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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)
Christmas In The Park - 12/9/16
Children of all ages are invited. Holiday cheer is offered free to the public from 6 - 9 p.m. Santa will arrive at the Summerville Depot at 6:30 p.m. to visit and offer free photos with children. The official lighting of the tree ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Free hot chocolate, cotton candy, and popcorn will be available.Traditional holiday hay rides will board from the park. Musical entertainment will also be a highlight of the evening, bringing Christmas cheer to all. Drawings will be held for a girl's and a boy's bike, as well as a Christmas ham. Tickets will be available at no charge. The announcement of winners is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. Free tours of the Historic Couey House will be given by the Chattooga County Historical Society. Best Dressed Elf Contest and Christmas Cookie Smack Down Contest will also be held. For more information, contact Summerville City Hall (706)859-0900, Ext. 1337. Free parking. Phone: 706-859-0900 - Address: Dowdy Park, Dowdy Park -University Street and 120 Georgia Avenue, Summerville, GA 30747
Christmas at Red Top’s Cabin - 12/10/16 at 10am-3pm
Yuletide celebrations of the 1800s come to life as demonstrators take you back in time to Christmas at the Vaughan cabin. Play with the pioneer toys that would have been given as presents. Santa will be available for photos and Christmas visits. Help decorate the Christmas tree and see dinner cooked in the fireplace. Free fun event! $5 admission fee. Phone: 770-975-0055 - Address: Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Road SE, Acworth, GA 30102
Volunteer Day / Nature Trail - 12/10/16 at 10am-12noon
Please join our Ranger in helping keep the shoreline clean around the Nature Trail. Trash bags will be provided. Meet in the Visitor Information parking lot. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-802-5087 - Address: Rocky Mountain Recreation & Public Fishing Area, 4054 Big Texas Valley Road NW, Rome, GA 30165
Christmas in the Streets and Movie Memories Parade - 12/10/16 at 10am-8pm
The Chickamauga Community Growth Association and the City of Chickamauga is proud to present Christmas in the Streets and the "Christmas Movie Memories" Parade. This year, we will kick off the event with an amazing pancake breakfast from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. There will be live music, craft vendors, kids activities, food, contests, Gordon Lee Mansion Candle Light Tours till 9 p.m., and let's not forget the parade! This year's parade's theme is "Christmas Movie Memories." If you have that one movie that you have to watch each year to get in the Christmas spirit, then don't miss your chance to be apart of this epic parade! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 423-710-0754 - Address: 111 Gordon St, downtown Chickamauga, GA 30707
Arts in the Alley
Chestnuts on an Open Fire - 12/16 & 12/30/16 at 7:30-8pm
We will find out how the American Chestnut was lost to Appalachian Forests and new efforts underway to restore the Mighty American Chestnut Tree - all the while roastingchestnuts around the open fire. Bring your own marshmallows. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Free fun event!

Stars of Red Top (Star Gazing) & Hot Chocolate - 12/16 & 12/30/16 at 8:30-10pm
Join us on Friday evenings to observe the stars above us. You may use our binoculars on hand or bring your own equipment. We will learn about well-known constellations and celestial events. Meet at the Visitor Center by 8:15 p.m. and we will carpool to the gazing location. Heavy cloud cover and/or rain cancels this event. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-975-0055 - Address: Red Top Mountain State Park, 50 Lodge Road SE, Acworth, GA 30102
St. Luke's Episcopal Church "Carols by Candlelight" Concert - 12/17/16 at 7-9:30pm
This concert will feature a festive 20-voice choir from metro Atlanta. There will be congregational participation, and Atlanta choirmaster / organist Randall F. Romig will direct. Handicapped Accessible event. Admission is free; however, a freewill offering will be taken. Free parking. Phone: 706-632-8245 - Address: St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 7 Ewing Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Northeast Georgia Mountains
Jazz Band Concert - 12/9/16 at 8-10pm
The University of North Georgia's Music Department will be performing a Jazz Band Concert. Handicapped Accessible. Free fun event! Phone: 706-864-1950 - Address: Nix Fine Arts Center, 238 College Circle, Dahlonega, GA 30597
68th Annual Winder Christmas Parade - 12/10/16 at 4-7pm
The Annual Winder Christmas Parade is known for its decorated floats, thousands of parade attendees and the time of fellowship. Following the parade is live music, a holiday ice skating rink, kids activities, hot cocoa and more! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 678-425-6805 - Location: N. Broad Street, downtown Winder, GA 30680
