When the life’s work of most people was outdoors – which includes most of human history – winter was a time to restore and reflect, to prepare for the growing season to come – and to hold faith that the renewal of spring would arrive. No wonder then that our midwinter holidays remain special, even among Atlanta high-rise condos, even in a knowledge-based economy and even at a latitude where 55 degrees is a winter day. We need these annual reminders and celebrations.
From outward appearances, including the glamor of luxury condos in Midtown Atlanta, every advantage of modern design and planning is at our doorstep, thanks in part to one of the world’s most successful urban master plans. Nevertheless, Atlanta has a largely unsung talent for keeping the best of what is tried and true. As a result, the warmth of the season we enjoy here in Midtown radiates in some cases from and historic source.
Finest of the Fox
The historic Fox Theatre nearby is one of the warmest of those tried-and-true sources of celebration. On December 13, the Fox presented English soprano Sarah Brightman’s Christmas Symphony Tour, with orchestra and chorus. A sign of Miss Brightman’s worldwide popularity is that her star will be added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, selected for the 2021 class. Speaking of signs, a signal of the variety the Fox brings to the neighborhood of Atlanta high-rise condos is that the very next night, December 14, A Hip-Hop Nutcracker matched the timeless Tchaikovsky score to the energy of hip-hop, through the work of a powerhouse cast of all-star dancers.
Not all the powerful attractions of the Fox are visitors. Mighty Mo, the Fox Theatre’s own 3,622-pipe organ, will be showcased in its 15th annual Holiday Extravaganza on December 21. The instrument, created in 1929 and lovingly restored to its full power and complexity during the 1960s, will provide the evening’s musical prelude, performed by organist Ken Double, president of the American Theatre Organ Society. Mighty Mo is second only to the giant Wurlitzer of Radio City Music Hall as the largest in the world.
Then, on December 23 and 24, Cirque Dreams Holidaze takes the stage at the Fox, with a dazzling Christmastime rendition of the performance art made famous by Cirque de Soleil. More traditional holiday observances include A Christmas Carol, showing now through December 24 at the nearby Alliance Theatre, the vital stage of the High Museum of Art. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. on weeknights; 8 p.m. on weekends, and a 2:30 p.m. matinee is offered on Saturdays and Sundays.
Atlanta Midtown condos count among the residents a spectrum of home folks and people who came her from all over the world. Born in Athens, at the University of Georgia, the rock band Widespread Panic is known in the entertainment trade for selling out entire venues, the way they have done for New Year’s at the Fox. With a staggering 60 consecutive sellouts at legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, and 18 sold out shows at Atlanta’s own State Farm Arena, what just happened here came as no surprise.
The band calls New Year’s Eve a four-night party, playing the Fox December 28 through 31. With all four nights sold out already, you’d have to know someone, yet here among the condos in Midtown Atlanta for sale, that is not entirely out of the question, because Widespread Panic are yet another example of local folks who made good.
Celebration in Piedmont Park
In nearby Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Garden presents the annual holiday light show, Garden Lights Holiday Nights. From 6:30 p.m. tp 8:30 through January 15, you can use your timed-entry tickets to take in the wonder of our nature display, outlined and illuminated for a glittering celebration of the season.
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