com.

Dec. 2

Pet photos can be taken with Santa from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Dec. 2 at Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. No exotic animals permitted. Call 678-482-8788 or visit www.mallofgeorgia.com.

The Festival of Trees will be held during mall hours Dec. 2-9 at Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford; at Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth; and at Discover Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. On display will be designer trees created to honor patients and families of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Visit www.choa.org/festival.

Ongoing events

Pet photos can be taken with Santa from 4:30 to 6 p.m. through Nov. 25 and also on Dec. 2 at Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. Call 770-476-5160 or visit www.simon.com.

The 60th annual Members Exhibition will be open until Nov. 26 at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St., Gainesville. The exhibition showcases the work of member-artists from Gainesville, Atlanta and beyond. Admission is free. Call 770-536-2575 or visit www.quinlanartcenter.org.

"Serenity," an exhibit featuring the art of Ann and Victoria Jackson, will be open 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Dec. 1. at Carisma Gallery, 15 E. Main Street, Buford. The artists will attend Saturday's opening reception. Call 770-271-7501 or visit www.carismahome.com.

"Big," an art exhibition featuring works measuring at least 6 feet in one dimension, will be on display through Dec. 1 at the Tannery Row Artist Colony, 554 W. Main St. Building C, Buford. Call 678-428-4877.

The Georgia Piedmont Art Center will exhibit its annual Fall Gallery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 22 at the Georgia Piedmont Arts Center, on East Athens Street at the intersection with Park Avenue in downtown Winder. South African artist Anne Jenkins will be judging the gallery, which will showcase more than 30 area artists. Call 404-202-3044 or visit www.georgiapiedmontartscenter.com.