Second Saturday Guided Hikes - 12/10/16 at 9-11am
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. No pets please. Free fun event! $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 706-878-3087 - Address: Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen, GA 30545
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Second Saturday Guided Hikes - 12/10/16
Take a guided hike through the captivating scenery of Smithgall Woods. Guided hikes will be offered every second Saturday of the month (weather permitting). Throughout the year, hikes will rotate through the various trails located throughout Smithgall. All ages are welcome. For information regarding which trails are to be used, and to make reservations, please call the visitors center. No pets please. Hours are 9-11am. Free hiking event. $5 vehicle parking fee. Phone: 706-878-3087 Address: Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen GA 30545
Christmas Parade - 12/10/16 at 2-3pm
Combine your Christmas shopping with our annual parade for a festive celebration. The costumed characters and floats are sure to delight young and old alike. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in the bandshell to take those special orders. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission. Phone: 706-878-2181 - Address: 8600 N. Main St., downtown Helen, GA 30545
Hartwell Christmas Parade - 12/11/16 at 3:30-5pm
This Sunday afternoon parade features floats, cars and more, warming the streets of downtown Hartwell, Ga., with Christmas spirit. The parade starts at 3:30 p.m. The parade begins at the parking lot at US 29 and Hwy 77 and travels along Franklin Street, ending at Hart County High School. Parade line up starts at 2 p.m. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-376-8590 - Location: East Howell St., Parking lot at the intersection of HWY 77 and US 29, downtown Hartwell, GA 30643
Christmas Parade - 12/11/16 at 3-5pm
The holiday season would not be complete without a Christmas Parade...the many floats, fire trucks, beauty queens, horses, band, dancers and, of course, Santa Claus special appearance. A wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon during the holiday season. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Pets are welcome. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-245-7577 - Address: Highway 17 and Highway 29, Royston - Franklin Springs, GA 30662
John Berry Presents "O Holy Night.. Celebrating 20 Years" - 12/15/16 at 7pm
Experience the rich and amazing voice of John Berry and his band. Grab those special to you and sit back for an extraordinary joyous night as John sings and interacts with the audience. John and his band will begin the show playing the hits and then, after an intermission, come back with an amazing time of Christmas songs. Free admission and parking. Phone: 404-237-2633 - Address: Riverside Military Academy, 2001 Riverside Drive NE, Gainesville, GA 30501
Winter Solstice Celebration - 12/21/16 at 5-8pm
Join Cane Creek Vineyards staff as we light the annual solstice bonfire to chase away the longest night of the year! There is no cover charge for this event. The tasting room will be open throughout the night for wine purchases. Complimentary Chili Bar available for all guests. This event is outdoors regardless of the weather! Pets are welcome. Free parking. Phone: 706-379-1236 - Address: Crane Creek Vineyards, 916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris, GA 30582
Metro-Atlanta
Lunch and Learn Lecture Series - 12/9/16 at 12noon-1pm
Join the Georgia Archives for their monthly Lunch and Learn Lecture Series. Each month, authors, historians, preservationists, and Georgia Archives staff, discuss varying historical topics or ways to use the Georgia Archives. Each discussion lasts about an hour. Feel free to bring your lunch. Find out each month's topic by calling. Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 678-364-3710 - Address: Georgia Archives, 5800 Jonesboro Rd, Morrow GA
Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk - 12/9/16 at 9-11:30am
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet Alexander Lakes parking area. Call the Nature Center to register in advance. Free admission, however, donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking fee. Phone: 770-389-7801 - Address: Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Hwy 155, SW, Stockbridge, Georgia
Yule Log Celebration - 12/10/16 at 7-9pm
Join Reynolds Nature Preserve for an evening outdoors filled with holiday cheer. Enjoy music by local orchestras, refreshments, face painting and ornament making. Then follow a candlelit path through the woods to a bonfire where you will find storyteller Barry Mann painting pictures of holidays past. The evening will be complete with children searching a wooded hillside for the fabled Yule Log. This event is free. Phone: 770-603-4188 - Address: Reynolds Nature Preserve, 5665 Reynolds Road, Morrow, Georgia 30260
