The holidays are finally kicking into gear in Athens, Georgia! Christmas is a mere days away and that means New Year's Eve is also right around the corner. There are still many last minute activities to get you and your family into the holiday spirit, and lots of planning left to do for New Year's Eve. This is the most magical time of year and there's no more magical place to spend it in than the Classic City!

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Christmas at The Classic Center will be a fun filled wonderland featuring ice skating, a festival of trees, pictures with Santa, Santa's workshop full of kid crafts and lots more! Other highlights will include a display of gingerbread houses, local choral group performances, train rides and all sorts of holiday events in conjunction with Christmas at The Classic Center. Admission is $3 per person, with additional prices for various events. Find out more here.

A little girl's fantasy world of toy soldiers, mice and lots and lots of dancing... This December you and your family will be able to see Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre's production of "The Nutcracker." See the Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies come to life with three special performances at The Classic Center, Saturday December 21st at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday December 22nd at 3 p.m. With enchanting sets, music, and choreography, this is a take on a timeless Christmas tradition that is perfect for making family memories to last a lifetime. Tickets to see "The Nutcracker" are still available, and could make the perfect early Christmas present for that special someone!
Overnight packages that include admission to The Nutcracker as well as Christmas at The Classic Center and ice skating are still available for purchase through December 19. Find out more here.

Ring in 2014 at Athens, Georgia's biggest New Year's Eve bash, featuring The Swingin' Medallions! Enjoy live music in the Melting Point, dinner package options, champagne at midnight, and the area's largest balloon drop. There is no other place to be on New Year's Eve than the Foundry Park Inn! After a night of drinking and dancing, cap off 2013 with a a stay in the Inn; and with room packages starting at just $199, there's no easier planning to be done!

Start belting out "Auld Lang Syne", it's time to celebrate the New Year with Hotel Indigo Athens!
Indulge yourself with fabulous cocktails and dance to live music in the Rialto Room from The Highballs.
This year's special New Year's Eve package includes a one-night stay in a luxurious, eco-chic guest room,
and two tickets to the EXCLUSIVE New Year's party in the Rialto Room, featuring live music and a champagne toast at midnight.

If you're looking for some fun kid-friendly New Year's Eve activities, then head on over to Sandy Creek Nature Center for a half day New Year's Eve event. New Year's at Noon will have crafts, games, and lots of outdoor activities. They'll ring in the New Year at noon with a celebration fit for ages 4 to 12, registration required.

It's the end of the year, and that means lots of ongoing events are ending too. Make sure not to miss out on your last chance to see some of your favorite exhibits, programs, activities and more! Check out the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau calendar for a complete look at everything to do in your last weeks of 2013. Happy Holidays everybody! See you in the New Year!