Georgia is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by Florida on the south, by Atlantic Ocean and South Carolina on the east, by Alabama on the west and by Tennessee and North Carolina on the north.
Atlanta is the capital and the largest city of Georgia.
Other big cities and towns in Georgia include – Columbus, Augusta, Macon, Savannah, Athens, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Albany, Johns Creek, Warner Robins, Alpharetta, Marietta, etc.
Some of the popular tourist destinations in Georgia include – Fort Oglethorpe, Andersonville National Historic Site, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, etc.
Christmas Celebrations in Georgia (GA) :
Cold weather ushers in plenty of winter celebrations in Georgia – the celebrations of Thanksgiving, Holiday Lights, Christmas Parades and New Year festivities ….
The main Christmas celebrations in Georgia are centered around Atlanta.
The annual Children’s Christmas Parade taking place in Downtown Atlanta, this is one of the premier holiday parades in the Southeast U.S. During this parade the Peachtree St gets magically transformed into “Santa Claus Lane,” with dozens of floats, giant balloon characters, marching bands and arrival of Jolly Ol’ St Nick, ringing in the heart of Atlanta’s holiday season.
The “Fantasy in Lights” at the Callaway Gardens is rated as one of the Top 10 Christmas Light Displays in the World. There is a 5-mile drive lined with 8 million lights, thematically divided into 14 sections that include “Snowflake Valley” and “Magical Christmas Garden,” with festive Christmas music playing throughout. There is also a “Jolly Trolley” tour for people who do not prefer to drive their own cars.
You can also enjoy 21 acres of twinkling lights and the seasonal outdoor skating rink at “Holiday in Lights” in the heart of Downtown Atlanta at the Centennial Olympic Park.
A Stone Mountain Christmas is a popular annual celebration at the Stone Mountain Theme Park.
Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker is the hallmark of the Atlanta holiday season, and this year marks its 20th anniversary at the Fox Theatre.
Global Winter Wonderland in Atlanta is another Christmas attraction to visit. Winter Wonderland celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, and other cultures with bright lights, decorated trees, ornaments, etc.
Christmas at Callanwolde is Atlanta’s holiday tradition for over 40 years now. Enjoy touring the 27,000 square-foot historic Late Gothic Revival mansion elaborately decorated with professional holiday displays, expansive artist market, and themed events for all ages. With tours of the mansion, live performances, shopping and seasonal workshops, it is one great ways to welcome the holiday season !
Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Garden Lights Holiday Nights” with over 1 million lights on display is listed in Forbes’ “10 Dazzling Light Displays Around the World.”
Christmas Boat Parade of Lights taking place in Brunswick has more than 50 boats adorned in Christmas lights shining against the night sky.
Lights of the South at Grovetown has on offer festive hay rides, walking trails and a Christmas train add merriment to 5 million lights in a 100-acre forest.
Forget to mention about the Macy’s Tree Lighting which has been taking place at the iconic Lenox Square Mall since last six-decade as a Thanksgiving tradition along with live music and a fireworks finale.
Other notable Christmas celebrations in Georgia include -
- Rome Christmas Parade taking place in Rome.
- Downtown Parade of Lights taking place in Athens.
- Christmas on the River & Lighted Parade in Savannah on First Friday & Saturday.
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2016 & Happy New Year 2017 !!!