Imagine yourself in a quaint historic town with thousands of holiday lights, music playing, stores decorated with greenery and Christmas decorations, Santa visiting children, horse-drawn lighted carriages taking people around the decorated square. It almost sounds like a scene from an old holiday movie or something out of a Charles Dickens book. It’s a Dahlonega Christmas and it’s only a short drive from Atlanta and the shopping malls.
Dahlonega Christmas is a longstanding tradition. Last year it was featured in Southern Living bringing thousands of tourists to the area. The event which starts the end of November with holiday lights running through mid-January has also been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Better Homes and Gardens, and Country Living. The Hallmark channel also discovered that Dahlonega makes a great Christmas town and filmed “Christmas in Homestead” a few years ago on the historic square.
The festivities begin the last Friday in November with the lighting of the square and the downtown Christmas tree at 6:00 pm. For the first time ever food trucks will be at Hancock Park from 3:00-7:00 pm Friday and Saturday and for the second and third Saturdays in December. This year Forever Plaid will be performing Christmas songs from their “Plaid Tidings” show on the Visitor Center Plaza Friday and Saturday – November 29 & 30 at 8:00 pm. Stores will also be open later than usual and carriage rides will be available for that romantic ride around the square.
If you can’t make the Dahlonega Christmas holiday kick off weekend the festivities will continue throughout the month and the lights will be lit until January 15th.
Winter Wine Walk Wednesdays will happen the first three Wednesdays in December from 5:00-8:00 pm.. For one price ($35.00 pp) enjoy wine and Charcuterie board hors d’oeuvres at five tasting rooms around the square.
The Holly Theater will have A Christmas Story stage performance the first three weekends in December on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Saturday December 7th will be filled with holiday cheer all day long with visits with Santa, a free Christmas concert at Hancock Park and the Old Fashioned Christmas parade from 4:00-5:00 pm. Having attended the parade in the past it is definitely a small town parade. It’s short on the floats but is still fun to attend. At 7:30 pm you can head to the Dahlonega United Methodist Church for The North Georgia Chamber Symphony holiday concert or catch A Christmas Story at the Holly Theater at 8:00 pm. In between activities enjoy the decorations and holiday atmosphere that greet you everywhere you turn whether you’re eating at one of our downtown’s great restaurants or food trucks, sipping wine at our tasting rooms, window shopping, snuggling with your sweetie on a carriage ride, or checking off that last item on your holiday shopping list.
As you can gather there is plenty to do to put you in the holiday spirit. The link below provides a complete calendar of all the activities. We hope you come and stay with us and experience the Dahlonega Christmas.