SANDY SPRINGS, GA — The heart of Sandy Springs will soon transform into a holiday-themed district, as City Springs will play host to a slew of events designed to celebrate the season.
These festivities kick off Sunday, Dec. 2 with Sparkle Sandy Springs, which starts at 5 p.m. on the City Green. This event, which was rescheduled due to the possibility of inclement weather, will feature the first-ever Christmas tree and Menorah lighting, live music by School of Rock Atlanta, a visit by the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, and a wonderland of festively decorated six-feet-tall wooden houses painted by local businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations.
Businesses and organizations that have made houses include Art Sandy Springs by Glenna Stanhouse, Battle & Brew, Burn Boot Camp, CalyRoad Creamery, Heritage Sandy Springs, High Country Outfitters, Keep Sandy Spring Beautiful, Friends of Lost Corner, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School, North Springs High School, Pontoon Brewing Company, Riverwood High School, Sips n Strokes, The Drake House, and Trader Joe’s Sandy Springs, and La Dee Da Creative & Art Studio.
Free hot chocolate will be served and concessions will be available for sale. The festive display is free and open to the public throughout Dec. 31. For more information, visit the Sparkle Sandy Springs website.
Now through Sunday, Dec. 2, the Roswell Dance Theatre and Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance are presenting "The Nutcracker" at Byers Theater inside the Performing Arts Center. This is the largest performance of the Nutcracker in the North Fulton area, with more than 350 performers ranging in age from 1 year to 80 years old. Be sure to get your tickets by clicking here.
If you won’t be able to attend a "Nutcracker" performance, City Springs Theatre Company will present "Elf The Musical" Dec. 7-16 at Byers Theatre. Tickets for the show are now available online.
Other holiday events and shows taking place at the Performing Arts Center include:
The Sounds of Christmastime, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Award-winning a cappella vocal ensembles Song of Atlanta and Atlanta Vocal Project share their passion for harmony and the Christmas season in this special holiday performance in the Studio Theatre. Get tickets here.Mount Vernon Christmas Arts Showcase, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Mount Vernon Presbyterian School presents a family-friendly celebration of Christmas featuring choirs, bands, dance troupes, string ensembles, and actors aged 8 to 19 at Byers Theatre. Join the school for this collage-style Christmas production as it explores the JOY of Christmas. Before the show, guests are invited to a Visual Arts Show and Exhibition of Learning in the lobby from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Get tickets here.Jewel’s Handmade Holiday Tour, 8 p.m. Dec. 19. The fan favorite Handmade Holiday Tour returns this Holiday season for a one of a kind tour, performing Holiday classics, Holiday originals and classic Jewel songs alongside Special Guests and family members Atz, Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher, who all star in "Alaska: The Last Frontier." Get tickets here.Boston Brass – Christmas Bells are Swingin’, 8 p.m. Dec. 22. Perennial favorites Boston Brass have teamed up with all-star brass players from around the globe to produce an unmatched sound that will light a fire for your holiday season. The ensemble of all brass features fiery big band arrangements of classics like the Stan Kenton Christmas Carols, Greensleeves, and Motown Jingle Bells in a setting that will delight audiences of all ages. Tickets can be found here.New Year’s Celebration with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Featuring Joe Gransden & Francine Reed, 8 p.m. Dec. 31 in Byers Theatre. Ring in the New Year in style at City Springs with an unforgettable evening of music and celebration! The Grammy award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra kicks off the evening in the Byers Theatre with a program of orchestral pops favorites, featuring trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden and vocalist Francine Reed. Purchase your tickets online.A Champagne Encore with Joe Gransden and Francine Reed, 10 p.m. Dec. 31 in the Studio Theatre. Join Joe Gransden, the Big Band and Francine Reed for dancing and gourmet treats to ring in the New Year. The evening will feature seasonal fruits and a world tour of imported cheeses. White and Dark Chocolate covered strawberries and assorted Petit Fours. Freshly brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee and variety of Special Teas. And, of course, a Champagne Toast at midnight. Tickets are online by clicking here.
You can find more details about these events by visiting the City Springs website.
Image via Sam Marks/city of Sandy Springs