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Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 142017

If you’re looking for an inexpensive holiday lights display, check out Lights of Life in Marietta, happening November 23-December 31, 2017.

Admission is cheapest on Monday-Thursday: It’s $5/car (excluding November 23-26 & December 15-31). On Friday, Saturday, & Sunday + November 23-26 & December 15-31, it’s $10/car. Admission for busses is $20, regardless of the day.

While you’re there, stick around for pony rides, a petting zoo, train rides, & concessions.

Lights of Life will be on display nightly on the campus of Life University, located on Barclay Circle off Hwy 41/Cobb Parkway in Marietta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 142017

Free-PaintingIf you’re looking for ways to get creative on the cheap, you’ve got a few options. Throughout the month, you’ll find free & cheap crafts at Michaels & Home Depot, free events at Bass Pro Shops, free decorating classes at Pottery Barn, free cooking techniques classes & other events at Williams-Sonoma, free mini-model builds at Lego stores, & more.

Here’s the schedule of free crafts & events for the next few days:

And mark your calendars for other upcoming free & cheap craft days:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 142017

concert grouponLive music fans, take note: While they last, you’ll find discount tickets to select concerts on the deal sites.

Here’s a sampling:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 142017

Want to save a few bucks when you’re out & about? Here are a few of the highlights from ATL’s daily deals sites.

Extra Savings

  • Through November 14, 2017, you can use coupon code “NOV20” to save an extra 20% on the purchase of most local Groupons, including deals for restaurants, spas, & things to do. The code may be used up to three times per customer; $50 max discount per use.
  • 2018 Entertainment books are now available. Bonus: Through November 14, 2017, you can use coupon code “TENOFF” to save $10 & get free shipping. If you order now, you’ll maximize your time to use the print coupons, or you can opt for the digital edition. Once you buy the book, you’ll gain access to bonus offers online, giving you a chance to start saving immediately on shopping, dinner out, things to do, & more.


Holiday Happenings



Theatre, Concerts & Sports
Don’t forget to check out today’s mix (November 14) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to select shows, including these & more:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 072017

rudolph puppetryRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will be at the Center for Puppetry Arts from November 7-December 31, 2017.

I’ve seen Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer twice, and it’s a cute production. The puppets are based on the classic TV special, and the Center for Puppetry Arts did an excellent job of making Rudolph & the rest of the misfit crew look just like the screen version. In the past, my girls have put together Rudolph & Hermey shadow puppets during the Create-A-Puppet workshop (included with show admission), and they’re always an instant hit in our home. This year, you’ll be making a King Moonracer rod puppet.

While you’re at the Center for Puppetry Arts, you can check out the World of Puppetry Museum, which features the Jim Henson Collection as well as The Global Collection, showcasing puppets from around the world. Not only will you see awesome puppets (they have Fraggle Rock, Muppets, Sesame Street, Dark Crystal, & Labyrinth characters, to name a few, all of which makes me happy!), but the new museum includes interactive spaces where you can try your hand at puppetry.

Want to see Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on the cheap? Just interested in checking out the World of Puppetry Museum? You have options:

  • While they last, you can get discounts tickets to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (November 7), discount tickets are available for performances on November 9, 2017.
  • For preview performances on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, tickets to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are $11.25 each for nonmembers & $6.75 for members, no coupon code required.
  • Tickets to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are regularly $19.50-$35 each for nonmembers, but members can get tickets for $9.75-$22.50 each. After the preview performances, you’ll get the best deal if you head out for performances on November 9-12, 2017. The next best price level for most tickets is available from November 14-22 & December 27-31, 2017. Your ticket includes admission to the show, the Create-A-Puppet workshop, & admission to the puppetry museum.
  • Through December 31, 2017, if you check out the Georgia Public Libraries’ Passport to Puppetry at participating Georgia public libraries, you’ll get 25% off of tickets to a Family Series performance (includes show ticket, Create-A-Puppet workshop, & museum admission); limit four discount tickets per passport.
  • If you’re only planning to visit the World of Puppetry Museum, admission is free for members & $12.50 for nonmembers. Tickets are timed for museum admission, and everyone must procure a ticket to tour the museum (for members, “procure a ticket” = make a free reservation for timed entry). While you’re there, you can add on a Create-a-Puppet workshop ($4.50 for members & $6.50 for nonmembers); to-go kits are available.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is located at 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th St., Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 072017

On my short list of places to shop this month:

On November 18 & 19, 2017, the Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular will take place at the Georgia Freight Depot. From 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. each day, you can shop a mix of handcrafted gifts & vintage treasures at 170+ vendors.

