Events in Georgia

Jennifer Bradley Franklin

Check out our calendar of events to discover holiday happenings in Georgia.

Spectators admire a house on a tour of holiday decorated homes Jason Schneider

Visit these current and former residences to experience the spirit of Christmas.

“Georgia has a diverse offering of geographical sites that reflect the state’s rich history,” says Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation President and CEO Wright Mitchell. While it’s fun to see this architectural history year-round, some beautifully restored homes are decorated during the holidays. From Nov. 11–Nov. 18 and Nov. 28–Dec. 22 during Christmas at the Mansion, the 1839 Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville, the state’s former capital, is transformed, with each room dressed in period Christmas decorations. 

See some of Savannah’s most spectacularly decorated spots—from historic inns and museum homes to private residences—in the 48th annual Holiday Tour of Homes on Dec. 9. Get in the holiday spirit with Holiday Tours at the Hills & Dales Estate in LaGrange. From Dec. 5–30, the Georgian Italian villa, completed in 1916, is festooned with all manner of festive decor, including a 12-foot-tall live Christmas tree. 

Now–Dec. 17 
White Christmas 

Irving Berlin’s feel-good musical comes to life on the stage at the Legacy Theatre in Tyrone. Audiences of all ages will love classics such as “Blue Skies” and “How Deep Is the Ocean,” performed live by a talented cast. 

NOW–Jan. 14
A Long Arc: Photography and the American South since 1845

Atlanta’s High Museum of Art presents the first major survey of Southern photography in nearly three decades. The exhibition includes works from the museum’s collection of civil rights-era works and more.

Now–Feb. 11 
Power and Piety in 17th-Century Spanish Art 

This exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens gives guests a chance to see the works of Spanish baroque masters including Francisco de Zurbarán, Bartolomé Murillo and Pedro Orrente.

Nov. 13–19
The RSM Classic

This Sea Island Golf Club tradition is a favorite PGA Tour event for spectators and the players, who compete on both the Seaside and Plantation courses. 

Nov. 17–18 
Arts Alpharetta’s Artists Holiday Market

Give the gift of art. The Alpharetta Arts Center hosts this annual opportunity for shoppers to connect with local artists for cash-and-carry original keepsakes. 

Nov. 18 
Are We African Yet? (A.W.A.Y) Festival

Artist/producer Davido is launching his first annual festival at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena. The lineup features Kizz Daniel, Pheelz, Lojay and BNXN and others to highlight the shared cultural heritage emanating from Africa. 

Nov. 23–Dec. 23 
Mountain Country Christmas in Lights

There’s something for everyone at this annual festival at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. On select dates, millions of lights illuminate the grounds, accompanied by festive food, photo ops with Santa, live music and a holiday market. 

Dec. 9 
Festive Hike 

Join a resident naturalist for a moderate 1.6-mile guided hike along Laurel Ridge Trail in Helen’s Smithgall Woods State Park. You’ll learn about the roots of some of your favorite Christmas traditions along the way.

Dec. 9
Saturday on the Ranch

If you’ve always dreamed of seeing wild horses up close, here’s your chance. The Wild Mustang Ranch in Lyons hosts an opportunity to interact with their herd of more than 20 American mustangs, offering a unique experience of the power of equine-human companionship. 

Dec. 11–14
Menorah Lighting

Join friends from Chabad Intown and celebrate the Festival of Lights with live music, a traditional menorah lighting ceremony, Hanukkah food and drinks and family-friendly activities at various locations on consecutive nights in the Atlanta area. 

Dec. 15
Bob Ross Joy of Painting

Novices and experts alike are welcome to pick up a brush at the interactive lessons taught by Certified Bob Ross Instructor Alexander Sandor Iliuta. It all takes place at the 1903 Page House Bed and Breakfast, in Dublin. 

Dec. 18
Celtic Angels Christmas

Voices from on high take the stage at the Hardin Auditorium in Evans for a toe-tapping show sure to get the whole family in the holiday spirit. The troupe of Irish performers showcases vocal and instrumental renditions of Christmas favorites.  

Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve Buzzard Drop 

Ring in 2024 in a distinctly unique fashion, watching “Bob the Buzzard” descend over historic downtown Perry at the stroke of midnight. 

Jan. 6
Bubbly-Jock and Barley—Cooking a Highlander’s Fare

Head to the Fort King George State Historic Site in Darien, where Highlanders from Scotland arrived in the 1730s. Guests can visit with a “Highlander” in the officer’s barracks, learn about this turkey dish and possibly taste some for themselves. 

Jan. 7
Georgia Bridal Show

This event at the Cobb Galleria Centre is a fun way for brides and grooms to get a jump on wedding planning. Connect with vendors and planners, register for a honeymoon giveaway and see the latest fashions. 

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