9 Reasons You Should Be Celebrating Christmas In Dahlonega, GA

It's fit for a Hallmark movie — quite literally!

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The Christmas season is all about sipping hot cocoa, marveling at all the festive lights, singing carols, and honoring other special family traditions. But if your neighborhood tends to lack in holiday spirit, don't fret. Instead, just book yourself a trip to this quaint town in northern Georgia.

Dahlonega, Georgia (population 6,437) is the best place to celebrate Christmas in the South. With tons of special events, gorgeous light displays, and holiday shopping events going on throughout the entire month of December, it's a must-visit holiday destination.

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This year, festival kicks off on November 24 and features at least one event almost every day until Christmas. While you can check out the entire lineup at the , here are some standouts you shouldn't miss if you visit.

Lighting Downtown Ceremony

During this annual event, you'll cheer and applaud along with the locals when you see thousands of holiday lights blink on all at once, all over town. This year's ceremony takes place on November 24 at 6 p.m.

Old Fashioned Christmas Parade

On the first Saturday of December, the town celebrates the arrival of the most wonderful time of the year with a jubilant parade featuring music, floats, and of course, a visit from Santa.

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Christmas Tree Lighting

Why stand with droves of people in Rockefeller Plaza when you can get the same magical experience on a more intimate level in this friendly town? Your eyes will light up when you see the 30-foot tree come alive with colorful bulbs.

Christmas Market on Candy Cane Lane

It just doesn't get more Christmas-y than this! Stop by this during the first weekend of December.

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Visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus

You can find the season's most famous couple roaming around town and snapping photos with guests at the Visitors' Center Plaza every weekend.

Christmas Concerts and Entertainment

With live performances by jazz bands, choirs, orchestras, and carolers (many of which, are free), there's bound to be an event you'll enjoy somewhere in town. You can also check out the Christmas Belles revue at the .

Sleigh Bell Inn Tours

On Sunday, December 10, will open their doors to offer visitors refreshments and a tour of the inns while they're still decorated for Christmas.

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Holiday Shopping

In addition to the Christmas market, you can check off your holiday shopping list by visiting the town's 65 quaint shops.

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Visiting the "Christmas in Homestead" Film Locations

You may recognize Dahlonega from Hallmark's Christmas in Homestead which was filmed in town (!). Walk around and you'll instantly recognize the locations from several scenes in the flick.

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See the entire lineup of 2017 events at at .


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