And there’ll be fun extras, too, including tunes spun by DJ Zano to get you in the shopping mood & local eats. Get there early–There’ll be free swag bags for the first 250 attendees each day.

The Georgia Freight Depot is located at 65 MLK Jr. Dr. SW, Atlanta. Admission is $5 cash at the door; ages 12 & under admitted free. FYI–Some, but not all, of the vendors accept credit cards, so bring extra cash (or be prepared to pay the ATM fee like I did at Salvage one April when I fell in love with a dress at a cash-only vendor’s booth…).

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 072017

If you’re looking for Magical Nights of Lights deals, you’re in luck.

Your ticket to Magical Nights of Lights includes the seven-mile tour of lights, access to Santa’s Holiday Village (warning: there are carnival rides there), & more, plus this year’s mix of lights includes the return of the popular ’12 Days of Christmas’ display. Admission to Magical Nights of Lights is regularly $45 per car at the gate & $35 per car if you order in advance online.

Want to head out on the cheap? Take advantage of one of these deals:

Lanier Islands is located in Buford, GA. Magical Nights of Lights will be on view from November 17, 2017-January 3, 2018.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 072017

black-nativity-goldstarFrom November 29-December 17, 2017, Langston Hughes’ holiday classic Black Nativity will be at the Southwest Arts Center. Want to go? While they last, you can get discount tickets to Black Nativity, no coupon code required.

The quick summary: “Set in a modern African-American church on Christmas Day, filled with testifying deacons, sanctified ladies and down-home preaching, Black Nativity takes us on a journey back to the Bethlehem of Mary and Joseph. Harlem Renaissance poet-playwright Langston Hughes authored this one-act musical retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective. Featuring African costumes, moving songs of worship, magnificent choreography and old-fashioned spirituals, the song-play explores the depths of cultural identity, pride and unity within the African-American community. Adapted by Robert John Connor with musical direction by Keith Wilson, Black Nativity brings the spirit of the season to Atlanta’s Southwest Arts Center.”

Tickets to Black Nativity are regularly $40 for adults, $25 for students & seniors with ID, & $15 for children age 12 & under. Want to see it on the cheap? You can save: While they last, you can get discount tickets to Black Nativity, thanks to a deal on Goldstar. As of today (November 7), discount tickets are available for select performance from November 29-December 15, 2017.

Southwest Arts Center is located at 915 New Hope Rd, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 072017

From November 9-December 23, 2017, the ICE (Indie Craft Experience) Holiday Pop-Up Shop, a holiday boutique featuring creations by 60+ local & national artists, will be in Candler Park

Based on last year’s experience, I suspect I’ll be able to fill in quite a few blanks on this season’s gift list thanks the fun selection of handmade items in the pop-up shop. Bonus points for being able to shop local.

Opening night is Thursday, November 9. From 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., there’ll be free swag bags designed by Fila3000 for the first 100 attendees.

In November, the shop will be open from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays, & noon-6:00 p.m. on Sunday. December’s extended hours include 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays; 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays, & noon-6:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Holiday Pop-Up shop will be closed on Thanksgiving.

The ICE Holiday Pop-Up Shop is located at 1390 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Oct 312017

abg_121214_garden_lights_18I’ve been to Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden several times, and it’s a fixture on my “must do this holiday season” to-do list.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is gorgeous, and it’s fun to see the Atlanta Botanical Garden in a new way after dark. The downside is that even Garden members are required to purchase a ticket. The upside is that you can get discount tickets, no coupon code required.

To get the best deal, you’ll need to purchase your tickets to Garden Lights, Holiday Nights before 4:00 p.m. on the day of your visit; prices go up $5 at the gate.

Even still, you’ve got several options:

  • On Value Nights, advance tickets to Garden Lights, Holiday Nights are $19.95 for adults & $14.95 for kids ages 3-12.
  • On Regular Nights, advance tickets are $24.95 for adults & $19.95 for kids ages 3-12.
  • On Peak Nights, admission is $29.95 for adults & $24.95 for children.
  • Want a bit more with your ticket? For $10 more per person, you can upgrade to a Premium ticket, which includes hologram glasses and a drink ticket. Members save $5 on both general & Premium tickets.
  • November 9, 2017, is Member Premiere Night–tickets are $9.95 each for adults & kids; children under age 3 are admitted free.
  • Night Owl? If you buy a Night Light ticket at the gate after 9:00 p.m. on the night of your visit, your admission price drops to $13.95; the $5 walk-up ticket fee does not apply during the Night Light ticket deal.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights will take place nightly from November 11, 2017-January 7, 2018.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE in Midtown.

–Jennifer Maciejewski