“A Country Christmas” at Gaylord Opryland Resort, Photo Courtesy of Gaylord Opryland
Less than 100 miles from home:
Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway “Holiday Express” Train
WHEN: Nov. 24 – Dec. 24
WHERE: 241 Depot Street
CONTACT: brscenic.com/holiday-special-rides/ or 877.413.8724
COST: $52/adults; $35/children 2-12; FREE/children under 2
Hop on board the Holiday Express for a festive one-hour train ride. Passengers will enjoy holiday music, a reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” and hot chocolate and snacks available for sale. Children will receive a Blue Ridge Scenic Railway jingle bell, a candy cane, an activity packet, and a chance to see Santa Claus.
Blue Friday and Light Up Blue Ridge
WHEN: Nov. 24-Nov. 25
WHERE: Downtown Blue Ridge
CONTACT: lightupblueridge.info or 706.258.8289
Welcome in the Christmas season with Christmas tree lights and family fun in Downtown Blue Ridge. On Nov. 24, Blue Friday will include store discounts at downtown stores, food vendors, and live entertainment from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Light Up Blue Ridge will take place on Nov. 25, offering a variety of live entertainment, pictures with Santa, a parade through downtown, and the Lighting of the Great Tree.
Light up the Holidays at Barnsley Resort
WHEN: Nov. 25 – Jan. 1
WHERE: Barnsley Resort
CONTACT: barnsleyresort.com or 770.773.7480
COST: $25/adults; $10/children 6-12
Over 1 million lights will illuminate the historic manor house ruins, gardens, and the entire Barnsley Resort Village for the holiday season. In addition, the resort offers several holiday-themed events, from gingerbread house and wreath crafting workshops to visits with Santa. A special “Light Up the Holidays” offer is also available for those wishing to stay overnight.
Less than 150 miles from home:
Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas
WHEN: Nov. 24 – Jan. 7
WHERE: Downtown Dahlonega
CONTACT: dahlonegachristmas.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy a full month of classic Christmas festivities in historic Dahlonega. The celebration begins on Nov. 24 with live music and the Lighting of the Square and Christmas tree. Visitors will also enjoy visiting Santa, food trucks, seasonal performances at the historic Holly Theater, as well as the Christmas Market on Dec. 1, 2, 8, and 9 and the Dahlonega Christmas Parade on Dec. 9.
WHEN: Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2-3
WHERE: Downtown Marktplatz
CONTACT: helenchamber.com or 706.878.1619
The Helen Chamber of Commerce will host its 16th Annual Christkindlmarkt, a traditional German event, over two weekends in 2023. Offering everything from unique gifts and decorations to an assortment of savory and sweet foods, drinks, and candied treats, this event promises plenty of festive Alpine cheer in the center of Helen, Georgia.
Stone Mountain, GA
Stone Mountain Christmas
WHEN: Nov. 11 – Jan. 2, select dates
WHERE: Stone Mountain Park
CONTACT: stonemountainpark.com or 800.401.2407
COST: $39.99/adults; $34.99 children 3-11
Experience the wonder of the holiday season during Stone Mountain Christmas. Daytime attractions include the Summit Skyride and Scenic Railroad, and each evening, the park will dazzle with millions of lights. In addition, evening visitors will enjoy festive music, live performances, visits from some classic holiday characters, and a Christmas drone and light show.
“A Country Christmas” at Gaylord Opryland Resort
WHEN: Nov. 10 – Jan. 1
WHERE: Gaylord Opryland Resort
CONTACT: christmasatgaylordopryland.com or 615.889.1000
COST: Prices vary by event.
Christmas at Gaylord Opryland is a Nashville holiday tradition. Guests can explore acres of indoor and outdoor twinkling lights and enjoy holiday activities including ice tubing, gingerbread decorating, and visits with Santa. ICE!, the resort’s signature holiday attraction, will return this year for more winter magic featuring The Polar Express™ in over 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures.
Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood
WHEN: Nov. 18 – Jan. 7
WHERE: Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
CONTACT: cheekwood.org or 615.356.8000
COST: $26-$31/adults; $20-$25/youth; $16-$21/member adult; $12-17 member youth; FREE/children 2 and under
As one of Nashville’s classic holiday traditions, Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood features elegant, creative light displays along a one-mile walking path that sets the gardens aglow. With sparkling interactive features, s’mores and bar stations, and a 20-foot-tall poinsettia tree in the historic mansion, it’ll be a memory-making experience for visitors of all ages.