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Check out these holiday happenings throughout Northeast Georgia

POSTED: November 20, 2016 5:48 p.m.


Mingle with Kringle

Bring the kids to get their pictures taken with Santa Claus at Main Street Market, 112 Main St. SW, Gainesville. This free event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday in December. For more information, call 678-776-1346.


Christmas on Green

The Hall County Historical Society will host the annual Christmas on Green on Sunday, Dec. 4. The free event for all ages features a parade down Green Street, narrated tours of historic homes, live music and more. The parade begins at 4:45 p.m. at The Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. It will conclude with the Rotary Club tree lighting at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Green Street and Academy Street. For more information or to enter a float in the parade, contact the Hall County Historical Society at or call 770-503-1319.


Gainesville Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’

The Gainesville Ballet will bring the popular Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker” to the stage Dec. 2-4. Along with the Gainesville Ballet Company dancers, performers will include Junior Company dancers and students of the Gainesville Ballet School. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. All performances will be in Pearce Auditorium on the Brenau University campus, 500 Washington St. SE, in Gainesville. Tickets are $20-28 for adults, $16-24 for seniors and $14-20 for children and students. To purchase tickets, visit


Handcrafted for the Holidays

Find unique holiday gifts and handmade crafts from local artists at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center’s Handcrafted for the Holidays event. Shop handcrafted pottery, woodworking and jewelry from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville, in conjunction with Christmas on Green. Free gift bags will be available. For more information, call 770-536-2575.


Breakfast with Santa at Gainesville Civic Center

Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by The Gainesville Phoenix Women’s Club, will be from 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Gainesville Civic Center ballroom, 830 Green St., Gainesville. Tickets are $5 and proceeds benefit the community. To purchase tickets, email

Festival of the Nativity

See nativity scenes from around the world at the Festival of the Nativity. This free event will Dec. 1-4, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1234 Riverside Drive, Gainesville. Festival hours will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3-9 p.m. Sunday. The display will be accompanied by live music and vocalists. For more information, visit


Festival of Trees gala

The annual charity auction to support Challenged Child and Friends will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Loft at Scott’s, 131 Bradford St. NE, Gainesville. Guests have the opportunity to bid on wreaths and trees decorated by community members as well as other prizes. All proceeds benefit Challenged Child, a nonprofit supporting education for children with special needs. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at


Love Lights tree lighting at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Presented by the Medical Center Auxiliary, the Love Light Tree Lighting Ceremony recognizes donations to Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Two ceremonies will be conducted at the Medical Center Auxiliary Lovelight Gardens: one at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at NGMC Braselton, 1400 River Place; and one at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Gainesville hospital, 743 Spring St. NE. Donations and information can be found at


John Berry Christmas concert

Country music artist John Berry and his band bring the 20th annual “O’ Holy Night Tour” to the Cervantes Theatre of the Arts at Riverside Military Academy, 2001 Riverside Drive, Gainesville. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. The concert benefits Challenged Child and Friends, an educational program serving special needs children. Tickets start at $30. To purchase, visit


Gainesville Charity Ball

The Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County will host its 65th annual Charity Ball at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive, Gainesville. One of seven Hall County high school women representing local charities will be crowned belle of the ball. This year’s theme is Fire and Ice, featuring music from Georgia band All In One. Tickets are $150 per couple or  $75 individual. You must be  21 years old or older to attend. Purchase tickets at


Frontier Christmas at Northeast Georgia History Center

Step back in time for a frontier-era Christmas celebration at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Northeast Georgia History Center,  322 Academy St. NE, in Gainesville This free, family-friendly event features living history performances, carols, crafts, photos with Santa and refreshments. Decorate a frontier-inspired Christmas ornament to take home or hang on the history center tree. For more information, call 770-297-5900.


Gillsville Drive-Thru Bethlehem

Take a trip back in time to visit Jesus, Mary and Joseph from the comfort of your car. The Gillsville Baptist Church will host its annual drive-thru Bethlehem from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2595 Ga. 323, Gillsville. The tour is free and open to the public. For more information, call 770-896-3979.


Journey to Bethlehem

Corinth Baptist Church will perform its live Nativity drive-thru from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10-11 at 3590 Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville. Watch a re-enactment of Bethlehem during Jesus’ birth with animals from the North Georgia Zoo. For more information, call 770-532-7751.



Clermont Christmas Parade

The Clermont Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Clay E. Gailey Park, 122 Dean St., Clermont. Free hot chocolate and refreshments will be available. For more information, visit


Clermont Christmas Town

and Country Tour

Tour the historic homes of Clermont will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The tour includes carriage rides, a light dinner and a live nativity. Check in at the Clermont Venue, 101 Dean St., Clermont. Tickets are $20 pre-order, $24 at the door, $15 for students and free for children age 5 and younger. Tickets are available at Clermont Town Hall or by calling 770-983-7568.