Greater Atlanta Coin Show - 12/11/16
Located in a hotel on a Civil War site, many dealers offer coins, currency, bullion and collectibles at the Greater Atlanta Coin Show one Sunday per month. Visitors 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, including experienced collectors and investors, and those who are new to the hobby or just curious about the many items on display. Handicapped Accessible event. Hours are at 9am-5pm. Admission and parking are free. Phone: 770-772-4359 - Address: Hilton Atlanta-Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs St, Marietta, GA 30064
Back to Nature Holiday Market and Festival - 12/11/16 at 10am-5pm
Meet talented entrepreneurs and local vendors selling holiday gifts galore! Last year, we had a wide variety of vendors and many of them will be returning again this year. Visit our Nature Store for unique eco-friendly gifts, fun nature toys and games, nature-related books perfect for you and your favorite nature lovers. You can also purchase gift memberships to CNC for your friends and family! Nature Exchange Traders can find a fun gift for parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters! Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-992-2055 - Address: Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075
Shakespeare on Draught presents: Twelfth Night - 12/12/16 at 8pm
Shakespeare on Draught invite you to our inaugural production: a charmingly underrehearsed, slightly-tipsy version of William Shakespeare's comedy Twelth Night! Shakespeare's jokes were often intended for commoners drinking on the dirt floor, not nobility sitting up in the stalls of the Globe. We plug into these roots by putting Shakespeare in its true modern home: the bar. It's a fresh twist on the saying, "Shakespeare as it was originally intended." Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 678-829-2337 - Address: 97 Estoria, 727 Wylie St SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
11th Annual ‘Mighty Mo & More’ Holiday Event - 12/19/16 at 7:30pm
Follow the flurries as the Fox Theatre celebrates the season with a very special Atlanta tradition, the 11th Annual Mighty Mo & More - a free holiday event. This year's festivities, presented by Georgia Natural Gas, will honor the historic grand opening with a musical prelude on the beloved Mighty Mo by Ken Double, president of the American Theatre Organ Society, followed by a special screening of "The Santa Clause" starring Tim Allen. Call for ticket price and info. Please reserve your tickets at the Fox Theatre ticket office or at foxtheatre.org. Please note: Ticketing fees are applied when reserving online. There is a limit of six (6) tickets per person and everyone must have a ticket, including infants. Phone: 404-239-5437 - Address: The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Coast & Islands
Live Nativity - 12/13/16 at 6-8pm
A live nativity will be reenacted four times on the grounds of Orange Hall at 6:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Local church choirs and elementary school students will participate in this family tradition. The evening will conclude with everyone in attendance singing "Silent Night." For more information, contact St. Marys Downtown Development Authority at (912) 882-8111 or info@stmarysdda.com. Handicapped Accessible (Limited) event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 912-882-8111 - Address: Historic District, 311 Osborne Street, St. Marys, GA 31558
Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade - 12/17/16 at 4:30-8pm
Show your holiday spirit at the Holly Jolly Golf Cart Parade. Meet at Great Dunes Park at 4:30 p.m. to register and line up. Parade departs Great Dunes Park at 5:30 p.m. and travels to the Beach Village where live music, prizes and holiday shopping will take place. Bikes & Red Bugs welcome; all entries must have lights. Free fun event! Entry fee into island. Phone: 912-635-3636 - Address: 100 James Rd, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Presidential Pathways
Winter Trail Hike - 12/10/16 at 10am-2pm
Meet up with Pine Mountain Trail Association guides and hike five miles along the ridge. Begin at Fox Den Cove Parking Lot and end at Mollyhugger Hill Parking Lot. Geared towards ages 10 and up. Bring water and snack. Free event. $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-663-4858 - Address: F.D. Roosevelt State Park, 2970 Georgia Highway 190, Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Volunteer Work Day - 12/10/16 at 10am-1pm
Volunteers will join Chattahoochee Bend Friends for a day of working on Trails and lanscapes for the park. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Free admission and parking. Phone: 770-254-7271 - Address: Chattahoochee Bend State Park, 425 Bobwhite Way, Newnan, GA 30263
Historic Heartland
