4 Places to Spend Your Holiday Season


Winter in Georgia doesn't have to be just snow and lights

The Dairy section is packed with eggnog again, stores are lit up with Christmas decorations and Black Friday is a painful, distant memory. Most of us are gearing up for a Holiday season that puts us in the shoes of weatherman Phil Connors, except it's December 25th. But there is no moral lesson to be learned, no life changing transformation needed. Well, unless you want to break out of the monotony of stale holiday staycations.

In the words of the great Professor Farnsworth, "Good news, everyone!," holiday adventure is just a lodge resort away. Picture yourself in your favorite (albeit cheesy, but very comfy) Christmas sweater, enjoying a gorgeous mountain view with the aforementioned eggnog. Eh? Or take the kids to have dinner with Mr. & Mrs. Claus? Or actually visiting Santa's workshop? Just remember, Christmas makes anything possible.

So box up those same ol' holiday traditions and give the merry gift of memories with Coral Hospitality. They host a myriad of holiday themed events across it's several award-winning properties. There will be plenty of food, joy and family fun to go around. 'Tis the Season to be adventurous. 


Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge – Dawsonville, GA

Annual Christmas Open House (December 16, 2 - 6 p.m.).

Each year, Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge opens its doors for its annual Christmas Open House, fit for all ages. With Christmas classics playing in the background, seasonal snacks like gingerbread cookies, festive crafts for children and Santa Claus, this family-favorite event is a perfect option for those looking to get in the Christmas spirit. With the majestic North Georgia mountains as a backdrop, it’s easy to feel festive at the recently renovated Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge. An additional Christmas Open House Dinner will be offered at 5 p.m. for $17.99.

Christmas Day Brunch (December 25, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

For those who define the holiday season by the food they eat, Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge makes it easy for families to sample piles of delicious food during the holidays with a Christmas Day Lunch Buffet packed with holiday favorites. Call (706) 344-1521 to reserve a table.

2018 New Year’s Eve Gala (December 31, 2018).

Ring in the new year in style at Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge New Year’s Eve Gala. Offering a holiday dinner, live music and a New Year’s Eve Toast to begin 2019, the New Year’s Eve Gala is a fun way to say goodbye to 2018 and begin the new year. Call (706) 344-1502 to make your reservation. $160 per couple, with 25% off accommodations for all Gala attendees.



Unicoi State Park & Lodge – Helen, GA

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Clause (December 15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.).

Atlanta is far from the North Pole, but families can get a taste of Santa’s Workshop at Unicoi State Park & Lodge this year through a meal with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy warm and fluffy pancakes, games and crafts for a fun and festive daycation – all for $5 per participant.

Christmas Day Lunch (December 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Skip the hassle of cooking and cleanup and enjoy Christmas lunch at Unicoi Restaurant at Unicoi State Park & Lodge. Call 706.878.2201, ext. 260 to reserve a table!

Unicoi’s New Year’s in the Park (December 31, starting at 6 p.m.)

Start the New Year off at Unicoi State Park featuring Eagles tribute band No Big Deal, a dinner buffet, party favors and a midnight toast.



Little Ocmulgee State Park & Lodge – Helena, GA

Friends of Little Ocmulgee State Park Lighted Christmas Trail

Walk through beautiful holiday lights leading to Santa’s Workshop, where you can enjoy snacks, hot chocolate and a visit with St. Nick himself.



Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club – Cordele, GA

Breakfast with Santa (December 15, 8 to 10 a.m.)

Get into the holiday spirit with a delicious breakfast with Santa Claus, starting at $6.95 per person. Call 229-401-1215 for reservations.

Christmas Buffett (December 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Fill up with holiday favorites at the Christmas Buffet in Cordelia’s Restaurant



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We're looking for the greatest, most authentic and sincere, southern moms. Taking nominations November 1st!

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Events Calendar

  • Designer's Showcase: Dressed for the Season

    Nov 12, 2018
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Kaminski House Museum

    The Kaminski House Museum in historic Georgetown, South Carolina will be dressing the rooms of the Kaminski House Museum this holiday season with...

  • Tybee Marsh Treks

    Sep 01, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    On a marsh trek, you’ll enjoy a hands-on exploration of Georgia’s salt marsh, searching the mud for fiddler crabs, snails, and more. Learn...

  • Bonaventure Cemetery: After Hours Stories Eternal

    Nov 17, 2018
    5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Bonaventure Cemetery

    Savannah's only after hours cemetery tour awaits! Few places are more invoking of Easter and life's great questions and mysteries than that...

  • Lights of the South

    Nov 16, 2018
    5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

  • License to Chill Snow Island

    Nov 16, 2018
    All Day @ Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

    Margaritaville at Lanier Islands is preparing for a winter wonderland makeover that will surprise and delight local residents and travelers...

  • Toddler Touch Tanks

    Dec 06, 2018
    All Day @ UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium

    Explore the coast with your child in a unique setting perfect for inspiring wonder and curiosity! During select Thursdays in January and December,...

  • Skatefest

    Dec 07, 2018
    All Day @ Savannah Civic Center

  • Santa's Wonderland

    Nov 14, 2018
    All Day @ Bass Pro Shops

    The magic returns to Bass Pro Shops and Savannah-area families are invited to enjoy this enchanting Christmas village offering FREE 4x6...

  • 2018 National Gingerbread House Competition™ Display

    Nov 25, 2018
    All Day

    What started as a small group of gingerbread houses built by community members in 1992 has evolved into one of our most treasured traditions at The...

