Christmas in Atlanta: Rudolph at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is an classic tale, told classically. It’s also an Atlanta area tradition during the holiday season. Here’s why.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry ArtsRudolph at the Center for Puppetry Arts

The holidays just wouldn’t be the holidays without Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all the claymation specials from my childhood. I’m super excited about the Center for Puppetry Arts production of Rudolph. The Center is replicates the 1964 (didn’t realize it was that old) stop-motion animated special. It’s become a holiday tradition in Atlanta.

Although this is a new way to see the classic tale, the puppet makers at the Center for Puppetry Arts are faithfully adhering to the original story and characters – there’s no “interpretation” of the story. I appreciate that. I don’t like people messing with my childhood memories.

The show uses animation and puppets to tell the story of Rudolph and his band of misfits. It’s a classic story told classically. It was so good, I’m thinking about going again (if I can find some time). The show is an hour long, so plan to get there a bit early to get situated so you don’t miss any of the show. For younger kids, seeing the movie beforehand could help them to really enjoy the show. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, but members receive up-front seating, so if you’d like those seats, consider becoming a member of the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Create a Puppet Workshop
In addition to a great show, your admission also includes the Create-a-Puppet workshop, where you’ll make a Rudolph string puppet. We did this after the show, but you can come early and do it before the show as well. If you don’t have time to make the puppet while you are there, you can take it with you and enjoy the craft at home. If you’re kids just LOVE making puppets, stop in the gift shop on your way out. You can purchase puppet kids from past shows. Here are some pictures from our Create-a-Puppet Fun.

Center for Puppetry Arts Museum
The Center for Puppetry will be opening a new museum in November 2015. Here’s a sneak peak at what you’ll find.  

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