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Celebrating the Season: Fun Holiday Events in Rabun County & Beyond

Nov 15, 2016 06:57PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
The air is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and the holiday season is upon us. This is the time of year when we pull our families a little closer and celebrate the holidays with those who are near and dear to us. The area is full of holiday events and festivities for you and your family. Here is a list of a few of the holiday happenings, including Christmas parades, and don’t forget to check our event calendar for more!


Rabun County

Christmas in Downtown Clayton in the NE Georgia Mountains!
Santa, shopping, refreshments, bagpiper and caroling.
November 25 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Contact 706.782.1520 for more information.


Christmas Tree Lighting & Festival
Rock House Park, Main Street, Clayton
November 25th at 6:00 PM
Contact 706.782.1520 for more information.


Holiday Arts and Crafts Extravaganza - start Nov 25 2016 1000AM

Holiday Arts and Crafts Extravaganza: Nov 25, 2016 10:00AM

Come and enjoy the festivities to kick the Christmas shopping season off with a bang. Get all of your Christmas shopping done in one place. The Holiday Shopping Extravaganza at the Civic ... Read More »  

* Preview Party: Saturday November 19th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Contact Margaret Dunn at 706.212.2149 for more information.


Santa on Saturday at the Rock House
Rock House, Main Street, Clayton
November 26 from Noon – 3:00 PM
Contact 706.782.1520 for more information.


Habersham County


Christmas Lights Spectacular - start Nov 24 2016 0600PM

Christmas Lights Spectacular: Nov 24, 2016 6:00PM

Activities Christmas Lights November 24th - December 31st Hay Rides December 15-17 from 5-10 p.m. Ice Skating December 15-17 from 5-10 p.m. Santa December 15-17 from 6-9 p.m. F... Read More » 



Holiday Celebration & Live Nativity
North Georgia Zoo & Farm
November 25th – 27th from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Contact 706.348.7279 for more information.


Stephens County

Christmasfest  Lighting of the Tree - start Dec 02 2016 0500PM

Christmasfest & Lighting of the Tree: Dec 02, 2016 5:00PM

Main Street Toccoa will sponsor the seventh annual Christmas Fest and Festival of Trees on December 2 – 3, 2016 in historic downtown Toccoa. Many activities will take place during this sp... Read More » 



Towns County


Mountain Country Christmas!
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Thanksgiving – New Year’s Day


Christmas in my Hometown - start Dec 09 2016 0730PM

Christmas in my Hometown: Dec 9, 2016 7:30PM

Celebrate the sights and sounds of the season with music and stories focused on family, friends, faith and tradition. Read More » 


Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Vogel State Park
December 10th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM


White County


Festival of Trees
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Helen
November 9th – December 10th from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM


Annual Lighting of the Alpine Helen Village - start Nov 25 2016 0600PM

Annual Lighting of the Alpine Helen Village: Nov 25, 2016 6:00PM

On Friday, November 25th, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the downtown band shell as the village is lighted to begin the holiday season. Musical performances by local groups will prec... Read More » 


Macon County, NC


Winter Wonderland
W Main Street, Franklin, NC
November 26th & December 3rd at 5:00 PM


Mountain Faith The Sounds of Christmas  - start Nov 26 2016 0730PM

Mountain Faith: The Sounds of Christmas: Nov 26, 2016 7:30PM

Join Mountain Faith as they celebrate the sounds of the season with a live DVD taping on the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Sing along with traditional and sa... Read More »  

Contact 828.524.1598 for more information.



Rabun – Saturday, December 3rd at 5:00 PM, Main Street, Clayton, 706.782.4812

Habersham – Saturday, December 3rd 6:00 PM, 706.778.6341

Stephens – Saturday, December 3rd

Towns – Saturday, November 26th 5:30 PM, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 706.896.4444

White – Saturday, December 10th at 2:00 PM, Downtown Helen, 706.878.2181

Macon (NC) – Sunday, November 27th at 3:00 PM

Clay (NC) – Saturday, December 10th 11:00 AM, Downtown Hayesville on the Square, 828.389.8431

Visit our events calendar for more fun local events. Don't see the one you want? Feel free to add it to our calendar for free!  

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