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6 Popular Holiday Destinations in Georgia

December 13, 2016
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Where do you do winter in Georgia — particularly during the holiday season? Georgia, with its mild climate, has a number of hotspots for the cold months ahead. Whether you want to partake in holiday festivities with the family or bring in the new year with a bang, let’s take a look at 6 of the most popular Georgian destinations during the holidays.

1. Chateau Elan Winery and Resort

Chateau Elan, in Braselton, Georgia has many events for adults during the holidays. Bring in the new year with a black tie event featuring a full course dinner and cocktails or stay on site and take advantage of the golf course or spa.

These people like to party during the holiday season. If you’re a foodie, sign up for a cooking class or enjoy the Christmas feast. More of the outdoorsy type? Chateau Elan hosts golf tournaments on Christmas Eve.

2. Lake Lanier Islands

Lake Lanier Island Resort, located in Buford, Georgia is one of the most popular places to see Christmas lights. If camping is your speed, they have tent and camper lots. Their resort features golf courses, spas, nice restaurants and a winter theme park they call Lanierworld Winter Adventure. With rides, slides and snow play zones, Lanierworld is a popular Georgia destination for the holidays.

3. Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Park, just 30 minutes northeast of Atlanta is a Georgia tradition for the holidays. With snow play zones, inner tube slides and a village complete with gift shops, Stone Mountain park is a very family-friendly holiday destination in Georgia. For the adults, it offers golf and spa packages.

4. Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island is located on coastal Georgia south of Savannah. Beautiful rocky beaches and majestic spanish moss doesn’t take away from the holiday spirit. They call it “Holly Jolly Jekyll.” and offer artificial snow, ice skating and decorated house tours. Stay in one of the great resorts or campsites on this beautiful island.

5. St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island makes up part of the Golden Isles of southeast Georgia. If you’re looking for a quiet escape from hectic holiday activities, you may want to book a stay in one of the resorts on St. Simons Island. Go ice skating, take a trolley light tour and check out the historic lighthouse for a peaceful vacation.

6. Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens, located in Pine Mountain, Georgia has long delighted visitors with its attractions in Georgia. The festival of lights is perhaps its most famous event as one of the world's "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights," according to National Geographic Traveler. During your stay, let the kids enjoy the rides, go see a show or take a stroll in the Christmas village.

Find Your Holiday Escape in the Peach State

Enjoy a southern-style holiday in Georgia. From warm and breezy coastal towns to the beautiful mountains and wineries, Georgia has a winter experience for everyone.

About the Author

April Lentini is the Content Strategist for GeorgiaGov. She empowers content managers for government agencies, helping them understand and improve their website content for optimal usability.