The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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If you had any lingering doubt whether Atlanta’s gay holidays were in motion, this batch of LGBT events should settle it for you. Dig into fabulous seasonal parties, concerts, fundraisers and shows.

Friday, Dec. 6
AGMC Seasons of Family (top photo) presents Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus’ 33rd annual concert of standard carols and modern holiday songs to kick off your season. Get a gander at the new women’s chorus too @ Cathedral of St. Philip, 8 p.m. Two Saturday performances as well.

G’s Grand Opening Party (second photo) celebrates the replacement of gay fave Gilbert’s with a fresh and new gastro pub. Here’s the scoop on what went down.

“The Santaland Diaries” continues its 15th year with gay actor Harold Leaver channeling gay humorist David Sedaris as a snarky bitter department store elf @ Horizon Theatre, through Dec. 31. Look for these five hidden gay gems.

Caroline Aiken lulls her lesbian fan base into submission with sweet, sweet croons @ Red Clay Theatre, Duluth, 8 p.m.

One Night Only: Charles Busch. The playwright, director and mostly drag actor (third photo) who brought us “Die Mommie Die,” “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom” and “Psycho Beach Party” hits the ATL with his one-man show currently slaying them in NOLA @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m.

Human Rights Shabbat celebrates the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a guest speaker with the gay-founded, gay-led Jewish congregation @ Congregation Bet Haverim, 7:30 p.m.

The Other Show A FauxKing Extravaganza puts another new spin on drag. This week’s show finds the drag queen cast channeling drag king realness. If you’re keeping score, that’s men dressing as women dressing as men. Should be interesting as always in the Jungle Room @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.  Show up early for a camp classic and a great dinner and drinks menu during Dinner & A Movie, 7:30 p.m.

Ladies Lounge 2.0 gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party and scores of ladies with the TraxxGirls promoters @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. Check out our Ladies Lounge photos.

FUR drops you into gay Atlanta’s hot weekly man-on-man dance party, this week with DJ Mike Pope (fourth photo) @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Heretic likes it dirty.

Femme Fatale with Destiny Brooks and Justice Taylor puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

M4M Hardbody Revue draws all the suburban gays to the yard for sexy OTP fun. It's also customer appreciation night @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.

Got Leche? lays out its weekly gay Latin night with stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m., this week with Jenni Rivera Live.

 

Saturday, Dec. 7
Atlanta Bucks Miss Ruck-N-Maul (fifth photo). It’s going to get burly up in those skirts for a cause. Atlanta’s gay rugby team does up one of its signature fundraisers to benefit Lost-n-Found Youth. This year’s “Down Under” themed fundraiser also includes Philip Bonneau’s Gods & Goddesses of Rugby @ Jungle, 6:30 p.m. Here’s exactly how crazy this gets when these guys don dresses.

SEC Championship Beer Bust raises funds with the gay and lesbian Dixie Bowling group. You’re in for beer, loaded gummis and Jell-O shots @ Hideaway, 3 p.m. You can also get in the game during the SEC Championship Watch Party on th multiple screens @ Amsterdam, 3 p.m.

Southern Bears Holiday Party hosts a pot luck dinner with provided main course and drinks  @ Rush Center, 7 p.m.

AGMC Seasons of Family presents Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus’ 33rd annual holiday concert (sixth photo) of standards and modern songs to kick off your season with two shows @ Cathedral of St. Philip, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Jockstrap Sister Twister continues the mission to collect for LGBT causes and have a good time with the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The gay men in nun habits rock a full night of games, prizes and irreverent fun @ Atlanta Eagle, 9 p.m.

Early Country & Late Night Dance offers line dancing and two stepping after the sun goes down, then DJ Mike Pope picks up the pace until close @ Heretic, 8 p.m. and 12 midnight.

Stella Parton Album Release. Girl, it’s Dolly’s sister (seventh photo), and she sangs! Her new “Resurrection” album is out, and so are all her Atlanta fans @ Ten, 10:30 p.m.

Gurlfrandz Holiday Show got your Christmas right here. It’s too much and that’s just the way you like it with this slightly-off cast of crazies @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Naughty Santa Party brings the ladies who love ladies out to play to a show with the drag king Lee family and special guest, the irrepressible Brent Star. Sexy Santa competition for you red-suited women out there @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Synergy with Shawnna Brooks is the Saturday night show to rock your world @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.

Grind-Here is the in-person version of the singles night you have in your pants, er on your smartphone. DJ beats get the party started @ Mixx, 10 p.m.

DragXotic werqs Saturday night with a drag show headed by Nicole Luv Dupree. Go earlier for more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Boys 4 Toys puts a giving twist on Atlanta’s best gay dance party (eighth photo) with a toy drive to benefit CHRIS Kids. Do it up with DJ Russ Rich @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Free entry if you come early for dinner, drinks and suprises of Ruby’s Redd Light District: Night of 1000 OMGs show in the Jungle Room, 9 p.m. Here’s how Jungle gets down.

Divas Cabaret presents its latest drag-stravaganza for the surburban OTP gays @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 10 p.m.

Midnight Madness drags out the dinner hour into party time with Angelica D’Paige @ 10th & Piedmont, 11 p.m.

DJ Alyson Calagna All Nighter moves your booty all the way to sunrise, just steps away from Jungle @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

 

Sunday, Dec. 8
Toy Party (ninth photo) welcomes your festive holiday best for the 11th year to Atlanta’s biggest gay holiday party. For the Kid in All of us invites everyone to bring a toy for Georgia kids and revel in the music, hundreds of friends and an open bar that says “Jeezus it’s December” like no other event @ Americas Mart, 5 p.m. Here’s why you don’t want to miss it. Check off 19 things you need to know about Toy Party plus these crucial Dos and Don'ts.

Out On Film Encore: “Melting Away.” The audience favorite and Israeli aaward-winning feature from Atlanta’s LGBT film festival in October returns for a special screening @ Midtown Art Cinema, 12 noon.

Holiday Photo Booth invites you to look at the gay- and drag-inclusive work like that of photographer Jon Dean, snap your gay-ass family holiday pic, shop the gay holiday gifts and enjoy the gay crowd and festivities @ Showcase School of Photography, 2 p.m.

Dar Williams rocks her lesbian fans in two shows celebrating her new record release @ Red Clay Theatre, Duluth, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Holiday Tea spins a green and red vision into the weekly dance that romps you into the new week. The holiday spirit comes this week courtesy DJ Joshua D. (bottom photo) in the bckspce @ Jungle, 7 p.m.

Snow Ball rocks a DJ Rob Reum set with free admission for Toy Party wristband wearers. Keep warm while a portion of the night’s proceeds benefit For The Kid in All of Us @ Ten, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday Service. DJ Vicki Powell offers up her last Sunday until spring. Dance with her post-Toy Party set and guest grooves by DJ Martin Fry in the ping pong room @ Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room, 6:30 p.m.

Flashback Showgirls is the drag show that takes you back, all the way back to a new decade each week. Lady Shabazz leads the cast @ 10th & Piedmont, 8 p.m.

Armorettes lay down the popular weekly fundraising show with the venerable troupe of camp drag crazies with the mouths of sailors and the hearts of gold @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.

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