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Below are lists of free festivals, fairs, holiday and special events in Georgia. Many events are located near you. Call listings contact numbers for info.
Historic High Country (NW Georgia Mountains)
2014 Christmas in Possum Snout - 11/27/14 at 2-11pm
On Thanksgiving Day in downtown Tallapoosa, businesses open at 2 p.m. for refreshments and shopping to usher in the holiday season. Enjoy food, festivities, grand carriage rides, caroling and the Christmas specials that will truly get you in the Christmas spirit! Handicapped Accessible event. Free fun event! Phone: 770-574-2482 - Location: Allen's Florist, Head Ave., Tallapoosa, GA 30179
The Art of Suzanne DesLauriers - 11/27-11/30, 12/2-12/7, 12/9-12/14, 12/16-12/21, 12/23, 12/26-12/27 & 12/29-12/30/14 and 1/2-1/4 & 1/5-1/10/15
Celebrate the acrylic, watercolor and pastel creations of Suzy DesLauriers whose passion lies in re-creating the beauty of rocks, water and mountains. Handicapped Accessible event. Show at 10am-6pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-632-2144 - Address: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 W Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Cherokee Voices during the Civil War - 11/27-11/29, 12/3-12/6, 12/10-12/13, 12/17-12/20 & 12/26-12/27/14
The exhibit focuses on life at home, on the battleground, and from the African-American perspective. The story of Cherokee County during the Civil War is told using quotes and first-hand accounts gleaned from original letters, court documents and publications. The McAfee and Donaldson Guard Company will take center stage when each visitor will be handed the description of one of the Guard recruits. At the end of the exhibit, the visitor will find out if their soldier survived the war. A collection of military artifacts will be on display, including weapons and personal items from the soldiers. Some of the artifacts were found near Pickett's Mill and Allatoona Pass. Other items include a surgical kit, doctor's textbooks, and the original speech from 1861 as presented to the Cherokee Brown Riflemen from the Ladies of Canton as they marched off to war. Open Wed-Fri at 10am-5pm and Sat at 10am-3pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-345-3288 - Address: Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center, 100 North St, Ste. 140, Canton, GA 30114
Ringgold Rods & Relics - 11/29 & 12/6/14 at 1-7pm
Visit Ringgold's classic, antique and hot rod show in the heart of beautiful historic downtown Ringgold. Cars line up along Nashville Street from 1 to 7pm for display and swap meet. Admission is free, so check out some of the great restaurants and shops while you walk around downtown! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-935-3061 - Location: Nashville St., downtown Ringgold, GA 30736
Arts in the Alley
Light Up Blue Ridge - 11/29/14 at 11:30am-8pm
The 2014 old-fashioned holiday celebration in downtown Blue Ridge starts off with Santa arriving in his horse drawn sleigh at 11:45 a.m., followed by an old fashioned Christmas Parade, then a full day of holiday entertainment including Tuba Christmas (an event we look forward to each year), pony and sleigh rides, petting zoo and much more. Join us for the grand finale - the lighting of our new great tree at 6 p.m. and entertainment by Maxwell Taylor from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Check out our Gingerbread Village at 815 East Main Street. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-632-5680 - Location: Downtown Blue Ridge City Park, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513
Ringgold Opry - 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20 & 12/27/14 at 7:30-10pm
1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25,
5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30/15 at 7:30-10pm
Hear live country, folk, and bluegrass music at the Ringgold Depot! Musicians are welcome to bring instruments. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-935-3061 - Address: The Historic Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St., Ringgold, GA 30736
Rome Christmas Parade - 12/2/14 at 6:30-9pm
Rome's Christmas Parade has delighted residents of Rome and surrounding counties for over 60 years. The parade flows along the length of Broad Street, the historic main street of Rome. Located in the Historic Between the Rivers District, the parade passes some of the most beautiful and inspiring buildings in the state of Georgia! This is one of the longest parades in the South, so come prepared with chairs, blankets, snacks and anything else your family needs for a fun holiday night! Free fun event! Phone: 705-295-5576 - Location: Broad St, historic downtown Rome, GA 30161
