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Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 262014

have fun be cheap 200px-01I’m more than ready for the weekend. Looking for something fun to do? Check out these five events (or browse Atlanta on the Cheap’s calendar of events to remind yourself of other can’t-miss events happening in the ATL):

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 262014

IceRinkThis holiday season, you have a pair of reasons to stop by Centennial Park in Atlanta.

Holiday in Lights runs through January 19, 2015.

Even if you’ve seen Holiday in Lights at Centennial Olympic Park in previous years, it’s worth going again: They make a new holiday lights display each season. Since it’s free to check out thousands of holiday lights, it’s an excellent add-on outing when you happen to be near Centennial Park after dark.

And through January 19, 2015, you can go ice skating at Centennial Olympic Park’s ice rink.

Though the hours may vary for certain holidays, in general the outdoor ice skating rink in Centennial Park is open from 4:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 4:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. on Saturdays, & 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Admission is $12/90 minutes of skating, including skate rental. Want to go on the cheap?

  • College students & members of the military can catch a break with ID: From 4:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on Mondays & Tuesdays through January 14, 2015, admission, including skate rental, is only $9; excludes December 22, 23, 29, & 30, 2014.
  • And if you plan a group outing (20+), admission, including skate rental, is $9/person. The deal is valid during regular operating hours on Monday-Thursday and during the 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. sessions on Saturday & Sunday. It excludes Fridays & holidays.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 262014

aso holidayIf the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concerts are on your family’s must-do list this season, don’t miss out on this discount ticket deal:

While they last, you can save up to 25% on tickets to Handel’s Messiah, A Very Merry Holiday Pops, or Christmas with the ASO, thanks to a deal on Groupon.

The deals:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 262014

lights of life 2014If you’re looking for an inexpensive holiday lights display, check out Lights of Life in Marietta.

Admission is cheapest on Monday-Thursday: It’s $5/car. On Friday, Saturday, & Sunday + November 27-30 & December 19-31, it’s $10/car. Admission for vans & busses is $20, regardless of the day.

But it may be worth the extra cost if you want to take advantage of the weekend festivities while you’re there. From 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays, you can listen to holiday music performed by Cobb County high school students. And on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, there’ll be a petting zoo ($3/person), train rides ($3/person), pony rides ($5/person), and photos with Santa ($12/photo).

Lights of Life will be on display nightly from November 27 through December 31, 2014, on the campus of Life University, located on Barclay Circle off Hwy 41/Cobb Parkway in Marietta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 262014

lanier island christmas 2014Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands has been renamed: It’s now Lanier Islands Christmas, and per Lake Lanier Islands, it’s “twice the fun & half the price.”

Admission to Lanier Islands Christmas is regularly $30/car (1-9 passengers), $50 for vans (10-19 passenger capacity), & $150 for buses (20+ passenger capacity)–This is 50% off last year’s rate for cars, a little less for vans & busses. Admission includes the tour of lights, access to the Holiday Village, free skating after 5pm at the Polar Rink presented by Coca-Cola, & the Live Nativity (on select nights). If you do plan to play on the carnival rides in the Holiday Village, $20/person buys an Unlimited Carnival Rides pass. Bonus: Through November 30, 2014, if you bring a canned good donation for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, you can exchange it for a carnival ticket at the front gate; limit four tickets per car.

And you can save a bit, thanks to a deal on Star94: Coupon code “STAR” will save you $5/carload when you buy tickets online, or you can text “SNOW” to 51539 to get the same deal.

Lanier Islands Christmas is open daily from 5:oo p.m.-10:00 p.m. through December 31, 2014.

FYI–If you do stop in the Holiday Village, be sure to bring supplies to make s’mores by the fire. You can buy them on site, but the DIY version is much cheaper.

While you’re there, you can check out SnowWorld. Open daily from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., SnowWorld includes snow slides, snow tubing, speed slides, skating, & more. Admission is $34.99 for adults (42″+) & $24.99 for children (under 42″), seniors (age 55+), & military with ID. Season passes are also available.

And you can save a bit, thanks to a deal on Star94: Coupon code “STAR” will save you $5 on admission to SnowWorld when you buy tickets online.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 262014

petit creek christmasHere are a few of the highlights from ATL’s daily deals sites. And you can browse deals by category, complete with pics, on the Atlanta’s Daily Deals page.

Don’t forget to check out today’s mix (November 26) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save up to 50% on tickets to A Christmas Carol at the Alliance Theatre, The Gifts of the Magi at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre, Actor’s Express’ Murder Ballad at the King Plow Arts Center, Atlanta Ballet’s Romeo et Juliette, Gwinnett Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Gwinnett Center, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Emory, A Broadway Christmas Carol at OnStage Atlanta, Christmas Canteen at Aurora Theatre, The Snow Queen at Serenbe Playhouse, Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Sanders Family Christmas, Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Catch Me If You Can, Extreme Dinosaurs and Bodies…The Exhibition at Atlantic Station, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 252014

macys tree lighting 2014For a free & festive way to get into the holiday spirit, swing by Lenox Square for the 2014 Macy’s Great Tree Lighting on Thanksgiving. Since you’ll be joining about 100,000 of your closest friends to watch the lighting, skip the traffic & take MARTA to Lenox Square.

