Happy Holidays from Blue Ridge

Family Dinner | Holiday

It’s the holiday season…the most wonderful time of year…in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains! From hearty Thanksgiving meals shared with friends to festive downtown parades, North Georgia offers community calendars packed with family fun for an old-fashioned Appalachian holiday. Enjoy small-town holidays, mountain style! Listen to live music, meet Santa Claus, sip cocoa in front of glittering Christmas lights, make holiday crafts, spot a beautiful Christmas tree, tour holiday homes, and more! It’s the perfect way to celebrate a Blue Ridge, Georgia, Christmas! 

Holiday Fun in the North Georgia Mountains 

Special Events Celebrating the Season

Artist in Residence
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
Visit the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association to find out who the Artist in Residence will be during your stay. Learn about the artist, their chosen mediums, and the rich arts scene in North Georgia.

Four Old Broads at Christmas
Blue Ridge Community Theater  
November 20 – December 12
2591 East 1st St
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Holiday Show & Sale
Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
November 23 – December 18
Find the perfect gift – made locally in the Blue Ridge Mountains – at the annual holiday sale hosted by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association!

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
November 25 – December 23
1311 Music Hall Road
Hiawassee, GA 30546
Bring the family for a festive night at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, GA. Lake Chatuge serves as the backdrop for the glittering holiday lights, vendors offering local arts and crafts, food vendors, hot cocoa, and magical photos with Santa!

Blue Ridge Turkey Trot
Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
November 25
241 Depot Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Start Thanksgiving Day with a 5K stroll or a challenging run in downtown Blue Ridge!

Community Thanksgiving Open Table
November 25
The Good Samaritans of Fannin County host this annual meal FREE (donations appreciated from those who are able) for all those wanting to gather with the community for a good holiday meal.

Light Up Blue Ridge + Christmas Parade
November 26 – 27
Save at local shops, enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, and taste seasonal local foods during Blue Friday in downtown and stick around for a Santa Claus visit and bright holiday lights in the gazebo! There will also be a Gingerbread Village on December 12 at the Arts Center, a Christmas parade on Saturday along East Main Street, and photos with Santa by the gazebo.

Holiday Express 2021
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
November 26 – December 23
This magical 1-hour train ride will be set to the sounds of The Night Before Christmas. Sip hot cocoa as the kids enjoy their own jingle bell, candy cane, and Christmas activity pack for fun!

Turkey Day Yoga
The Dogwood
November 25
520 W Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Mimosas, Bloody Marys, a good stretch…what way to start Thanksgiving Day! Join Yoga Over Blue Ridge for this fun Thanksgiving activity.

Light Up MCaysville Tree Lighting
Downtown McCaysville
November 26
Kick off the holiday season, just about 10 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, in neighboring McCaysville! Do some shopping, grab a bite to eat, visit Santa, and watch the lights begin at 4 PM – with the tree lighting at 7 PM.

TubaChristmas Blue Ridge
Downtown Blue Ridge
November 27
Light Up Blue Ridge Stage
Listen to the sounds of the season by a fun group of musicians of all ages and levels!

Natural Yuletide Décor
Deep Roots Orchard
November 27
2984 Mobile Road
McCaysville, GA 30555
Learn how to make garland, wreaths, ornaments, and more – the old-fashioned way. It’s $50 per person, and all supplies are included!  

Holiday in the Park Winter Wonderland
Fannin County Recreation Department
December 3
370 Tom Boyd Road
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Santa will come in by helicopter at this festive and family-friendly event! Go on an elf hunt, take photos with the big guy, write letters to Santa, sip on hot cocoa, do holiday crafts, and more!

Copperhill Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Parade
Downtown McCaysville & Copperhill
December 4
Holiday floats are getting ready for this festive parade near Blue Ridge!

Christmas Tour of Homes
Family Connection
December 5
501 Fannin Industrial Park
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Local homes will get in the holiday spirit for an incredible display of seasonal magic! Enjoy refreshments before heading out to visit the homes between 1 PM and 6 PM that day.

Christmas KickOFF – Sunday Funday Holiday Singalong Party
The Dogwood
December 12
520 West Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Enjoy holiday classics, local musicians, karaoke, and more for this fun family singalong!

Helen’s Christmas Parade
Downtown Helen, GA
December 11
Santa will arrive in a classic Bavarian sleigh at this fun daytime Christmas parade! 

Christmas in North Georgia
Epworth Community Club
December 18
125 Schoolhouse Rd
Epworth, GA 30541
Get ready for a night of seasonal music with family and friends – with all proceeds going to restoring the Old Epworth School and Auditorium, home to Notes to Self Music Studio, Epworth Community Club, and Boys and Girls Club of Fannin. 

Festive Family Fun at the Cabin

When you’re not out and about exploring a light show, meeting Mrs. Claus, ice skating (at ICE in 1345 Atlanta Hwy Cumming, GA), taking a seasonal carriage ride (at Daffodil Hill Farm & Carriage), singing Christmas carols, or listening to live music, come back to one of our cozy cabin rentals in North Georgia for more holiday fun with family and friends. What’s more magical than a private mountain cabin with all the fixings of a perfect holiday?! Here are a few fun ways to take advantage of your Blue Ridge cabin!

  • Sip hot chocolate in front of a wood-burning fireplace.
  • Bring a mini Christmas tree and decorate it as a family. 
  • Bring your favorite holiday movies to watch while sipping hot chocolate and eating cookies baked fresh in your fully equipped kitchen. 
  • Make gingerbread houses – complete with local candies and sweets! 
  • Decorate holiday cookies or cupcakes at the dining table 
  • Play board games while sipping cider from a local apple orchard. 

Upcoming Live Music in Blue Ridge, GA 

On top of some fun and festive holiday events in North Georgia, Blue Ridge has several live music events coming up this season! 

Grumpy Old Men Brewery
November 20 – December 18
1315 East Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Tap your toes to the sounds of the mountains from 3 PM – 7:30 PM on Fridays at Grumpy Old Men Brewery.

Tooneys Music Venue
November 20 – December 31
100 Blue Ridge Drive
McCaysville, GA 30555
Sip craft beer and listen to live music by the river in McCaysville, Georgia, with open mic nights from 6 PM – 10 PM Thursdays.

Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
November 20 – 28
2281 Tennis Court Road
Blue Ridge, GA
Local wine, beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and live local music come together at this Blue Ridge winery Friday – Saturday.

Bin322 Wine & Tapas Bar
November 20 – 26
116 West Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
On top of live music, this local wine and tapas bar offers Singo – a mix of Bingo and music – for a unique night out!

Misty Mountain Hops
November 20 – December 4
3300 East 1st Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Misty Mountain Hops Vinyl Pub brings food and music together for all people to enjoy!

Cartecay Vineyards
November 20 – 28
5704 Clear Creek Road
Ellijay, GA 30536
Sip wine and listen to live music with the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the beautiful Cartecay Vineyards.