There is really something magical about spending the holidays in North Georgia. Let me tell you something.. North GA knows how to do Christmas right! Even if you don't live up here, there is so much to do it's worth making the trip to see and experience some of it. Whether you're looking for family fun, a romantic date night or just some time to spend by yourself, there is something for you!
Dahlonega- The cutestttt Christmas town, I might say, in the entire state. The lights go up November 26th and they stay up until January 9th. The day after Thanksgiving (November 26th), they light the Christmas tree and have carriage rides going and it's just seriously so much fun to experience. If you miss the tree lighting they still have carriage rides going on every Fri-Sun through the end of December. December 11th, they have a Christmas parade going on.
Lanier Island (Lake Lanier)- They open up snow mountain and Lakeside Lights Spectacular November 12th- the end of December. It used to be drive through the lights, but after Margaritaville opened, they now have an amazing walk through exhibit and it is seriously so much fun. My kids had a blast seeing all the lights and playing in the snow they had there. *I will say, if your kids don't like to walk, they have wagons you can rent and it was worth every penny. There were lots of stairs so I am glad we didn't bring our stroller*
Helen- But seriously... have you ever visited Helen? Because even in the summer it is so much fun. But add in all the Christmas decor and it is seriously so much fun to walk around and spend a day out in!
Cleveland- Christmas in the Mountains Parade on December 4th. They also have Baby Land General which is such a good option for little girls who may want to have the cabbage patch experience as a Christmas gift. I can still remember my first time there as a little girl and it was so much fun taking my own girls when they turned 4 and 5.
Blue Ridge- Blue Ridge is one of my favorite cabin getaway spots. You have got to experience the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad at least once in your life. Trust me, your kids will totally talk about it forever! This could totally be made into the perfect little holiday weekend trip as well.
The Dillard House (Dillard)- They have cottages you can stay in if you decide to make this an overnight venture. They decorate so cute for Christmas and have great food. There are horse drawn sleigh rides that are pretty cool too- just make sure you call ahead for times.
Avalon on Ice (Alpharetta)- Avalon on it's own its special. It's a great date night or family spot. There are tons of restaurants and shopping, as well as a movie theatre. But add in an ice skating at Christmas time and it's THE PERFECT SPOT to visit for a little holiday fun.
Veteran's Park (Canton)- This is a 2 mile drive thru Christmas light show. So a great option for if you're wanting to stay in the car and see lights. They are open November 23rd-December 31st. We love putting hot cocoa in travel mugs and driving through while listening to Christmas music.