  • Girls' Night Out: "Meet Me in St. Louis"

    Dec 20, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Not many movies rate 100 % on the Rotten Tomatometer, but this 1944 classic MGM romantic musical comedy does. So that’s why we’re screening it...

  • Big Bon Pizza Pop Up

    Dec 21, 2018
    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ Henny Penny Cafe

    Join us as we host a Big Bon Pizza Pop Up. Grab a slice (or two, who's counting?!) and take a breather from all the holiday hustle bustle. Big...

  • Stardusted Circus Winter Solstice

    Dec 21, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    An Evening of Light, Magic, and Wonders to Behold!As you walk up to the enchanting Tybee Post Theater you will be greeted by a Festival of...

  • "Green Book"

    Dec 22, 2018
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    There’s a lot of Oscar buzz around this new film about a working-class Italian-American bouncer, who becomes the driver of an African-American...

  • Holidays on the Big Screen

    Dec 22, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Ellis Square

    A family friendly event, bring everyone down along with chairs & blankets and watch a favorite holiday movie under the stars in Ellis Square. This...

  • Holidays on the Big Screen

    Dec 22, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Ellis Square at City Market

    Bring everyone to downtown Savannah along with chairs & blankets and watch a favorite holiday movie under the stars in Ellis Square. This is an...

  • Gregg Russell Christmas Concert

    Dec 23, 2018
    5:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Harbour Town

    Relish the spirit of the holidays with an evening in Harbour Town. Listen as Gregg Russell plays his guitar and sings songs of the season for...

  • Christmas Eve Lunch Cruise

    Dec 24, 2018
    12:00 PM - 2:30 PM @ Savannah Riverboat Cruises

    CHRISTMAS EVE LUNCH CRUISE Start your Christmas Eve celebration off with some delicious Southern fare this year on board with us! Delight yourself...

  • Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise

    Dec 24, 2018
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Savannah Riverboat Cruises

    CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER ENTERTAINMENT CRUISE Join Savannah Riverboat Cruises this Christmas Eve, along with family and friends, for a...

  • Cocktail Classes in Cocktail Street Up

    Dec 24, 2018
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Congress Street Up

    Are you looking for something a little bit different, but still totally unique? Cocktail Classes in Congress Street Up are sure to wet your...

  • Islands Christian Church Christmas Eve Service

    Dec 24, 2018
    All Day @ Islands Christian Church

    Come join Islands Christian Church for a great Christmas Eve service!  Service times are 3, 4:30, and 6 P.M.

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Scenes of the South

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2018

Savannah's 39 Rue De Jean celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the official end of this year’s growing season. Harvest is complete and vintners—especially in France—are ready to celebrate the completion of the harvest. Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine that is annually released on the third Thursday in November. Nouveau wine undergoes a very short fermentation process, and yields an extremely fresh and fruity wine.

A Chefs Collaborative

This five course dinner held at Pacci Italian Kitchen and Bar allowed guests to taste exceptional flavors steeped in tradition. Included were the culinary skills of Chef Adam Barnett of The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, Winston-Salem, NC, Chef Robert Hoffman of Angeline’s Charlotte, NC, Chef Daniel Gorman of The Henley Nashville, TN, Chef Sebastien Rondier of Brabo, Alexandria, VA, and Chef Lauren Teague of PACCI Italian Kitchen + Bar.

East and West BBQ

A whole hog BBQ showcase, from two of the south’s most legendary Pitmasters, Pat Martin and Sam Jones. Hosted by Alida Hotel this event was a fabulous juxtaposition between Eastern North Carolina style BBQ and Western Tennessee style. Made possible by the Savannah Food and Wine Festival.

Savannah Food & Wine Fest

Hundreds came to experience Southern charm and hospitality, Savannah Style. The South's best culinary happenings - one exceptional week in Savannah. Iconic and historic coastal venues provided the perfect backdrop for gourmet and fun. South magazine captured the experience at the VIP tent.

Big Wig Boat Bash

Savannah's Riverboat, The Georgia Queen set sail to host the final fundraiser for the 2018 class of Big Wigs, together raising over $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Foundation. This evening included heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, a silent auction, music and dancing and a contest to crown the Biggest BigWig! Contest categories included: The Biggest Wig, The Pink Ribbon Award and Best Pink Personality.

Boo Bash

This spooktacular evening included hors d’oeuvres, “spirits,” music and dancing, a Halloween costume contest with cash prizes, Halloween-themed entertainment, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and talent contest. Contest categories included: Dancing, Singing, Rapping, Stand-up Comedy and Lip Syncing.

Masquerade at the Mansion

Plenty of patrons donned masks and beads for an unforgettable Mardi Gras at the Mansion. There unique entertainment, food, and decor including magic fire, beignets, king cake and a photo booth, plus music and dancing, libations, late-night treats, and lots of surprises.

DineSouth After Party

This year's DineSouth ended in a blast. Dozens headed over to Barrellhouse, who hosted the after party. They enjoyed great drinks and live music by Individually Twisted.

DineSouth 2018

This year's DineSouth sponsored by Fulfillment.com was the greatest yet! South magazine has once again put on a night filled with fantastic food and entertainment. Guests enjoyed delicious food & drinks in the city while getting the opportunity to meet and mingle with the best chefs in the South. The entertainment was amazing with American Idol winner Candice Glover, unique band Velvet Caravan and the acoustic sounds of Annie Allman. The event supported the local Salvation Army.

Grand Opening of 201 Seafood

Mixing the traditional tastes of the south with the local flair of the city, 201 Seafood and Tapas Lounge showcases Savannah's culinary community and their grand opening now gives us full access to some of the best seafood in the Coastal Empire.