A family "must" over the holidays in Blue Ridge while staying in a luxury cabin rentals, is to celebrate the holidays with Blue Ridge Scenic Railway's The Santa Express! The Santa Express runs November 26th thru December 24th. Enjoy an hour train ride where your family will listen to Christmas stories, sing Christmas carols with Santa's elves, and even visit with Santa himself!
The night excursion train to Santa's Village runs from November 26th thru December 18th on various dates. The train departs late afternoon around 4:30pm from Blue Ridge for the 1 hour trip to McCaysville, GA/Copperhill, TN. Santa's Village is located on the deck overlooking the Toccoa/Ocoee River. Enjoy Christmas Trees all decorated for the holiday season, children can explore the inside village mini-buildings, cross over the river on the Old Iron Bridge all decorated with Christmas lights to reach Santa's workshop. Seats are limited so book your reservations today!
November 18-21, 25, 26-28
“Nunsensations,” The Nunsense Vegas Review, Blue Ridge Community Theater, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2 p.m. Special Thanksgiving evening performance! Call for reservations 706-632-9223.
Saturday, November 20
Holiday Show & Sale, Opening Reception from 6 to 8 p.m., The Art Center, Historic Fannin County Courthouse, Downtown Blue Ridge. Show runs thru December 23.
November 22 – 27
Festival of Trees, The Art Center, Historic Fannin County Courthouse. Reception & Silent Auction Nov. 26th at 6.
Blue Ridge Turkey Trot 5K race/walk. Downtown Blue Ridge. 7 a.m. registration and 8 a.m. start. Call 727-458- 8556 for more information.
Thanksgiving Feast at the Martyn House. Back by popular demand Author and Chef Heather Antonelli returns. Come feast on traditional and global delicacies. Thanksgiving day from 3 to 6 p.m. Call for reservations, 706-635- 4759.
Friday, November 26
Blue Friday in Downtown Blue Ridge, all-day entertainment, including Toast of Christmas Past" "Blue Ridge Bones" (Brass Band) and "Holiday Classics." Shopping Specials and other treats. Shops open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Light up the Basin, Downtown McCaysville/Copperhill. 6 p.m. in downtown McCaysville. Carolers, tree lighting and lighting of the old iron bridge.
Illuminate Aska, Lilly Pad Village in Blue Ridge. 50,000 lights, floating Christmas tree - meet Santa, enjoy roasting marshmallows, sing along, Christmas carols, enjoy a great hay ride and much more!
November 26 – Dec. 24th
Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Christmas Express. Featuring Mr. & Mrs. Santa and the elves! Day trips or evening excursions to Santa’s Village in McCaysville. Call for info 800-934-1898.
Saturday November 27
Light Up Blue Ridge, Downtown Blue Ridge. All day entertainment. Santa arrives at noon on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway! Photos with Santa. Live reindeer, childrens trackless train rides and much more. Parade at 5:30 and the lighting of the "Great Tree" at dusk.
With deep appreciation and eternal gratitude for our brave American warriors who have served this great country and are serving currently. Their sacrifice, dedication, and bravery will never be forgotten.
Who is a Veteran? From an outstanding editorial, here is an excerpt: He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow - but who helped liberate a Nazi death camp, and who still wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so that others would not have to sacrifice theirs. He is a soldier, a savior, and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.
We honor you - we thank you - and we are eternally grateful to you.