Northeast Georgia Mountains
Exhibit: Shared Experiences: Works by Henry Higginbotham - 11/27 - 11/30, 12/1-12/31/14 & 1/2-1/9/15
Artist Henry Higginbotham explores the universal themes of illness, death, stress and familial relationships in this installation of large-scale contemporary sculptures. Call for holiday days and hours. Free admission. Phone: 770-534-6263 - Address: Brenau University Leo Castelli Gallery, John S. Burd Center, 429 Academy St., Gainesville, GA 30501
Exhibit: All Creatures Great and Small - 11/27 - 12/12/14
This special exhibit from the Georgia Museum of Art's permanent collection and the collection of Carl and Marian Mullis features works of art that depict animals by American self-taught artists. Paintings, sculptures and mixed-media creations by such folk masters as Thornton Dial Sr. and Mose Tolliver, and by outstanding, but relatively unheralded contemporary artists, like Ted Gordon will be on display. Free admission & parking. Call for more info. Phone: 770-534-6263 - Address: Brenau Sellars Gallery, Simmons Visual Arts Center, 200 Blvd, Gainesville, GA
Fireworks at event
Christmas In Downtown Clayton - 11/28/14 at 5-9pm
Shop in a quaint northeast Georgia mountain town decorated for Christmas. Bring the kids and grandkids to talk with Santa (and maybe Mrs. Claus!), see the shop windows decorated for the season, and walk along the streets lined with luminaries to kick off the holiday season in the mountains. Sip cider and munch on snacks at the many shops all decked out for Christmas. Hear Sam the Bagpiper and carolers walking through downtown. This is a true old fashioned Christmas event. Restaurants open. Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. at the Rock House. Santa will be available for pictures. Bring your Christmas gift list and complete it at the wonderful and unique shops in Clayton. Merchants will offer specials at their shops. Handicapped Accessible event. Pets are welcome. Free fun event! Phone: 706-782-1520 - Location: Main St., downtown Clayton, Georgia
Santa on Saturday at the Rock House - 11/29/14 at 12noon-3pm
Come talk with Santa and maybe Mrs. Claus while he rests in his antique sleigh. Bring your camera to take lots of pictures in this quaint, mountain town far from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Activities all weekend to make the most of your Christmas spirit. Christmas in Downtown Clayton is the evening before as well as the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza. So much to do, so little time! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-782-1520 - Location: Rock House, Main St, downtown Clayton, GA 30525
Christmas Open House - 11/29 - 11/30/14 at 1-5pm
The 2014 season of visitation at the Reece Farm and Heritage Center will conclude on the last weekend of November. In celebration of the closing and in anticipation of the seasons of Advent and Christmas, we will be having an Open House on those two days. There will be no charge for admission to the exhibits. (Donations to support the farm activities are always welcome.) Drawings for door prizes provided by consignors and others will occur at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Presence at the drawings is not required, but guests must come to the Welcome Center to receive a ticket and register to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Craft activities for children will be available. Weather permitting, musical presentations and singing will be conducted in the pavilion. Authors of books or CDs in the Gift Shop, primarily from the local area, will be present for signings on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-745-2034 - Address: Reece Farm and Heritage Center, 8552 Gainesville Hwy, Blairsville, GA 30512
Royston Tree Lighting - 12/2/14 at 6-7pm
Join us for the special Christmas Tree Lighting at Royston Wellness and Community Park. There will be music, train rides, Santa and the lighting of the tree. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-245-7577 - Location: Royston Wellness and Community Park, Hwy 29, Skelton St, Royston, GA 30662
Northeast Georgia History Center Family Days - 12/14/14 at 1-4pm
Come check out the history center at Brenau, with different themes each month. For more questions, visit call or email info@brenau.edu. Free admission. Phone: 770-297-5900 - Address: Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St NE, Gainesville, GA 30501
The Cox/Armstrong Civil War Collection - 11/27-11/28, 12/1-12/5, 12/6-12/12, 12/13-12/19, 12/20-12/23 & 12/27-12/30/14 at 8am-5pm
