Celebrate the holiday season this year at The Classic Center in Downtown Athens, Georgia in December! Christmas at The Classic Center will be a fun filled wonderland for all ages benefiting Extra Special People, a local nonprofit that empowers children with developmental disabilities to not just survive, but to thrive! Come out to enjoy a range of activities from ice skating to visits with Santa, you don’t want to miss this magical event!
Breakfast with Santa!
Enjoy a special breakfast with Santa and other holiday characters on Saturday, December 13 or Saturday, December 20 at 8:30 a.m. Guests will receive a complimentary photo with Santa to take home.
Enjoy skating on Athens only indoor ice rink! The Classic Center has a 17,000 square foot rink! All skaters must sign a waiver before skating. Tickets are $12 per skating session (includes your skate rental, no discount if you bring your own skates). The general admission price (an additional $3) will also be charged if skating during festival hours. For The Classic Center’s ice skating hours/schedule click here!
The internationally renowned State Ballet Theatre of Russia will present three performances of The Nutcracker December 20-21 in The Classic Center Theatre. Generations of children and “children at heart” have treasured this perennial favorite, the charming tale of holiday adventure that follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers and an army of mice. Filled with Tchaikovsky’s beloved music, including “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” the entire family will love this magical experience filled with spectacular sets, beautiful costumes and enchanting choreography. Tickets start at $15/children, and $35/adults.
General admission ($3) includes entry to Festival of Trees, Visits with Santa, Santa’s Workshop, Professional Gingerbread Houses, Handmade Holiday Market, Train Rides, Face Painting provided by “Painted Expressions” and Kid Bouncy House. Get your tickets here!
Festival of Trees!
View 50 beautiful Christmas trees, decorated by local businesses and organizations, in the Festival of Trees! The Festival will run from December 12 through the VIP Reception on December 18. The Festival of Trees is generously presented by Zaxby’s. There will be a limited number of tickets to the public to attend the Festival of Trees VIP Reception on Thursday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres, dessert and drinks. The silent auction for the 50 decorated Christmas trees featured in the Festival of Trees will be open exclusively to guests of this opening reception. Proceeds from the auctioned trees will benefit Extra Special People. Interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2014 Festival of Trees? Click here!
Santa’s Workshop will be full of kid crafts and lots more! Come create holiday crafts such as ornaments, and cards.
Come Saturday, December 13, for a special craft presented by The Home Depot!
Professional Gingerbread Houses!
Local bakers will be displaying their gingerbread house creations during the festival. Vote on your favorite, and the winner will receive a cash prize! Are you a local bakery or restaurant interested in entering the contest? If so, contact Stephanie VanDyck at Stephanie@ClassicCenter.com
Handmade Holiday Market
Get crafty with your Christmas shopping! Come see and purchase some of the best handmade holiday crafts in Northeast Georgia. This year’s exhibitors include: Beca Designs, Oscar Bites Dog Treats, Daisycakes Soap, OuttheBox Creations, JazzyKreationz, Kristen Ashley Artist, Studio Earth, I Love 2 Craft, and B&B Custom Outdoors!
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