Top Holiday Events Beyond Atlanta
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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.
Follow a Trail of Lights
Chattanooga’s Holiday Trail of Lights Features 11 major points of interest, including three new locations, showcasing millions of twinkling lights at the city’s top holiday attractions. Winter experiences Nov. 16-Feb. 21 include festivals, holiday events, delicious holiday meals, Santa sightings, shopping, and live music and entertainment throughout the city. Check out special hotel packages and stay overnight in this fun city just two hours from Atlanta. For a chance to be featured on our social media, let us know about your Chattanooga holiday vacation by posting pictures and using #TrailofLightsCHA.
Holidays in the Mountains
Celebrate the holidays as only a mountain destination can! At Brasstown Valley Resort, go for Christmas dinner or to see the dozens of decorated Christmas trees, take a horseback ride or relax at Equani Spa. Be sure to watch the Sheriff’s Empty Stocking Christmas Parade Nov. 24 in Hiawassee and take in the Mountain Country Christmas Light Show, Nov. 22-Dec. 31. The planetarium at Young Harris College has a great light show Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 (get tickets early; it sells out!). Don’t miss the Brasstown Ringers Holiday Concert Dec. 7 and a Winter Solstice event at Crane Creek Vineyards Dec. 21.
Coolest Spot for Holiday Fun
Forum River Center’s Forum on Ice brings ice skating to downtown Rome for the first time ever! In addition to ice skating, visit with Santa and attend special seasonal events such as themed skating nights (announced on the Facebook page) and the Rome Winter Wonderland Carnival (Nov. 29-Dec. 2). As visitors skate on real ice inside the arena, snow falls from above throughout the day, holiday music is playing and Christmas lights and trees are on display. Birthday parties can also be hosted on the ice. Nov. 9-Dec. 27. Admission, free; skating, ages 5 and older, $10; ages 4 and younger, $3.