1/5-1/9, 1/12-1/16, 1/19-1/23, 1/26-1/30, 2/2-2/6, 2/9-2/13, 2/16-2/20, 2/23-2/27, 3/2-3/6, 3/9-3/13, 3/16-3/20, 3/23-3/27, 3/30-3/31, 4/1-4/3, 4/6-4/10, 4/13-4/17, 4/20-4/24, 4/27-4/30, 5/4-5/8, 5/11-5/15, 5/18-5/22, 5/25 - 5/29, 6/1-6/5, 6-8-6/12 & 6/15-6/20/15 at 8am-5pm
The City of Smyrna installed three displays containing selections from a collection of Civil War artifacts collected by Gerald Cox. Gerald Cox (1945-1996) was an Atlanta Civil War artifacts collector who grew up in a family of Civil War historians. As a boy in the 1950s, he spent many weekends in Smyrna and visited the Carmichael Plantation, near I-285, where he searched the area of the battle that reached Atlanta, having passed through Smyrna in 1864. He found his first relic, a lead .58-caliber bullet and was hooked. He and his family continued exploring, building a huge collection of artifacts through the years. A portion of the collection is now displayed on the 2nd floor at Smyrna City Hall (2800 King Street, Smyrna Ga.) with two additional displays on the 2nd levels of the Smyrna Public Library (100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna Ga.) and Brawner Hall (3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna Ga.). Find information at www.SmyrnaCity.com / Residents / History and Points of Interest / Cox Armstrong Collection. Handicapped Accessible. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-434-6600 - 3 Smyrna Locations: 3180 Atlanta Road, 100 Village Green Circle, and 2800 King St, Smyrna, Georgia 30080
Cookies with Santa - 12/6/14 at 2pm
Great for the entire family! Join us for this special afternoon filled with Christmas fun. Enjoy decorating cookies and one on one time with Santa and Mrs. Claus. No registration necessary. Free fun event! Address: Union Hill Church, 4250 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Greater Atlanta Coin Show - 12/14/14 at 9am-5pm
Located in a hotel on a Civil War site, many dealers offer coins, currency, bullion and collectibles. People can browse, buy, sell or trade at the show. The experienced dealers also offer free verbal appraisals for items brought to the show. Other collectibles are also on display, such as medals, Civil War artifacts, stock certificates, scrip from coal miners, jewelry and gemstones. All visitors are welcome to the coin show whether experienced collectors and investors, new to the hobby or just curious about the many items on display. Handicapped Accessible. Free Admission & parking. Phone: 770-772-4359 - Address: Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs St, Marietta, GA 30064
Coast & Islands
8th Annual Christmas in the Park - 12/1/14 at 5:30-8:30pm
This event is free and open to the public. There's plenty of family-friendly fun with live reindeer, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, make and take crafts and more! The event culminates with the lighting of the community Christmas tree and singing of Silent Night at 8 p.m. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-368-4445 - Location: Bradwell Park, Commerce St, downtown Hinesville, GA 31313
White Lighting Ceremony - 12/2/14 at 5:30-8pm
Take a magical walking tour in Historic St. Marys with Santa and Mrs. Claus lighting the Christmas lights and leading the way down Osborne Street. Dance performances are a part of the parade, and Christmas music is performed. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free fun event! Phone: 912-882-4000 - Location: Osborne St, historic downtown St. Marys, Georgia 31558
Presidential Pathway
Athos Menaboni: Six Decades of Painting in GA - 11/27-11/29, 12/2-12/6, 12/9-12/13, 12/16-12/20, 12/23-12/27 & 12/30-12/31/14 & 1/2 - 1/3/15
The Albany Museum of Art continues our 50th Anniversary with an exhibition by renowned Italian-born artist Athos Menaboni. A Georgia resident for more than sixty years, he's best known for his paintings of more than 150 bird species native to this region. Athos Menaboni: Six Decades of Painting in Georgia will feature paintings on loan from private collections and museums across the state. Included in the exhibit will be two pieces on loan for the first time from Robert W. Woodruff's collection at Ichauway Plantation. In addition, Menaboni's painted duck decoys, on loan from Callaway Gardens, are among a limited number of three-dimensional works the artist created. Showat 10am-5pm. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-439-8400 - Address: Albany Museum of Art, 311 Meadowlark Dr, Albany, Georgia 31707
Santa on the Square - 11/28/14 at 6-8pm
Children of all ages are invited to come downtown to see Santa arrive to downtown Historic Newnan to light the Christmas tree. Children bring your wish list and parents bring your cameras! Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-253-8283 - Location: North Court Square, downtown Newnan, GA 30263
