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