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Today

The Gwinnett Ballet Theatre's 26th annual production of "The Nutcracker" will open with a performance at 7:30 p.m. today at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Other showtimes are 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with shows at those same times each weekend through Dec. 16. Tickets for live music performances, beginning Nov. 7, are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Tickets are $20 and $15, respectively, for recorded music performances. Call 770-978-0188 or visit www.gwinnettballet.org.

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

"Serenity," an exhibit featuring the art of Ann and Victoria Jackson, will be open 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Saturday at Carisma Gallery, 15 E. Main St., Buford. 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 Saturday at the Tannery Row Artist Colony, 554 W. Main St., building C, Buford. Call 678-428-4877.

Saturday

The Simon Kidgits Club "Breakfast with Santa" event will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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.

Suwanee's annual Old Town Holiday Festival and Caboose Lighting will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday 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.

Duluth's Hometown Holidays kicks off with the Hometown Holiday Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in downtown Duluth, just across the railroad tracks on Ga. Highway 120. There will be musical entertainment, hot beverages, train rides and tours of the Enchanted Forest. Call 678-475-3512 or visit www.duluthga.net.

Lilburn Christmas Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in Old Town Lilburn. The parade will leave from First Baptist Church of Lilburn and make its way down Main Street, ending at 11 a.m. at Lilburn City Park. An event afterward at the park will include pictures with Santa Claus, children's entertainment areas and inflatables. Visit www.lilburnparade.org.

The Avenue Webb Gin is offering photos with Santa from noon to 4 p.m. and carriage rides from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the shopping center, 1350 Scenic Highway, Snellville. The activities are free and will continue every Saturday through Dec. 22. Call 770-978-5692.

Sunday

Pet photos can be taken with Santa from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Sunday 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 Sunday through Dec. 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.

Thursday

"It's a Wonderful Life," a New Dawn Theater Company production, will open on Thursday and run through Dec. 23 at Duluth's Second Stage, 3087 Main St., Duluth. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit www.newdawntheatercompany.com, or call the Red Clay box office at 770-622-1777.

"Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol," a one-man show presented by Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez, will be presented Thursday through Dec. 23 in the Aurora's Discovery Point Studio Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices range from $12 to $20. Call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

Dec. 7

"A Christmas Carol," the third annual production of Lawrenceville Community Theatre, opens at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Lawrenceville Church of God Youth Center, 329 Grayson Highway, building G, Lawrenceville. Other showtimes are 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and children under 13. Dinner theater tickets are $30 per person. Visit www.lawrencevilleonstage.com or call 770-855-7005.

The first Winder Documentary Film Festival will begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at 106 W. Athens St., Winder. The two-day event will feature award-winning films including "Garbage Revolution," "Everything's Cool" and "Radiant City." The cost for a two-day pass is $35 for adults and $25 for students or seniors.

Dec. 8

The Grayson Christmas Tour of Homes will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 8, and will begin at the Grayson Arts and History Center, 475 Grayson Parkway, Grayson. Admission is $20 per person, and tickets will be sold until 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Transportation to all homes on the tour will be provided. Call 678-985-7775.

The Gwinnett Choral Guild's "Christmas by Candlelight" will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Buford First United Methodist Church, 285 E. Main St., Buford. Hear carols that capture the true essence of Christmas, featuring the Georgia Young Men's Ensemble. Tickets are $15 for adults, $25 for couples and $10 for senior citizens and students. Call 404-223-9962 or visit www.gwinnettchoralguild.org.

Dec. 9

The Georgia Club Foundation will hold its Christmas Tour of Homes on Dec. 9. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The Georgia Club is located at 1050 Chancellors Drive, Statham. Call 770-725-8100 or visit www.thegeorgiaclub.com.

Dec. 15

The Infinite Energy Atlanta Slam competition with Andy Roddick and Robby Ginepri will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Tickets are $34.75 to $89.75. Visit www.gwinnettcenter.com.

The Holiday Art Stroll on Main Street will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 15 along Main Street in downtown Buford. Take in local fine art, ceramics, jewelry, demonstrations and more. Carisma Gallery is located at 15 E. Main St.; GioVaires Galleries of Art is at 97 E. Main St.; and Tannery Row Artist Colony is at 554 W. Main St. Call 770-271-7501.

Jan. 12

"Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words," a tribute performance by Bill Oberst Jr., will be held at 8 p.m. Jan. 12-27 at the ART Station Theatre, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. Sunday matinee performances are at 3 p.m. Oberst honors the Southern icon with the best of his stand-up comedy and selections from books and columns. Tickets are $26 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. Call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.

Feb. 9

Amy Speace will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Bowman House, 323 Wilcrest Drive, Lawrenceville. Doors open at 7 p.m.. Admission is a $20 donation. Visit www.myspace.com/bowmanhouseconcerts or call 770-979-1314.

Ongoing events

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.

"Christmas Canteen 2007," an Aurora Theatre production, will run 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 15th annual Magical Nights of Lights celebration will run through Dec. 30 at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Holiday Road, Lake Lanier Islands. The famed attraction boasts six miles of illuminated characters, made up of literally millions of lights. A live nativity scene premieres Dec. 1. Admission is $30 per car from Mondays through Thursdays and $40 per car on weekends. Rates are higher for vans and buses. Call 678-318-7876 or visit www.lakelanierislands.com.

Three new exhibitions will be on display through Dec. 30 at ART Station Contemporary Arts Center, 5384 Manor Drive in Stone Mountain Village. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is by donation. Call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.

Stone Mountain Christmas will be open through Dec. 30 at Stone Mountain Park, 6867 James B. Rivers Drive, Stone Mountain. New shows and attractions have been added, including a 20-minute interactive ride on the Polar Express in the 4-D movie theater. Admission is $17 for adults and $14 for children ages 3-11. A parking permit is required for vehicle entry to the park. Call 770-498-5690 or visit www.stonemountainpark.com.

Windows of the Heart, an exhibition of the artwork of Earl Aldridge, is on display through the end of the year at the City of Suwanee Crossroads Center, 323 Buford Highway, Suwanee. A Stone Mountain resident and artist for more than 20 years, Aldridge has experimented with various techniques and mediums in his whimsical works. Call 770-945-8996.

Vines Railroad Garden train museum is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. The train museum is located at 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville. Call 770-554-9697 or visit www.vinesgardenrailroad.com.