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.
Covid 19 Update
Due to covid 19 the lighting of the square is currently scheduled for November 27th, 2020 and the Christmas Parade for December 12th at 4:30 pm. Other events are shown below as we know of from 11/13/2020.
Christmas Lights will be on through 1/10/2021.
The festivities begin the last Friday in November (11/27) with the lighting of the square and the downtown Christmas tree at 6:00 pm. Stores will also be open later than usual and carriage rides will be available for that romantic ride around the square. A food court will also be provided along with a free concert with Kurt Thomas.
Saturday 11/28 there will be Art in the Park, extended shop hours, Christmas lights and carriage rides.
Carriage rides around the historic square will be available Wednesday thru Sunday every week in December.
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.
Saturday December 5th will be filled with holiday cheer all day long with visits with Santa, a free Christmas concert at Hancock Park.
Due to the UNG graduation the Old Fashioned Christmas parade has been moved to December 12th at 4:30pm. 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.
The festival of trees will also start 12/5 where you can walk among colorfully decorated trees, each displaying a one-of-a-kind theme. Trees have been sponsored by members of the community and will be on display in Hancock Park through December.
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 court, 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.
For more information on other special events and festivals visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-festivals/