Regional Events

November 3-January 5
Christmas at Biltmore Estates
Tour America’s largest home and see how it is decorated for the holidays. Wine tastings and candlelight tours available. (800) 411-3812,

November 9-January 1
Holiday Festival of Lights
Event features three miles and more than 700 light displays of all shapes and sizes. Includes sculpture made from 50 tons of sand, holiday train, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, Victorian carousel, family activities, shopping, food, entertainment and more. James Island County Park. 

November 16-17
Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown
Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned national event includes sampling of chicken wings (Fri.) and pork butts (Sat.), live music, cocktail competition, vendor village and Kids’ Zone. Admission $10; half price with 5 canned goods per person. Kids 12 and under are free. Sampling tickets $2.Lookout Pavilion at Charleston Harbor.

November 16-January 5
Fantasy in Lights
Pine Mountain
Rated as one of the world’s Top 10 Places to see holiday lights by National Geographic Traveler. Eight million lights create more than a dozen twinkling scenes for the holidays at Callaway Gardens. Includes a Christmas train and village sweet shop.

November 16-January 6
Winter Wonderland
Twinkling lights, cultural objects and a variety of decorated trees and displays showcase Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday celebrations around the world. Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

November 17
Kingsland Catfish Festival
Kingsland, GA
Festival includes Southern-fried catfish, hushpuppies, quirky entertainment and family activities. (912) 729-5999,

November 17-December 30
Lights Before Christmas
Riverbanks Zoo is transformed into a holiday village with one million lights, a Jingle Bell Bonfire, nightly visits with Santa and the Music in Motion Light Spectacular. 5-9 p.m. (803) 779-8717,

November 18
South Carolina Oyster Festival
South Carolina’s largest outdoor oyster roast features steamed oysters by the bucket, oyster shooters, fried oysters, oyster gumbo, additional food vendors, beer and wine gardens, craft vendors and live music on two stages. Bring chairs, blankets and oyster knives and gloves. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 admission, children 12 and under free. Food and games additional for nominal fee. Robert Mills House and Gardens.

Sebastian Maniscalco
The comedian presents his Stay Hungry Tour at Fox Theatre. 7 p.m. $39-$80.

November 20
Candlelight Shopping & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Official opening of Christmas season includes tree lighting ceremony, candlelight shopping, singing and snow. 6-9 p.m. On the Square. (706) 678-2013,

November 22-December 24
“A Christmas Tradition”
Two-hour variety show that features Frosty, dancing reindeer, Santa and his elves, Christmas standards, comedy and audience participation. Tues.-Sun. 8 p.m.; Sat. matinee 3 p.m. $37 adults, $18 children. Historic Savannah Theatre. (912) 233-7764,

November 23-24
“Love Actually” in Concert
Watch the “Love Actually” movie on a giant 40-foot screen in Symphony Hall while the Atlanta Symphony performs the film score. 8 p.m. $49-$89. 

November 23-December 31
“We Three Thieves”
A hapless holiday heist goes awry when thieves, sheiks, mobsters, socialites, crooked politicians, tree-huggers and other wacky characters bring a merry madcap mystery to the stage. $24. Various times. Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre. (843) 937-6453,

November 24
Chitlin’ Strut
Salley, SC
Festivalgoers celebrate this unusual Southern food. Activities includes a parade, hawg-calling and strut contests, food and craft vendors, carnival rides, beauty pageant, CWA pro wrestling and more than 10,000 pounds of chitlins. (803) 258-3485,

November 24-December 23
December Nights & Holiday Lights
Visitors take a self-guided walking tour though more than 6 acres of themed garden areas filled with seasonal light displays and holiday music at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. 6-9 p.m. $10 adults, $5 ages 4-12, 3 and under are free. (912) 921-5460,

November 24-Dec 30
Savannah Harbor Holiday Series
Festival includes a holiday lights tour, boat parade, nightly musical performances, Santa, holiday treats, Ice Bar, North “Pool,” gingerbread village and competitions. 6:30-9 p.m.; open Christmas Day. Old Town trolley rides and chartered coaches available. (912) 201-2201,

November 27-December 2
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Broadway in Atlanta presents a stage musical of the classic Christmas film at the Fox Theatre. Various times. $34 and up.

November 29
Callanwolde Holiday Gala
Gala showcases rooms at Callanwolde mansion decorated by designers along with beverages, catering and live entertainment by John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble and the Joe Gransden Big Band. Holiday cocktail attire. 7 p.m. $75. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

November 30-December 1
Madison Tour of Homes
Tour features historic and private homes along with museum and churches. $27-$32. Daytime tours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Candelight tours 5-9 p.m. (706) 342-9627, 

November 30-December 23
Atlanta Christkindl Market
Open-air German holiday market and festival at Atlantic Station features authentic German food and beverages, live entertainment and vendors. Free admission.

