Georgia Christmas Tree Lightings

  • Jekyll Island Christmas Tree Lighting

Ready to see the lights and hear the sounds of the season? From the coast to the mountains, Georgia is home to some of the country’s best tree lighting events.

Alpharetta, Nov. 20 & Dec. 3

This city in north Fulton County hosts two Christmas tree lighting events each year. The city’s event takes place downtown Dec. 3, 2016. Festivities include a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by the mayor, appearances by Mr. & Mrs. Claus, food trucks, live entertainment, and a special Christmas-themed farmers market. At Avalon, The Lighting of Avalon includes free activities for the whole family capped off by a lighting of their giant tree. Avalon’s 2016 event is set for Nov. 20.

Athens, Dec. 1

The city’s annual Downtown Parade of Lights on Dec. 1, 2016, starts the holiday season in Athens. The special event features a parade through downtown ending at 7 p.m. with the traditional tree lighting ceremony featuring Santa Claus.

Atlanta, Nov. 20

Macy's Great Tree Lighting at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta
Macy's Great Tree Lighting at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta

Macy’s Great Tree lights up Lenox Square each year kicking off the start of the holiday season. The event, which has become a tradition for many Atlanta area families, features a live concert, tree lighting, and fireworks finale set to holiday music. The tree stands 56 feet tall and is adorned with 45,000 sparkling LED lights. The 2016 event will be held on Nov. 20.

Augusta, Dec. 3

The holiday season starts in downtown Augusta with a full day of festive fun at Augusta Common leading up to the annual tree lighting ceremony. The 2016 event will happen on Dec. 3.

Ellijay, Nov. 27-29

Celebrate the season during the annual three-day Light Up Ellijay celebration, which features hayrides, musical performances, a tree lighting, carolers, a Christmas market, pageant, and an appearance by the big guy from the North Pole. The 2016 event will be held Nov. 27-29.

Greensboro, Dec. 2

Enjoy a small, hometown holiday celebration as the community of Greensboro gathers to watch the lights come on during the city’s official tree lighting. Shops downtown will stay open, choirs will sing seasonally appropriate songs, and the lights will twinkle. The 2016 event will be held on Dec. 2.

Jekyll Island, Throughout November & December

Jekyll Island Club Hotel Holiday Lights
Jekyll Island Club Hotel Holiday Lights

The Jekyll Island Historic District comes alive with the sights and sounds of the season during the annual Tree Lighting Festival, featuring s’mores, kids’ crafts, live music, pictures with Santa, fireworks, a tree lighting, and snow. The 2016 event will be held throughout November and December.

Kennesaw, Nov. 30

Head to Kennesaw's Tunnel Plaza to enjoy an evening filled with festive choral music, a sing-along, and light refreshments, and then watch as the city’s mayor flips the switch to illuminate the tree. The 2016 event will be held on Nov. 30.

Snellville, Nov. 26

The annual Christmas tree lighting and parade will kick off the holiday season in Snellville with an evening of fun. Towne Green hosts festive family fun from before, during, and after the annual Christmas parade. The 2016 event will be held on Nov. 26.

Statesboro, Dec. 2

Courthouse Square lights up during the annual Christmas Holiday Celebration in Statesboro. In addition to the tree lighting, there will be a holiday parade and 5K run. The 2016 event will be held on Dec. 2.

Tybee Island, Dec. 2

Lights on for Tybee is the island’s annual Christmas celebration and includes caroling, live performances, complimentary refreshments, and the lighting of the Christmas tree. The 2016 event will be held on Dec. 2.

Valdosta, Dec. 2

Valdosta Christmas Parade
Valdosta Christmas Parade

Head to the front lawn of Valdosta’s City Hall, where you’ll be surrounded by neighbors and friends, all gathered to celebrate the spirit of the season with the annual tree lighting event. The 2016 event will be held on Dec. 2. Stay for the weekend, and enjoy the Valdosta Christmas Parade the next evening, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m.


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Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

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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