15 Festive Events You Don't Want To Miss On Your Christmas Getaway!

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1. Dec. 1-23: Santa Trains with the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Every Christmas, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway - a heritage railroad founded in 1905 - hosts a fun-filled trip with Santa, enjoyable for the whole family! While on board this 1 hour ride, your family will hear “Twas the Night Before Christmas," sing Christmas Carols, as well as visit with Christmas characters and Santa. Please consult the train's schedule for dates and times.

2. December 1-16 (Thursday-Sunday): Miracle on 34th Street at the Blue Ridge Community Theater

A heart-warming classic guaranteed to get even the rudest Scrooge in the spirit and singing Christmas carols! By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy's. Kris unleashes waves of good will by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy's vocational counselor, who plots to institutionalize Kris, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl's belief in Santa.

3. December 1-29 (Thursday-Saturday): Mountain Country Christmas in Lights at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Don't miss the Mountain Country Christmas In Lights.  Enjoy Caroling, Photos With Santa, Arts & Crafts, Food and Entertainment throughout the event.  Show runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday starting Thanksgiving Night.  Operating Hours: 6:00PM - 9:00PM // $5.00 admission, Kids 12 and Under are Free

On Saturday December 1st  only @ 6:30 P.M.in the Exhibit Hall be sure to attend Mountain Country Christmas Live! Featuring your favorite Christmas songs sung by North Georgia's finest singers and musicians! $5.00 Donation Requested at the Door. 

4. December 1: 59th Annual Christmas Parade in Downtown McCaysville, GA

Copperhill & McCaysville will celebrate its wonderful holiday tradition with its annual Christmas Parade, always the first Saturday in December. Lots of great floats, marching bands from the local high schools and much more.  Parade route begins at East Tennessee Street, progresses over the concrete bridge over the Toccoa River in McCaysville, then turns left crossing in to Tennessee. Time: 2:00-4:00 PM

5. December 6th (5 PM) and 8th (4 PM): A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Fannin County Performing Arts Center

The classic animated television special A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas.

6. December 6th (7 PM) and 7th (5 PM): A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol at the Fannin County Performing Arts Center

Everyone’s favorite classic holiday tale gets the fractured fairy-tale treatment.  All the famous fairy-tale characters take on all of the memorable roles of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.  You’ll never know who will show up next as the Big Bad Wolf (as Ebenezer Scrooge) meets his old business partner Jacob Midas (Marley), who could turn anything to gold.  Midas warns Big Bad that he’ll be visited by The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future (played by a Fairy Godmother, Old King Cole, and the Queen of Hearts respectively).  The ghosts make Scrooge realize what a scoundrel he’s been to the Charming (or Crachit) family — including Prince Philip, Cinderella and their kids, Hansel, Gretel, and Tabitha, their Little Match Girl — and help him to remember what the Christmas spirit is all about.  This fun-filled adaptation stays true to the warmth and heart of the classic.

7. December 7-8 at 5 PM: Nutcracker: The Musical at the Fannin County Performing Arts Center

When Marie's godfather gives her a toy nutcracker for Christmas, she puts it under the Christmas tree just as a mouse scampers by. As we watch, the Nutcracker grows to life-size as a handsome soldier, the mouse grows into a man-size Mouse King, and Marie is transported to the land of the Sugarplum Fairies, where duels are fought and romance blossoms. The fantasy elements may be spectacularly displayed or simply presented; the story and the audience's imagination will fill in any missing details. Young and mature audiences alike will love this story of the personified Nutcracker, the Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairies and the other enchanting characters. The ballet based on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite is one of the world's best-loved Christmas entertainments (suitable any time of year). Tchaikovsky composed the passionate music in 1892, the year before he died.

8. December 8th and 15th from 11 AM-3 PM: Visit Sanata at Mercier Orchards 

Be sure not to miss Santa Claus at Mercier Orchards! He will be on site Saturday December the 8th and again on Saturday December 15th! Don't forget your cameras to get some pics with Santa! There will also be other activities for the kids to do while waiting to see Santa.

9. December 13 at 4:30 PM: A Polar Express Literacy Night at the Fannin County High School and Swan Drive-In

All are welcome to attend this free community holiday literacy festival on the Fannin County High School campus from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Following the festival The Swan Drive-In will be showing The Polar Express (rated G) at 6:15 p.m. All tickets for the film are $5.00 (Children 5th grade and under are free)  Ticket proceeds benefit BRES, EFES, WFES and FCHS Literacy.

10. December 15 at 7 PM: A Shaggin' Christmas Concert at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

A Shaggin' Christmas Concert with The Tams, Swingin' Medallions, and Clarence Carter. 

Level 1: $40.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees
Level 2: $30.00 + Handling & Credit Card Fees

11. December 18 at 6 PM: Pig & Swig at Masseria Kitchen and Bar

Come out for a fun night with friends at Masseria Kitchen + Bar. We're going to get crafty on the bar and in the kitchen concocting specialty beverages and a menu featuring a pig from our very own farm. Chefs from our entire restaurant group will get involved in this meal to create dishes from nose to tail. Our bar team won't be resting on their laurels, they are already at work creating some seasonal specialties to pair with the meal incorporating our farm honey, herbs and more. This is a meal you won't want tomiss! Tickets are $60 per person.

12. December 21-22 at 7 PM: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) at Bear Claw Vineyards

Bear Claw Vineyards Presents Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some), a comedy by Michael Carleton, Jim Fitzgerald & John K. Alvarez.

Friday AND Saturday at 7 p.m. Featuring Local Favorites- Bill Szarowicz, Jackson Phillips & Steve Burton!

Reserve Seats via website 

13. December 22 at 7:30 PM: Gabe Ruso at the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Gabe will not disappoint anyone craving a fix of Frank's old Christmas songs like Silent Night, The Christmas Song (chestnuts roasting on an open fire), White Christmas and others mixed in with Frank's standards of NY, NY, I've Got You Under My Skin, That's Life and more. Ticket Cost: $25.00

14. December 31 at 6:30 PM: Grumpy Old Men Brewing's New Year's Eve Party 

Ring in the new year with Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Adults Only. 

Monday, December 31 / Music By Travis Bowlin

$75 per person / Includes all food and beer

Doors open at 6:30 / Dinner served at 7:00

Limited tickets, get them early! Contact: info@grumpyoldmenbrewing.com

Dinner: Caprese Salad, Beef Tenderloin, Salmon, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans (Provided by Catering By Cindy)

15: December 31 at 10:00 PM: New Year's Eve Train with the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Join us to ring in 2018 with Wine & Dessert for Ages 21 +

Live Music!

Departs at 10:00 P.M.

Returns at 12:30 A.M.

$85 per Person or $160 per Couple