Favorite Holiday Traditions of Local Georgians

  • See Hills & Dales Estate decorated for the holidays

    Dec. 5-26, 2015

Every community has its own unique traditions, especially during the holiday season. As a traveler, I like to find the activities and events that even the people that live in the community look forward to seeing. Here are a few tried and true community traditions in Georgia that attract locals as well as visitors.

Thomasville residents dressed up for Victorian Christmas
Thomasville residents dressed up for Victorian Christmas

Victorian Christmas Festival, Thomasville: On Dec. 10 and 11, Thomasville, Georgia, is transformed into a turn-of-the-century downtown. Enjoy carriage rides with jingle bells, costumed carolers who encourage singing along, and roasting marshmallows or chestnuts over an open fire. There is musical entertainment, shopping, and a live nativity, too.

Become a Sugar Plum Fairy, Lookout Mountain: Children can become part of Inara The Ice Queen’s court by purchasing a princess dress or fairy wings. Afterward, stroll through the kingdom, which includes the nightly Enchanted Garden of Lights from 6 – 9 p.m. Lights are a big part of many holiday celebrations throughout Georgia. Here is a list of 14 places to see holiday lights near Atlanta.

Ride the Pink Pig, Atlanta: My favorite traditions are the ones unique to a particular community. I’d venture to guess there is no other place in the world where you can ride a pink pig through a storybook. This Atlanta tradition started at the Rich’s department store in downtown and continues at the Macy’s at Lenox Square Mall. When you go, tell Priscilla I said “Hi.”

Build Gingerbread Houses, LaGrange: The Callaway family celebrated many a Christmas at the Hills & Dales Estate in LaGrange. Now the family home is open to the public, and locals are creating their own traditions. In addition to tours through the mansion, on Dec. 19, bring the kids for a Children’s Christmas Celebration, including decorating gingerbread houses.

Sue Rodman

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