Ho, ho, ho. For those who celebrate, the big day is here. For everybody, it kicks off a long holigay weekend of Atlanta LGBT events with music, movies and merriment.
Friday, Dec. 25
Naughty & Nice Party (top photo). When your daily obligations are done, get with your gays for a Christmas Night party with boys, beats and booze @ Ten, 10 p.m.
Holi-gay Party. Many of your favorite gay bars and clubs are pouring today, but a few aren't. Check in with your spot before you head out to confirm if and when they open.
Movie Magic. So there’s an old joke that Chinese food and a movie is Jewish Christmas, because at one time they were literally the only things open on Dec. 25. True or not, Hollywood Studios caught on and now drop big releases on this day. Catch Oscar bait like the gay “Carol,” the star-packed “The Big Short” and “Joy,” or fun like “Daddy’s Home” and “Point Break” and more. Also still playing are “The Danish Girl,” “The Revenant,” “Sisters” and some little film about Wars and Stars.
“Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ hilarious play about a snarky department store elf returns for its 17th season with Harold Leaver in the starring role @ Horizon Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Dec. 31.
Saturday, Dec. 26
Sarah Peacock Birthday Bash. One of LGBT-ATL’s own is a Christmas baby and one hell of a singer-songwriter, so this annual concert let’s everybody celebrate @ Eddie’s Attic, 7 p.m.
Big Beat Fest. The winter’s biggest EDM festival kicks off with 24 DJs and two stages of music. It’s not specifically gay, but our people will more than represent @ Georgia Freight Depot, 6 p.m.
Country All Night. Scoot your boots with the C&W gays @ Heretic, 8 p.m.
Christmas #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 the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.
Mama’s Black Sheep. A concert by this awesome band benefits Lost N Found Youth, hosted by the local lesbians of Women’s Outdoor Network and your friends @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Panther L/L Bar Night. The local Levi-leather group tends bar for tips that go to LGBT charities during your regularly scheduled kinky dance party @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 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.
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.
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 Seth Breezy All Nighter moves you all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Saturday never really ends @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 27
Beards, Bears & Otters on Ice. Every year the gay hairy burlies gather with a little LEGO toy for charity and big fun on the temporary ice rink @ Park Tavern, 4 p.m.
Sunday Funday. DJs Rob Reum and Robert Ansley give you the inside-outside weekend closing party that you so deeply desire @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight.
High Energy & Cell Block Sunday. Get to gettin' with DJ Bill Berdeaux, 3 p.m., then the Cell Block drag show with Raquell Lord, Shawnna Brooks, Nicole Paige Brooks and Taejah Thomas @ Blake's, 8 p.m.
The Armorettes. Those local camp crazies throw down their weekly show for tips against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta @ Hideaway, 8 p.m.
Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet, her left-of-center queens, and DJ King Atlas rock this weekly drag show and dance party @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.