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Guide to Thomasville's Victorian Christmas Festival

Celebrate the holidays like the old days with roasted chestnuts, carriage rides, classic carols and more.

  • Victorian Christmas Festival in Thomasville

    Robert Burns Porter Photography

Each year, Thomasville, Ga., transforms into a Victorian winter wonderland during the annual Victorian Christmas Festival.

Dates & Times

The 2017 festival is set for Thursday, Dec. 14 and Friday, Dec. 15. Each day, the festival will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Thomasville Victorian Christmas Festival Carriage Rides - Robert Burns Porter Photography

Location

The Victorian Christmas Festival takes place in historic downtown Thomasville. Incorporated as a city in 1831, Thomasville is rich with Victorian-era architecture, including Pebble Hill Plantation.

Getting There

Thomasville is in southwest Georgia, due west of Valdosta and due south of Albany. It is two and a half hours from Columbus, Macon and Gainesville, Fla. Thomasville is about 45 minutes west off of I-85 via US 84. Greyhound Bus service is available at the Thomasville Travel Center, 2685 US-84, Thomasville, GA 31792.

Staying There

There are a number of chain hotels located in Thomasville, including Baymont Inn & Suites, Best Western, Days Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Quality Inn.

The town is also home to a number of bed and breakfasts, including 1884 Paxton House Inn, Freedom Oaks Bed & Breakfast, The Magnolia Leaf, and Myrtlewood Plantation. Sugar Mill RV park is located nearby.

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At the festival

Downtown Thomasville fills with the sights and sounds of Christmas as jingle bells and twinkling lights enchant festival-goers.

Live entertainment captures your imagination as carolers belt out classics and the theater puts on a show. Attendees are invited to feast on roasted chestnuts and marshmallows. Carriage rides transport riders up and down the streets while ice sculpting, a live nativity, carousel and more capture the attention of guests. Food vendors are located throughout the festival area with all of your favorite seasonal delicacies and festival favorites.

Be sure to dress for the weather! Remember, it gets cool quickly as the sun sets and the fun gets turned up.
 

Cost

This annual event is free to attend.

Other things to do while you're there

Visit Pebble Hill Plantation

Tour the main house and expansive grounds of Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville and step back to another time. - GDEcD Photography

The plantation was first established in 1850 when the first home was built. In the years since, it’s been turned into a hunting estate after time as a successful agricultural endeavor. The main house burned down in the early 1930s but was quickly replaced by a new main house.

Take a Taste of Thomasville Food Tour

Six stops along the way will give your mind and stomach a new appreciation for the cuisine of Thomasville. Each tour takes approximately three hours, and is suited for children and adults ages 13 and up.

Discover the Jack Hadley Black History Museum

Thousands of artifacts showcasing African-American history are on display at this museum, which opened in 2006.

See the Big Oak

At over 20 feet in diameter and pushing 330 years old, the town’s Big Oak live oak is one of the best spots in town to take a picture and commemorate your visit. You can have your picture taken by the Big Oak Cam by dialing 229-236-0053 from your cell phone while standing by the white sign. You can download your photo for free from www.rose.net/plogger/index.php.

Visit Birdsong Nature Center

Discover what lives in the center’s 565 acres of wildflower meadows, forests, ponds and swamps during a daytime visit. Open each Wednesday through Sunday, admission prices are minimal. 

Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more festival content from Eileen.

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