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Here's a list of festivals, fairs, holiday and special events for the Northeast Georgia mountains travel region. Call listing numbers for more information.
DECEMBER

Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hike
12/3/17 - 12/3/17 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Enjoy a short hike that takes you down 310 stairs to the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. No pets allowed. Call to register. This hike may be cancelled if weather conditions are not favorable.

Admission Fee $5 per person. Parking Fee $5.
Phone: 706-754-7981
Address:Tallulah Gorge State Park 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive Tallulah Falls, GA 30573

BNorth Georgia Chamber Symphony, Inc. Holiday Concert
12/3/17 - 12/3/17 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Please join us in celebrating the holiday season in North Georgia! Bela Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances is our opener. It's lively, happy music written from his lifelong collection of folk music. Laurin Smith, our director, will solo on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Violin Concerto No 3 in G major, a beautiful and spirited selection. We are joined by lyric baritone, Dr. Benjamin Schoening, Chairman of the Music Department of the University of North Georgia, who will sing several American folk songs, as well as "O Holy Night" and "Gesu Bambino." To celebrate Christmas, we'll play "The Christmas Waltz," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," and will also play some Chanukah favorites. We will close with our traditional version of "Silent Night" followed by "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." The concert is free and open to the public.

Holiday Concert Series

Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 4 p.m.
Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, GA

Free Admission. Free Parking.
Phone: 706-867-9444
Address: Westminster Presbyterian Church 1367 Thompson Bridge Rd. Gainesville, GA 30506

ADA dock at Unicoi State Park

Christmas on Green Street
12/3/17 - 12/3/17 5:30PM - 7:00PM

The Hall County Historical Society, Inc. presents Christmas on Green Street each year on the first Sunday in December. This year, 2014, the event will be on Sunday, December 7th from 4:45 - 7:30pm and will begin with an antique car procession. Green Street will be closed from 4:00 - 8:00pm. We offer for the community, especially families and children, a first-rate attraction that kicks off the Christmas season and affords a very inexpensive evening out. Watch the parade from the Quinlan lawn– 4:45 PM (Streets will close at 3:45PM!) The Quinlan Visual Arts Center offers a FREE Holiday Craft for Kids, 5:30-7 PM, Quinlan studio level, ages 14 and under, one project per child, while supplies last, sponsored by the Georgia Art League. For more information, please call (770) 536-2575 or view the Quinlan's website at www.qvac.org.

Free Admission and Free Parking.
Phone: 770-536-2575
Address: Quinlan Visual Arts Center 514 Green St. NE Gainesville, GA 30501

Handcrafted for the Holidays
12/2/17 - 12/3/17 Sunday: 3:00PM - 7:00PM / Saturday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM

The Quinlan celebrates Christmas in STYLE, join us for the festivities with our Handcrafted for the Holidays Event beginning Saturday, December 2 (11 AM – 4 PM) and Sunday, December 3, (3 PM-7 PM) in conjunction with Christmas on Green Street an annual holiday festival, parade and tour of historic homes. Handcrafted for the Holidays Fine Craft Market opens Saturday, December 2 (11 AM – 4 PM) and continues in conjunction with Christmas on Green Street event on Sunday, December 3 at 3 PM on the main level of the Quinlan featuring local artists and artisans handmade ornaments, fused glass, wood turns, handmade dolls, jewelry and more. FREE holiday gift bags for all purchases, gift wrap services available. Watch the parade from the Quinlan lawn– 4:45 PM (Streets will close at 3:45PM!) FREE Holiday Craft for Kids, 5:30-7 PM, Quinlan studio level, ages 14 and under, one project per child, while supplies last, sponsored by the Georgia Art League. www.qvac.org

Free Admission and free parking
Phone: 770-536-2575
Address:Quinlan Visual Arts Center 514 Green St NE Gainesville, GA 30501

Breakfast with Santa
12/3/17 - 12/3/17 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Come have breakfast with Santa! Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games, make holiday crafts, take photos with Santa and more! Tickets are $25 per person.

Ticket Price $25.
Phone:770-586-0095
Address: Carl House 1176 Atlanta Highway Auburn, GA 30011

Christmas Parade
12/9/17 - 12/9/17 2:00PM - 3:00PM

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 after the parade to take those special orders.

