Santa at Georgia State Parks

FDR State Park has Affordable Holiday Events for the Entire Family

Get into the holiday spirit without spending a fortune at F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain. This is Georgia's largest state park and a favorite with hikers and backpackers. But you don’t have to head out on the trail to enjoy this state park. They have lots of ranger-led programs, including some wonderful family-friendly holiday events you don't want to miss.

Biking at F.D. Roosevelt State Park
Biking at F.D. Roosevelt State Park

Saddle-Up with Santa

There aren't a whole lot of reindeer in Georgia and it’s a bit difficult to travel by sleigh, so it’s no wonder the big man in red is doing a little improvising by traveling on horseback. Saddle up and celebrate the season on a beautiful 1-hour guided winter ride through the woodlands alongside Santa. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. $35 per person.

Fairy House Contest

Did your Christmas elves have a special home during the holidays? Bring it to F.D. Roosevelt State Park for a special Fairy Tour of Homes and Fairy House Contest. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. $8 per house.

Candy Shoot Target Archery

What could be better than shooting arrows? Winning candy, that’s what. Don’t worry, your New Year’s resolution hasn’t kicked in yet. F.D. Roosevelt rangers will provide basic archery instruction, equipment and, of course, candy prizes. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. 12 – 2 p.m. $8 per person.

More Holiday Fun at Georgia State Parks

All 65 of Georgia State Parks have events throughout the holiday season and into the new year. Here are a few of our holiday favorites. Be sure to pre-register at the state park.

Learn how Georgia came to exist as the 13th British colony at Fort King George Historic Site in Darien - Photo courtesy Georgia Department of Natural Resources Parks and Historic Sites division
Learn how Georgia came to exist as the 13th British colony at Fort King George Historic Site in Darien - Photo courtesy Georgia Department of Natural Resources Parks and Historic Sites division

A Colonial Christmas at Fort King George

Fort King George in Darien has a replica block house, soldier’s barracks and other period buildings. During Colonial Christmas at Fort King George, enjoy a traditional dinner in the soldier’s barracks followed by Yuletide fun and culminating in a cannon firing! Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. 7 – 8:30 p.m.. $40 per person.

Holiday Elf Hike

Bring your elf on a shelf for some fresh air and outdoor fun at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge just south of Atlanta. In addition to a short hike, Panola rangers will have crafts and hot cocoa, plus a special treat for your elf. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. 2 – 4 p.m.  $15 per person.

Published: November 2017