Dahlonega Christmas Festivities 2020

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 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/

https://dahlonegachristmas.com

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/