Dahlonega Christmas Festivities

dahlonega christmas decorations

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 schedule below is not final for 2020 but reflects years past. The lighting of the square is currently scheduled for November 27th, 2020 and the Christmas Parade for December 5th at 5:00 pm. Other events will be updated in October 2020.

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.

We will update the schedule below when we receive new information.

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 5th 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.

For more information on other special events and festivals visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-festivals/


Dahlonega’s July 4th Celebration- Updated 2020

Dahlonega's July 4th fireworks

Do you ever reminisce about the good old days when life was simple and small towns and small town values were the norm? When holidays were celebrated by the community getting together for food and fellowship? Maybe as a child you grew up in a small town and miss July 4th celebrations that included a parade with the high school marching band, watermelon seed spitting contests and music in the park. If you’re longing for a small town 4th or July, then Dahlonega’s July 4th is for you!

Come visit us for Dahlonega’s July 4th celebrations.

Yes, there will be food (hot dogs), hot dog eating contests, face painters, balloon twisters, caricature artists, stilt walkers, jugglers and magicians at Hancock Park near the historic square. Also antique car shows, music concert, an old fashioned home town 4th of July parade and a great fireworks show at dark. Dahlonega’s July 4th celebrations offer something for everyone!

The schedule for the festivities may vary from year to year but always includes the food, parade, music and a spectacular fireworks show at the end of the day.

Due to Covid in 2020 there will be no fireworks but this link gives the latest :https://dahlonegadda.org/events/4th-of-july-family-day-celebration/

Years prior to 2020 had the following activities for July 4th celebrations

8:00 to 10:30 am Firecracker 5k run

9:00-4:00 pm Chestatee River Adventures

10:00 AM – 3:00 pm Consolidated Gold Mine Tours – Go into the mine shaft and pan for gold at the conclusion of your tour.

10:00 AM – 4:00 pm Free Entry to the 1884 Old Jail Museum. Free entry only happens a few times a year so this is a must do.

10:00 AM – 4:00 pm The Dahlonega Car Club 4th of July Car Show will be at the Lumpkin Administration complex located at 342 Courthouse Hill, off E. Main Street, 2 blocks from our historic square. Turn at the old jail.

10:00 AM – 4:00 pm Crisson Gold Mine Tours

10:00 AM – 5:00 pm FREE Fun Zone in Hancock Park

10:00 AM – 5:45 pm Tour the Dahlonega Gold Museum. The museum is located in the middle of the historic square and provides a thorough history of gold mining in the Dahlonega area.

11:00 am Parade down main street. It is definitely a small town parade.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Face painters, balloon twisters, caricature artists, stilt walkers, jugglers and magicians at Hancock Park downtown

3:00 pm Dahlonega Action Dogs. The dogs are a sport team that performs at dog sport shows and competes in Agility, Disc Sports, and Dock Diving. The Action Dog team consists of handlers Rick and Debbie Nielsen and three border collies, Ripp, age 6, Jessie, age 5, and Pete almost 2.

4:00 pm 1st Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. Prior years has been watermelon seed spitting contest.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Live Music in Hancock Park: Featuring Jive Revival

9:00 pm Fireworks Show at Dark at the UNG Drill Field. If you stay with us we will provide a great area for you to park your car, see the fireworks and avoid crowded parking. Hint: a little ice cream treat goes well with watching fireworks.

Come stay with us and enjoy the Dahlonega July 4th Celebrations!

For more information on other special events and festivals visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-festivals/

Dahlonega Thanksgiving


Updated 11/2019

In 2018 we decided to open the inn for guests to enjoy a Dahlonega thanksgiving.  Prior years we would receive calls from parties seeking a place to stay during thisthanksgiving dinner holiday. Some had plans with families living in the area but wanted the privacy away from their local families after they completed their daily visits. They all had thanksgiving dinner with their local relatives. We know how they felt since we often book a bed and breakfast when visiting families just to have a break on our own. See our “oblication” post below.

Others like to come to Dahlonega during the Thanksgiving holidays because the busy Fall season is over and the town, trails and attractions are not crowded. Guests still enjoy Mary Beth’s organic breakfasts before heading out for the daily activities that are planned or sometimes not planned. Many of the downtown shops and the area wineries may be closed Thanksgiving day but there is so much more to do- enjoy nature and the North Georgia mountains.

As mentioned previously we normally close for Thanksgiving Day to spend time with our family. Our two sons live in the area and the youngest is now married. His wife prepares a great Thanksgiving dinner at their house.

We normally head to their house around noon after breakfast has been served to inn guests. The only difference for new guests arriving on Thanksgiving Day is that check in is moved from the usual 4:00pm to 9:00 pm to 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

If you wish to stay with us during this holiday first check the availability box on this site to make sure we are open and have availability. Also please note that a 2 night minimum is required.

If you want to enjoy Thanksgiving in the North Georgia mountains please consider staying with us. If you are wanting to have dinner please read further.

Check our  availability calendar link above for what we have available.

Where to eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Dahlonega?

Normally the first three options that are shown below will be open. Call them to make sure. We will be adding additional places for Thanksgiving Dinner when they become available to us.

The list below is updated for 2019.

  • The Smith House always offers Thanksgiving Dinner each year.  Call 706-867-7000 for more information. Open Thanksgiving Day 2019 from 11 – 6. $26/person – no reservations. Family style seating.
  • Yahoola Creek Grill also normally has Thanksgiving Dinner- For Information and reservations call 706-482-2200. Thanksgiving 2019 dinner is $30/person.
  •  Montaluce Winery will be serving dinner on Thanksgiving Day 2019.  The dining room will be open from 11-7 by reservation. A $10 deposit is required to reserve your table. Visit http://montaluce.com/ for reservations.
  • White Oaks Bistro is open for Thanksgiving dinner from 11 – 3. Reservations required. $30/person.
  • Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard is opened for its first Thanksgiving. Dinner is $58/person.
  • Forrest Hills Resort near Amicalola State Park has seatings at 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00. Their Thanksgiving feast is $29/person. For reservations call 706-864-6456.
  • Unicoi State Park is open to the public for Thanksgiving dinner from 11:00 – 4:00 pm at $36.00 per person.

For more things to do in the area visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-attractions/

Vacation from your oblication: https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/need-a-vacation-from-your-oblication/

For more information ohttps://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/08/24/need-a-vacation-from-your-oblication/n other special events and festivals visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-festivals/