Top Holiday Events Beyond Atlanta
Take a trip to these top-notch attractions and events, which are fun for the whole family. Also check out our list of Atlanta’s Top Holiday Events.
A Christmas Wonderland
The Bavarian community of Helen magically transforms into a Christmas wonderland and brings lights, a German Christmas market and even a parade and new Mountain Coaster! Kick off the holiday season Nov. 29 with Helen’s Annual Lighting of the Village in Downtown Helen. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. with live music in the Band Shell downtown, a Christmas Choir singalong from 5-6 p.m., Lighting of the Village at 6 p.m. and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus by sleigh. Don’t miss the Helen Christmas Parade with floats, bands and lots of merriment winding through town Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.
Enjoy a Holiday on the Half Shell
The holidays can be even better at the beach! The beach is the perfect place to start a new tradition. Visit Gulf County, Florida, from November to December to enjoy family-friendly events, half-off deals and more. The Holidays on the Half Shell event calendar has activities like Concierge Meet & Greet, Oyster Shucking Demonstration and Eating, Speakers at the Library, Christmas Caroling, Hometown Light Displays, and more!
Fantasy In Lights – The South’s Christmas Tradition
Experience Christmas at Callaway, featuring Fantasy In Lights – one of National Geographic’s Top 10 Light Displays. Make merry in Christmas Village, meet holiday characters, and ride through Callaway’s illuminated forest of over 8 million lights. Extend the celebration with an overnight stay in one of Callaway’s many accommodations, from woodland cottages with cozy fireplaces to lakeside guest rooms in the Resort & Spa. Hike or bike through 2,500 acres of natural scenery, have a wildlife encounter, unwind in our world-class spa, or simply relax with a cup of hot cocoa. Nightly from November 15 through January 4.
Lookout Mountain is a Magical Destination for Holiday Adventure!
Experience the wonder of Ruby Falls Christmas Underground on a magical, interactive journey to visit Santa. Travel through a mountain cavern to find a secret passage to the North Pole! Discover a glittering ice cave, meet Joystone miners, see the Joystone Express, and find your own sparkling Joystone on this holiday adventure. Discover the magic of the season with over a million dazzling lights at Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights. Share your list with Santa, decorate gingerbread cookies with Mrs. Claus, meet Jack Frost and Inara the Ice Queen, and enjoy live entertainment nightly while making treasured memories in this holiday fantasyland.