Good Life Drum Circle - 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20 & 12/27/14 at 4pm
Bring your rhythm, drums or other percussion instruments and chairs. If you don't think you have rhythm we will help you find it. If you don't have a drum or other percussion instruments, we will share what we have. Fun for the entire Family. No drumming experience necessary, just the willingness to share. See you at the drum circle!! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-317-4760 - Address: Riverfront Park, 112 Front St, Albany, GA 31701
First Saturday Program - 12/6/14 at 9am-4:30pm
During the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, park staff will conduct a program that will explore the events, conditions, or emotions of prisoners during the war. To expand the prisoner story, the park will also feature other Civil War prisons and draw on their stories to present a fuller picture of a soldier's life beyond the battlefield. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-924-0343 - Address: Andersonville National Historic Site, 760 POW Rd, Andersonville, GA 31711
Historic Heartland
Old School History Museum Civil War Display - 11/27 - 11/30/14
The Old School History Museum features a number of new items in its Civil War display, including an 1866 U.S. Government Pardon of an Eatonton Confederate sympathizer with Andrew Johnson and William Seward signatures, Confederate discharge papers of an Eatonton soldier and several 1860s period dresses. Visitors will also be fascinated by a video of a Denham family descendant reading an 1864 family letter that details the destruction of Denhamville, Sherman's reason for coming to Eatonton, and the Denham family's narrow escape. The museum is home to the circa 1840 fish weathervane that once graced the Denham Tannery chimney. In addition, the museum has access to artifacts from several private collections and plans to exhibit some of these rarely seen items during the community's Nov. 20-24, 2014, special celebration weekend. A new self-guiding brochure will be ready for visitors who wish to tour at their leisure and without a docent. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Hours of Operation are Sunday at 2-4pm, Monday - Friday at 9am-5pm, and Saturday at 10am-4pm. Phone: 706-923-1655 - Address: The Plaza Arts Center, 305 N Madison Ave, Eatonton, GA 31024
7th Annual Planes and Trains Exhibit - 11/27 - 11/30/14 at 9am-5pm
For the 7th year, the Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club will kick off the 2014 holiday season with large miniature train displays set-up at the Museum of Aviation during Thanksgiving week. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-923-6600 - Address: Museum of Aviation, GA Hwy 247, Warner Robins, GA 31093
Gone With the Wind Exhibit - 11/27-11/28, 12/1-12/6, 12/8-12/13, 12/15-12/20 & 12/22-12/23/14
The University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the premiere of "Gone With the Wind" with a major exhibit. The UGA Libraries...The University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the premiere of "Gone With the Wind" with a major exhibit. Hours are 8am-5pm and Mon-Fri and at 1-5pm on Sat. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-7123 - Address: UGA Special Collections Libraries, 300 S. Hull St., Athens, GA 30602
Good Life Drum Circle - 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20 & 12/27/14 at 4pm
Bring your rhythm, drums or other percussion instruments and chairs. If you don't think you have rhythm we will help you find it. If you don't have a drum or other percussion instruments, we will share what we have. Fun for the entire Family. No drumming experience necessary, just the willingness to share. See you at the drum circle!! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-317-4760 - Address: Riverfront Park, 112 Front St, Albany, GA 31701
Downtown Athens Christmas Parade of Lights - 12/4/14 Call for time
This popular annual event gives families and friends the unusual opportunity to view a nighttime parade and to enjoy the festive atmosphere of Downtown Athens while it is decorated for the holiday season. Free fun event! Phone: 706-613-3620 - Location: College Ave, downtown Athens, GA 30601
Annual Hometown Holidays Parade - 12/4/14 at 7-9:30pm
Hometown Holidays Parade is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Parade-goers fill downtown Forsyth to enjoy everything heart-warming about small-town living, such as waving to neighbors, seeing kids ride a float they created, singing along to the music, and the friendly competition of the float contest. And, who can forget the best part? Seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus at the end! Free admission. Phone: 888-642-4628 - Location: North Lee St., downtown, Forsyth, GA 31029