December 2
Wine Under the Oaks
Mt. Pleasant
Annual holiday event features wine samples and pairings, desserts, oysters, cooking demos, artwork displays, gifts, live music and silent auctions. 1-5 p.m. $55. (843) 884-4371,

December 8
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The rock orchestra presents its Ghosts of Christmas Eve Tour at Infinite Energy Centre. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. $49-$79.50.

Holiday Parade of Boats
Nautical Christmas parade in Charleston Harbor begins near Mt. Pleasant. Viewing party is at the Charleston Maritime Center 5-8 p.m. Adults $25-$30, children 17 and under $5. Includes barbecue and other food, desserts, caroling, live music and Santa. Cash bar.

Colonial Christmas Dinner
Join the garrison for a traditional dinner in the barracks and an evening of Colonial-style yuletide jollification. 7-9 p.m. $35; reservations required. Fort King George Historic Site. (912) 437-4770,

December 8-23
Charleston Christmas Special
Two-hour show features holiday musical performances and comedy sketches. 7 p.m., with matinees Sat. and Sun. Charleston Music Hall. $15-$70. (843) 853-2252,

December 8-24
Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker
Atlanta Ballet presents its first new Nutcracker in 20 years at Fox Theatre. Various times. $35-$140.

December 9
Enchanted Woodland Wonders
Family event features live reindeer, reindeer games, winter crafts, bonfire, hot cocoa, s’mores, story time, food trucks and nature trail with fairy houses and gnome homes. 2-6 p.m. $10 adults, $7 students ages 13-18 and seniors 65+, $6 children ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and under. Chattahoochee Nature Center.

December 13
Home By Dark
Musicians and songwriters perform an in-the-round Christmas concert at 8 p.m. $24-$40.

December 13-15
Grand Illumination: Christmas 1782
Join costumed interpreters and trained actors as they take you back in time. Includes dramatic presentations, tours, historic beverages and a traditional holiday buffet dinner. 6-8 p.m. $64 adults, $25 children ages 6-13. Middleton Place.

December 21
Emmanuel Cantata
A collection of individuals and church choirs present a Christmas Carol Concert. 7 p.m. Infinite Energy Center.

December 22
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
The classic rock band performs with special guest Larkin Poe. 8 p.m. $99-$119.

December 29
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
College football matchup between two of the country’s top-ranked teams. Noon. Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (404) 586-8499,

Through Dec 30
Lights Before Christmas
Features nearly one million lights, hot cocoa, marshmallow roasting, Jingle Bell Bonfire and nightly visits with Santa. 5-9 p.m. $12 adults, $10 children ages 2-12. (803) 779-8717,

Through December 31
Savannah Harbor Holiday Series
Seven-week festival includes a holiday lights tour, boat parade, nightly musical performances, Santa, holiday treats, gingerbread village, Winter Wonderland Ball and more. (912) 201-2201,

December 31
Black & White New Year’s Celebration
Black and white-themed New Year’s Eve party at the Georgia Aquarium includes live music, DJ, full buffet dinner, complimentary beer and wine, cash cocktail bar, party favors, late night bites and champagne toast at midnight. Adults 21 and over with ID. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $140-$180. Georgia Aquarium.

City Market New Year’s Eve Celebration
City Market street party includes live music, shopping and dining. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free admission. (912) 232-4903,

Through January 1
Holiday Festival of Lights
Named one of the “Top 10 Holiday Celebrations” by Coastal Living magazine and one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. Includes a 3-mile drive through more than 700 displays and two million lights, plus sand sculptures, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, holiday train, gingerbread houses, Victorian carousel and giant greeting cards. James Island County Park. (843) 795-4386,

Through January 5
Fantasy in Lights
Pine Mountain
Rated as one of the world’s Top 10 Places to see holiday lights by National Geographic Traveler. Eight million lights create more than a dozen twinkling scenes for the holidays. Includes a Christmas train and village sweet shop.

Through January 6
Stone Mountain Christmas
Attraction includes two million lights, “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4D,” Snow Angel Palace, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, live performances and nightly snowfall, parade and fireworks. (800) 401-2407,

Christmas at Biltmore Estates
See how America’s largest home gets decorated for the holidays and take a candlelight tour. (800) 411-3812,

To have your event considered for publication, please submit materials to All listings require a two-month lead time.