Free Admission.
Phone:706-878-2181 | 800-858-8027
Address: Downtown Helen 8600 N. Main St. Helen, GA 30545

Buck Shoals Youth Hunt
12/2/17 - 12/3/17 10:00AM - 11:30AM

Youth hunts are for youth 17 years and younger. One adult may supervise one child. This is a turkey quota hunt. Quota hunt applications can be submitted at www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com. Deadline: February 15.

Phone: 770-535-5700 | 800-336-2661
Address: Buck Shoals WMA 501 Buck Shoals Dr. Cleveland, GA 30528

Parade of Boats
12/9/17 - 12/9/17 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Get your boats ready and decorated for our Holiday Parade of Boats! Sponsored by Lanier Partners, the Parade of Boats raises money for children's charities in North Georgia. This event is open to all boats including pontoons, cruisers, houseboats and sailboats. Boat fleets will sail throughout Lake Lanier, and arrive at their final destination, Sunset Cove. The best-decorated boat from each marina will be awarded, and event proceeds will go to Hall County Sheriffs Youth Home and Toys 4 Tots.

Phone: 770-945-8787
Address:Lanier Islands Resort 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway Buford, GA 30518

Breakfast with Saint Nick
12/9/17 - 12/9/17 9:00AM - 11:00AM

Get your "Little Angels" into the holiday spirit! Join us in Gainesville for Breakfast with St. Nick, Saturday, December 9, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. We will have continental breakfast, a fun holiday craft and St. Nick! St. Nick will be here throughout the event to visit with the kids. This is a great photo opportunity. Register online or at the Gainesville Garden. Space is limited.

ADMISSION & FEES
Members: Adults, Children (12 and under) $15 - $10
Non-Members: Adults, Children (12 and under) $17 - $12
Free Parking


Phone: 404-888-4760
Address: Botanical Garden - Gainesville 1911 Sweetbay Drive Gainesville, GA 30501

Gristmill at Event

Caroling Through The Park
12/9/17 - 12/9/17 4:00PM - 6:00PM

What's better than Christmas Parties? How about caroling hayrides, homemade ornaments, hot chocolate and pictures with Santa? Caroling Through the Park will have that and much more. It will be $2 per person for the hayride, and $5 per photo for pictures with Santa. Come out and join us in the fun!

Admission Fee $2 for hayride. Parking Fee $5.
Phone: 706-245-6270
Address:Victoria Bryant State Park 1105 Bryant Park Road Royston, GA 30662

69th Winder Christmas Parade
12/9/17 - 12/9/17 2:00PM

Join us for a day of fun and excitement at the 69th Winder Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 9, 2017. The parade begins at 2 p.m. on North Broad Street through downtown Winder. After the parade of more than 60 participants and floats, stop by the gazebo on the corner of Broad and Candler Streets for the Lighting of the Christmas Tree, the first-ever Snowball Drop, pictures with Santa, and a Christmas concert.

Christmas Prade admission is free. Free Parking.
Phone:678-425-6805
Address:Downtown Winder North Broad Street Winder, GA 30680

Christmas at the Museum
12/8/17 - 12/9/17 Friday: 5:00PM - 7:00PM / Saturday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Get your picture with Santa in his sleigh, enjoy free treats in the lounge and over 100+ years of automotive history. Admission is $5 (12 and older) or free with an unwrapped toy. You have two chances to join us: Friday evening December 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and all day Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Park Pass $5.12 and older $5. Bring an unwrapped toy $0. Free Parking.
Phone: 706-886-0721
Address: Miles Through Time Automotive Museum 876 E Currahee St Toccoa, GA 30577

Sunset Hike
12/2/17 - 12/9/17 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Meet the park naturalist at the Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m. for a short hike to the Tennessee Rock Overlook. From the overlook, you can witness one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. Be sure and check the times as the sunsets are getting earlier each week.

Parking Fee $5.
Phone: 706-746-2141
Address: Black Rock Mountain State Park 3085 Black Rock Mountain Parkway Mountain City, GA 30562

Emory Jones Book Signing
12/9/17 - 12/9/17 10:30AM - 2:30PM

Emory Jones, author of "Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound," will read excerpts from his new book "The Valley Where They Danced." This post-WWI historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Mr. Jones afterward.

Admission Fee $3 - $12.Free Parking.

