Time to get it in gear. Tis the season to don your gay apparel and get to all the ways Atlanta makes the holidays gay – with LGBT events from parties to performances and beyond.
Friday, Dec. 16
XXX-Mess! (top photo). The annual jingle jams with Dirty Saint Nick, DJ On Point, DJ 5Hour Boner, and the East Atlanta gays @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.
“The Santaland Diaries.” The 18th year of Harold Leaver as David Sedaris’ snarky department store elf, kicks off @ Horizon Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Dec. 31.
“Let Nothing You Dismay” Closing Weekend. Gay Atlanta playwright Topher Payne’s holiday play returns @ Stage Door Players, 8 p.m. Runs through Dec. 18.
The Other Show. Come to the unique weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast and special guests that always pack a surprise @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m
Pump. When one word is all you need to kick off the weekend with a man-to-man dance party, you betta Pump, 10 p.m.
DJ Moose. It’s a dance party, and you’re invited @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.
Deadly Vixens puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 9 p.m.
Femme Fatale puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.
Friday Night Dance Party. Another weekly way to kick off your weekend just hit 10th Street. See what you can get into @ G’s, 10 p.m.
Ladies Lounge. Get your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women in the new Midtown home of Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Crush Friday turns up the volume on its weekly gay Latin party with stage shows and dancing into the wee hours @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Resident DJs Scott and Mikey take you deep into the night with $5 Fridays @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Foreplay Afterhours keeps you dancing late. Really late @ Tokyo Valentino, 1 a.m. – 5 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17
Heretic 25th Anniversary (middle photo). DJ Tony Moran ushers in the next quarter century with Cheshire Bridge’s longest-running gay mainstay and all its dancing boys. DJ Mike Pope opens @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Go early for Armorettes Christmas Vacation, 8 p.m. Here are eight reasons why you should party with them on Saturday.
Faith & Equality. Join statewide gay group Georgia Equality and its partner org Georgia Unites for a conversation about “what’s next” in LGBT rights @ Rush Center, 10 a.m. – 12 noon.
#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during regularly scheduled shenanigans, 7 p.m.
Jubilance! The LGBT instrumentalists of Atlanta Freedom Bands perform their holiday show @ Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 8 p.m.
Synergy turns up the volume on Saturday night and blows your ever-loving mind with glamazons working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.
Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The self-titled Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the theater experience of Atlanta’s drag restaurant and bar. Make reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m.
GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Edie Cheezburger, a cast of premiere queens and special guests @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.
DJ Lydia Prim brings the tribal beats to keep your weekend fun going that much longer @ Tokyo Valentino, 1 a.m. – 5 a.m.
DJ Josh Whitaker All Nighter. Bars close, but this place doesn’t. You never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18
Armorettes: Trailer Park Christmas (bottom photo). Atlanta’s camp drag crazies against HIV do their weekly good in the gayborhood @ Burkhart’s, 7:30 p.m.
Midtown Rouge. First it’s High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux, 1 p.m., then the legendary Sunday drag show kicks off with an all-star cast including Raquell Lorde (bottom photo) @ Blake's, 8 p.m.
Sunday Funday wraps your weekend just the way you like it: with all your gays plus DJs Rob Reum and Robert Ansley @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight.
CherryBomb: Merry Cherry. Wild Cherry Sucret returns to the weekly stage for “something hip and different,” including surprises each week @ Jungle, 8 p.m.
Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m.