ACC Leisure Services Department
A Christmas Story

Do You Have Your Ticket?

Athens Creative Theatre (ACT) presents A Christmas Story, The Musical.
ACT brings this holiday classic to the stage of the historic Morton Theatre,just in time for the holidays.  A Christmas Story is a stage musical adaptation of the popular film by the same name. The musical takes place in 1940s Indiana and focuses on a child named Ralphie, who wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

Performances take place at the Morton Theatre in downtown Athens on Thursday, November 9 through Sunday, November 12. 

  • Thursday and Friday shows are at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday shows are at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday’s show is at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale at the Morton Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday from noon to 6:00 p.m. Call 706-613-3771 to reach the Box Office.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children, seniors, and students.

Save the Date

Save the Date!

The Leisure Services Department announces its winter program opportunities for 2017-2018.

A diverse selection highlighting the arts, environmental science, recreation, sports, and holiday events are planned for adults and children.

Online program registration for Athens-Clarke County residents will open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 11.  Non-residents may register online starting Monday, November 13 at noon.  All registration takes place online at

Before registering, individuals who have not already done so must establish a free online account at  Payment for programs may be rendered using a debit card, Discover Card, MasterCard, Visa, or a MasterCard or Visa gift card. Registration will continue until programs are at full enrollment or they begin.

Individuals who already have an online account and received a Leisure Services Department scholarship since July 1, 2017, may use the scholarship when registering online.  

Individuals with expired scholarships and new scholarship applicants must visit a Leisure Services Department facility office to apply for a scholarship or to renew an expired one. This must be done at least five business days prior to registering for a program.  Scholarships may not be applied for online.  Information regarding scholarship program changes, including required documentation, is available 

Individuals who do not have access to a computer or smart phone may register online using the free computer labs at East Athens Community Center, Lay Park, or Rocksprings Park during regular hours of operation.

For more information, please call 706-613-3800.



This year’s theme and title is “Connect.”  This theme was selected, as art is a wonderful way to discuss the needs of our time, to describe who we are, and to reach out to our neighbor, our city, and beyond.

With an amazing team of public school art teachers the Lyndon House hosts hundreds of artworks created by our future generation in this biannual exhibit.   Each artist, in grades Pre-K through 12 uses his or her experience and creativity to investigate a theme through painting, fiber, printmaking, sculpture and more.

The opening reception is planned for Saturday, November 11 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Clarke Central High School Honors Chamber Strings, under the direction of Dr. Eunice Kang, will perform for a minimum of 45 minutes beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The exhibition opens Saturday, November 11 and continues through Saturday, January 13.  All exhibitions are free and open to the public during regular gallery hours of Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Lyndon House is closed on Saturdays when there is a University of Georgia home football game.

For more information, please call 706-613-3623.


Out of this World!

Sandy Creek Nature Center will host The Lonely Star, a special planetarium program scheduled for Saturday, November 11 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Come by the planetarium before winter kicks in and discover the lonely star of autumn called Fomalhaut.
Mysteries surround this lonely star as well as unique stories. This program is for ages five and older, children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $2 for ACC residents and $3 for non-residents.  Online registration is required. Register online for this program.

For more information, please call 706-613-3615.

Everyone Loves a Parade!

Entries for the 2017 Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights are now being accepted.

This year’s parade is scheduled for Thursday, December 7. The deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2017.  The parade entry fee is $40 with checks payable to “Athens-Clarke County.”  

Annually, more than 60 entries compete for such prizes as “Most Original Float,” “Best Use of Theme, “ and “Best Use of Lights”  with the best overall float receiving the “Mayor’s Award.” This year’s theme is “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree.”

The Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights is sponsored by the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and the Athens Downtown Development Authority.  

Parade information and application forms are available at or by calling 706-613-3800.

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