Regional Events

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

November 9-January 1
Holiday Festival of Lights
Charleston
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. ccprc.com 

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. callawaygardens.com

November 16-January 6
Winter Wonderland
Atlanta
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. fernbankmuseum.org

November 17-December 30
Lights Before Christmas
Columbia
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, riverbanks.org

November 23-December 31
“We Three Thieves”
Charleston
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, charlestonmysteries.com

November 24-Dec 30
Savannah Harbor Holiday Series
Savannah
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, savannahharborfoundation.com

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

Through Dec 30
Lights Before Christmas
Columbia
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, riverbanks.org

Through December 31
Savannah Harbor Holiday Series
Savannah
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, savannahharborfoundation.com

December 31
Black & White New Year’s Celebration
Atlanta
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. georgiaaquarium.org

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

Through January 1
Holiday Festival of Lights
Charleston
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, ccprc.com

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. callawaygardens.com

Through January 6
Stone Mountain Christmas
Atlanta
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, stonemountainpark.com

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

January 1
Tybee Polar Plunge
Tybee Island
Plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day. Gang of Goofs wacky costume contest and parade begins 11 a.m., Plunge is at noon. $25 adults, includes long sleeve T-shirt; $15 children under 12. Tybee Pier and Pavilion. tybeepolarplunge.com

January 3-31
Loyalists & Liberty
Savannah
Savannah History Museum program offers visitors an in-depth look at the Revolutionary War in Savannah with a musket demonstration and reenactment on Battlefield Memorial Park. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (912) 651-6840, chsgeorgia.org 

January 5, 19
Sweetgrass Basket Making Classes
Hilton Head
Learn the history of the sweetgrass basket from a local Gullah basket maker and start one of your own with locally found materials. Reservations required. Coastal Discovery Museum. (843) 689-6767 ext. 223, coastaldiscovery.org

January 9
Willie Nelson & Family
Charleston
The country music star performs at North Charleston Performing Arts Center. 7:30. $58-$148. northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

January 9-20
Charleston Restaurant Week
Charleston
More than 120 restaurants participate with American, ethnic and Lowcountry fare. Prix fixe lunch and dinner menus available. charlestonrestaurantassociation.com

January 10
Three Dog Night
Savannah
The 1970s band performs its greatest hits. 7:30 p.m. $39-$85. Savannah Civic Center – Johnny Mercer Theatre. savannahcivic.com

January 10-13
Atlanta Boat Show
Atlanta
Show features hundreds of new boats, marine gear and accessories at the Georgia World Congress Center. $15 adults; free for children 12 and under with paid adult. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thur.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. (404) 222-5200, atlantaboatshow.com

January 11-13
Home Building & Remodeling Expo
Columbia
Meet local and national experts and see thousands of ways to design or renovate your home. Various times. Adults $3; under 18 free. Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. homeshowcenter.com

January 11, 18, 25
On the Spot Murder Mystery Dinner Show
Savannah
The Odd Lot Improv Team presents a quirky improvised murder mystery accompanied by a three-course meal. Guests choose the characters and plot and then solve the crime. 6:30 p.m. $40. savannahcoffee.com

January 16-19
Charleston Comedy Festival
Charleston
Festival features some of the country’s hottest improv, sketch and stand-up artists. Various venues and prices. charlestoncomedyfestival.com

January 18-19
Savannah Hockey Classic
Savannah
Collegiate hockey tournament features teams from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida and Florida State. Savannah Civic Center. (912) 651-6550, savannahhockeyclassic.com

January 19
Atlanta Winter Wine Festival
Atlanta
Sample and learn about more than 50 wines. Includes souvenir tasting glass, beer, live music and DJ. Food vendors available. Noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. $35-$50. City Winery. atlantawinterwinefestival.com

Atlanta Model Train Show
Duluth
Model train and Railroadiana Collectible Show features large working model trains, operating layouts and 350 vendors. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Infinite Energy Center.

January 23
Toni Braxton
Atlanta
The singer performs her As Long As I Live Tour with special guest SWV. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre. $59-$150. foxtheatre.org

January 24
Chinese Acrobats of Hebei
Atlanta
The acrobatic troupe performs at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. 7:30 p.m. $17-$47. cobbenergycentre.com

January 25-27
Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival
Atlanta
Event features jugglers, juggling lessons, competitions, unicyclists, hoopers, kendama, live music and family fun. Yaarab Shrine Center. Free except the Saturday night cabaret. atlantajugglers.org

Charleston Jazz Festival
Charleston
Festival features headliners Bobby McFerrin and Ranky Tanky along with many of Charleston’s top jazz bands. Various locations. charlestonjazz.com

January 25-February 3
“The Red Velvet Cake Wars”
Charleston
Fast-paced Southern-fried comedy features the Verdeen cousins and a family reunion in Texas. $20-$25. Flowertown Theater. flowertownplayers.org

January 26
Smokey Robinson
Atlanta
The musician and co-founder of Motown Records performs at the Fox Theatre. 8 p.m. $55-$150. foxtheatre.org

January 26-27
Great American Motorcycle Show
Atlanta
See more than 100,000 square feet of foreign and domestic motorcycles, custom bikes, cruisers, sport bikes, choppers, trikes, touring bikes and accessories. $12 adults, $7 children 6-14, children 5 and under free. Two-day pass available. Cobb Galleria Centre. natcshows.com

January 27
Lowcountry Oyster Festival
Charleston
The “world’s largest oyster festival” and Top 20 Event in the Southeast includes more than 80,000 pounds of oysters, an oyster-shucking contest, oyster-eating contest and live entertainment. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Boone Hall Plantation. (843) 884-4371, boonehallplantation.com

February 1
Georgia Day Parade
Savannah
Costumed and musical parade celebrates the founding of Georgia on February 12, 1733 by James Edward Oglethorpe. 10:45 a.m. Free. Forsyth Park. georgiahistoryfestival.org

February 1-2
Fly Fishing Show
Duluth
Show includes casting demonstrations, classes, celebrity speakers, fly-tying instruction and materials, rods, reels and Friday night International Fly Fishing Film Festival. $5-$15. Free for Scouts under 16 in uniform and children 5 and under. Infinite Energy Center. flyfishingshow.com

February 1-28
Island Gullah Celebration
Hilton Head
Annual festival showcases foods, crafts, stories, dance, music and history of the island’s Gullah people. Named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast. Various venues. gullahcelebration.com

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