15 Holiday Trips Near the CSRA!

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15 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 of your favorite holiday characters!
Some other highlights include Singalong Christmas Train, Nightly Parade, Live Performances, Visit with Santa, and More! 
Select Days Nov. 11, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2023


Season On The Square
The annual Children’s Holiday Parade was replaced by a day of fun for the entire family at Colony Square’s Season on the Square.

Highlights of the parade, like bands and dance groups, will still play a role in the celebration with an hour-long street performance on Peachtree Street at Colony Square.

The event is held on December 2nd and 3rd.



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.
November 18 – January 14


Lakeside Lights Spectacular and Chill Snow Island
Visit Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular for a night of nostalgic wintry fun. The Lakeside Lights Spectacular will take you on a magical walk through an amazing lighting extravaganza with festive seasonal music. Great for the whole family!

Make sure to visit License to Chill Snow Island! We have a 575-foot-long adrenaline-spiking snow tube slide, ice skating, carnival rides, snow play, holiday, and shopping.

The light show runs November 22 – 26, December 1 – January 3 and then weekends only til January 15.  Snow Island will kick off on Nov. 11.


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 Athens, GA? Stop by the ice rink at The Classic’s Center. Opens November 25


Christmas In Helen, GA
There is a lot to see when you spend your holiday in Helen. Stop by the Cabbage Patch Hospital and visit Santa. Get your thrills on the Georgia Mountain Coaster, take in a Victorian Christmas at Harman Farm or putt under the lights at Alpine Golf. 

Christmas Fun in Columbia

Holiday Lights On The River
The Midland’s 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! 
Begins November 23


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! 
They will have selected dates in November and December. Must purchase tickets ahead.


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 carriage rides, photos with Santa, a town Christmas party, and more!

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 miles 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! Kicks off November 17



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!


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!
Begins November 10.


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

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