Nov27

It's Christmas Time in Dahlonega

by David Zunker Categories // Festivals & Events

It's Christmas Time in Dahlonega

Christmas, and the entire holiday season, in Dahlonega and Lumpkin County is magical, and national media is noticing. A recent article in Southern Living Magazine – the same Southern Living that called Dahlonega the “Napa of the South” for its burgeoning wine industry, including wineries, wine tasting rooms, and a new Zac Brown-branded distillery – recommended Dahlonega as a Christmas destination not to be missed.

That article was shared in Country Living online and also on MSN, spreading the word far and wide and drawing significant notice.  www.southernliving.com/travel/georgia/dahlonega-christmas

Explore Georgia also just listed Dahlonega among only a handful of special places in Georgia for the holidays.

Dahlonega is truly a special place for the holidays, starting with not one – but two – downtown lighting events kicking off Old Fashioned Christmas --  one to light the Historic Public Square in shimmering white lights, and the other a week later, to light the 25-foot town tree.  Horsedrawn carriage rides contribute a rhythmic “clip-clop” to the downtown buzz at night and Santa, a Santa helper elf, and Mrs. Claus greet kids (both naughty and nice) starting on Friday, November 24, right after the Lighting of the Square. Also on Friday, the 24th, luminarias around the Dahlonega Gold Museum, in the center of the Square, light the way for Santa’s sleigh.

In Lumpkin County, five B&Bs are being featured as part of a Sleigh Bell Inn Tour, on Saturday, December 10 – all are decorated to the hilt and will open their doors for indoor tours and tours of the grounds. And six wineries and vineyards – all with distinctively different personalities, from California casual for North Georgia rustic -- celebrate the season as only wineries can.  http://dahlonega.org/see-do/wineries-a-vineyards

Holiday shopping is the centerpiece of downtown Dahlonega, with more than 65 shops, and 15 restaurants all surrounding the oldest courthouse building still standing in the state of Georgia – now the Dahlonega Gold Museum.  In addition to trees around the Square, individual shop -- including two chocolate shops, seven wine tasting rooms, a variety of art galleries and a pottery studio, are colorfully decorated, welcoming returning guests and first-time visitors. 

For more information, you can visit Dahlonega.org or click for a full rundown of holiday events.  https://dahlonegachristmas.wordpress.com/

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About the Author

David Zunker

David Zunker

David Zunker is the Tourism Director at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber & Visitors Bureau. He is a journalist by training and a tourism professional by trade – having spent more than 25 years in the hospitality and travel business with resorts, state tourism offices, CVBs and chambers of commerce.

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