First Fridays in Downtown Madison - 12/5/14 at 5-8pm
Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Madison every First Friday when the downtown stays open late. Enjoy live music, art exhibits, and food and beverage samples. Take a stroll through the historic district. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-342-4454 - Address: Downtown Madison Shopping District, 115 E Jefferson St, Madison, GA 30650
2014 Old Jail Tours - 12/6/14 at 10am-2pm
Explore the history of Conyers and Rockdale County for free at the Old Jail Museum. The Old Jail was constructed in 1897 and was used by Rockdale County until 1969. All exterior walls are three bricks thick, and all interior walls are two bricks thick. The floor and ceiling of the second floor area are constructed of steel with six inches of concrete above it. The main floor consisted of the sheriff's office and living quarters for his family. Five Rockdale County Sheriffs' families lived in the building between 1897 and 1969. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-922-3740 - Address: Old Jail Museum, 967 Milstead Ave., Conyers, GA 30012
Classic South
Snowing on the Square - 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 & 12/19/14 at 6-8pm
Join us in Historic Washington-Wilkes every Friday night in December for our third annual Snowing on the Square. Snow will fall at 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends for this unique holiday event! Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission & parking. Phone: 706-678-5111 Location: West Square, downtown Washington, GA 30673
Plantation Trace
The Epic of Flight: A Folk Tale - 11/27 - 11//29/14
Evan Jones, a native of Cashiers, North Carolina, was inspired by a book series called 'The Epic of Flight' which chronicles the history of human aviation. According to his artists' statement for this exhibit, he was interested in making associations between birds and airplanes. Growing up, he has always been fascinated with vintage warplanes and by bird watching his mother's bird feeder, waiting to see what would visit. By focusing on these emotional connections, Jones added another inspiration in Appalachian Folk music to the mix. According to Jones, Appalachian Folk music can transform a very simple subject into an emotional experience. He decided that he would use his impressions of Appalachian Folk music and approach these paintings as if he were writing a song. By focusing on his original inspirations of vintage warplanes and watching his mother's birdfeeder, he incorporated those emotional connections into the process of making the paintings. Handicapped Accessible event. Show at 10am-4pm. Free admission & parking. Phone: 229-439-8400 - Address: Albany Museum of Art, 311 Meadowlark Dr, Albany, GA 31707
Thomasville Christmas Parade - 12/1/14 at 6:30-7:30pm
Usher in the holiday season with a charming down home parade filled with little tykes anxious to welcome Santa to South Georgia and especially to Thomasville. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-226-3446 - Location: Broad St, downtown Thomasville, GA
Magnolia Midlands
Fitzgerald Christmas Parade - 12/4/14 at 6-7:30pm
The whole town comes out to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season. Parade ends with Santa Claus on the fire truck. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-426-5033 - Location: N. Johnston St, historic downtown Fitzgerald, Georgia 31750
Christmas Extravaganza - 12/4 at 5:30-8pm & 12/5/14 at 6-7:30pm
On Thursday, join us from 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. for our Jingle Bell Walk, as we take a walk through Helena on 8th Avenue and McRae on Oak Street. Line up for the walk on Forsyth Street in Helena beginning at 5 p.m., and the walk will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. Bring your jingle bells and help us officially begin the Christmas season in Telfair County! After the walk, stay around for Christmas Night Out from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Stroll along the streets of Helena and McRae, shop and sample delicious food from local merchants. Santa will make an appearance so the kids can get their wish lists in early. On Friday, watch the Annual Lighted Christmas Parade starting at 6 p.m. The parade route will be along 8th Avenue in Helena and Oak Street in McRae, ending at Piggly Wiggly. Free admission and parking. Phone: 229-868-6365 - Locations: See locations in event description.

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