Pre-show entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 27, and this year’s show features performances by The Isley Brothers, Pentatonix, & operatic tenor & Atlanta Brave’s Soloist Timothy Miller. And the evening ends with a bang with a spectacular fireworks finale set to holiday music.

FYI–If you were planning to let the kids take a ride on Priscella the Pink Pig while you’re there, you’re out of luck. The ride is closed on Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. Also, be prepared to pay full price, as I’ve yet to find a coupon for 2014. Though it’ll cost you a few bucks for the ride, a portion of the ride’s proceeds will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Lenox Square Mall is located at 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewksi

Nov 252014

cezanne and the modern high museumWant to explore the High Museum of Art on the Cheap? Take advantage of a discount ticket deal (or, even better, free admission) to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, no coupon code required.

The deals:

1) On Friday, November 28, 2014, you can spend the day after Thanksgiving at The High on the cheap. From 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., there’ll be live performances, scavenger hunts, films, art-making activities, & more. Kids get free admission all day, plus adults save 50% after 4:00 p.m. And you’ll save $5 off purchases of $20+ in the Museum Shop.

2) While they last, $19 buys a pair of one-day admissions to the High Museum of Art, thanks to a deal on Groupon. Or $65 buys a one-year dual or family membership to the High Museum of Art, thanks to a deal on Sweetjack.

3) While they last, $32 buys two tickets to the High & a $25 gift card to Veni Vidi Vici, thanks to a deal on Poshdealz. Or you can opt to get four tickets to the High & a $50 gift card to Veni Vidi Vici for $61.50.

4) Fulton County residents & students get in free from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month; valid ID required. The next free day is Saturday, December 5, 2014. Plus, Bank of America cardholders get the free admission on the first full weekend of the month (discount applies to cardholder only).

5) On Sundays & Tuesdays, all active & veteran military personnel as well as their immediate family members will receive free admission to The High Museum of Art & free parking in the Woodruff Arts Center deck with proof of service. Proof of service includes valid military, retiree, military/retiree dependent identification card or a DD Form 214 (Report of Separation).

6) November is College Month at The High. Through November 30, 2014, college students with I.D. can purchase walk-up admission for $5 each, or they can save $10 when they purchase a student membership, dropping the price to $25.

7) During Friday Night Lates, you can get half-off admission every Friday from 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Even better: The half-price admission deal is valid for Friday Night Music Remix, too, which takes place on the third Friday of the month & showcases live music by artists of all genres. The next Friday Night Music Remix will take place on December 19 & feature vocalist Kathleen Bertrand.

8) Through June 7, 2015, you’ll receive $5 off admission to The High on if you show your ticket stub from the Center for Civil & Human Rights. The deal works in reverse, too: If you visit the Center for Civil & Human Rights in the same time frame, you can show your ticket stub to save $3 on admission to The High.

9) Other ongoing discounts: Zoo Atlanta members save $3 off adult admission or $10 off a membership. If you have a PBA Advantage card or an ASO or Alliance Theatre subscriber card, you’ll save $3 off admission. ARTSCard members get $2 off admission.

10) If you’re planning to visit multiple attractions in Atlanta, take advantage of the Atlanta CityPASS to save almost 50% on admission to five Atlanta-area attractions. The Georgia Aquarium ticket includes a Deepo Pass with Expedited Entry, Deepo’s 4-D theater, and the Dolphin Tales show (based on availability). The World of Coca-Cola ticket includes admission, the 4-D theatre, and a free keepsake bottle from the museum. Other attractions included are Inside CNN Studio Tour, Fernbank (includes IMAX, too) OR High Museum of Art, and Zoo Atlanta (includes All-Rides Wristband) OR Atlanta History Center. It’s valid for nine days, and if you plan it right, you’ll have two full weekends + the weekdays in between to get to all of the attractions.

Curious about what you’ll see while you’re there? Here are a few of the current & upcoming exhibitions at The High:

  • On view through January 11, 2015: Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
  • On view through January 11, 2015: Make A Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral
  • On view through January 4, 2015: Top Drawer, a selection of drawings from four of the museum’s curatorial departments
  • On view through January 2015: Wynn Bullock: Revelations
  • On view through January 18, 2015: American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution
  • On view through January 18, 2015: The Forty Part Motet by Janet Cardiff
  • On view through January 17, 2015: Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections
  • On view through June 7, 2015: Gordon Parks: Segregation Story

The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 252014

nutcracker ga ballet goldstarGeorgia Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be at Cobb Civic Center’s Anderson Theatre from December 5-7, 2014. Planning to go? You can get discount tickets to select performances of The Nutcracker, no coupon code required:

The Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center is located at 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Nov 252014

PWTP_animatedEach month, a different historic spot in Atlanta hosts a night of free history & more. December’s Party with the Past: Free History, Cold Beer event looks like a fantastic way to get into the holiday spirit:

On December 10, 2014, Party with the Past will take place at the Atlanta History Center’s McElreath Hall. The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. Percival the Pink Pig will be on display for the party-goers, plus there’ll be a chat about the history of the holidays in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m.

It’s free to attend Party with the Past, and there’ll be a cash bar, food for purchase, trivia with prizes, & more. FYI–You’ll need to RSVP to attend, and you should act fast to save your spot if you plan to go; previous Party with the Past events have booked up in advance.

The Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski