Today

The Atlanta Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at 7:30 p.m. today at the Fox Theater. Performances run through Dec. 28. Visit www.atlantaballet.com for more information.

The Seventh Annual Festival of the Nativity will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 5995 Spalding Drive in Norcross. For more information, visit www.festivalofthenativity.com.

Saturday

Johns Creek Symphony will host a Holiday Pops Concert, Christmas Gala and Champagne Dessert Reception at 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Benedict Church in Duluth. For information on ticket prices, visit www.johnscreeksymphony.org or call 678-992-2055.

The Georgia State University School of Music will present the 11th annual Gala Holiday Concert, "A Night in Old Vienna," at

8 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Rialto Center for the Arts. For more information and ticket prices, call 404-413-9TIX or visit www.rialtocenter.org.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden will host a Reindog Parade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Midtown. For more information, visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

Sunday

The thirteenth annual Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Pilot Club of Conyers, will be held from 1 to

5 p.m. Sunday in the Olde Town Part of Conyers. Tickets are $12 prior to the tour and $15 the day of. For more information, call 770-787-0498 or 770-483-5957.

Wednesday

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library invites Ted Turner, CNN founder and author of "Call Me Ted," as part of its upcoming lecture/book signing series at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 441 Freedom Parkway in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-865-7109 or visit www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov.

ART Station in Stone Mountain Village presents "A Broadway Christmas Carol," the telling of the classic Charles Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge through parodies of everybody's favorite Broadway tunes. The show will start Wednesday and run daily through Dec. 21. For more information on tickets and show times, visit www.artstation.org.

Dec. 12

The sixteenth Annual Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13 and at

2:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emory University. For tickets call 404-727-5050 or visit www.arts.emory.edu/tickets

The Atlanta Botanical Garden will host Moonlight and Merriment from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12 at 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Midtown. For more information, visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

Dec. 14

Wordsmiths Books hosts Second Sundays with Working Title Playwrights at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at Wordsmiths Books, 545 N. McDonough St., Decatur. This month's play is "Reckless." For more information, call 404-441-2716.

Dec. 26

The Atlanta Botanical Garden will host Holiday High Tea from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 26 to 28 at 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Midtown. For more information, visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

Jan. 17

As part of their Evenings of Intimate Jazz concert series, the Arts Council launches the new year with a performance by The Christian Tamburr Trio at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 at 331 Spring St. N.W. in Gainesville. For more information, call 770-534-2787 or visit www.theartscouncil.net.

Feb. 21

The Arts Council hosts a performance by The Kevin Bales Trio at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at 331 Spring St. N.W. in Gainesville. For more information, call 770-534-2787 or visit www.theartscouncil.net.

March 14

The Arts Council hosts a performance by The John McAndrew Trio at 8 p.m. March 14 at 331 Spring St. N.W. in Gainesville. For more information, call 770-534-2787 or visit www.theartscouncil.net.

April 17

The Arts Council hosts a performance by the Joe Grandsen Quartet at 8 p.m. April 17 at 331 Spring St. N.W. in Gainesville. For more information, call 770-534-2787 or visit www.theartscouncil.net.

Ongoing events:

Stone Mountain Park presents History Tours at 1 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday in the Confederate Hall Historical and Environmental Education Lobby. For more information, call 770-498-5658.

Stone Mountain Park presents Crafts from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Friday in the Confederate Hall Historical and Environmental Education Lobby. For more information, call 770-498-5658.

ART Station Contemporary Arts Center will be having 2008-09 gallery series such as Alter Ego Pop Art 0/00 Saturday through Dec. 27 at the ART Station Center in Stone Mountain Village. For more information call 770-469-1105.

The ART Station Galleries are now the temporary home of metal sculptures created by Dave Taylor from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 20 at the ART Station Contemporary Art Center in historic Stone Mountain Village,

5384 Manor Drive. For more information, call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden will present puppet shows such as "Santa's Missing Mail" at 10:30 a.m. through Dec. 27 at 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Midtown. For information, visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden will be having

pictures with St. Nick from

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Midtown.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden will also host a Ride-on-Train from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 24, 26 and 31 and Jan. 2 and 4 at 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Midtown. For more information, visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.