Want to do a road trip this holiday season? This is a perfect way to spend time with family or friends and we have the perfect list for you to explore the Peach State. Check out our list of Holiday Travel Fun with 10 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Georgia. Be sure to tag us in your holiday pictures on social media and use the hashtag #blacksouthernbelle Happy Holidays!
Holiday Travel Fun: 10 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Georgia
Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas
Dahlonega is perfect for holiday-themed round-ups. Close enough to metro Atlanta for a day trip. Amazing enough for a weekend getaway.
Old Fashioned Christmas – Quite Simply it’s a magical time to visit. Think It’s a Wonderful Life small town setting (actually it was the setting for a recent Hallmark Christmas Movie) and a throwback to Christmases of Days Past.
Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas is a month-long celebration held from November 23rd through December 23rd 2018, set in motion with the Lighting of the Square. A real home-town parade officially bringing Santa to town occurs the first Saturday in December. Plenty of other festive holiday events continue almost daily throughout December with caroling, entertainment, carriage rides, wine sampling and live theater events.
Christmas Towns that Pull Out all the Stops: Beech Mountain, North Carolina – Photos and additional information are available upon request.
Holiday Spirit at 5,506ft High
With sweeping views of snow-capped mountain tops, Beech Mountain, NC is the pinnacle of winter destinations and a true east coast gem. Due to the high elevation, this majestic town is the first of the south to feel the wonders and spirit of the Christmas holiday allowing visitors to get started with the festivities earlier than other southern destinations.
This year, the town of Beech Mountain is pulling out all the stops – literally – with a giant lit up Christmas ornament that will be placed in the center of town – making for a true insta-worthy photo-op perfect for sharing on socials for friends, family and followers to also enjoy. The true icing on the cake however, is the handcrafted artwork and life size displays created from scratch by 14-year Beech Mountain resident Susan “Susie” Knepka that can be found ALL around this magical town. Originally from Harrisburg, PA, Susan grew up in South Florida and credits her “gift” and creativity to her father who also had artistic talents.
During any season, visitors and locals are warmly welcomed into Beech Mountain with Susie’s captivating artwork that has included her famous scarecrows during her favorite season, Autumn. This year, Susie has scarecrows that are bit human like and are playing hide-and-seek, dog walking, sitting on a bench and a girl getting her umbrella blown away by imaginary wind, just to name a few.
Susan draws her inspiration for her many projects – which she works hard to make sure are from recycled goods majority of the time – from sleepless nights when her artistic mind wanders and a bit from Pinterest as well. This Christmas, Susie is going above and beyond with plans to incorporate the Christmas gigantic Christmas ornament ball into her work and bringing back some of the community’s favorites such as snowmen roasting marshmallows, Santa reveling in the Christmas spirit via a handmade hammock of net lighting and so much more.
Upcoming Holiday Events Include:
Santa Comes to Beech
Saturday, December 15th 2018
Santa & his helpers make a special trip to Beech Mountain every year before Christmas to spread good cheer – and cookies & cocoa! Join us at the 4 Seasons at Beech hotel for a visit and photo opportunity with ol’ Saint Nick. This event is free to attend, and complimentary cookies & hot chocolate will be served.
Little do many know, Augusta Ga. is bursting at the seams with Christmas events suitable for friends or family to celebrate the holiday season. Escape the hustle and bustle of the metro and venture to Georgia’s second largest city for a memorable winter getaway. While here, be sure to indulge in the endless events and things to do such as:
- Christmas Light-Up Spectacular (December 3) A day full of Christmas activities, including the Winter Wonderland Parade down Broad Street at 3 p.m., family fun area and 12 Bands of Christmas concert in the Augusta Common beginning at Noon, will lead up to the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and will end with fireworks over the Savannah River at dark. Cost per person: FREE
- The Augusta Players Present: A Christmas Carol, The Musical @ The Imperial Theatre (December 8 & 9) Cost per person: $20 – $48 (Senior Citizen, Military, Child & Student discounts available. Ticket prices based on seat location.)
- Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker @ The Miller Theater
Cost: $23 – $175
- Scent the season at the Augusta Candle Company – Choose from over 100 pure fragrance oils and craft a custom blend or two. The Augusta Candle Company uses all-natural soy wax and lets you take a whirl at creating things such as body scrubs, sprays, bath salt, lotion and even soap.
Rumor has it, the first snowflakes might actually be seen in Augusta, Ga. this year and by snowflakes, I don’t mean the icy kind! If you’re in the city and late on wrapping up your holiday gift shopping, no worries! Tis’ the season for giving with a reason. Stop by the Augusta Training Stop for a present with a purpose your loved ones will cherish forever.
The Augusta Training Shop has been operating successfully since 1947 and honorably employees mentally and physically challenged adults who once employed are taught how to repair, refinish, strip and breathe new life into otherwise “damaged” furniture. For the holiday season, the inspiring work and dedication of these employees results in breath-takingly intricate wood-carved snowflakes of various sizes and designs.
- Snowflakes range in price from $25 to $125 and come in over 60 styles, in six different collections. For those looking to purchase a snowflake log on tohttp://www.augustatrainingshop.com/index.