Celebrate Christmas in the Park

The celebration begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in Veteran’s Park in Lula. The free Christmas Festival will include refreshments and activities along with a parade at 6 p.m. For more information, visit



Hoschton Breakfast with Santa

Children can wear their pajamas to enjoy pancakes, crafts and storytime with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Hoschton Train Depot, 4219 Ga. 53, on Saturday, Dec. 17. Tickets are on sale at Hoschton City Hall for $5 per child. Kids younger than 1 are free. For more information, email



Jefferson Christmas Parade

The annual Jefferson Christmas Parade will be from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in downtown Jefferson. The free family-friendly event will include floats, concessions, dance performances and llamas. Free parking is on site. For more information, call 706-367-5714.


Christmas at Heritage Village at Hurricane Shoals Park

Celebrate Christmas at Heritage Village at Hurricane Shoals Park, from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at 416 Hurricane Shoals Road, Maysville. Tour the village and explore what Christmas would have been like in historic Jackson County. Activities include cookie decorating, hayrides and a bonfire. For more information, visit


Christmas Cottage in Jefferson

Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Christmas Cottage from 4-8 p.m. starting Nov. 26, at Galilee Christian Church, 2191 Galilee Church Road, in Jefferson. Admission is free but donations to the Jefferson Food Bank are requested. Photos with Santa are $5. Pets are welcome. For more information, call 706 367-2049.



Helen Christmas Parade

Santa and his elves will be on hand for the Helen Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 10. The parade begins at 2 p.m. on Main Street. This free event is pet-friendly. For more information, call 706-878-2181.


Dropping of the Edelweiss

Ring in the New Year with the annual Dropping of the Edelweiss in Helen. Raise a toast to 2017 with music, dancing and food at the Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 31. Admission is $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 6-12 and free for children younger than 6. It includes light hors d’oeuvres, party favors and midnight champagne toast. For more information, call 706-878-1908.



Christmas in the Mountains Celebration

& Lighted Parade

The Christmas in the Mountains Celebration begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Cleveland courthouse square. The free event features a holiday market, a tree-lighting ceremony and musical performances. All elements lead up to the annual lighted parade through downtown. For more information, call 706-865-5356.


Winter wonderland and wolf encounter at North Georgia Zoo

Get up close and personal with wildlife this winter by scheduling a Winter Wonderland Tour of the North Georgia Zoo, 2912 Paradise Valley Road, Cleveland. Guided tours last approximately 2 ½ hours. It includes the chance to interact with exotic animals and learn how they adapt to colder weather. Tours are from 1-3 p.m. Saturdays in December through February. Reservations are required. Tickets are $35 for adults and $32 for children ages 2-11. For more information, visit or call 706-348-7279.


Santa Claus at the North Georgia Zoo

Santa Claus is making a special trip to the North Georgia Zoo to visit with animals. Get a picture with Santa and spend some time in the petting zoo from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2912 Paradise Valley Road, in Cleveland. See exotic animals on a wildlife walk which is included in the price of admission. Printed photos with Santa start at $5. For more information, call 706-348-7279 or visit 



City of Oakwood Christmas celebration

The annual Oakwood Christmas Celebration is from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Oakwood City Park,  4035 Walnut St., Oakwood. The free event features live music, food and pictures with Santa. For more information, call 770-534-2365.



Magical Lights tour at Lanier Islands

Beginning Friday, Nov. 18, the Magical Lights tour returns to Lake Lanier. Drive through 7 miles of twinkling light displays, see a live nativity scene and visit LanierWorld’s Winter Adventure for food, carnival rides and snow slides. The driving tour is from 5-10 p.m. everyday through Jan. 3. Admission is $45 per car or $35 online in advance. For an extra cost, check out the rides at LanierWorld. Lanier Islands is at 7000 Lake Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. For more information, visit


Buford Business Alliance Holiday Festival & Parade

Presented by The Buford Business Alliance, the 2016 Holiday Festival and Parade will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, on Main Street in downtown Buford. It will feature performances from 12:30-4 p.m. Holiday gift bags including coupons and free items will be distributed. For more information, go to


Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch Tree Lighting and Rock ‘n’ Stroll parade

The seventh annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Roll ’n’ Stroll Parade in downtown Flowery Branch will feature the Jingle Jog Fun Run, booths from local vendors and an appearance by Santa Claus. This free event begins at noon Saturday, Dec. 3, on Main Street. Santa photos will be available at the Depot until 6 p.m. For more information, visit





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