The Thanksgiving holiday marks the opening of Scrooge-haunting season at Atlanta theaters with the premieres of multiple versions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The Alliance Theatre's 20th anniversary production of the Dickens classic features Chris Kayser's 17th appearance as Ebenezer Scrooge. Dad's Garage Theatre brings back last year's improv-oriented Invasion: Christmas Carol, which features a different "invader," unknown to the rest of the cast, each night. The New American Shakespeare Tavern and Kudzu Playhouse also open Carols Nov. 27, while later in December Aurora Theatre presents Anthony Rodriguez's one-man Carol, and 14th Street Playhouse offers a female variant on the show, Scrooge in Rouge. Alliance Theatre: Through Dec. 24. $25-$60. Thurs., 7 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.alliancetheatre.org. Dad's Garage Theatre: Through Dec. 23. $15-$22. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com. New American Shakespeare Tavern: Through Dec. 23. $12-$32. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 6:30 p.m. 404-874-5299. www.shakespearetavern.com. Kudzu Playhouse: Through Dec. 24. $13-$19.50. Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. 10743 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell. 770-594-1020. www.kudzuplayhouse.org.