Christmas in the Briar Patch - 12/10/16 at 2-7pm
Fun opportunities abound in the Briar Patch. Bring the family to enjoy Christmas arts and crafts, pictures with Santa, and lighted holiday parade starting at 6 p.m.! The Bazaar, complete with craft vendors, food and more, will be open from 2-7 p.m. and will offer some great gift-giving options. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-749-9150 - Address: 100 S Jefferson Avenue, downtown Eatonton, GA 31024
Geminid Meteor Shower - The Heavens Last Hurrah of 2016 - 12/10/16 at 8-10pm
Join us on the shore of Lake Brantley to view the last major meteor shower of 2016! Bring a lawn chair, a thermos of your favorite warm drink, and a cozy blanket. Reflect on the past year, as we enjoy some of winters best constellations. Please pre-register for this event by calling the park office. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 706-557-3001 - Address: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge, GA 30663
Tour at Two: Decorative Arts - 12/14/16 at 2-3pm
Dale Couch, curator of decorative arts, will lead a tour of selected works from the decorative arts collection in the permanent collection galleries. Handicapped Accessible events. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602
Third Thursday - 12/15/16 at 6-9pm
Seven of Athens' established venues for visual art hold "Third Thursday," an event devoted to art in the evening hours, on the third Thursday of every month. The Georgia Museum of Art, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Lyndon House Arts Center, Glass Cube and Gallery@Hotel Indigo-Athens, Ciné, the Classic Center and ATHICA will be open from 6 until 9 p.m. to showcase their visual-arts programming. Full schedules are posted at 3Thurs.org. Handicapped Accessible events. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602 and other locations
Third Thursday Twilight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection - 12/15/16 at 7-8pm
Join us for the tour led by docents. This tour will meet in the museum lobby. All ages are welcome. Handicapped Accessible events. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602
Artful Conversation: DeScott Evans - 12/21/16 at 2-3pm
Join Carissa DiCindio, curator of education, for an in-depth gallery conversation featuring the painting "Still Life with Pears" by DeScott Evans (aka Stanley David). Handicapped Accessible events. Free admission and parking. Phone: 706-542-4662 - Address: Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602
Classic South
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Plantation Trace
Dark Sky Celebration - Astronomy Program - 12/10/16 at 5-7:30pm
Celebrate our designation as an official dark sky site by the International Dark Sky Association. We will begin with a ceremony and follow with stargazing in the Okefenokee Swamp. The moon will be in the waxing gibbous phase, allowing us to see craters in detail. We'll also look at Venus, Mars, Polaris and Vega. Handicapped Accessible. Free fun event! $5 parking fee. Phone: 912-637-5274 - Address: Stephen C. Foster State Park, 17515 Highway 177, Fargo, GA 31631
Magnolia Midlands
Celebration of Gospel - 12/17/16 at 6-8pm
Ring in the Christmas season with the soulful sounds of gospel as artists from across Southeast Georgia gather at Theatre Dublin. This annual event will feature gospel. This annual event will feature gospel and Christmas favorites intended to make a joyful noise in time for Christmas. Performers and groups include: Elder Powell & the Fellas of Dublin, The Crowson Family of Dublin, Buckeye Male Chorus of East Dublin, Heaven's Haven Mass Choir of East Dublin, Children of Judah of Dublin, Faith Christian Assembly Dance Team of East Dublin, The Adside Sisters of Gordon, Torrie English of Dublin, Williams Chapel Mass Choir of East Dublin, J.K. Smith Male Chorus of Soperton, Unity of Dublin, and Stan Sheppard Singers of East Dublin. Handicapped Accessible event. Admission is free. Free parking. Guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Seating will begin one hour prior to showtime. Come early for the best seats! Phone: 478-277-5074 - Address: Theatre Dublin, 314 Academy Avenue, Dublin, GA 31021
New Year's Eve Shamrock Drop - 12/31/16 at 8pm-12midnight
Ring in the New Year with friends old and new in Downtown Dublin, Ga. during Shamrock Drop! Be awed as a brilliantly lit shamrock descends from atop the historic Fred Roberts while you listen to the best in live Georgia music! Raise your glass and revel in the best selection of food, drink, and entertainment beneath the marquee of Theatre Dublin! Admission is free and all ages are welcome! Jackson Street will host Downtown Dublin's biggest street party with dancing, live music, vendors, food and photobooth delights! Handicapped Accessible event. Free admission and parking. Phone: 478-272-4002 - Address: 314 Academy Avenue, downtown Dublin, Georgia 31021
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