Fun Holiday events to do with your family during the Christmas break.
Don’t let cold weather keep your family trapped indoors during the holidays.
There are plenty of fun events and activities that your family can try, like ice skating and hockey. There are opportunities to watch the Polar Express on the Giant Screen at the National Infantry Museum. Visit with Santa at your local mall, attend a holiday concert, and see Disney characters come to life in Disney’s family shows.
Here are just a few of our favorite winter festivals and holiday events in Georgia and Alabama. There’s plenty to do in the winter, and you should never feel stuck indoors.
Uptown Tree Trail, Columbus
The Uptown Tree Trail is a live display of brightly decorated Christmas trees through the heart of Uptown, Columbus. The Tree Trail provides a wonderful winter activity for friends and families to enjoy. Guests can walk the trail, enjoy the decorations and attend special Uptown Tree Trail events throughout December. The trees are sponsored by Columbus businesses, organizations, and groups.
Gingerbread Village Competition, Savannah
Check out the Gingerbread Village Competition in Savannah. The competition includes adult (18 & over) and student (17 & under) divisions and is open for anyone to participate. This spectacular display in the lobby of The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa is free and open to the public November through December.
Magical Night of Lights, Buford
Take the family out to Buford and enjoy Magical Nights of Light, a winter adventure in the Lanier Islands. You and your family can take part in sledding, and tubing, and even visit Santa’s Holiday Village. With miles of lights, holiday shopping, carnival rides and more, Magical Nights of Lights offers a truly magical experience.
Fernbank Winter Wonderland, Atlanta
For a more educational trip, take the family to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History to see their Winter Wonderland exhibit. Two floors of festivities showcase Christmas and winter celebrations from around the world. “Twinkling with lights, glimmering with color and shining with a variety of cultural objects, more than 30 trees and other displays recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world,” they say.
Festival of Trees, Macon
The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon is hosting its annual Festival of Trees, an exhibit of stunning Christmas trees. Come to see a wide array of holiday trees, decorated by regional designers and artists. This event was recently named a TOP 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Open to the public November through January, during normal business hours.
Fantasy in Lights, Pine Mountain
Eight million lights. 15 dazzling scenes. One magical getaway. Christmas at Callaway featuring Fantasy In Lights, in Pine Mountain, Georgia, is the South’s most spectacular holiday light and sound show. It is also one of the world’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights,” as named by National Geographic Traveler. Runs mid-November to early January.
Ludy Christmas Light Spectacular, Columbus
The Ludy Christmas Spectacular has been entertaining Columbus residents for over 20 years. The display consists of over 140,000 lights sequenced to music. Visitors entering the Cottonwood Subdivision can tune their radio station to FM 90.1 and listen to the Ludy’s Christmas Lights Spectacular. The Ludy family appeared on ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight in 2014. Located at 5784 Ironstone Drive, Columbus, Georgia, 31907 in the Cottonwood Plantation neighborhood. The display runs from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s and is open to the public to drive through and enjoy.