Deck the halls …with Georgia State Parks

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Looking for some old-fashioned fun this holiday season? Then join the celebration at one of Georgia”s many state parks. From the firing of the colonial Christmas guns at Fort Morris to "Eleanor Roosevelt" reading Christmas stories at the Little White House, you”ll find events around the state that commemorate not just the holiday, but the region”s history and heritage as well.

Unicoi State Park and Lodge opens the season with its third annual Festival of Trees, November 26 – December 10. "Local businesses purchase and decorate the trees and wreaths, which are then put on display at Unicoi State Park, where visitors can bid to purchase their favorite displays," said Rita Morgan, Executive Director of the White County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Viewing is free with the park”s parking fee. Holiday concerts will be performed in the lodge each Saturday afternoon during the Festival. On December 3, hayrides and evening concerts will add to the fun.

Festival of Trees
Tree Display: Saturday, November 26 – Saturday, December 10 during regular park hours (7 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Performances: Saturday, November 26, Saturday, December 3 and Saturday, December 10, 2-6 p.m.
Unicoi State Park and Lodge – Helen, GA


Travel Back to the Past
Want to celebrate in the style of days gone by? Here are some options for historic holiday festivities.

A Colonial Christmas
Saturday, December 10, 4-8 p.m.
Fort Morris Historic Site – Midway, GA
Enjoy colonial refreshments around a bonfire and the firing of the Christmas guns.
Admission is free.
For more info, call (912) 884-5999.

Christmas Candlelight Tours of Jarrell Plantation
Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10, 6-8 p.m.
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site – Juliette, GA
Enjoy music, stories and a candlelight tour of this 1800 plantation house.
Admission is $2.50 for children, $3.50 for seniors and $4 for adults, with free parking.
For more info, call (478) 986-5172.

Christmas Candlelight Tours

Saturday, December 3, 6-9 p.m.
New Echota Historic Site – Calhoun, GA
New Echota was established as the first capital of the Cherokee Nation in 1825. Come imagine the Christmas celebrations of that year with music, refreshments and candlelight caroling. Admission is $2.50 for children, $3.50 for seniors and $4 for adults, with free parking.
For more info, call (706) 624-1321.

Victorian Yuletide

Saturday, December 10, 7-9 p.m.
Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls
Visit Kris Kringle, enjoy holiday treats and create Victorian crafts at the Interpretive Center.
Free admission with $4 parking.
For more information, call (706) 754-7981.

Cherokee Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, December 9 – Saturday, December 10, 6-9p.m.
Chief Vann House Historic Site – Chatsworth, GA
In 1804, James Vann and a group of Moravian Missionaries held the first Christmas celebration in the Cherokee Nation. Commemorate the