Regional Events

November 1-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 7-December 1
“Elf: The Musical”
Savannah
The comical stage adaptation of the classic film tells the Christmas tale of Buddy the Elf. Savannah Theatre. savannahtheatre.com

November 10-Dec 31
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. savannahharborfoundation.com

November 15-December 31
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 15-January 4
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 21-December 24
Atlanta Christkindl Market
Atlanta
German holiday street market and festival at Centennial Olympic Park features authentic German food and beverages, live entertainment and shopping with vendors. Free admission. christkindlmarket.org

November 23-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 26-December 24
Candlelight Shopping & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Washington
The city’s official opening of the Christmas season includes a tree lighting ceremony, parade of lights, candlelight shopping, singing on The Square along with Santa photo opportunities and snow on select nights. (706) 678-2013, tourism.washingtonwilkes.org

November 29-December 7
Christmas at Callanwolde
Atlanta
Tour the 27,000 square-foot historic mansion decorated by some of Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers, an expansive artist and holiday market, and themed events for all ages. $10; free parking. Please bring a donation for Toys for Tots. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. callanwolde.freshtix.com

November 29-December 23
December Nights & Holiday Lights
Savannah
Visitors take a self-guided walking tour through 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, coastalgeorgiabg.org

November 29-December 24
Atlanta Christkindl Market
Atlanta
German holiday street market and festival at Centennial Olympic Park features authentic German food and beverages, live entertainment and shopping with vendors. Free admission. christkindlmarket.org

November 29-December 27
“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. charlestonmysteries.com

November 29-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 29-December 31
Old Fashioned Christmas
Dahlonega
Month-long event includes horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas high tea, winter wine walks, Christmas market, visits with Santa, Christmas concerts and theater performances, children’s ornament tree and more. dahlonegachristmas.com

November 29-December 31
Old-Fashioned Christmas
Dahlonega
Month-long event includes horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas high tea, winter wine walks, Christmas market, visits with Santa, Christmas concerts and theater performances, children’s ornament tree and more. dahlonegachristmas.com

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. ccprc.com

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. savannahharborfoundation.com

November 29-January 4
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 29-January 5
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. stonemountainpark.com

December 3-24
“A Christmas Tradition”Savannah
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. Historic Savannah Theatre. (912) 233-7764, savannahtheatre.com

December 6
Julio Iglesias
Duluth
The Spanish singer performs at 8 p.m. $71-$154. Infinite Energy Arena. infiniteenergycenter.com

December 6-7
Madison Tour of Homes
Madison
Tour features historic and private homes along with museum and churches. Daytime tours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Candelight tours 5-9 p.m. $30-$35; combo ticket $50. madisonga.org

December 7-24
Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker
Atlanta
Atlanta Ballet reimagines the holiday classic with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Fox Theatre. Various times. $35-$140. foxtheatre.org

December 8
Wine Under the Oaks
Mt. Pleasant
Annual holiday event features wine samples and pairings, desserts, oysters, cooking demos, artwork displays, gifts, live music by saxophonist David Sanborn and silent auctions. 1-5 p.m. $75. boonehallplantation.com 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Atlanta
The rock orchestra performs at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $49-$80. Infinite Energy Centre. infiniteenergycenter.com

December 12-13
Victorian Christmas Festival
Thomasville
Downtown festival features live reindeer, visits with St. Nick, carolers, street theater, carriage rides, jingle bells, twinkling lights, community sing-alongs, musical entertainment, a live nativity, train rides for children, chestnut roasting and marshmallow toasting. 6-9 p.m. thomasvillega.com

December 12-14
Grand Illumination: Christmas 1782
Charleston
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. middletonplace.org

December 13-22
Charleston Christmas Special
Charleston
Two-hour show features holiday musical performances and comedy sketches. 7 p.m., with matinees Sat. and Sun. Charleston Music Hall. $18-$40. bradandjennifermoranz.com

December 14
Holiday Parade of Boats
Charleston
Participants decorate their boats and sail the Charleston Harbor. Boats proceed up-river along the Mount Pleasant side of the harbor, go under the Ravenel Bridge, then turn and come down the Charleston side of the harbor, before turning again and heading up the Ashley River. holidayparadeofboats.com 

Colonial Christmas Dinner
Darien
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, gastateparks.org

December 28
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Atlanta
College Football Playoff semifinal matchup between two of the nation’s four top-ranked teams. Noon. Mercedes-Benz Stadium. chick-fil-apeachbowl.com

December 31
City Market New Year’s Eve Celebration
Savannah
City Market street party includes live music, shopping and dining. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Free admission. savannahcitymarket.com 

Splashing ’20s New Year’s Celebration
Atlanta
Gatsby-style 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. $150-$190. Georgia Aquarium. georgiaaquarium.org

Through January 5
Christmas at Biltmore Estates
Asheville
See how America’s largest home gets decorated for the holidays with more than 55 Christmas trees, 360 fresh wreaths, 1,000 live poinsettias, 7,500 feet of fresh evergreen garlands and 30,000 lights and candles twinkling throughout the estate. biltmore.com

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