18 Holiday Trips Near the CSRA!

Holiday Trips

18 Holiday Trips Near the CSRA!

Want to get away for the holidays? Check out some of these popular destinations not too far away from the CSRA! 

Christmas Fun in Atlanta

Stone Mountain Christmas
Enjoy the glow from more than two million colorful lights, festive music, and visits from some your favorite holiday characters!
Some other highlights include: Singalong Christmas Train, Nightly Parade, Live Performances, Visit with Santa and More! 


Festival of SEAson at Georgia Aquarium 
Festival of the SEAson transforms Georgia Aquarium’s plaza, galleries, and exhibits into a winter wonderland, including appearances by Santa and SCUBA Claus, a holiday edition of our live entertainment experience, tree-lighting ceremonies, and Santa Claus events.


Children’s Christmas Parade
A great holiday tradition in the City of Atlanta. Bundle up and grab a seat and get ready to enjoy the largest Christmas parade in the Southeast. Midtown Atlanta will be filled with floats, giant balloons, marching bands and more. There are also two breakfast events offered before the parades start. You can have breakfast with Santa or at the Smiles for a Season breakfast. The parade is going to be held on December 1st. 



American Doll Holiday Events
The American Doll Atlanta store will feature some fun and special holiday events. Be sure to register for their Holiday Tea with American Girl! They have several dates to choose from and they fill up fast.


The Atlanta Botanical Gardens Lights
Take a stroll through this magic light display at night and you can also enjoy the train ride during the day. 


Lake Lanier Lights and Christmas Snow Island
Lake Lanier Lights and Christmas Snow Island is a perfect getaway for the holidays. Take in seven miles of lights and then head over to Snow Island. You can participate in the rides and even snow tube! 


Looking for More Events? Our friends at have more Christmas fun for you! 

More Georgia Holiday Fun!

Athens on Ice
Want to go ice skating while visiting in Athens, GA? Stop by the ice rink at The Classic’s Center.


31st Annual Victorian ChristmasThe historic Town of Thomasville will transport you to another time! The streets are filled with horse-drawn carriages, carolers, a live nativity, music, food and more! What can be finer than Christmas in the 1890’s! 


Country Christmas Nights at Rock Ranch
Polar Express inspired train rides, photos with Santa and his sleigh, activities in Santa’s Workshop and more!

Christmas Fun in Columbia

Holiday Lights On The River
The Midlands largest drive-through light show!
Take a drive through over a million colorful lights and over 400 animated light displays of all shapes and sizes! 


Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo
This is a holiday favorite for people all over the state of South Carolina! There will be over one million twinkling lights, nightly visits from Santa, a bonfire, hot cocoa, smores and more! 


Looking for More Events? Check out the site for a list of events in the Midlands! 

Christmas Fun in Greenville, SC

Christmas Inn Your Town – Fountain Inn, SC
Spend some time in this cute little town called Fountain Inn. They will have a series of events from November 30th – December 16th. They will have carriage rides, photos with Santa, a town Christmas party and more!


Upstate Holiday Light Show – Easley, SC
Upstate Holiday Light Show will be opening on Thanksgiving Night through New Years Eve! Located at Greenville-Pickens Speedway; bring the whole family to the biggest interactive LED light show in the Upstate!! Meet Santa at his workshop, Petting Zoo, Pony Corral & Ice Skating Rink!


Looking for More Holiday Fun in Around Greenville? Check out Kidding Around Greenville for Ideas!

Christmas Fun in Other Fun Places

Christmas at City Market – Savannah, GA
Savannah’s beautiful spirit becomes even more exquisite during the holiday season, and City Market is no exception. Stroll in the flickering light of 500+ luminaria lining our two-block courtyard, serenaded by Christmas carolers. Drop in for treats in City Market shops and watch for a glimpse of Father Christmas.


Christmas at Biltmore – Asheville, NC
One of the most popular Christmas destinations in the Southeast. Enjoy by day or enjoy by night. Enjoy the beautiful decorations, holiday wine tastings, candlelight Christmas nights and more! 


Speedway Christmas – Charlotte, NC
Over 3.5 mile of synchronized lights and music! You can also enjoy their Christmas Village which includes a petting zoo, photos with Santa, a Bethlehem Village and more! 



Tis the Season at Shelter Cove – Hilton Head, SC
Spend some time at the beach and enjoy some holiday cheer at Shelter Cove. Stroll through the lights, visits from Santa, carriage rides, skating rink, Kids Zone and more!


29th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights – Charleston, SC
Enjoy the southern charm of Charleston and the delights of Christmas at the Holiday Festival of Lights. The activities include a three-mile drive tour, train-rides, a winter village, shopping, an old-fashioned carousel, and much more! 


Want to Stay Home for the Holidays? Check Out Our Holiday Guide for Events in Town!

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