4 Places to Spend Your Holiday Season



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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.

amicalolafallslodge.com

 

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.

unicoilodge.com

 

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.

littleocmulgeelodge.com

 

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

lakeblackshearresort.com

 

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Events Calendar

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    Jan 19, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Telfair Museums' Jepson Center

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  • "Keita Takahashi: Zooming Out" Exhibition at Telfair Musuems

    Jan 24, 2019
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  • 2019 American Traditions Vocal Competition

    Feb 18, 2019
    12:00 PM - 12:00 PM @ Skidaway Island UMC & The Trustees Theater

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  • 2019 Groundhog Day 2.2 Mile Virtual Race

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  • Opioid Alternatives & Resources Seminar

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  • Brews for a Cause

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    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Jazz'd Tapas Bar

    South Magazine and Southern Eagle presents BREWS FOR A CAUSE, Thursday February 21st, 2019.  Once a month, join a collection of like-minded...

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    Feb 18, 2019
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    The American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC) returns for its highly anticipated 26th anniversary season Feb. 18-22, 2019. With an outstanding...

  • Piano in the Arts-Music of the Americas

    Feb 21, 2019
    7:30 PM @ Armstrong Fine Arts Auditorium

  • World of Illusion at Savannah Theatre

    Feb 21, 2019
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Savannah Theatre

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  • Cinema Circle: The Kid

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    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Trustees Theater

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Scenes of the South

Hearts for Healing Gala

The Faith Equestrian's Annual Hearts for Healing Gala at Tybee Wedding Chapel on Friday evening started out with a bang as the Free Spirit Orchestra' violin twins played their rendition of some of the greatest musical hits. The attendees were reminded what the event was all about as the founder Bonnie Rachael was recognized after story after story was shared to a room of teary eyed party-goers. Congrats to event director Bonnie Karr and her amazing team for a job well done!

The Cure Gala

Sisters on a journey sold out to a crowd of over 600 mainly female partygoers as they celebrated a night dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer.This special dinner featured unique, individually-themed table decorations, a silent auction, live auction, and a room full of big generous hearts. The event was held at the beautiful trustees garden, Charlie Morris's masterpiece of a venue.

Southern Coast Heart Ball

The American Heart Association's 22nd Annual Southern Heart Ball took place on February 2, 2019 and celebrated all the life-saving advances made so far while raising funds to continue to further AHA's mission. The black-tie gala brought together more than 400 guests to enjoy a night of dining, dancing, live entertainment and both live and silent auctions. Those in attendance got to hear the story of Lily Cochran, who was born with several congenital heart defects. Her father, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, also had a heart disease and was honored at the event.

PUTTING Away Crime

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 Savannah helped McGruff the Crime Dog take a bite out of crime at the Crimestoppers Savannah's 3rd Annual Putt Putt Mini Golf Tournament held at Island Miniature Golf and Game on Wilmington Island. Proceeds went to helping fund rewards for the Crimestopper's anonymous crime tip line.

Dining in the Dark

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, the 3rd Annual Dining in the Dark event presented by The Charles C. Taylor and Samir Nikocevic Charitable Foundation benefitting the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision, was held at the Embassy Suites/Downtown Savannah.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2018

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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.