The holiday season is in full swing, and we are feeling festive! Here’s everything you can enjoy at the Center for Puppetry Arts this month:

On stage all month: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This show is based on the 1964 television special, and has become an Atlanta holiday tradition. Tickets are selling quickly for the December performances, so don’t wait! Note: No shows on Dec. 25.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

In the Worlds of Puppetry Museum all month: Guided tours of the museum take place Tuesday-Friday at 1 pm, Saturday at 11 am. Guided tours of the Jim Henson Collection take place Tuesday-Friday at 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm.

Tale Time Thursday takes place every Thursday at 2 pm in the museum and is included with museum admission. On the schedule this month:

  • 12/1: Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas by Russell Hoban
  • 12/8: The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola
  • 12/15: A Christmas Tree in the White House by Gary Hines
  • 12/22: The Story of Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington

New in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum: We’ve just finished rotating items in both the Global and Jim Henson collections. Forty items have debuted in the Global Collection, including new puppets from India, Mali, Egypt, Turkey and Iran. In the Jim Henson Collection, we have 20 new pieces on display, including the Fazoobs from The Muppet Show, and new pieces from Fraggle Rock, Dog City and The Song of Cloud Forest. Finally, in the Atrium, you cannot miss our newest acquisition: Topthorn, from the National Theatre’s production of War Horse.

The Fazoobs

12/3: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” We’re so excited to walk in this year’s Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade! Our float will be easy to recognize—it looks just like our museum! Keep an eye out for some of your favorite puppets from our past shows. If you can’t be there in person, the parade will air live on WSB-TV Channel 2!

12/3: Are you interested in getting involved with the Center for Puppetry Arts? Volunteer Orientation takes place 3-4 pm on Dec. 3. Volunteer perks include free museum admission, complimentary show tickets, and the chance to make new friends and support an active arts organization.

12/3: We’ll be screening Muppet Treasure Island on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 pm. The museum will be open one hour before the movie, where you can see the movie’s Miss Piggy, Polly Lobster, Clueless Morgan and Mad Monty puppets. $10 nonmembers, FREE for Members.

Muppet Treasure Island

12/4: “C is for Cookie.” Dec. 4 is National Cookie Day! Come say hi to your favorite cookie fiend, Cookie Monster, in the museum today.

Cookie Monster

12/12: Audrey Gámez from C4 Atlanta will join us on Dec. 12 to present Fundraising 101, a three-hour workshop that teaches how to raise funds in support of the arts. The session will cover crowd funding, individual donations, grants, corporate donations and sponsorships, and much more.

Fundraising 101

12/25-26: Center for Puppetry Arts closed. Happy Holidays!

12/31: Last chance for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! The show’s final performances will be on New Year’s Eve.