After your delicious Thanksgiving meal and time spent with family, if you don’t want to shop for Black Friday deals, I’ve got some ideas for you.

1. Go Ice Skating (for all ages)

Midtown Atlanta piedmont park
The View from nearby Park Tavern, where the ice skating rink is located.

Here in Atlanta, we rarely get much extreme cold. One year I had enough to make a snow man that reached my knees but then promptly melted in the next hour. This year, Atlantans get to experience icy fun already. Piedmont Park has its own very special ice skating rink.

“The Rink” can be found in Park Tavern’s Garden Tent. Before I go further, let me tell you, the view from this angle can be quite stunning. Bring your camera.

The rink is only slightly smaller than the one at Centenial Park and you can skate both night and day while surrounded by LED lights and paper lanterns and sipping decadent hot chocolate.

Skating sessions at the rink last 3 and a half hours and cost $10, plus $5 for skate rental. Get your spot for this weekend now before it’s gone.

2. Attend Cirque Du Soleil’s OVO (for all ages)

Any experience seeing Cirque Du Soleil is sure to be a wonderful one. They do such a thorough and beautiful job of creating an entire world for viewers to discover during the performance.

OVO, showing at Atlantic Station in Atlanta right now, delves into the lives of insects. Expect acrobatics that you will marvel over and crawly bugs that won’t bother you at all.

It’s only happening for a month and a half.  Buy tickets from their website, or I was able to get discounted OVO tickets from Other deals can found found on the various deal sites covering Atlanta.

3. See The Nutcracker (for all ages)

Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be here from Nov.  27 until Dec. 26. Now would be a good time to see it before you get too busy with other holiday things. This classic winter wonderland tale will make you feel like the season has really arrived.

4. Rock Out With The Whigs (for people 21 and over)

This Athens rock trio will be playing at The Variety Playhouse on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. Tickets are $20. They’ve toured recently with Kings of Leon, Black Keys and The Hold Steady and have achieved respect from the rock and roll community.

Other musicians performing on this same date include Minus the Bear at the Masquerade and Corey Smith at the Tabernacle.

5. Check Out A Family-Friendly Event at The High Museum (for kids)

“ Dilly Dally with Dali” allows kids to make a mustache, design a fancy hat and watch a magic show. See the full schedule of events here. You can also check out the Dali exhibit, a photography exhibit and a Venetian painting exhibit.

6. Be Part of A Reality Show for MTV (for all hip-hop lovers)

D.R.E.S. the Beatnik, a local hip-hop artist, invites all MCs  preferably18-25 and all lovers of hip-hop to join him from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Royal Peacock on Nov. 27 to be part of a reality show, according to Creative Loafing. The performers will be participating in a freestyle battle. This is a free event.

7. Experience Luminosity Atlanta’s “Hinterland” (free for all ages)Luminocity Atlanta presents Hinterland 2010

This light-based parade spectacle is something I’m already extremely excited about. This is the second project  of gloATL–a collaborative group of performers. This time Big Bio will be involved. Expect artistic visuals and movement unlike any seen before in Atlanta.

According to the project’s website
, “the work aims to be a catalyst and unifier, inviting the public to come without presumptions, so as to involve the Atlanta community in the making of its own cultural identity.”

The parade will proceed along Peachtree Street with a performance finale on Baker Street near The World of Coca-Cola. Watch the trailer:


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