Festive Guide to a Merry Christmas in Georgia

Christmas in Georgia

When Ray Charles warbled about moonlight through pines, he could have been singing about any time of year in Georgia. It’s plausible, however, that with all the special goings-on in the Peach State in the month of December, he was singing about Christmas in one of the South’s greatest states. If you’re not familiar with the Christmas offerings that are traditional to the Atlanta area, you can be sure of one thing: you are missing out on a plethora of warm and memorable experiences that you and your family will remember for years to come. It’s time that you became aware of the opportunities to celebrate the Yuletide season in Georgia. Read on for a few of the highlights.

The Attractions

  1. First, there’s Callaway Resort & Garden’s “Fantasy in Lights” This visually beautiful tradition is now over a quarter of a century old. Thousands of people have enjoyed the gorgeous, end-of-the-year display on the resort’s 2,500 manicured acres, and it’s time you were one of them. Beginning in mid-November, you can ride through the resort’s forests when they are decorated with tons of tiny lights. There will be a chance to meet holiday characters, which is always a popular attraction for children. You can plan to eat a meal at the resort and even stay the night after enjoying some hot chocolate with your loved ones.
  2. Christmas at Callaway Resort and Gardens is an undeniably special time. If you’re planning a trip there with your family, it’s worth checking out the other available experiences. These include a virtual Smorgasbord of wonderfully-prepared holiday meals. You can plan on arriving on Christmas Eve and eating to your heart’s content, staying the night and then enjoying an equally delicious meal on Christmas. Dining on December 24 includes options like Southern-style salad, New York strip roast, and an array of chilled seafood. Enjoy something for everyone on Christmas Day, accompanied by a view of the festively decorated Gardens at the Piedmont Dining Room or the Gardens Restaurant.
  3. If you’re not quite through with gift giving, stop by the Christmas Village in the Robin Lake Beach Dome, and peruse the unique wares available in places like the Magical Forest, with its owl tree; the Country Store, with its muscadine preserves and s’mores; and Toy Land, featuring light up toys and plush characters. You might even consider taking this opportunity to get a jump on next year’s Christmas shopping!

Christmas Lights

Visit Georgia

So, if you needed an excuse to visit Georgia this holiday season, you’re in luck, because you now have three! The magic of Christmas in the South is almost palpable, and although Georgia stays warmer than a lot of other states, there are still so many opportunities to celebrate the holidays in a winter wonderland atmosphere. Whether there’s snow on the ground in Georgia this year or there’s simply wind whistling through the pines, planning your visit to this dynamic and exciting state is definitely worth the time.

You will find many more activities at Callaway Resort and Garden that are geared toward the whole family. With Christmas approaching quickly, you shouldn’t hesitate to book your vacation getaway in Georgia. You can count on finding something to suit everyone in your family as you spend time in the Peach State creating memories that none of you will soon forget. See www.callawaygardens.com for more information on the activities available there!


Explore All of Callaway

Beach & Water Sports

Swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing on Robin Lake

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TreeTop Adventure

Climb and zip through the trees on this fun forest course

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Butterfly Center

Meet over 1,000 colorful butterflies face-to-face

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Birds of Prey Shows

Discover the strength, speed, and beauty of these magnificent creatures

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Hiking & Biking Trails

Explore Callaway’s 2,500 acres by foot or by bicycle

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The Gardens

Drink in the beauty of azaleas, hydrangeas, and other woodland wonders

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Fantasy In Lights

One of National Geographic’s Top 10 Holiday Light Displays

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Summer Family Adventure

An authentic Georgia outdoor family getaway like no other

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Enjoy mouthwatering, chef-prepared cuisine at an array of restaurants

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Balloon Festival

Watch beautiful balloons aglow or enjoy your own tethered balloon ride

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Symphony on the Sand

A night beneath the stars with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

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Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard

Tournament for the greatest athletes in competitive watersports

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Some of the best lake fishing in the southeastern United States

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