Phone: 706-878-1077
Address: Hardman Farm Historic Site 143 Highway 17 Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571

Hart County's Christmas Parade
12/10/17 - 12/10/17 3:30PM

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. on Dec. 10, 2017. 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. There is a $100 Our Town Gift Certificate prize for the top float. The parade entry fee is $15. Admission to view the parade is free. For more information, call the Chamber at (706) 376-8590. This event is sponsored by The Hart County Chamber of Commerce.

Parade Entry $15 View Free.Free Parking.

Phone: 706-376-8590
Address:Downtown Hartwell East Howell St. Hartwell, GA 30643

Holiday Tour of Inns of Dahlonega
12/10/17 - 12/10/17 1:00PM - 6:00PM

Spend the afternoon on a self-guided driving tour featuring inns of Dahlonega. All decked out for the holidays, each inn will have food and drinks for tour-goers, and artists selling their art. We will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots. Cost is $12 per person and tickets can be picked up at any inn or the Dahlonega Visitors Center. Visit http://www.innsofDahlonega.com for more information.

Tour tickets $12.
Phone:706-867-8134
Address:North Georgia Mountains 202 Talmer Grizzle Road Dahlonega, GA 30533

10th Annual Christkindlmarkt
12/2/17 - 12/10/17 Sunday: 11:00AM - 5:00PM / Saturday: 11:00AM - 7:00PM

Christkindlmarkt is a traditional German event. Booths are set up on the Marktplatz, where visitors can enjoy the holiday atmosphere. The market offers everything from unique gifts and decorations to an assortment of savory and sweet foods, drinks and candied treats. Dates: December 2, 3, 9 & 10

Free Admission.
Phone: 706-878-1908
Address: Downtown Helen 8600 N. Main St. Helen, GA 30545

Waterfall Hike
12/3/17 - 12/10/17 10:30AM - 12:30PM

Bring the family and meet the Park Naturalist at the Black Rock Lake parking area for a short hike to the Park's Hidden Gem, Greasy Creek Falls. Enjoy nature as the children splash in the cool, clear waters of the pool at the base of the falls. Bring snacks and drinks to make a day of it. Good walking shoes are necessary.

Parking Fee $5.
Phone: 706-746-2141
Address: Black Rock Mountain State Park 3085 Black Rock Mountain Parkway Mountain City, GA 30562

Free Chapel Holiday Concert
12/13/17 - 12/13/17 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Free Chapel hosts its annual worship and holiday concert at Peachtree Pointe. After attending this event, guest can access Magical Nights of Lights at the discounted rate of $25. https://www.lanierislands.com/lake-lanier-events

Access Magical Nights of Lights discounted rate $25. Resort Gate Fee $10 - $15/car.

Phone: 770-945-8787
Address: Lanier Islands Resort 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway Buford, GA 30518

Pearl Harbor
12/12/17 - 12/12/17 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Hear our very own Executive Director Glen Kyle speak about that cataclysmic "day of infamy" 76 years ago - Pearl Harbor. Glen is our resident WWII expert, having taught continuing education courses on the subject, and having authored the book Hall County in WWII.

Cost Per Person $3. Free Parking.
Phone: 770-297-5900
Address: Northeast Georgia History Center 322 Academy Street NE Gainesville, GA 30501

Art Exhibit: Sacred Garden by Andrea Wellnitz
11/13/17 - 12/14/17 10:30AM - 12:30PM

Athens fiber artist Andrea Wellnitz uses wet felting techniques to create sculptural forms which she combines with ceramics and other media to achieve imaginary but natural spaces. Sacred Garden includes a large felted pod where visitors can participate in the exhibition by entering the pod to reflecting and meditating in a colorful setting. They can engage further by leaving a note or words of inspiration for others.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Sunday: 3:00PM - 7:00PM
Monday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Thursday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Friday: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 7:00PM

Phone: 706-864-1512
Address:Bob Owens Art Gallery 82 College Circle Dahlonega, GA 30597

Paradise Hills Open House and Cookie Contest
12/16/17 - 12/16/17 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Join us in enjoying all the festivities of the season. We will be having an annual holiday cookie contest. Enter to win. Stop by during business hours to sample the entries and vote for your favorites.

No Cover Charge 0.00. Free Parking.
Phone: 706-745-7483 | 877-745-7483
Address:Paradise Hills Resort and Spa 366 Paradise Road Blairsville, GA 30512

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