Staff Photo: Deanna Allen
 Tonya Haswell’s piece titled “Promise,” which depicts a tree she has observed that grows in Gwinnett County, is on display in the exhibit “BIG 2” at Tannery Row Artist Colony through Tuesday. 

Staff Photo: Deanna Allen Tonya Haswell’s piece titled “Promise,” which depicts a tree she has observed that grows in Gwinnett County, is on display in the exhibit “BIG 2” at Tannery Row Artist Colony through Tuesday. 

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Today

The musical extravaganza "Christmas Canteen" will open at 8 p.m. today at the Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St. in Lawrenceville. The show will run through Dec. 20. For more information, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

The Northeast Atlanta Ballet will present "The Nutcracker" at 2 and 7:30 p.m. today at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. Performances will run through Nov. 29. Tickets are $12 to $15 in advance and $15 to $18 at the door. For more information, call 770-921-7277 or visit www.northeastatlantaballet.org.

Sunday

Gwinnett residents are invited to join the Gwinnett Choral Guild for a community sing-a-long of Handel's "Messiah" at 3 p.m. Sunday. The event will be held at the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, 800 Lawrenceville Highway. For more information, call 404-223-9962 or visit www.gwinnettchoralguild.org.

Thursday

The Gaither Homecoming Celebration Christmas Tour 2009 will feature the talents of Bill Gaither, the Gaither Vocal Band and a host of special guests in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. Tickets are $29.50 to $42.50. For more information, visit www.gwinnettcenter.com.

New Dawn Theater's production of "Miracle on 34th Street" will open at 8 p.m. Thursday at 3087 Main St. in Duluth. The show will run through Dec. 20. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information, call 678-887-5015 or visit www.newdawntheatercompany.com.

"Grandma Got Ran Over by ... WHO?" a holiday-themed children's mystery dinner theater will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 W. Crogan St. in Lawrenceville. The event will run through Dec. 5. Admission is $15 for Gwinnett residents. For more information, call 770-822-5450 or visit www.page2stageproductions.com.

The opening reception for "What I've Scene," an art exhibit presented by the Buford Artists' Group, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the George Pierce Park Community Center, 55 Buford Highway in Suwanee. For more information, call 770-831-4173.

Dec. 4

Gwinnett Young Singers will present their Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5575 Peachtree Parkway in Norcross. Admission is $5. For more information, call 770-449-1211 or visit www.gwinnettyoungsingers.com.

Dec. 5

The Aurora Theatre's Children's Playhouse will present the world premiere of "Rudolph the Robot Reindeer" performed by That Puppet Guy at 10 and 11 a.m. Dec. 5. The theater is located at 128 E. Pike St. in Lawrenceville. For more information, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker" will open Dec. 5 at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. Performances will run through Dec. 20. Tickets are $10 to $27. For more information, call 770-978-0188 or visit www.gwinnettballet.org.

The Gwinnett Choral Guild will present "Light Divine: Illumine Our Darkness" at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Buford First United Methodist Church, 285 E. Main St. in Buford. Admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Senior and student tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, call 404-223-9962 or visit www.gwinnettchoralguild.org.

Christmas in the Park will kick off at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 with a parade followed by festivities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lilburn City Park. The event is free to attend. For more information, call 770-921-7277 or visit www.lilburnparade.org.

The 2009 Sugar Hill Holiday Celebration will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at E. E. Robinson Park. Admission is free. For more information, call 770-831-7413 or visit www.cityofsugarhill.com.

Buford's holiday festival will kick off at 11 a.m. Dec. 5 and culminate with a tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Buford. The event is free to attend. For more information, visit www.visitbuford.com.

Gwinnett residents can discover what the Christmas holiday was like during the Civil War era from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at McDaniel Farm Park in Duluth. Admission is $5. For more information, call 770-814-4920 or visit www.gwinnettcounty.com.

Duluth's Hometown Holidays event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by Santa's arrival at 6:30, on Dec. 5 on the Duluth Town Green. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.duluthga.net.

Suwanee Academy of the Arts will host a Gingerbread Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 featuring performances by the Suwanee Youth Ballet and Sounds of Suwanee at 341 Main St. in Suwanee. Admission is $10. For more information, call 678-482-6333 or visit www.suwaneeacademy.com.

The Old Town Holiday Festival and Caboose Lighting will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at Town Center Park in Suwanee. The event is free to attend. For more information, call 770-945-8996 or visit www.suwanee.com.

Ongoing events

Tannery Row Artist Colony will present the art exhibit "BIG 2" through Tuesday at 554 W. Main St. in Buford. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.tanneryrowartistcolony.com.

New London Theatre will present "A Christmas Carol" at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. (with a smaller cast) Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20. The theater is at 2485 E. Main St. in Snellville. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $8 for children and students. For more information, call 770-559-1484 or visit www.newlondontheatre.org.

The Hudgens Center for the Arts will host the Portrait Society of Atlanta's fall juried exhibition and the St. Nicholas Exhibit through Dec. 31. The center is at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, in Duluth. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children older than 2. For more information, call 770-623-6002 or visit www.thehudgens.org.