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Holiday Events in Georgia's Lake Country

  • Holidays at the Old Governor's Mansion

As the temperature drops and the seasons change, the communities in Georgia's Lake Country transform into a holiday hub of family fun. Entertain the whole family at these top 8 holiday events in Georgia's Lake Country!

Eatonton

Enjoy Christmas in the Briar Patch on Dec. 10, 2016. This annual event is a one-stop-shop! Peruse arts and crafts from local vendors in the courthouse lawn or venture through the downtown shops. Stick around to watch the lighted Christmas parade, which begins at 6 p.m. Bring your camera for free pictures with Santa and Briar Patch Friends!

Explore the village of Step Back during the holidays.
Explore the village of Step Back during the holidays.

Step back at Christmas on Dec. 10, 2016, is a favorite Eatonton holiday event. Witness and explore a water-powered mill, blacksmith shop, gristmill, general store, one room schoolhouse, and much more. This community of two is open to the public only twice per year (though open for tours year-round). Don’t miss an opportunity to step back in time during Christmas.

Madison

Tour grand homes decorated for the holidays in Madison.
Tour grand homes decorated for the holidays in Madison.

On Dec. 2-3, 2016, the town that Sherman spared will open several of its antebellum homes, buildings and churches to the public during the annual Holiday Tour of Homes. The magic of Madison's antebellum homes multiplies during this special event as lavish mansions are decorated for the Christmas season. Choose to take a daytime or candlelight tour, when rich Southern heritage is put on display.

Gather in Downtown Madison on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, for an afternoon of Christmas Celebration. Attend the downtown parade, then mosey over to Town Park for Caroling by Candlelight. Local choral groups, bands and community musicians will perform holiday favorites, and there will be a special visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves. Don’t miss this special opportunity to roast marshmallows over an open flame and speak to Santa directly about your Christmas wish list!

Milledgeville

See the Old Governor's Mansion decorated with authentic finery.
See the Old Governor's Mansion decorated with authentic finery.

Experience an Antebellum Christmas at the Mansion as the Old Governor's Mansion transforms into a beautiful representation of what Christmas at the mansion looked like in the time period before the Civil War. From streamers in the children's room to poinsettias in the parlors, each room is dressed with authentic period decorations. The crown jewel of Christmas at the Mansion is the tall and ornate Christmas tree that is not to be missed. Holiday tours will be offered Nov. 19-23 and Nov. 29-Dec. 23, 2016. For an especially unique experience, candlelight tours will be offered on Dec. 10.

Attend the Holiday Open House at Rose Hill on Saturday, Dec. 10 where Rose Hill, the centerpiece of the 50-acre Lockerly Arboretum, will be decorated for the holidays. Admission to this event is free for Friends of Lockerly and $3 to all others.

Greensboro

Glide around the ice skating rink at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds.
Glide around the ice skating rink at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds.

Break out your ice skates and head to the Ice Skating Rink at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds at Lake Oconee. Get the family together and head to the 6,000-square-foot Ice Rink at the Pavilion. Work off that excess holiday energy on the ice then enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or hot apple cider. Skating begins Nov. 23, 2016, and is complementary for all hotel guests.

Attend the Downtown Greensboro Tree Lighting for an old-fashioned hayride, holiday music and a photo op with Santa Claus on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Jamison Hooks

Jamison Hooks is the Tourism Project Coordinator for the Madison - Morgan CVB. Upon graduating from The Florida State University, Jamison fell in love with Madison and its antebellum charm. The newfound Georgia Peach loves exploring Morgan County with her dog by her side. The duo usually can be found adventuring at Hard Labor Creek State Park or enjoying Lake Oconee.

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