Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Spend the Holidays in Georgia at These Festive Events

As the temperatures drop, enjoy the warmth of the holiday season in Georgia.

Cold weather ushers in plenty of winter celebrations – Thanksgiving, football, holiday lights, a new year – and Georgia offers festive options for the whole family. Here’s just a taste of some of the annual holiday events you can enjoy:

Holiday Meals

Thanksgiving Feast at Forrest Hills Resort in Dahlonega, Georgia

Thanksgiving Day Feast in Dahlonega

On Nov. 22, 2018, enjoy all of the traditional Thanksgiving favorite dishes surrounded by the beauty of the North Georgia mountains at Forrest Hills Mountain Resort. Reservations required.

Sporting Events

The University of Georgia campus teems with football fans on game days. - Athens Campus

SEC Football Championship - Dec. 1, 2018, Atlanta

Watch East vs. West teams battle in this college football title game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with the winner usually advancing to the National Championship Game.

Holiday Parades

Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

Rome Christmas Parade - Nov. 27, 2018, Rome

Cheer on the oldest parade in Georgia, going strong since 1949. More than 100 floats and the city’s “Unsung Hero of the Year” celebration entertain the entire family.

Children’s Christmas Parade - Dec. 1, 2018, Atlanta

Bring folding chairs and hot cocoa for the Southeast’s largest Christmas parade. Admission to this Midtown spectacle is free, but prime bleacher seats can be purchased to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Downtown Parade of Lights - Dec. 6, 2018, Athens

This unique evening parade rallies more than 75 floats, live music, dance numbers and more. The parade wraps up at City Hall for an annual tree-lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa.

Christmas on the River & Lighted Parade - Dec. 7-9, 2018, Savannah

“Christmas on the River” brings arts, crafts and live music. The state’s oldest city also celebrates with a visit from Saint Nick at the parade finale.

Crossroads Christmas Parade at Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park’s Christmas parade heralds the holiday spirit with the Snow Angel and a visit from Santa. Fireworks and falling snow delight children of all ages.

More: Jingle All the Way with Georgia's Christmas Parades

Light Displays & Ceremonies

Lanier Islands Christmas

Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain

Enjoy 8 million twinkling marvels, named one of the world’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights” by National Geographic Traveler. Drive your own vehicle or ride the Jolly Trolley. Nov. 16, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Stroll through 2 million lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, listed in Forbes’ “10 Dazzling Light Displays Around the World.” Nov. 17, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019

Light Up Blue Ridge

Celebrate your holiday spirit with the annual tree-lighting ceremony and parade, followed by Santa’s arrival on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Nov. 24, 2018

For a full list of holiday events and activities in Georgia, visit

Published: October 2018