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Atlanta Holiday Concert Preview

November 22, 2012 6:00 AM

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If you’ve been to any of the Atlanta-area malls in the past few days, you know that getting a good parking spot is getting more and more difficult. There’s a bit of a chill in the air and locals are starting to feel that holiday spirit. Each year, the Metro Atlanta area is host to dozens of holiday-themed concerts. This year is no exception as you will have the opportunity to enjoy holiday concerts and events at venues all over the city. The fun begins Thanksgiving weekend and goes all the way through December. Here are the best picks for holiday concerts around Atlanta in 2012.
Martina McBride
Fox Theatre

660 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-2100
www.foxtheatre.org

Price: $50-$73
Date: November 23

Come and spend an evening with one of the queens of country music, Martina McBride. This should be one special show as she mixes in her country hits with some timeless holiday classics. She’s won multiple Grammy Awards and now it’s your chance to see her as the holidays approach. It should be a magical evening of song and the season.

Mannheim Steamroller
Fox Theatre

660 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-2100
www.foxtheatre.org

Price: $44-$78
Date: November 24

Don’t miss Mannheim Steamroller’s annual holiday tour. If you’ve seen a show before, you’ll be wanting to come back. This is the 27th year the group has been traveling around Christmas and it promises that this will be the best show yet. The best-selling Christmas group in history is adding more rock ‘n roll beats. This will get you in the Christmas mood and it won’t even be December.

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Christmas With Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Atlanta Symphony Hall
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-4900
www.atlantasymphony.org

Price: $29-$60
Date: December 6-8

This is one annual holiday show in Atlanta you don’t want to miss. It’s the traditional story of Christmas as told by the famous composer Robert Shaw. Director of choruses Norman Mackenzie will lead a cast of more than 400 professional musicians who look forward to these performances each and every year. This singing will put you in a holiday mood that won’t soon fade. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and enjoy this concert.

12 Gifts of Christmas Concert
Gwinnett Arena

6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 232-3000
www.gwinnettcenter.com

Price $20-$125
Date: December 16

Here is the perfect holiday concert for the whole family. Join Grammy Award winners Steven Curtis Chapman and Laura Story as they tell stories with music. This show is about the true meaning of Christmas and the miracles of the season. A comedian and illusionist Harris III will join the festivities that will be hosted by Lisa Whelchel, who for years starred on the television show “The Facts of Life.” Celebrate the season with this great show at the Gwinnett Arena.

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Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration
Atlanta Symphony Hall
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-4900
www.atlantasymphony.org

Price: $35-$100
Date: December 20

You’ve seen them on PBS’s “The Morning Show” and countless other television shows. Now Celtic Woman returns to Atlanta with a Christmas Celebration show. The group will perform your Christmas favorites and throw in some classic Irish renditions. These women have voices that are pure magic and they are pretty easy to look at also. This show is sure to sell out as the group’s albums have been certified platinum. Get your tickets now.

Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta and he loves covering anything Falcons-related. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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